Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Lets not forget the Sleeves:
I've even seamed the shoulders and sides. I don't have a picture to share, so you will have to take my word for it! The next stage is picking up stitches for the collar and skirt - and since I LOVE doing this, I hope to have a finished sweater soon.
Lisa from knittingupastorm.blogspot.com
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Source: Interweave Knits Fall 2007
Yarn: 5 skeins of Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Purple
Needles: Size 9 Addi Turbos
Started: September 2007
Finished: November 17, 2007
Modifications: The word on the street is the sleeves run small so I increased an extra 2 stitches at either end and only kept with the same amount of decreases.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I'm working with Berocco Ultra Alpaca that I had in stash. It's really soft and very close to the Peruvia color that's used in the magazine.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Tilted Duster is my first Norah Gaughan's project. I like very much the construction of this pattern; it's so original!
I casted on two weeks ago; I'm knitting the skirt now. This is my last Winter project, because in Southamerica is Spring now, altough the weather is cold and rainy yet.
The yarn is similar to Malabrigo's Merino; it's from a local store, Yanabey. I'm using 7 mm needles:
Monday, October 8, 2007
Needles: US 9's for gauge
Size: I did the 45" bust, since I was going down a needle size and because I wanted a little extra bust room. (Worked out well for me.)
Mods: None, but for change in needle size.
I finally finished my Tilted Duster. I first did the collar as written and didn’t like it so I ripped it out and left out the buttonholes. Then I made a loop and sewed on one button. I usually wear sweaters open and it will look better this way. I can also fold down the collar and it looks good that way too.
I used Berroco Peruvia in Marron that I bought at Webs on my summer vacation. It is soft and warm and I can’t wait for the weather to get cool enough to wear it.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Notes about this project:
If you knit it in malabrigo (or a similiar kettle dyed or hand dyed yarn) do some looking before you start. In hindsight I wish I had purposely chosen which two balls to use for my sleeves. One sleeve has a lot more of the lighter pink in it than the other. But rather than rip, I decided to "embrace" the kettle dyed qualities.
I was afraid I was going to run out of yarn, so I knit the fronts, the back, the sleeves, and then the collar. That way if I ran short I could just shorten the skirt. Turns out I was fine. I used way less than 6 balls of the red mahogany malabrigo on size 10 needles for the 40" size. It came out a bit bigger than 40" because my gauge was off, but I had planned for that.
Regardless of the yarn issue, I think knitting the skirt last was a good idea. The skirt is long and tough to get through, but it's nice to know that you're done at that point.
As you can see my duster is hanging out in the yarnstore (near the malabrigo and the IK) until it gets cool enough to wear it here. All in all, I must say, I *adore* this sweater!
Ooops! I forgot something. I had saved my original swatch so I tested out steam iron blocking it. It worked fine and didn't hurt the precious yarn so that's how I got the curl out of the stockinette portions of the skirt.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Yep, I know - I went pin crazy..Hee hee.
Lisa @ knittingupastorm.blogspot.com
I'm using Classic Elite Skye Tweed - not soft like the Peruvia, but I like the way it looks, and I'm stash-busting!
Monday, October 1, 2007
I really liked the way this sweater turned out, though. I re-knit the top portion after changing yarns (from Elann Sierra Aran to Malabrigo) and it worked out a lot better. I would make another one, for sure. It was a fun and simple pattern. I think I have inspired a couple of friends to try it out, too. I am going to go search for some buttons and have it put together properly, then I will post a pic. All the other progress pics look great. I really like to see all the different versions.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
The lighting is poor but I'm much more satisfied this time around! Especially since I used one of the bind off tips mentioned somewhere below; slipping the last stitch to minimize the "stairs" effect. :)
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
I am using Malabrigo in the Damask colorway and loving it. Its really soft and butter and smooth.
Here is my friend Rincaro posing with her Tilted Duster also in Malabrigo.
Happy Knitting to all!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I am making the 44" size for (what I have to now admit) my disproportionately larger chest of 45". What I have found: The pieces across the bust fit okay, and the sleeves are tight, but also okay. The skirt is only half-complete but looking fine. (I would post photos but they are just too embarrassing!)
- The back is huge, and the armscyes are huge. So much so that upon setting the sleeves, the arm holes almost pleat a little to keep up.
