Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The wonderful world of knit bloggers...and Picovoli is Finished!

You are all so fabulous. The ideas and tips you gave are so helpful. I had considered just redoing the ribbing and grafting it where the stocking stitch starts...such a big job...but certainly easier than grafting ribbing. Why not go a little further...as Jackie suggests, and cut off the ribbing and pick up the stocking stitch then knit down from there including the ribbing. It's not a big deal...the entire sweater is not ribbing, but the bottom 6/7" is. Or what about this...cut off the ribbing, pick up the st st and put it on the needles...knit the 3" in stocking stitch that needs to be added then graft the ribbing (with a row of st st still attached) to the new length? Then I don't have to reknit the ribbing. The one problem is the pockets...but I could lengthen them as well. Oh this is just turning into a big job!
Bottom line, I am going to fix it...how, I haven't decided yet. Let me just say, my FIL better wear this sweater every damn day! I'll tackle it after the Ballet Wrap is complete...which will be tonight!
NOW...the first FO of 2006....Picovoli:



Started: December 30, 2005
Finished: January 8, 2006
Pattern: Picovoli
(Oh please help with this...I always forget to ask, does anyone else have problems printing a pattern from Magknits? The right side is always cut off, I've tired moving the margins.)
Yarn: butterfly mercerized cotton. The red did bleed...be forewarned. I will add vinegar to the next wash. Also keep in mind that cotton grows after wear. Notice how fitted the garment was while knitting...and it skims the body now...with some negative ease at the bust line. I measure a 38" bust and I knit a 36".
Adjustments: No real adjustments here. I did screw up the increases under the bust and did the first 4 every 5th row instead of 4th. I didn't rip back, deciding it wasn't a big deal...but I probably should have. There is more room there than I would like, after blocking. I did compensate by only knitting an inch inbetween the increases and decreases instead of the 1.5" that the pattern called for. Whatever, I love it anyway!
A little tip from Grumperina, found over at this here little KAL I joined (oh yeah baby) in regards to the rolling of the edges...use an iron with steam. This worked wonderfully. I wet a cloth napkin and put it over the edges then steam ironed. Beautiful.

19 comments:

christine said...

Do you ever sleep? I love the color - I've got some turquoise Shine from KnitPicks waiting for this little number. I love the picot edges, and intend that variation as well......beautious!

eastern white said...

wow, you look absolutely gorgeous!!! the sultry red, beautiful.

grumperina said...

Beautiful! I'm so happy ironing worked (but not surprised, hehe). You look great in that color!

jennifer said...

it looks wonderful and you do too! way to go on all your knits gained and pounds lost - you're an inspiration!!!

Angela said...

I love the color of the picovoli! Why don't you try cutting and pasting the pattern text into Word?

Lolly said...

It looks so good on you! Perfect fit. I have to try this in the warmer months - such a pretty knit!

Areli said...

Wow! Looks great. And you finished so fast, amazing!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful, indeed! I love the pattern and negative ease is just amazing. The red is gorgeous on you.

Tara said...

So hot! You always have beautiful FOs!

Laura said...

So cute! I love it!

I have that problem with printing patterns from Knitty. My solution is to print the pages landscape style instead of portrait style. It's an option under preferences I think, with my HP printer software.

Purly Whites said...

Fabulous! So fabulous!

Laura said...

Yep, red is your color. Beautiful, just beautiful. I'm having serious sweater envy at the moment. ;)

Northernnitter said...

Beautiful Picovoli! I love the colour. About printing from Mag Knits, I always select the pattern with the mouse, copy it and paste into a Word document where I can control the margins and delete the stuff I don't want to print.

Happy said...

Looks great! Glad to see Grumperina is still creating patterns, she is awesome.

~Happy

diana said...

Wow that was quick! The finished product is just gorgeous!

Jane said...

Lovely! I always print the Magknits patterns in landscape mode.

goodkarma said...

Girlfriend, you are hot! I agree with other posters, the red is a great color for you. And this design fits you so well. Yay!

erin said...

Picovoli is beautiful. Love the picot edges. Forgot to mention in my earlier comment that the Butterfly cotton stretches lengthwise - not my Clapotis, but my daughter's knitted bodice. The armhole grew quite a bit.

Anonymous said...

This is great I love this colour and it looks good on you. The neck detail is beautiful.

You have lost mega weight can you please post a side by side shot of the old you and this shot so I can get inspired. See what knitting does to you lose weight wow.
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