I have to admit it, I messed up. Though I was on gauge. Wasn't, made my sleeves to long before attaching, and way to big around. So I get to frog the whole sweater, and restart, restart, restart, lol. Oh well, isn't the first time, won't be the last. And I had it all finished except the steeking, yikes!!! Anyone game to start over with me after the holidays, or start for the first time????
Okay, I will be casting on here later tonight or tomorrow. I will be working with the body first. The other thing I need to watch for is that after I attach the sleeves, I may need to hurry the decreases a bit, as I am very short lengthwise from armhole to shoulder. Told you I have fit issues. I don't want the armholes hanging down to my elbows, lol.
i am about to finally begin knitting this sweater. the yarn has been patiently waiting for a long time and it is now ready!
i've read through the older posts but can't seem to locate the one i was looking for. it was about what you would do different if you knit this cardi again and i remember reading something in there that i wanted to do but now i can't find it. i'll look again and just start on my sleeves in the meantime.
HA! never mind i did find the thread! i was just trying to read too many posts and guess i got side tracked right before i got to it.
Way to go, I am going to work on mine later after kids go to bed. And I get settled down from sorting yarn bins. I have been listing everything, going to work on pics tomorrow. Then I will be playing of ravelry to get my stash listed, could be scary, lol.
just checked and it is super fine merino, acrylic microfiber, and 10% cashmere, super soft.
sorry for taking so long to get back to you! life, you know...
i was wanting to know about the hems- casting on with a single thread, seaming as you go or sewing the hem down later, and yes, janet is right, the waist shaping part. it seems like most people were happy with the sleeves as the pattern is written but the hem on the body was flipping up. i think i will just do a small sample sleeve and see which way i like the look of. hopefully i will actually get this started this week because i've been wanting to do it for a long time and my yarn keeps crying to get out of the drawer. =)
Karen, I tried seaming the hem as you go and also sewing the hems down (2 different sweaters). The hem that was seamed as you go did turn up more than the one that was sewn down. Blocking can help here, though. And I did not cast on with a single thread -- I used double all along.
I have started over with the dark green DK. Love it so far, definitely should fit now. I have done the purl row to turn the hem, so a long way to go still. I have also decided to do a second one, this time from Alpaca Cloud Tango (red) with a neutral strand going through. I think I will be happy with both. The DK one should be warm for winters, and the lace one too, but lighter weight.
Catch you later, hugs
First I tried 3 different size needles, and made a swatch, for gauging, and to see what the fabric would look like. I liked the one that I used size 6 needles on, so that is the gauge that I based my sweater on. I took my widest point, (my bust and hips match) and figured out which count to cast on from the pattern. I was only a 3 stitches more than what my personal gauge would be, so I was able to cast on a smaller number of stitches. The difference is in the length. So I will have to be careful and do some measuring for when I attach the sleeves and work the upper section of the sweater. If you have any more questions, let me know and I will try and simplify it for you. I figured what the yardage would be using one strand rather than 2 held together, and the lace weight doesn't really add any extra bulk, so I had a skein that had 800 yards in it and have plenty left over.