- The neck is monstrous, and doesn't lay prettily like the photo, but creeps halfway up my head and hides the fact that, yes, indeed I DO have a neck!
I think my problem is this: I think I needed to do a smaller size to fit my body, and somehow increase through the chest (someone here...or was it in Ravelry? Has already asked about bust shortrows? But I think with the diagonal shaping it may be impossible?)
What do you think about:
- Ripping out the neck to only about 2 inches?
- Creating side seams to take up the massive amount of extra fabric under the arms?
- Creating darts in the lower back?
- Ripping out everything but the sleeves and skirt, re-knitting to a smaller size, somehow making the bigger sleeves and skirt fit onto the new smaller body, and not being disappointed when the new size stretches oddly over the chest?
And finally a question for everyone who loves the fit of theirs: Does it fit your body but have negative ease across your chest?
Thanks for being a part of this KAL. It is insanely helpful to have other people knitting the same pattern!
Hello all - my name is Lisa and I blog mostly at knittingupastorm.blogspot.com!
I've recently started the Tilted Duster using Brooks Farm Solana and loving it. I am making the 44" size. Although my bust size is 37", I want it to be bigger so the front panels meet and not look like there is a huge gap. I prefer it this way. Plus, my arms resemble popeye's arms, so I want a bit more wiggle room there. Here is an in progress shot of the back:
Look forward to seeing everyones in progess information and FOs.
Monday, September 24, 2007
And here's my obligatory question: How are y'all binding off? I'm at that point on the skirt and my 62 stitch panels are curling like woah! I'm gonna attempt the k2p2 bindoff in that section next, but this is so lovely I don't wanna screw it up!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
I'm terrible for not posting here while I was working on it, but I just wanted to add a few photos of my now completed duster! I started in mid August and finished it on September 14th...you can read more about my experiences with "TD" on my blog post here.
Anna of Anna's Yarn Mansion
Saturday, September 22, 2007
I have discovered this knitalong by accident and have been invited to post (thanks Courtney for your help). I am doing this along with the Ready Set Knit knitalong, although have charged on ahead and have now done the two fronts and the back, and one sleeve. I have chosen to do mine in the same colour purple Peruvia as the model on the mag, and am pleased to say the colour is different than it looks, but a much better purple. I struck a couple of issues with the back shoulder shaping, but more to do with a brain malfunction on my part I think. All is now on track.
Im also of the opinion that its a little snug, especially in the sleeves. I wont want to be wearing much bulky stuff underneath, but I didnt want it to be big. I have made the 36" and I am a 37" bust. Blocking may help a little, but we will see how it goes. Was everyone else happy with their size and how did their blocking go????
I am using navy blue Cascade 200 wool on size 10 needles. In reading comments here and elsewhere, I plan to use short rows and a three-needle bindoff for the shoulders, and possibly make the sleeves a bit looser.
Friday, September 21, 2007
The Peruvia arrived last week from Jimmy Beans Wool, but I made myself finish a stack of WIPs that I'd been working on all summer. I cast on last night. The Peruvia is beautiful, with beautiful stitch definition for wool. My only concern is about the size. My bust is 37.5. I'm making the 40.5 size, and I hope it won't be too big.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I swatched on Friday and started the back on Saturday. This is my second sweater so I'm feeling pretty good about this one. I'm using the suggested Berroci in the Purpura because I fell in love with it when the magazine landed on my doorstep.
It's going to be a little slow going at first (grad school does not seem to be conducive to long knitting sessions) but so far so good! I'll try and have some pictures up soon!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I had to modify the shoulders a bit. I really hate stair stepping bind offs. They are a total PIA to seam. I tried seaming it and it looked absolutely horrible. Horrible and lumpy!
So I modified them and did a three needle bind off and now the shoulders look quite lovely.
The Peruvia is very nice to work with too! I was a bit surprised because when my yarn arrived, while it was soft, it was quite fuzzy. I thought it might be too scratchy to work with, but it's working out very nicely. I'd definitely use this yarn again.
Yesterday in the afternoon I managed to sew on the buttons. And I could wear it in the evening !
My first Interweave Knits pattern !
It fits, sleeves are a bit long, but I don't mind, too short would be worse.
