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Old 01-26-2009, 08:46 PM   #31
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I would have never thought to color code the pattern, of course, I have never done anything quite so complicated either! I would probably have been going all crazy and crossed eyed trying to figure out what the difference was between all those symbols too. Thanks!

I did manage a cuff and about 7 inches of seed stitch for the first sleeve last night. It makes for very nice mindless knitting TV time!
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Old 01-26-2009, 10:21 PM   #32
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BTW, line by line, row by row, this cable chart isn't all that hard.
It's just that there are soooo many symbols. GADS.

It's kinda like Fair Isle Knitting...a sweater might have a hundred different colors, but you only have to deal with two at a time per row! So, row by row...it ain't all that bad!
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:00 PM   #33
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MODIFICATIONS FOR ARTLADY
I've decided to eliminate the HOOD in favor of this standup
style collar that I saw over in the SYLVI Group on Rav.
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Raia/sylvi
She stated that she started knitting from the
neckline of the FRONTS and BACK with 1x1 ribbing
for double the height she wanted the collar, and turned
it to the inside and whip stitched it into place. She worked
2 button holes, as the PHOTO ABOVE shows. I think it
would require making 4 holes so that when the
collar in turned down to the inside, they match up and
create just two real buttonholes. She didn't elaborate
all that much. Anyhoo, this is the PERFECT collar for me.

I've also decided I'm not going to work the inside-out seam.
I am not wild about it at all.
I'm going to work the conventional mattress seam.

It is a standup collar,
and doesn't lay down over any
of the flowers and leaves in the BACK.
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Old 01-27-2009, 03:02 PM   #34
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LOVE that collar!!!!

Will have to check with my daughter to see what she thinks.
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:37 AM   #35
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I just got a letter today from Parcel Force saying they have my yarn, so I have paid the customs duty and hopefully it will be here tomorrow or Friday.

I not sure what I will do about the hood yet, but I think I will do a normal seam as I don't like the seams on the outside. Would like to do something on the fronts as the coat looks a bit bland if you don't know what is on the back.
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Originally Posted by Karina View Post
Would like to do something on the fronts as the coat looks a bit bland if you don't know what is on the back.
Hi Karina!

I agree with you about the FRONTS. I'm still mulling it over.

When you look at the FRONT, ho hum....ho hummmmmm.

Then, when you turn around: BLAM!
There's a surprising EXPLOSION of detail from top to bottom.

OK, here is a way we could approach it:

1) knit the sleeves first (this gives us a good 'feel' for the gauge)

2) knit the LEFT FRONT plain (I wouldn't put motifs on both FRONTS...it would be overkill)

3) knit the BACK (we can view the 'real deal' and this helps us assess the look and size of all the motif possibilities)

4) knit the RIGHT FRONT, making a decision about what motifs to include in it; after knitting the entire BACK, we'll have a good 'feel' for the cable motifs; we can decide what parts of the cable motifs to extract from the chart and incorporate into the RIGHT FRONT; it could be something as simple as one flower, vine, and two leaves trailing up from the hem of the RIGHT FRONT!

5) join sleeves to body and knit the hood (or collar)

As I said in an earlier post, I am always fighting with the length of my sleeves. I am a 5' gal, so my arms are proportionately shorter as well. I'm going to knit my sleeves just to 15" before starting the raglan shaping, put the sleeve stitches on waste yarn...and won't finish the sleeves til the LEFT FRONT and BACK are done. This will allow me to mock-seam (clip) the BACK, LEFT FRONT and half LEFT SLEEVE together for a 'fitting'. By that try-on, I'll know whether or not to leave the sleeve at 15" and start the raglan shaping at the armholes...or knit some more length to the sleeve.

This coat will be a very simple knit for the most part. By taking time to tinker around with such details as swatching, our sleeve length, try-on fittings, etc...we will ensure a good fitting coat!

It is rather fun to plan this coat, isn't it? The modification possibilities are endless! Modifying the coat to suit our own body type and our own taste is interesting.

BTW, I am in the process of getting directions on how modify the coat to fit a bustier woman. I posted the issue over at the Rav group. Someone there has promised to post new directions (in the TWIST BLOG) for modifying the coat to fit a well-endowed bust.
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Artlady that sounds like a good plan to me.
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I love the collar idea. I was hoping someone would come up with something other than the hood, and thanks for sharing, ArtLady. I am going to block my three swatches which I used 10,10/12 and 11 needles. I am certain it will indeed be the size 11 and then will start color-coding. I don't think my printer will enlarge the chart sufficiently but will fiddle around and maybe it will.
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Another idea for the plain FRONTS, and I saw this over at Ravelry SYLVO Group: Knit some pockets up, big squares or rectangles; stitch them onto SYVLI either the conventional mounting with the opening at the north...or a side mounting, with your hand entering from the side. We could embellish the front of the pocket with some I-cord stems, a couple of simple leaves, and maybe a small knitted flower.

Here is Rain's SYLVI:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Rain/sylvi
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:20 AM   #40
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WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO

last night I finished February Ladies Sweater!!! My LAST big progject that I vowed to complete before starting Sylvi. Tonight i swatch!!!!!!!!!

WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOO

This is a long Firehouse weekend so knitting will commence!!!


Just found out that Kinkos can enlarge to charts to 11 x 17 for about 40 cents per page. Headed there on my lunch hour.

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