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Old 04-02-2008, 12:49 AM   #31
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
Here is my photo of my "workbook" for the BACK of this CPH.

Hi Artlady,

I'm finishing my back right now and the pattern for my size says:

"BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Then BO 0 stitches at beginning of following 2 rows."

Since the second sentence says BO 0 stitches does that mean I just knit 2 rows without any BO, OR does it mean that I don't knit those last 2 rows at all?

I'm looking at your notebook for your 'back' and your notes don't include knitting 2 more rows without binding off so I'm assuming that I won't need to knit 2 more rows and those directions are only there for the bigger sizes.....

I guess I'm just posting this for reassurance since I think I'm going to go ahead BO the next 6 rows and then place my remaining stitches on scrap yarn.... maybe i should leave an extra long tail before snipping the yarn just in case... (lol the face i just put here is hilarious!)
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Old 04-02-2008, 03:48 PM   #32
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My CPH is the size 44". What size are you making?

I assume you are working on the armholes now. Without knowing what size you are making, just read the directions very literally.
When they say "BO 7 on the NEXT two rows, then BO 2 on the NEXT 2 rows"...it means just exactly that.

Don't let my notebook throw you off. It serves as an example of how I write up my pattern.

After my 4 rows of BINDOFFS on the armhole (worked on Repeat 7, Rows 5,6,7,8...written as 7/5, 7/6, 7/7, 7/8)...then the directions for my size say that the NEXT row will be a DEC ROW. (worked on Repeat 7 Row 9, if you can see my itsy bitsy GREEN ink writings).

Then, Repeat 7 Row 10 (written as 7/10 in the notebook) says EVEN. That means no decreasing on the row.

Then, the very next row (Repeat 8, Row 1...written as 8/1) is another DEC ROW.

Then, my notes say that I am to WORK EVEN (no further decreasing) until the armhole measures 8.5". I reached that measurement by the end of Repeat 12, Row 4 (written in my notes as 12/4) I ended at the end of a WS row...so that the shoulder shaping will commence with RS facing. (this means that I worked 8/2 thru 12/4 without any dec)

I hope this helps! I can't remember if you told me what size you are knitting.
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I'm sorry I should have clarified.

I was referring to the shoulder section of the back panel. I'm making a size 48" - the largest size of the original pattern. The new pattern has 3 more sizes added on after my size.

I downloaded the new pattern from the Interweave website that has the three additional sizes past the original sizes, and the pattern for the shoulder section for the back for size 48 says:

"BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows. Then BO 0 stitches at beginning of following 2 rows."

I was confused if I should go ahead and knit 2 more rows without doing any bind offs since it says to bind off zero stitches, or if I should just not knit the additional 2 rows since I didn't have to bind off.

I looked at your notebook for your 'shoulder' section of the back and you have written "Bind off 7 at the beginning of next 6 rows."
No mention of knitting 2 more rows, so I'm assumed that I didn't need to knit 2 more rows and those directions are only there for the bigger sizes.

I suspect that in the original pattern (the one without the 3 larger sizes) when you look at the directions for the shoulders in the 'back' section it says for size 48 to BO 8 sts at beg of next 6 rows and put remaining 38 sts on a holder.
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:24 PM   #34
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Oh! Thanks for clarifying!

Yes, you are absolutely right. Your instincts were right! After we bind off 7 at the beginning of the next 6 rows...WE are DONE! We put our final 38 st on a holder. (NOTE: the larger sizes have more binding off to do to reach the 38 st for the hood.)

For what it's worth: whenever a pattern is for multiple sizes...and most of them are...whenever the directions for your size say something like BO 0 (0,0,0,7,7,8) on the next row...if your size is one of the first 4 sizes...you just act as if the direction isn't there at all (because it isn't) and move on to the next direction that does apply to your size. I always use a yellow highlighter for all the numbers before starting my notebook. It helps me spot my numbers for the re-write.

That is why I re-write the pattern in my notebook!
I only write what literally applies to my size.

PS: Whereas I downloaded the PDF for the larger sizes...but I am using the actual Knitscene magazine for my pattern. When I made my DD's CPH...the pattern was only available in the magazine. So I ordered the magazine from their website. So, my magazine (CPH pattern) doesn't contain all the mysterious 0's for the PLUS SIZES. That is why your question kinda confused me. But later, I opened up my PDF pattern...and saw the extra pattern 0's!

Happy knitting! You are doing wonderful!
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Originally Posted by ArtLady1981 View Post
whenever the directions for your size say something like BO 0 (0,0,0,7,7,8) on the next row...if your size is one of the first 4 sizes...you just act as if the direction isn't there at all (because it isn't) and move on to the next direction that does apply to your size.

Good to know!

I think that section threw me off because in other areas of the pattern it separates out specifically for the larger sizes by saying 'For the last 3 sizes only knit.....' etc.

Anyhow, thanks for taking the time to read and help me with my confusion! I'm now onto the ribbing of the left front panel. Hopefully with less than half the amount of stitches cast on than the back, this part will go pretty quickly.
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I've secretly admired your FOs since I joined the forum but now I'm so glad I found this KAL because I have the CPH pattern and will begin knitting it (for my DD) as soon as I purchase the yarn.