As I had to find a substitute to Berrocco Peruvia I eventually decided to knit from stash. Gedifra Fashion Trend Surprise with its colour streaks adds a little zing to the pattern and knits up well. I needed about 625 g =1225 yds.
This pattern was fun to knit, but sometimes a bit tricky. I am not the only one who misunderstood the back design, I had to frog and knit until 8 inch of height.
I bound off the stockinette skirt inserts k2 p2. They tend to roll up much less. After damp blocking they are fine.
I chose two smaller buttons for the inside and attached them on the inside of the right collar side and close them with crocheted eyelets on the left edge.
I plan to knit another TD for one of my daughters or someone else for christmas:-)
Monday, September 17, 2007
Pictures to come as soon as my new camera arrives this week.
OH and I am using the most lovely of Malabrigo yarns too. Yum yum
Sunday, September 16, 2007
I finished the fronts, back and skirt. I am not working on the collar. I have a 1/4 of one sleeve done. I just got bored and had to get to the skirt. Only one maybe snafu.....I may, may, may...hoping not....run out of yarn. I think I will be ok and I can order another skein, but it probably won't be the exact dye lot. Still keeping my fingers crossed that won't be necessary. That is sort of why I am trying to rush this last part. I want to know ASAP if I am going to have a yarn crisis or not. If all goes well, I should be done early this week. I am really liking this knit. It is really simple and straightforward. I thought it would be a lot more complicated. Happily, that is not the case. This is a good knit for a beginner/intermediate. I would definitely recommend this one to someone that want to take the plunge into garment knitting.
Thank you for posting dropped stitches' pattern review and her photos of her finished TD!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
I have finished the top of the sweater, the collar, and two unattached sleeves, and am currently getting sick of the skirt. Hopefully I will have time to finish this weekend!
Thursday, September 13, 2007
I started my duster last Saturday, and I've got the top done and now I'm working the skirt. However, I was wondering....has anybody tried picking up stitches around the armhole and working the sleeves down from the body in the round? I absolutely hate sleeves that are too long (I usually make 3/4 sleeves because I don't like them around my wrists) and I usually have a hard time gauging how long to make them when I start at the bottom. I have Barbara Walker's book Knitting from the Top and I think I'll check that and see if I can figure a way to work those sleeves. Does it sound doable?
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I only have two more repeats of THE 8 rows to go (woot woot!) I think there's a small chance (fingers crossed) that I'll have this bad boy blocking this weekend.
Some of you have asked how setting the sleeves before seaming up the side seams and picking up the stitches for the skirt worked out. I think it worked out fine. The whole piece is a little larger and heavier than if I had decided to hold off on the seaming. It's not great for say knitting and walking (although I do manage with the top half of the sweater in a tote bag that I carry on my shoulder while I knit away on the skirt on the commute home from work) but overall it was the best decision for me. The first few rows of the skirt were a bit of a pain since I would have to pick up the whole sweater and turn it at the end of each row, now that I've made some progress on it, the extra bulk doesn't hinder my knitting at all.
Another thing that I did with my duster was alternate right and left-leaning M1s to have a more polished increase line (M1 left when you start the stockinette "slice" and M1 right at the end of said "slice"). There's a very good instructional video here on how to execute the M1 right vs. M1 left if you want to refresh your memory.
Hopefully I'll have some FO pictures for you all early next week! Thanks to everyone who has been posting updates on their dusters, it's really helping me stay motivated.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Plus I work in a LYS and I get very distracted there!
Friday, September 7, 2007
After completing my duster knitted from Berroco Peruvia that fit perfectly, I put it in the washing machine with the setting at cold water, handwash delicate cycle thinking it would firm up my stitches and remove the "wooly" smell. I was horrified to find that one side felted beyond repair -- although I used cold water, I think the gentle agitation added to the unwanted felting process. The whole thing is wasted and now I'll painfully cut off my fancy buttons and save for another day.
You may know this already, but PLEASE learn from my mistake and only hand wash your wool duster.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
The wool is Galway Highland Heather in a nice teal color (Courtney: Are you using the same wool in grey? Did you get gauge with #10s?)
I am yet another curvy knitter concerned about the empire waist and the diamond over the tummy, so post those photos when you have them! Y'all think it might look like maternity-wear?
