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Sep 10, 2011 22:52:06   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
Some of the ladies have asked me if I could help them design one of my designs and I would be quite willing to do so. I am quite happy to do this if there are at least five of you who want to try this. We will be making either a drop shoulder cardigan or pullover - your choice.

First of all – we will make one of my Coat of Many colors- only instead of using Intarsia as shown in the wine pullover, we will use variegated yarn for the bottom portion as shown in the picture of the cardigan.
It will be easier if you have a bit of knitting experience and most importantly, if you know how to calculate the gauge for knitting. I will help you if you have difficulty with this – there are also places on the web which will show you if you google it.
We won’t be using any fancy stitching so this is not difficult.
I will be starting the sweater next week and you can do either a cardigan or a pullover –

(1)-I use 5.5 (9 US) or 5 (8 US) needles

(2)One large ball of worsted or sport yarn in one color for the yoke and sleeves etc.

(3)One large ball of a variegated worsted or sport yarn for the bottom half of the sweater.

Do your sweater in either of these yarn thicknesses – just make sure you buy the same yarn for bottom and yoke.
I buy the large balls at Walmart – DON’T use your good yarn until you see if you enjoy doing this. The walmart yarn makes a good every day sweater and works well.
This will leave you enough yarn over to knit a scarf or mittens etc. if you are a large size.

(4)Please buy a notebook .

Knit a swatch 4” x 4” and using a gauge ruler or a regular ruler (carefully)

Measure how many stitches you have in each inch – it could be something less than one stitch eg. 3.5 and write this down
It is very important for this sweater for you to do the same measurement for the number of rows. Write down the number of rows per inch and the number of stitches per inch as well as the size of needles you are going to use. You don’t need to follow the gauge mentioned on the label - you will be able to figure out your own number of stitches per inch .

To decide the number of stitches - add l.5 inches to the circumfrence of your hips -- say your hips are 40 inches -- and you have 3.5 stitches per inch or rows per inch you multipy 40 x 3.5 - to get the number of stitches - then divide that number in half to get the number of stitches for the back and front.
you do the same with the rows.

Once you have done both of these – mark them down in your workbook.

(5)Now you will take measurements (it will help if you have someone else take your measurements.

Around the neck
Around the bust,
Around the waist (not necessary for these sweaters but good to have in your measurements.
Around the hips
From underarm to bottom of sweater
From front neck (before border) to bottom of sweater (this will be 3 inches shorter than your back neck to bottom of sweater –
Under arm to bottom of cuff (make your sleeves plenty long - ) I usually add an inch to this measurement for the finished sleeve.
I usually have at least an 8 inch yoke from neck to bottom of yoke --
It is helpful if your yoke starts just under the arm in the front and the back (as this is
the shoulders are attached) A drop sleeve you can then make your sleeve top the same width as the total of front and back once you have sewn them together at the shoulders.

So ladies - get your yarn, do your guage - do your swatches and get your measurements. I will be here tomorrow and gone until Wednesday - please let me know if you are interested!

You can check out other sweaters of this type on my blog-they are completely my own design
red cardigan -variegated yarn
red cardigan -variegated yarn...
pullover -
pullover -...
Sep 10, 2011 23:30:47   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
I'll sign on. I don't usually do sweaters, and I have 70+ UFOs laying about the house, so I don't really need another project. But, I have lots of yarn. I even have a lot of variegated yarn. Until now, all my variegated yarns have gone into blankets and most of them have been given away. I like the idea of making a sweater for myself with some of it.

I hope others sign on, too!

Cardigan ... I think. :-)
Sep 11, 2011 07:58:32   #
I'll sign on also. I'm doing my Christmas knitting but think I deserve something for myself. I like the cardigan also.
Sep 11, 2011 08:20:19   #
This will be my first try at an adult size sweater. This one is for me. Thanks for sharing with us.
Sep 11, 2011 09:09:25   #
I'd like to sign on; will check stash for yarn and take measurements.
Sep 11, 2011 10:09:13   #
Ok, I'm a glutton for punishment. I've gained so much weight, most of my sweaters no longer fit. Time for a new one. Thanks... I'm on. Going to look for the "right" yarn and do my swatch. Haven't done a sweater in a long time. This one looks interesting. Thanks.
Sep 11, 2011 10:14:25   #
Love your sweaters....I'm definitely interested in joining in your group!
Sep 11, 2011 10:20:35   #
I will sign on too, always make things for others and need a sweater for myself. will go get my yarn today and do my swatch, need to get someone to help me measure myself or maybe I can use the body double i use for my sewing to measure the areas I can not reach.
Sep 11, 2011 10:48:14   #
I will sign on, but not sure how we do this, since I have not done this before. Do I just come back to this site? Do you have another place we go to get this done? Shall I send private message? Help!
Sep 11, 2011 11:08:12   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
I mistakenly put the heading in caps -- I don't see the site in the forum but as I am new I am hoping it is still there. I heard from admin about the caps. Sorry about that - didn't realize.

