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Old 05-11-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Weeks of searching: A empire waist/baby doll type sweater??
I've googled and googled till my googler is sore!

I'm looking for an empire waist, baby doll type sweater like one sees in all those "Forever 21" type stores. I want to be forever 21 too!

I've found a few candidates, but none quite right: some were cardigans, some had criss-crossing busts, most others had a ribbon to cinch the waist. I want something very simple and unadorned, like this lovely cashmere version:

http://www.shirtsnob.com/pictures/alevinebabydoll.jpg

Given the popularity of this style, I thought it would be easy to find online. But I give up! I just can't find it.

Ideas??

Many, many thanks!

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Old 05-11-2009, 01:27 PM   #2
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Have you seen these?
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index...6442.msg913405
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer08/PATTheyteach.html
http://www.blueskyalpacas.com/patter...patterns_ID=75
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTdahlia.html


Seems like most do have ribbon or a knit or crochet chain to draw them in under the bust. You could always run elastic on the inside if you didn't want it to show.
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:34 PM   #3
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Thank you! I have seen those.

The alpaca one might work, if I can replace the ribbon with elastic.

I also really like the cabled one, but I need a more modest neckline, and long sleeves. I'm a new knitter, so I'm not so good at modifying pattern. I can make some changes...maybe. But I can't imagine that I'll do a very good job modifying a plunging neckline. It would probably come out puckery or uneven.

Hmmmmmm.

I also found a nice one (2 actually) at Annies Attic, but it is a cardigan. I'm sure there is a logical way to turn a cardigan pattern into a pullover pattern, but since I'd actually like to wear the result in public, I'm not sure I'm ready to figure it out.
http://image.drgnetwork.com/product/...seup/23354.jpg

Maybe if I buy the yarn at my local shop, the owner would help me a bit? (Or maybe not--last time I was browsing in there, they were complaining about customers wanting THEM to recalculate the pattern for a different gague.)

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Old 05-25-2009, 06:57 AM   #4
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THe summer issue of Interweave Knits had 2 with an empire waist
Look on Ravelry for how others modified them- added length/added a bit higher neck line etc
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Old 05-25-2009, 07:06 AM   #5
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I'd try www.garnstudio.com. They have loads of that sort of pattern, and all free.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:24 AM   #6
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To change a cardigan into a pullover, knit the fronts as one piece, then divide when you get to the neck shaping and follow the instructions for the shaping.
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Old 05-25-2009, 09:43 AM   #7
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You could make this one in long sleeves:

http://www.patternworks.com/productd...ER-PATTERN.htm

Or close this:

http://www.patternworks.com/productd...OP-PATTERN.htm

Have you looked through patternfish.com? They have hundreds of patterns, too at a minimal cost.

Personally, I'd rather be 31 Forever!

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41 was a good age too....
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Francy,

I really like the empire waist top that you included in your original post!

I had only a little bit of time to look this morning. I found 3 patterns that are similar but may entail more detail than what you desire.

http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi...d_id=3&lang=us
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi...d_id=2&lang=us
http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/vi..._id=18&lang=us

I highly recommend looking at http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com and http://www.garnstudio.com. I didn't even get close to looking at all the patterns at Garn Studio.

Hope this helps.
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Shoot, 51 is starting to look pretty good too!

Good luck in your search, Francy!
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