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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  07:30:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
after umpteen scarves. It was the first pattern in this month's Vogue Knitting, the placket-neck top. Unfortunately, the pattern was wrong and had no neck or finishing instructions (except for embroidery, which I skipped). Helpful people on this forum advised me to pick up four rows of seed stitch at the neck to match the bottom.

The pattern also didn't specify that there should be two vents at the sides, although there were little seed stitch border things that would imply it. So I'm glad I didn't mattress stitch down each entire side.

I'm still too afraid to make anything with sleeves those armholes and sleeve caps look so scary!

In the past when I tried to knit a sleeveless top in the round, I've gotten really intimidated. This top was knit straight and had less stitches to worry about counting since it was in two pieces.

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Jenny
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  08:38:37 AM  Show Profile Send Jenny a Private Message
You go girl! Congratulations. If you conquered this, you can do anything.
Jenny
WA State
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  08:44:45 AM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
thank you! I have such a sleeve phobia though!

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gibsongirl
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  10:26:12 AM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
Your completed top looks great--it definitely seems to fit properly, judging by the photos on your blog. Kudos to you for sticking with it, even in the face of meager pattern assistance!

As for conquering sleeve-phobia, I'd recommend trying raglan sleeves first, rather than set-in sleeves. Raglan sleeves are much easier to match up and seam properly, and you can find tons of free patterns for fashionable raglan sweaters and cardigans online.

-gibsongirl
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  2:11:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
hi gibsongirl,

are raglan sleeves the kind where you see a diagonal line across each sleeve?

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Ivynforestsmom
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  4:32:03 PM  Show Profile Send Ivynforestsmom a Private Message
What a cute tank! Congratulations!
Yvonne

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gibsongirl
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  5:05:44 PM  Show Profile Send gibsongirl a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by pianogal

hi gibsongirl,

are raglan sleeves the kind where you see a diagonal line across each sleeve?

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That's exactly right. There's a great tutorial in a past issue of Knitty that explains different sleeve types. Raglan sleeves are easy to do because they involve a simple decrease/increase at regular intervals to create the diagonal line. An example of one of the free patterns I was thinking of when I first replied is the raglan cardigan at cosmicpluto knits, and there are plenty on knitty.com as well. I think raglan sleeves create a nice modern look without too much fabric bulk under the arms, as in the case of some drop-sleeved designs.

-gibsongirl
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becka always
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  5:51:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit becka always's Homepage Send becka always a Private Message
WAY TO GO!!!! Good for u!! U did a great job

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azblueskies
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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  5:53:35 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
Beautiful! You did a fantastic job. I'm still in the scarves/bags phase myself but want to try a summer top soon. Hope I can do as well.
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/19/2005 :  6:56:42 PM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
thanks so much ivy, rebecca and azblueskies :-)

gibsongirl I really appreciate the sleeve link. I've always wondered about all those sleeve types!

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SerMom
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Canada
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Posted - 04/21/2005 :  3:52:16 PM  Show Profile Send SerMom a Private Message
You did a very nice job with that top! If you're nervous abput sleeves, try a babt sized project. That would give you a chance to expriment, without being such a major time commitment.

Barbara
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azknitter
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Posted - 04/21/2005 :  6:16:18 PM  Show Profile Send azknitter a Private Message
I love that kind of neckline, and you did a great job of it!

Trish
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/22/2005 :  11:16:09 AM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
SerMom, good idea for the baby top. I'll try that.
AZknitter, thank you! The pattern was incomplete, I was glad someone here explained that I needed to add a new ball of yarn on the other side of the placket, and that I needed to pick up 4 rows of seed stitch. If an expert here hadn't been able to decode the picture, I don't think I would have been able to finish the project :-)

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bassetslave
New Pal

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Posted - 04/22/2005 :  3:33:08 PM  Show Profile Send bassetslave a Private Message
Don't sweat the sleeves. Try a simple T-shirt where the back and front pieces are the same and you don't make the sleeves separately. Meaning, you knit from the bottom up and then cast on extra stitches at the armhole when it's time to start the sleeves.

I've made a number of these kinds of T-shirts from a pattern in "Simply Beautiful Sweaters," called the "Ribbon Tee Shirt." I've made it in Brown Sheep cotton fleece, in cotton blends, and in a 3-strand combination of leftover yarns that equal the proper guage in cotton and acrylic and boucle. Fast to knit, comfortable to wear. And a good way to use up some of the novelty yarn leftovers I always have. The last one I made was the 3 strands of yarn--one dk weight cotton, varigated wine color, one cotton and acrylic boucle in dark coral colors, and I put a vertical stripe down the middle of it in a furry bright coral novelty yarn. Looks great (and decreased my stash!).

The book is available in my library and I simply xeroxed a few patterns from it. If you can't find it, send me a message and I'll send you copy of it.


Bernie
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pianogal
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 04/22/2005 :  8:21:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit pianogal's Homepage Send pianogal a Private Message
that's very nice of you, Bernie! thanks for the info.

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