I have made a favorite or book mark for this subject so can access it easily. It might be an idea for you all to do the same so you can find us - grin.

I think I will do it here -- and if we have problems I will do it on my blog -- whichever works -- I think it would be nice if we stayed here.

I am pleased that there are enough of us.

I will start with the actual instructions as to how to set it up on Wednesday or Thursday. Just make sure you do buy a notebook as you will write down everything you do as far as measurements etc. for future use.
I will answer questions but most of it will be in the instructions. You will make the decisions yourself with guidance from me. You will be working on your own - making your own decisions. When I start a sweater I never know exactly how I am going to do it or what if any extra stitch patterns I might decide to use -- we will be winging it which is likely something new for some of you. It is fun and if you stick with us you will be pleased (I sincerely hope so anyway).

This is quite straightforward and not difficult if you take one step at a time.

We will be doing the back first - this lesson will be the same for both the cardigan and the pullover. If you have made yourself a pullover which fitted nicely around the neck -- and you have the pattern -- write down the number of neck stitches you used from that pattern,remember to take the yarn type into consideration-I found that with this way of doing it - it is easy to make the neck too large. and what kind of edging you used -- We will put a collar on the cardigan if you want. below your measurements or on the next page - put in your neck stitches as above -- as well as other stitch numbers and measuresments as you go along.

Important addition to requirements --- you will need a needle smaller than your sweater needles , for your cuffs, neck band and front bands. We will also add a band at the bottom -- I usually use the plain color and only use the variegated for the bottom of the sweater - all borders being the same color as the yoke and sleeves- however- you can decide that for yourself as you don't need to worry about it until we have knitted both the bottoms.

For those who have belonged here for some time -- is the KAL (knit along)
forum restricted in any way, or could we move over there once we are ready to start. This is a new way of doing things for me - I have a fiber arts class where I used to teach landscapes and we had a yahoo group and I sent emails but I would like to try and do this here if possible.

Designer 1234 (Shirley)
Sep 11, 2011 11:25:15   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
We have eight people who are going to do this so it is definitely a 'go'

I am really looking forward to this. I wonder if there are more members who might be interested. As I have mentioned before - I am quite new to this group. I am wondering whether I should do another new topic and give them the link to this one -- It mght be an idea -- the number of people won't affect the class at all -- and ideas are always helpful. Shirley (designer 1234-)
Sep 11, 2011 11:28:55   #
Got you bookmarked and heading to the WalMart to get some yarn and a notebook. I'm ready to go. "See" you on Wed/Thurs. thank you for doing this.
Sep 11, 2011 11:38:00   #
I can't really join in officially, as I'm sure I don't have enough yarn of one type in the stash to make a complete sweater for myself and, in our current financial situation, I'm unable to buy that much more. But, if you'll let me, I'd like to follow along.
Sep 11, 2011 11:43:16   #
Designer1234 (a regular here)
you certainly are welcome -- I hope things pick up for you.

That is one reason why I suggested the walmart yarn as here in Canada the large balls are only $8.88 each so you can knit it for under $20.oo/ They wear well and look nice -- then if someone wants to put more expensive yarn into one, that is good, and they have an idea what they will finish with.

So don't be afraid to ask questions and write down what we do.
I would suggest you copy or save the posts if you can. Shirley
Sep 11, 2011 12:01:05   #
Gosh...I hadn't seen this thread and thank you Jessica-Jean for mentioning it elsewhere! I'm in too!! I love variegated yarn but hate that it always makes horizontal stripes, which make me look like a couch!

Bookmarked and will be hitting the stash later today!! Woo!
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