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Old 10-22-2008, 07:54 PM   #511
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Gina: here you go!

The second picture is a close up of the centre cables. Can you make them out?
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Old 10-22-2008, 10:45 PM   #512
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Christine, your cables show up about as well as mine! I think it will be a lovely sweater!
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Christine, I had an idea that might make your cables stand out more: why not carry an extra piece of black DMC Pearl Cotton along with the Ragg yarn, just in the areas of the cables?

You know how folks knit with extra thin "flag" or "eyelash" yarns along with the regular dk or worsted?

Well, you could do this with any thin black yarn! It could make the cables a darker shade than the sweater itself. You would pick up and knit with the black Pearl Cotton at the first stitch of the cable...and after knitting the last stitch of the cable, drop it, let it hang in the back...and continue to the end of the row with the Ragg only.
Then...when doubling back and knitting the wrong side...when you come to the black Pearl Cotton dangling at the beginning of the wrong side of the cable, pick up and knit with the black Pearl Cotton til the end of the cable, then drop the black Pearl Cotton and knit to the end of the row with Ragg only.

Get what I mean?

I don't think the black Pearl Cotton will significantly increase the thickness of the cabled area...but I think it definitely could add some depth of color to the cables and make them pop.

Or, really...any thinnish black yarn would work, too.

It's an idea.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:14 PM   #514
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I spent the evening fixing mistakes. I discovered that knitting the first stitch of every row makes me more liable to make a mistake on the 2nd stitch, but only one one row. I thought I found two stitches that were knit instead of purled, but after I dropped the stitches down and picked them back up TWICE, I found more--I had to drop all the way down to the ribbing! Oh well. It's fixed and I prefer fixing to frogging!!! My fronts are now 11.5", so not much progress today.
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Old 10-26-2008, 08:27 PM   #515
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I finished my fronts today! I did both at once. Is it a good idea to do the sleeves that way, too?
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Congrats Gina!! I've heard that doing both sleeves at once is a good idea because they are done at the same time. If you don't mind having two balls of yarn going at the same time it's a good idea. I prefer just to do one at a time but that is because my yarn tangles up on me. Great work, I can't wait to see a picture.

I got to 1-1/2 inches before the armhole decreases on my back before I had to stop.
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Awe, Christine! I sure wish you were doing better! I'm surprised to see you on here since your doctor doesn't want you on the computer! Be sure you take care of yourself!
I just got a book that was highly recommended that you might get (library or bookstore). It's called "7 Steps to a Pain Free Life."
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I'm working on the sleeves and they feel like they're going to be too tight, even though I made a bigger size. Has anyone re-sized these or added more increases? It seems fine at the wrist, but just below the elbow, it feels too tight. Input, anyone?
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Suggestion:

Here is something I did before finishing sleeves I thought would be too tight, or too long:

Take the BACK (I hope you've finished it first): Use safety pins to mark out the number of stitches (widthwise) that will reflect the number of stitches of the sleeve at the elbows, mid-bicep, and top of sleeves...moving up the right number of rows inbetween each set of pins.

Now using those markers (6 in all in 3 locations)...make a "mock sleeve" by using a basting stitch...or just safety pin it together to make a mock sleeve. Then put your arm into your fake sleeve. See how it fits.

If it is too tight...un-baste or un-pin it...and move the safety pins on each end, moving them maybe 2 stitches each. You will be making the sleeve 4 stitches wider in each location. Then "seam" it together again, using a basting stitch or just pinning it. Don't use straight pins. You might stab yourself.
The try it on again.

If it now fits good, you have your work order cut out for you.

You can effectively now add extra increases at each end prior to the elbow, then prior to mid-bicep, then prior to the top of the sleeve. I say "prior" because by the time you are AT the elbow...these stitches must in play.

You can remove the extra stitches eventually by K2Tog evenly and gradually across certain rows during the sleeve cap shaping region.

This has worked for me. I'm certain there are other methods, maybe easier. But I like making a mock sleeve using the BACK because it's already knit up.
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What a great idea! I wish I had done that before I started the sleeves. I'm already at the elbow. I already added one extra increase, and that helped a lot.
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