In my previous post I gave a brief description of how a top-down raglan is developed.
Friday, December 9, 2011
In my previous post I gave a brief description of how a top-down raglan is developed.
Monday, December 5, 2011
So, to make the process as basic as possible, picture or sketch a cape.
Most likely you began at the top and went downward.
A bottom-up (traditional) seamed sweater has several parts: front, back, sleeves and all are seamed (as well as the shoulders.)
The top-down raglans can be seamless and the entire sweater is made at the same time. The cape is made just like the top-down raglan until the shoulders.
The neckline is begun and stitches are added to increase. On the sketch of the cape I indicate two seams (plus are two seams in the same locations on the back).
When you drew or pictured the cape, your increasing came at the side; on a sweater the increases are at the "seams", one stitch on each side of four "seams". That is how the sweater gets larger. Note that they are not seams in the sense that they are stitched together as in a traditional bottom-up sweater; rather, stitches are there. If you have a raglan-sleeved sweater you can check this.
This process is continued until the underarms when the sweater is divided: front and back are joined and worked as one; plus two sleeves.
Soon I will be posting about my recently completed top-down raglan pullover and will show how a top-down is begun.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
To those of you who love, love, love, pink--and you know who you are--enjoy!
I said that this was the brightest pink on earth. It doesn't look all that bright in this photo, but trust me, it is bright.
It was a good price at an estate sale and enough for a sweater. Worn on a rainy day, it could just brighten someone's day.
Monday, October 31, 2011
I bought this yarn before some of you were born! I had knitted it in an all over rib but made the stitches too loose so it was too large.
I undid it and later made it into a different pattern but similar to the one in the photo. I undid that one because I didn't like the way it was turning out. Thus, this version.
I began it about ten years ago, which explains the style. I didn't want to start over , once again, as this acrylic mohair wannabe is not easy to take apart. It is Fluffy by Unger and was manufactured for years and years.
It is supposed to have a lot of ease but not 47" worth! Those drop shoulders shouldn't be that wide either. Guess I didn't measure! The V-neck should be a lot smaller.
Old style or not I love this very soft yarn and I love red. I knitted a garter stitch strip to sew in the V to make it somewhat smaller and to give it more stability and since I wasn't certain how to do a V decrease, I just overlapped one edge over the other.
If the 80's really are coming back, then I am going to be in style.
Most people like to complete a project which is the latest style. I am happy just completing a project, especially one which was started so many years ago.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
My offering computer advice is a joke in itself, so, if you prefer, you can go to the pages I read and decifer it for yourself. You will need to click on all the links provided, and each one offers more links.
Not having figured out the difference between Blogger and Blogspot, I will problaby interchange them incorrectly, but the info itself will work.
You start out with your Dashboard and all looks good, including your e-mail address at the upper right. You click on the latest entry from someone you are following, read it and want to comment. For some blogs you will see your name as one of the options, so you click on that, your comment is published and all is well. However, for most blogs, your name does not appear; instead, there are various options. Clicking on Google Account doesn't give the desired effect.
Look at the upper right of that person's blog. If your e-mail address is there, then you shouldn't have a problem, but if it says Create Blog, then something needs to be done.
There are three options, two of which you can do yourself; the third needs to be done by the blogger.
1) You can go to the top right of someone's blog and click on Sign In (next to Create Blog). This takes you to your Dashboard (or you can go there directly) and you click on Sign Out at upper right which will take you to the Sign In page. You think you're signed in--and you are--but not fully. Uncheck Keep Me Signed In.
2) You can "Allow Third Party Cookies" on your computer. (I'm somewhat iffy on doing this).
So, why and how did all of this "anonymous" posting come to be?
In June, 2008, Blogger started an Embedded Comment form. The people cheered. I found Blogger's explanation of what this is.
It must be the default for commenting because those whose blogs get "anonymous" comments have this type.
How to tell: The box for typing the comment will be under the previous comments and on the left when you are on the comments page.
Those who have other set-ups will have the comments box on the right (and your name will show as an option.)
I just changed mine to this because people were saying that they still couldn't comment as other than anonymous.
I sometimes pass on commenting to a blog cause I'm tired of being Anonymous!
What is happening is that Blogger is no longer able to authenticate because of the code changes they made in May, 2011. There was supposed to be a fix but it never came.
Thus, if you want people to be able to comment on your blog who don't allow third party cookies and who don't want to have to sign in each time, change the way your comments are set up.
Go to Settings, then Comments. Next to Comment Form Placement if you have "Embedded Below Post" selected, change it and save changes. I had clicked on Pop-Up Window but it jumped to Full Page. I have the most basic Blogger set-up so tht could be why.
For more info: http://blogging.nitecruzr.net/2011/01/technical-sophistication-of-your-blogs.html
Please feel free to mention it if you find any different information.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
It's done. I had to un-do about a total of 1/4 of it, either because there was a stitch problem or I didn't like the way it looked. I really didn't mind as this was my first knitted top-down raglan (crocheted ones are so much easier).
