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Old 08-06-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
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FO: LARA FOR LAURALEE!
PATTERN: LARA
SOURCE: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Collection
YARN: 15 sk Debbie Bliss "SOHO"
COLOR: 37503 (olive, grey, cream, rose, blue)

This sweater is a STASH BUSTER! I've had this yarn for years!
An impulsive Ebay purchase. Oy! Why do I do that to myself??

Knit all in one piece, basically cuff-to-cuff.
A lot of Rav knitters have made it repeatedly, and find the unusual construction to be fun and easy. Not so with me.
I don't much like unusual sweater construction. I muddled through this pattern like a blind person acting on faith alone.
I knit this pattern about 4 years ago, and still bumbled along on this 2nd Lara!

I prefer conventional 4-5 piece sweater construction, with seaming.
It was a pain to block this sweater, too.








MY ONLY MODIFICATION: made a garter ridge border all along what would turn out to be the bottommost edge. It won't roll up with this border. I kinda like it. Rather jackety looking. Crocheted edges just don't cut it IMHO. And are usually ineffective at preventing the "stocking stitch roll".

Blocking:

I didn't have enough space to lay the entire thing out single layer...so had to block it like this. It took a long time to completely dry. Fortunately, our hometown area had 103 degress temps while I was in the mountains for a week. I had left LARA to dry for the week.



I think it will look fantastic with her green eyes, don't you?

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Old 08-06-2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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looks fabulous as always. i gotta say i prefer minimal seaming on my pieces (like the shrug i just finished)
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Well for all your bumbling along, it turned out beautiful! LOVE that yarn too!!!
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It's beautiful!
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It's beautiful! You'd rather seam??
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Oooh, I love it!! Gorgeous yarn colors for a gorgeous girl -- she'll look beautiful in it. The construction of this sweater is intriguing to me. I think I'll have to try this one. Thanks!
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Beautiful sweater and she will look lovely in it, though I have a feeling she looks lovely in whatever she wears.

I am always looking for patterns in one piece construction. I'm not much on seaming unless it's on my sewing machine.

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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
...You'd rather seam??
Well, it's not so much the seaming I love...rather, it's knitting the 5 pieces separately, and blocking them separately. "All in one piece" is an unmanageable nightmare from which I can't wait to extricate myself!

Mattress seaming is very easy. It takes time, but it is such a wonderful way to put pieces together! The perfection it turns out is incredible! Some seams are almost invisible. I really take pride in my seams.

I didn't always know how to do the mattress seam. Before that, seaming was a horrid experience. No matter how much I tried, the 'outside' view of the seam was awful. I had to seam something 10 times to get it right.

Mattress seaming, being done with the RS facing, is perfect the first go-around. The only tricky part is the beginning. To get the two edges to be perfectly even and aligned.
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I've done a little mattress seaming and it was okay, but I had a lot of trouble on the sleeves. I like seamless and since I don't use blockable yarns usually it's not a problem for me anyway.
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Old 08-07-2009, 12:55 AM   #10
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Gr8 jobs...Its superbbbbbbbb n neatly done ... u shud be proud of it
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