Hello lovely Tilted Duster folk. I just signed up for this KAL. Here is a slightly outdated photo of my Toronto-based Duster.
So far I've made it through the body, both sleeves, and two repeats of the skirt. Cleverly/foolishly enough (the jury's still out), I decided to set the sleeves before starting the skirt since I find it much easier to do so before the side seams have been sewn (it is making the whole skirt knitting thing a little unwieldy though).
I'm beginning to feel as though I may be suffering from a case of the slogs as I work my way through the skirt. I expect that it's mostly a symptom of the cooler weather that we've been having as of late and by extension my growing anticipation to wear the finished product!
I'll try and post an updated photo this weekend.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
So I started. My first sweater and all instructions look like a foreign language to me so I am getting that first four inches done of the back THEN I will do one sentence at a time and figure it out. When I try to read too much I get that panicky feeling.
I am on my way!
Friday, August 31, 2007
I've just joined and am so happy to be a member of this KAL. I bought this yarn, Berroco Peruvia, at Webs when I was on vacation. Because I read a few of your posts I started with the front because I figured I could get the back to match better. I cast on last night and did 4 inches. All the decreases are on the armhole edge, right? I have another question too. I am afraid the diagonal will be too high, on top of my bust. Do you think I could add a few inches to the sides to make the top part longer?
Hope you can help.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
I just finished the project that was in line before this one and now I'm ready to get going. I have one concern though -- seems like maybe the model in the magazine is small chested. I saw a photo online of a woman wearing her newly knit sweater. I freaked out. It just didn't look good at all and now I'm starting to question exactly what size I should knit.
Anyone had similar thoughts? How much ease are you all figuring into your garment? It would have been helpful ease guidelines were included in the pattern. I'm hankering to get moving on this, but don't want to spend a lot of time knitting something that isn't going to look good.
I would love to hear your opinions!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Neither photo really shows the true colors of the yarn; it's a bright burgundy. The yarn is called Pittsburgh by a Dutch (I think! at least the label's mostly in Dutch, with a little French) company. Hopefully I have enough, since I picked it up a few years ago at a yarn shop in Pittsburgh that was closing, and I've never seen the yarn anywhere else (including online). If anyone else has heard of it, please let me know. It's a really nice 40% wool/60% acrylic mix, and it came in gorgeous colors.
My goal is to do all the seaming tonight and get a bit of the skirt done before I go to bed. This pattern really is addictive; I've put off doing so much (still only half packed despite leaving for college tomorrow morning) because I just want to get "one more section" done!
All of your dusters are looking great; I can't wait to see them all finished! :D
aka Secret Spindle
So should I rip the back and redo it with a longer starting section? Or should I first try to pick up the skirt stitches and see what happens?
Thursday, August 23, 2007
One word of advice to those who haven't started: pay attention to the directions for the back! Most of the time they say "measure x inches from CO edge," but they do once say "measure x inches from the beginning of the armhole." I missed that before and ended up with a back that was way too small! It seems others have also made the same mistake, so be careful! :D
Yipee, I finished another knit and so I dared to cast on The Tilted Duster!
After rummaging through my stash in the basement I decided on taking another yarn. Not rose- daughter is not so enthusiastic about a large knit wip, not brown yet, but a dark green melange with some stripes of petrol here and there.
Gedifra Fashion Trend Surprise col 4480, 90m/50g Needles 6mm
It will go with jeans and everything petrol and green in my wardrobe, perfect!
Yesterday in the evening with "The Commitments" on TV, I managed to knit most of the back, after frogging once because size 44 /94 stitches came out way too big!
Size 40 1/2 is better.
Shoulder shaping planned for today...........
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I love this jacket and I thought was a somewhat of an experienced knitter, but I'm not! I must havehttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif messed up the front piece panels because as you can see here..they are too big.
one of two sicilian chicks
Hi my name is Denise and I love this duster. I already have my yarn. It's a beautiful red alpaca blend, my favorite color. I can't wait to start it but I'm trying to finish my v-neck sweater first which is coming down the home stretch. I only have about seven inches left on the body and then I have to do the sleeves and collar. Now that I wrote it out it seems like a lot left doesn't it, but I hope to have it done in the next two weeks.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007