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Knitting note #2
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And it did work! (But plz to be overlooking the flash and stray hairs, plz.)

"Mona's Jacket" by Mags Kandis. Interweave Knits Spring 2010: 93, 99-100. It isn't blocked yet and I need to move one of the snaps, but even at this stage I think we can call the experiment pretty much a success. Next time out, I'll shorten the sleeves by a few rounds--this length looks awkward, I think.



Here's the original: http://www.interweaveknits.com/galleries/bonus/spring-2010/Monas-Jacket.asp

Now, there's one other likely-looking pattern in this issue . . . hmmmm, I'm thinking it might work with laceweight yarn and size 0 needles . . .
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You are insane. I applaud your talent!!

Feh. This was unbelievably quick and easy, honest!

Aye, maybe to someone who has the Talent...

You are a star, girlie! That's fantabulous!!!! I love love love to hold, look, smell, dream with Interweave Knits but I've yet to try a pattern....

Oh, try this one! It's really a good pattern, and Mags Kandis is right when she says it will only take a weekend to knit up (in human scale).

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I had a lot of fun with this--I have some ideas for tinkering with the yarn choice, so I'm going to try another one soonest. :-)

Neat-oh! I'd love to hear more about how you adapt these patterns to dollie size! The possibilities are so tantalizing!

There honestly wasn't any adaptation involved in this one! Eyeballing the stitch counts (cast on 58 stitches for a top-down raglan yoke . . . 42 stitches across the back . . . eventually the sleeves are 32 stitches), I thought, hmmm, those are really close to the stitch counts for my favorite sock-yarn BJD sweaters. So I just followed the pattern for the smallest size, but went down to needles and yarn 1/3 the size of those called for in the pattern (US size 2 and lightweight sock yarn). When I ran into length measurements--such as "knit 3 inches in pattern before next increase row"--I divided those by three, too, and kept checking the piece against a doll.

Really, most bulky-weight "Twinkle-style" or even Lopi sweater patterns will translate directly to doll scale without any fiddling except the change in needle and yarn thickness. *happydance*

How cute is that? I love the shape! Also, I want to hug her.

Awwww, Sanna thanks you! I think she's pretty huggable, too. ;-)

I'm already thinking about the next run at this pattern . . . if I use a finer yarn but the same size needles, I should get a nice thick/thin effect, more summery. Hmmmm.

You are inspiring! That worked really well - pat on back.
I think I'll start looking at all my chunky patterns now - I was never going to knit for myself as I don't like using large needles!!

Love it!

See, I'm the same way--large needles feel awful in my hands! But now that I'm on this binge of seeing doll sweaters in chunky patterns, there might be a lot of life left in patterns that I would never embark on for myself.

Wow, I love that! The colors are great and the design is adorable. You make me want to learn to knit!

This one is SO doable--I'm trying to convince my secretary to knit one of these sweaters (in human size) for her first big project. ;-) And #2 in doll size is in progress; I wanted to get closer to the effect of the original, without all the colors in the yarn hiding the texture. So far, I like it!

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