Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Please let me know if you find other issues with the spreadsheet while you're knitting.
Also, now that I've completed the pattern and know exactly how many rows it has, I have generated a few sizing observations.
For the medium, there are 337 ridges along the hem. At proper gauge, this works out to 53 inches around the hem. There are 217 ridges at the narrowest point around the middle, or waistline, which works out to 34.2 inches. At the top of the armholes, or the bustline, there are 253 ridges, which works out to 39.8 inches. Further, the average number of stitches from the shoulder to the hem is 152, which works out to about 24 inches.
Take these into advisement when deciding on size.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
It's an Excel file, but I can distribute it as a PDF to those who don't have Excel.
It includes columns indicating the number of rows knitted, the color for a given row, whether you are working RS/WS, the number of "ridges" you can count across the hem, the number of "ridges" you can count across the waist, the number of "ridges" you can count across the "neck", the name of the section you are working, the number of stitches that should be on your needle, and the knitting instructions for that row.
Rows are also shaded to indicate what color (A, B, C) you are working with.
If you would like a copy of the spreadsheet, send me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Because the spreadsheet is the entire pattern, I will reply with a challenge based on the pattern to prove you have a copy of it. When you answer the question, I will e-mail you the file.
Saturday, January 28, 2006
I also made a stupid mistake when I started the sleeve, and continued the increases for too long, so I had to frog the sleeve and start again.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
(Click the image to access the very large version)
I'm still agonizing about the sizing issue (especially since so many of you also-curvy gals are saying how big the large is). Question: can someone who's finished the body pretty please post measurements of the waist and hips of the large, as well as the medium (since the pattern only has bust measurements)? Heck, while I'm asking, I might as well ask for sleeve lengths as well. I'm guessing I'll do large with medium sleeves, but still may do medium - I really want it to fit when I'm finally done!
I'm working on Mermaid #1, I've gotten as far as halfway through the first stripe pattern and am about to tackle the gussett, but I have to agree with everyone, the decreasing at the same time as keeping track of the stripes and lack of total stitch counts for each section takes a lot of effort. If I can get the hang of this, I'd love to order another mermaid and possibly a ballerina. Looking forward to seeing more picture progress. I just tried to upload photos through blogger, and its not working...so I may try again later.
Right now, the spreadsheet includes columns for row count, RS/WS, hem ridge count, top ridge count, color used, stitches on needle, "section" (i.e., stripe, gusset, etc) and knit instructions. I'll be shading the rows according to which color (A,B,C) is used on that row. Anything else you'd find useful?
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Monday, January 23, 2006
Hello, my name is Trish and I'm excited to start knitting on my first Hanne Falkenberg kit. I'm doing Pagode in Color 1, and the kit I ordered from ebay (Juliepoolie's) arrived today! Here's the yarn-->
I've admired Hanne's designs for several years, but it was this knit-along that got me finally moving on it. I think it was either Pygmalion or Pagode that I saw in person and was impressed with the wearability and lightweight.
I like knitting garter stitch (good thing for this project, right?) because I can do it continental instead of my usual throwing, which is harder on my hands. However, continental purling continues to be a struggle--I can do it but it slows my knitting down a lot.
The gauge swatch is cast on and I'm gartering away...
By the way, I was the person who made the Pagode version of the knitalong button--I'd be glad to make any other variations of buttons for those who aren't knitting Mermaid or would rather it be in a different color. Just let me know what you'd like (I do like to make buttons!). You can email me at trish 'at' randomthreads 'dot' com .
I agree it is very confusing to work the stripes, make the ends work and decrease at the same time. I have done quite a bit of frogging of this project. I am using highlighter tape on the plastic protected pattern to focus my attention on everything that is supposed to be happening at once. I also enlarged the pattern for easier viewing. I used safety pins to mark my decreases to keep count. You will get the hang of working the edge stitches and things will go easier once you have mastered that part. It is different when doing stripes and the solid color gussets.
The short row technique is one I have never used before. You cast a stitch on when you turn and knit the extra stitch with the one next to it to bridge the gap. It works just as well as the methods I have used before.
Now a question for all of you. Does the eBay seller of the hanne kits offer the Pagode jacket? A SNB friend is doing that one in red, fushia and mustard and it is absolutely beautiful!
Holly in CT
(Click either pic for a gallery of my Mermaid pics)
My Mermaid 4 kit (those beautiful greens and turquoises) just arrived and I have to admit, I'm terrified! I'm a competent intermediate knitter, but this is definitely the most complicated pattern I've attempted - I'm hoping I actually have the skill to read and interpret it. (I'm definitely up for the spreadsheet idea!)
I was thinking I'd do the large - I'm a size 16/38DD - but I've been working out with a trainer and changing shape rapidly as of late, and you're all saying they run large. I'd be gutted if I finished and it didn't fit, either too big or too small. But I'm guessing that this style would be better too loose than too tight. Opinions?
Also, I've never done short rows before - was considering doing something like this for practice (http://www.magknits.com/warm05/patterns/rib.htm) - what do you think, gals?