Artlady, I wish, wish, wish I lived near you because I would pay you to give me a class in knitting a sweater. I've done a few sweaters but have not been happy with them--even though I've taken care to knit a swatch before each.

I loved seeing your notes and am going to now adopt your practice. I've also loved reading about your blocking techniques. I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).

My daughter lives in Chicago so she's not here for me to measure her favorite sweater. What do I tell her to measure? Is it the across the back--from seam to seam?

Thank you so much Artlady!
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Originally Posted by Hallegold View Post
I've secretly admired your FOs since I joined the forum but now I'm so glad I found this KAL because I have the CPH pattern and will begin knitting it (for my DD) as soon as I purchase the yarn.

Artlady, I wish, wish, wish I lived near you because I would pay you to give me a class in knitting a sweater. I've done a few sweaters but have not been happy with them--even though I've taken care to knit a swatch before each.

I loved seeing your notes and am going to now adopt your practice. I've also loved reading about your blocking techniques. I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).

My daughter lives in Chicago so she's not here for me to measure her favorite sweater. What do I tell her to measure? Is it the across the back--from seam to seam?

Thank you so much Artlady!

Hi Halle!

I so appreciate your kind words and compliments! Thank you very much!

To answer your question about the blocking board and accessories:
Knitpicks.com carries the blocking board that I use. It's called the SPACE BOARD. I can't remember which website I purchased mine from. But I think I paid $10 less than Knitpicks, but that was over a year ago. The blocking wires that I use are called LACE BLOCKING WIRESand I paid the same as Knitpicks is charging.

However, that said, if the investment into a premium blocking board doesn't fit in the ole budget right now...I will tell you that I used to use one of those foldup/accordian type cutting boards (for fabrics) and placed a sheet of
clear vinyl material over it. It works nicely, as long as you can place it on a solid surface like a big kitchen table or the floor.

The blocking wires are a treat! They are absolutely necessary for blocking lace and/or scarves...but they also really speed up the set-up for blocking sweaters! Much less time pinning a zillion pins into the straightaways. But I've only had blocking wires at my beck and call for the past year or so. So for umpteen zillion years...I just did the longhand way! It worked!

So don't feel you have to invest $110 in the premium blocking board and blocking wires. They were a treat that I gave to myself! (That, and a wooden swift and Royal ball winder!) Who else would??

I look forward to helping you with your CPH! I will be available to help you with any questions you have about your yarn choice! Do try to get a yarn that is the correct gauge to start with.

In my opinion, the CPH is one of the easiest cable projects for "new-to-cables" knitters. The cables are simple, and the charts are easy to read, too.

Are you a Raveler yet? If so, mosey on over to my NOTEBOOK page and take a peek at my CPH notes for this blue one...and the green one that I finished a bit ago for my DD.

To answer your question about size and measuring your DD:
Ask her to measure around the fullest part of her chest and her sleeve length (from the top of the shoulder to her wrist bone) Also consider what her overall shape is. Is her waist smaller than her bust and hips? The same? Larger?

I've read a lot of notes and chatter about the CPH on other KAL's and everyone seems to agree...they wish they had made the size larger than they chose. I made the 40" for my DD...and it fits her perfectly. Afterall, it is a jacket! Jackets are supposed to allow room for a shirt! She's a size 6 in dresses and blouses.

The sleeves are supposed to be longish, coming down to the middle
of the hand. The 'waif' look, I call it! Very popular amongst the young!
Nothin' worse than high-water sleeves!





Stay in touch! I check our KAL numerous times throughout
the day M-F...and on Sat/Sun....I check in at least once.

Hugs,

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I've not blocked before and am now going to be a blocking convert (what kind of blocking board do you have and where did you purchase it?).

Hi Hallegold,

I love my blocking board. It's the Sew E-Z Board from Guardian Custom Products and I paid $85 for it. $60 + $25 shipping.

It's heat resistant if you want to steam your FO right on it (w/out touching your FO of course) and the bottom is covered in this material that feels like felt so it doesn't damage table tops in your house. I have the large size and it folds up in half and has carrying handles.

Like Artlady said it was definitely a treat to myself. Before the board I blocked on my ironing board and/or lots of towels.

I'm happy to see you come on board!

Update on my progress: Currently I'm halfway through my 'left front panel' and moving along at a snails pace. I have to work 13 days in a row and I just got through day 4 today. Tomorrow (Fri) I work 13 hours and then go right back to work on Saturday morning. Bleck. Hopefully once work slows down a bit I can devote more time to knitting.
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Thanks so much Artlady and Susan for your replies!

I am definitely going to treat myself to a blocking board and wires.

My daughter is the same size as your's Artlady so I'm going to make the Size 40 also. I know my daughter and she'll want to wear her CPH as a jacket.

I'm going to order the yarn today--the same as your's only in green.

And yes, I'm on Ravelry (same name) so I will check your CPH notes. I already have you as a Friend.
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My blue CPH is Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed
My DD's CPH is Tahki Donegal Tweed.

I prefer the Debbie Bliss because of its itsy bit of angora (the little white puffs/fleckies/tweedies) in it. It's a skoesh softer,too!

I've seen the green (col#08) Debbie Bliss at my LYS, and it's stunning! I would have purchased it for my DD's...but it wasn't 'out' yet.
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