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careynev
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Posted - 02/16/2008 :  5:13:50 PM  Show Profile Send careynev a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have 1500 yards (!!) of LL Swirk DK in colorway "Argyle" (blue/red/gray). I love it, and think I would like to attempt a sweater with it, but don't know about the color changes.

I've done a little searching for things people have made with the same yarn, and keep coming up with socks & Clapotis...anyone here have any garment ideas?

Thanks.


Judy, the Nerdy Knitter

NastiJ
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Posted - 02/16/2008 :  6:00:52 PM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
on Ravelry there is a pullover:

[img]http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2321/1515369098_940c38a91e_s.jpg[/img]

she says it took 1200 yds. of Swirl DK Black Purl. She used the pattern "Flared Sleeve Pullover" by Melissa Leapman.

regarding the color changes - there seems to be a criss-cross pattern across the bottom of the front - you might try the alternating balls method of breaking that up.

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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careynev
Chatty Knitter

USA
307 Posts

Posted - 02/16/2008 :  7:13:20 PM  Show Profile Send careynev a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks--that looks nice. I guess what I needed was confirmation that it wasn't a silly use of the yarn. I would be happy to make a shawl/stole if I didn't already have plenty. I'll be sure to consider sweaters now.

Thanks.


Judy, the Nerdy Knitter
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Gloria B
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USA
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Posted - 02/23/2008 :  9:50:56 PM  Show Profile Send Gloria B a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love using variegated yarns in seamless top-down or bottom-up pullovers knitted on circular needles. Some people don't like the pooling, but I love the around-the-body swirls that come out when I knit that way.

With hand-dyed yarns, I may use the alternate ball method for just an inch or so when about to change balls. I do that particularly if there's a difference in colors between the various skeins. (If I've ordered yarn I may find that some skeins are darker than others overall, so I'll arrange them in a tonal gradation.) The colors blend in a non-pooling fashion when alternated, and so relate to the knitted-in-the-round sleeves and knitted-in-the-round top of the garment. Or, If the colors are similar enough, I'll knit until I'm about to run out of a skein, pick up another ball, find the place in the second ball where the colors I'll next be knitting start, change balls and continue in an unbroken color swirl. It always comes out lovely. It's my very most favorite way to knit.

I like to do sweaters in a 3/2, 4/2 or 4/3 rib, (or do a cable with longish sections between twists), making the knit side of the ribs wider than the purl sections. Ribs seem to "ground" the swirls.

I'll sometimes cable the areas from high waist to bottom, sleeve ends and shoulder/neckline. Sometimes I make the cable move diagonally in the opposite direction that the swirls lean. The bodice stays plain stockinette. If doing that kind of sweater, I like to knit the bodice an inch or so smaller than my bust measurement.

I really enjoy that the swirls aren't always identical depending on which skein of hand-dyed yarn I'm using. But I may be an odd breed!

Gloria B

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