I see that I went too deep with the raglan, thus making the sleeves too large above the elbow.
This sweater was a good choice as the neckline rib is done at the beginning. I can use the measurements of this sweater as reference for future sweaters.
Edited to add: you may have to be a member of Lionbrand to view this pattern. If you cannot see it, trust me, except for the sleeves and the color of it, mine looks exactly like it. LOL
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Yes, it was made across, cuff to cuff. I was thinking the right front was the last part knitted. Doh. Had I continued and begun to unravel it from the right cuff up--the correct way--I would have undone more than 3/4 of the sweater.
It was doomed from the start. My yarn wasn't quite to gauge so I used larger sized needles. Then I discovered that I knitted with a looser tension when working on the part with the circular needles. I wound up using four different sized needles. At the same time I was trying to knit to two sizes, one for where I was narrower and one for where I wasn't.
There is no sense of giving up, frustration, or similar. It's just that I have a lot of sweaters in my queue, including some UFOs, and limited time in which to do those and all my other crafts projects. There is only so much time left in which to do these things (getting old you know.)
You gotta know when to hold 'em; know when to fold 'em. It was time to fold 'em.
For those of you asking to see the cardigan I'm doing in Light Rose--and you know who you are--there will be a wait. Why? Because I didn't heed my own advice of measure, measure, measure.
I was knitting the front bands when I realized that the two upper front portions weren't the same length! How in the world did that happen? This sweater is knitted from the left cuff over to the right cuff (basically), so the upper right front is the last knitted for that portion. Usually I do compare and don't know why I didn't this time. For some reason I was knitting more loosely than I normally do; usually, I tend to knit more tightly as I progress.
There might have been a way to knit the band and ease in the right side but it probably would be obvious, plus I would know that it was not right.
The bottom portion is done by "picking up stitches" and knitting them to the upper portion. For you non-knitters that means adding stitches to already worked stitches rather than knitting a section separately and seaming the two together. Well, guess what? All these years of knitting and I had never done that before. I thought I was following the sketches correctly, but, nope, I wasn't and the results weren't too good.
So, with the two front lengths not being even and the not-so-good job of picking up stitches, I undid the bottom portion (it was also the only way to undo the upper portion). Sigh. And I was so close to being finished with only the front bands and collar to do.
I love the blue they used for that sweater, but mine is a solid Light Rose and not as pretty.
Now regarding the other sweater (in chocolate, wheat, and soft taupe, mentioned in my previous entry): had to undo what I had knitted on that one. The directions sounded so simple and I had done top-down raglans before. Yes, but only cardigans, not pullovers. I will be starting that one over.
I probably have no business knitting as I'm not very good at it. (I'm better at crocheting, but I like the look of a knitted sweater over a crocheted one)---plus, I really enjoy knitting.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
If you are signed in every blog you go to should show your e-mail address at the upper right, but this week it has shown Create a Blog and Sign In. When I went to comment, instead of showing my name, it said to select a profile. When doing that, a page came up asking me to Sign In. I quit there but I guess some got caught in the loop of this.
Bloggers suggestions were to Sign In and uncheck the Keep me Signed in box (not certain of the exact wording). I heard some had trouble signing in in the first place, but since I was already signed in, this second signing in should not sign me out when I left the site. Confused yet? It did work because when I went to comment on a blog my name did show up.
It's crazy when trying to comment on my own blog my name came up as Anonymous, but, fingers crossed, hoped I have solved the problem.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I've been doing a bit of sewing. I finished two UFOs and did some minor stitching so the garments could go in my bedroom closet and out of the sewing room closet. There isn't anything exciting enough to take pics of, but just wanted to mention that there is some progress.
Right now I am knitting and crocheting some potholders and dishcloths as I do need those.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
A few minutes ago they announced that the warning (which means imminent as opposed to a watch) has been extended to the Pacific coast areas of California and Oregon. That's just a little too close for my tastes.
I've been in an earthquake but don't remember being included in a tsunami warning.
There have been just too many earthquakes recently-- New Zealand, a few smaller ones in Japan, then China a few days ago, and now Japan.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In my November 10 entry I listed two sites to read when you wanted a good laugh. Well, the authors took down the WhatNottoKnit site. Thanks to Jilly Be (http://jillybejoyful.blogspot.com ) we have another one to check out. The blog is not current, but the posts, as well as the comments, are entertaining. It is http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com
Saturday, January 15, 2011
The smallest pieces are 1/4 " by 3/4" finished. I worked with something that small? Yes, I did and I loved it. It is 100% cotton. I lined it with the same eggshell which I used in the pieces.
I put on these purchased pants for the photo, and I see that that was a bad idea, as the fit is, well, bad.