I have a snuggly chocolate brown shrug that it'll probably take me a few days to finish, but then I'll get started - eek! Will stop by LYS tonight and try to pick up the European needles.
- Billie in sunny San Francisco, CA
(standing up to introduce myself and tell my story, my addiction...)
I am Morgan from FiberAddict. I am addicted. I am now able to admit it. Seeing this KAL has made me take a mini mental inventory of all the Hanne kits that I own.
(hanging my head in shame for a moment ... then lifting it, realizing, that i am FREAKIN lucky that I have so many)
I am not ashamed to admit that I probably have about 7-10 kits. I am a huge fan of Cucumber Patch in the UK. I get most of mine from her since she has such great prices. Who can say no to a great price for a Hanne kit???!!!
I am trying to figure out which kit I am going to do for this KAL. I have the Promenade shawl out in a bag by my couch in hopes that I would be able to get it done. In person it is beautiful finished. So, I am thinking that I might do that one? I'll pull some pictures together and maybe y'all can help me decide!
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
I've actually had the kit for several months (more like six!), but haven't been motivated to start. I just finished knitting Celtic Dreams (an aran pullover- pictures on my blog), and thought this would be the perfect time to start. Thank you, Becky for organizing this knitalong.
Just so you know, I'm also knitting along with the "Follow the Leader" Aran Knitalong, but I think the two designs will be fun to work simultaneously. At least, I hope so!
I've gotten gauge with my faithful Addi Turbo, size 3 (US). I started my i-cord last night and hope to spend the weekend making some progress.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's beautiful Hanne Falkenberg designs.
Mermaid is the one of my handknits that I wear a lot. The shape and fit is fantastic, the design is original, the colours are great and the yarn is light and warm. I'm pretty sure I'll be knitting more of them (Falkenberg designs, not all nine Mermaids!!) for myself too, but right now it seemed the best gift I could think of for my mother.
When I knit Mermaid I had a problem with sloppy looking stitches and rows that seemed to far apart when I knit on 3 mm needles, so I had to us 2.5 mm to get decent stitch appearance.I am a loose knitter, so I figured the gauge would be ok. I never actually checked the gauge (too scary), but the finished garment was fine and the pieces fit well together, so this time around I picked up the 2.5 mm from the start.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Trish has kindly made us a second button to choose from featuring the Pagode design which she is making. Thanks Trish!
I finished my gauge swatch yesterday - I'll be using Addi Turbo Size 3 (3.25mm). I cast-on my I-cord and am finishing that up tonight. I wasn't sure how I would like the tiny needles and thin yarn, but so far so good. I love the colors and design so much that I don't think it will be too much of a problem.
I'm still look for help and feedback on the layout issue. I'm hearing that the page is showing up normally for some of you. Is anyone else seeing the sidebar all the way below the messages? Any ideas on how to fix this? I've tried changing the template and deleting the sidebar and neither of these have helped, so I think the problem is in the messages. I've send a note to Blogger, but no response so far. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.
And please send in your updates and introductions!
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
As for my Mermaid, I started a gauge swatch but now I'm traveling and didn't want anything to get messed up, so it's on hold til I get home. I'd be curious to hear what needle sizes you're using - is the 3mm getting gauge for you?
I'm also interested in more discussion on sizing - especially from those of you who have been lucky enough to try on samples or already completed a HF project. It sounds like the sizing runs quite large. Thoughts? It's really helpful if you have a good feel for sizing if you let us know what size you normally wear and what size HF project you're going to make.
We've had lots of new members sign up in the last 24 hours due to Wendy mentioning the group so all you newbies, please jump in and introduce yourself.
I cast-on Corona last night, and found this KAL via wendyknits this morning - thanks Becky, for setting this up!
I don't know how the instructions are for the other kits, but in the ones for Corona, it reads as if the tension aimed for is what you get before washing, which is unusual. What does everyone else think?
I have cast on with the suggested size needle, and will wash it when I have done a few inches or so, see how it reacts. Single stranded, on a 3.5mm needlem the stitches are very 'lacey' - perhaps the wool really blooms?
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Also, what sizes are people making? I'm about halfway between medium and large and I'm not sure which to make. I'm about a size 10.
For those making the DeCapo the jacket runs large so be careful about measuring yourself before you cast on. I finished mine several years ago and haven't worn it because it is too large (I did have thoughts about a slight shrinking/felting but chickened out).
Holly in CT
Sunday, January 15, 2006
My kit shipped on Wednesday, so I'm eagerly checking my mailbox. I'm also rushing to finish up other projects that have been languishing so that I can get started on it right away. In the meantime, I've been looking at the photo of it about a dozen times a day.
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Welcome to HanneAlong - a knitalong for Hanne Falkenberg kits. For most of us, choosing a HF project is a major investment in time, and I hope that this group will help everyone to stay motivated. Please keep us updated on your progress and feel free to ask questions and offer advice.
To join, please email me. Please be sure to send me your email address as well as a link to your blog and take a button to add to yours. Also, let me know which project you're working on. And if you're feeling creative, please feel free to make a button for us.
I look forward to hearing from you all!