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draymer
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Posted - 10/05/2011 :  2:06:51 PM  Show Profile Send draymer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have styroform heads (male and female) which I use for my charity knitting. I have seen sock blockers. But does anyone use a dress form or something similar for sweater knitting? The sweaters always look so nice on the forms on the knitting shows, but I know those are half forms (no back). I guess I could get a regular dress form. Is that necessary? (I know I could just swatch, but what fun is that?)

ClimberKnits
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Posted - 10/05/2011 :  6:40:08 PM  Show Profile Send ClimberKnits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My knitting group recently had a rollicking good time making our own body doubles out of duct tape and an old t-shirt. The directions were in a book that someone had. They were not very expensive and took about two rolls of tape (plus or minus for sizing.) We'll have to see how they hold up, but it was worth the effort for the hilarious time we had wrapping each other.
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Shalee
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Posted - 10/05/2011 :  8:18:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A duct tape body double! LOL just visualizing about it! Actually, I used to sew a lot and do have a regular dress form but have never used it for knitting.

Sharon in NW PA
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marjotse
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  04:23:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
In Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard there are directions how to make a body double from T-shirts and duct tape. I actually find that I know my own body quite all right and have no problems adjusting patterns for that, but for grading, e.g. when extending a pattern from my size to a range, I think a dress form that one can change in size (like this one: http://tinyurl.com/69mvv9b ) would be a very good thing. one day.... one day.....

Marjolein

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Kade1301
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  05:12:46 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have dress forms to present shawls. Occasionally I use them for developing exotic shawl shapes. There's not much point in using the standard display forms for knitting sweaters, because the shape does not correspond to any real person I know - the waist is MUCH to narrow (I thought about getting an adjustable one for sewing, but so far I didn't want to spend the money). I don't knit sweaters for other people and my own I try on myself.

Bye, Klara

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socks4all
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  08:11:49 AM  Show Profile Send socks4all a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I don't use a dress form to block my sweaters, that would not allow good air circulation and would therefore take longer to dry. I use a wooley board. Here is just the first site I found when I googled "wooley board" http://store.knitting-warehouse.com/074194.html (sorry I don't know how to make the hyperlink but you can copy & paste).
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draymer
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  08:41:04 AM  Show Profile Send draymer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks to everyone who responded. I agree, wouldn't be good to fit sweaters. The wooley board looks good; I think I will ask my fil to make one for me!
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hillstreetmama
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Posted - 10/06/2011 :  6:47:29 PM  Show Profile Send hillstreetmama a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I like that! I wonder if someone could come up with a pattern to make one in large sizes. It would be great to adjust the sleeves to the width you want, the waist to the circumference you need...just put the damp sweater on the form, and next day the sweater fits you perfectly!

I realize that that's what flat blocking does, too, but I don't have a good place to do it, and I'm constantly going around the piece with my tape measure, measuring, re-measuring, re-re-measuring. A form would be nicer.

Jan
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Kade1301
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  05:31:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Actually, for blocking sweaters the form should be from stainless steel wires to allow for air circulation. And that reminds me that I have seen wire dress forms in antique shops (and probably the shape was just as unrealistic as for modern display forms). But maybe somebody is out there who could make one? Except I'm not sure about adding arms to a dress form...

Happy knitting! Klara

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lella
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Posted - 10/07/2011 :  10:50:33 AM  Show Profile Send lella a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The foam forms, like the one I have, might work to block sweaters but, of course, not the sleeves.

And, chicken wire is pretty flexible. Maybe the tiny stuff would work. Just Joking! Stainless steel is the metal trustworthy enough to have around wet knits.

Oh, the Duct Tape Doubles will fall apart if they get wet, just as duct tape peels off in the rain when used to seal tree cuts, but it takes awhile. So, not too damp if you use one, m'friends.

Lella

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knitfan2
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Posted - 10/08/2011 :  08:07:34 AM  Show Profile Send knitfan2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a half form (no back) for sale. The asking price is $20, plus shipping. Excellent condition, no chips, stains or dents. I have pictures if you are interested. Please send me a pm on Ravelry. My name there is knitfan2.
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marjotse
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  09:05:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Today I came upon this link: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/3659/clone-yourself-a-fitting-assistant

4 different ways to make a dressform (some with duct tape).

Marjolein

http://kantajour.blogspot.com
my photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98299499@N00/
On Ravelry: Marjotse
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draymer
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  5:13:58 PM  Show Profile Send draymer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Marjotse. That should do it! I can always count of people here to help! Debra
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Wen
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Posted - 10/30/2011 :  1:17:51 PM  Show Profile  Visit Wen's Homepage Send Wen a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a glass head for hats which is really good. I was thinking about a form for sweaters because I have to make the fronts wider than the back so drying them flat is really difficult. (I'm not 2 dimensional!) I would have to get an adjustable one. A friend of mine uses one and it is convenient. We do live in a warm and windy climate though so the drying isn't as bad.

Wen


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