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-- COAT OF MANY COLORS Sweater "A"
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The first one we will talk about will be my COAT OF MANY COLORS .
This sweater (A) is a drop sleeve cardigan with a plain colored yoke and a multi colored bottom section. The bottom section will be knitted vertically. It is knit from the bottom UP.
You will also need to have markers on hand -- scissors, blunt needle - and whatever other knitting supplies you use.
NOTE: please set up a NOTEBOOK
You will use a notebook to keep track of what you are doing - number of stitches, inches, all the things you do - you won't remember it for future use -
plans for your 'A" COAT OF MANY COLORS
You can decide whether you want to use
#1 different variegated yarns, for the bottom, plain colored
yoke and sleeves
#2 - different colored yarns from your stash ( that is what I used in the avatar.
My sweaters are all done with the variety of colors -but be prepared to spend some time weaving in your ends- ( I found it easier to do this as I went along
rather than wait until the sweater was finished.
3 = do your sweater in one color using different patterns.
#4 - or do your bottom in different width stripes or the same width stripes. remember when the bottom is finished the stripes will be vertical - not horizontal the way it is knitted.
You can do the bottom of the cardigan in one long piece ,knit sideways around the body - incorporating strips of color, intarsia colors (like my avatar), different colors and different stitches -- or one or two plain colors. Once you follow the ideas here, you will knit the bottoms sideways in strips but turn them before you start the yoke so that the strips will then be vertical.
YOU will be the one who designs this sweater- I just help you figure out the method.
I have decided to do my sweater the way I always do -first the back and then two fronts separately - and I rather like doing it that way - especially if you want to take a tuck under the arm to help shape the sweater.
f you want to do it i IN ONE PIECE AROUND THE CIRCUMFERENCE you will have to divide it under the arms , holding both fronts on holders while you do the back -- etc. (we can decide that when you get your bottom finished.)
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You do NOT have to mark down all the following measurements to make these sweaters. HOwever, I strongly suggest that the more measurements of your body you can have together in your notebook -the easier it will be to do your own designing-
For the "Coat of many Colors sweater- you will need the measure #4 on the list- and also measure from your under arm to 2 or 3 inches above where you want the bottom of your sweater or coat.
For the TOP DOWN (B), you need to measure the circumference of your neck -- if you want a high neck, - you can then add inches if you want a wider neck line.
We will do the other measurements as we go along.
As you take your measurements please put them in your notebook for future use.
1: circumference of YOUR NECK - -
2-Around the bust --circumference
3: around the waist (circumference)
4: Around the widest point of your stomach or hips -- If you have a larger measure ment around the stomach then use this measurement - if it is the hips , use this measurement.
5: Length from the back of the neck where the neck band or collar will be to the waistline.
5A-from the neck to where you want the yoke to end (under the arm works best)
6: Length of the front of the neck where the collar or neck band will be to the waist line -- There should be at least 6" difference between 5 and 6 --
I usually do a straight back neck and have it fairly narrow and have the front neck dip lower - especially if I am doing a pullover - as it has to go over the head and I like the fit better than a wider neck--
7: width across of back neck - straight across from one side of the neck to the other. 7a- width of top of sleeve to the shoulder-
8: length of each front side of the cardigan- starting at the shoulder seam, and curving to to top of your cardigan -- YOu can vary this measurement with each sweater. You can also add a collar --this can be adjusted to the sweater you decide to make -- put this measurement in anyway so you will have it.
9 - You now will measure from the shoulder neck to the
bottom of the yoke. I always use at least 7" most of my cardigans are more than that. -- if you are busty -- you will measure to the neck and when the time comes to knit your sweater you will use larger needles for the front portion and also, if you are knowledgeable enough you can use short rows to increase the size for the bust --The yoke measurement should be from the shoulder to under the arm - where it will be attached to the bottom of the sweater.
10 - from the bottom of the yoke to 2"-3" above the length of your sweater-
11.You will also measure straight up from under the arm to the shoulder - this will be a DROP SLEEVE-CARDIGAN so you don't need to shape the shoulder. If you are an experience knitter you may decide to shape the arm holes but I recommend you knit along with us. All my original coats of many colors are drop sleeves.
REMEMBER: WE do this sweater (A) by MEASUREMENTS - NOT BY PATTERN -- it is not difficult.- but it is a different way of doing things. You should not have to look at a pattern while you do this, unless it is at the neck and you know the number of stitches you like around your neck.
We will be using worsted weight yarn - or sport weight yarn -- if you do the bottom in worsted - you will do the sleeves and yoke in worsted, OR sport weight yarn works well for this sweater too - it will be lighter .(it will mean more knitting -- If you use worsted -size 5.5 needles
if you use sport - size 5 needles- (this is not written in stone) you can decide this for yourself as we will be doing a swatch to figure out the number of stitches per inch. Once you have done a swatch you won't change the needle size unless you want a larger yoke in the fronts of the sweater to meet a larger bust size. (I would do a swatch using both size needles in this case)
Make sure you make your swatch -- it should be at least 5 INCHES SQUARE. Look at the stitch thickness and decide if you want it looser or tighter. Once you decide on your needles, you will use them for the whole sweater (except as stated above and the cuff ribs, rib around the neck and down the front and the border at the bottom which will be added last - 2 - 2.5 inches.)