Monday, May 28, 2007

Turbulence Pullover

Deciding that making a short-sleeved version of the Turbulence Pullover would be fun, I embarked on changing little bits of the pattern as gracefully as I could. First, I used a divine bamboo/cotton blend yarn in a very luminous purple - six balls of Valley Yarns bamboo from www.yarn.com. It is soft and silky. The bits of bamboo fiber are darker than the cotton, so that when you look closely at this yarn, it is not solid. It tends to split very easily, so I do not recommend using pointy needles. I am lazy, so I translated the pattern to work the bottom in the round, and split the top into the two seperate sections. I added waist shaping, but not quite enough. I also should have worked the set in sleeves, but lack of motivation won again, and I just picked up the stitches - which made this shirt look a tad strange. Now that I am done with it, I love the way it feels against my skin. I am not even sure that it will need to be blocked, although I may do this tomorrow.



I am trying to think of a way to make the phyllo yoked pullover much smaller, and almost completely in the round..I think I could split the two pieces when the pattern needs it...could anyone help me with this?

23 Comments:

At 12:55 AM, Blogger Mandy said...

This is beautiful!! I love your adaptation of this pattern. :)

 
At 5:40 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Wow--I love, love, love it. Did you alter the neckline? Yours looks narrower across the shoulders than the one in the book (which I like--the width of the neckline has made me hesitate about the pattern). Very, very nice.

 
At 7:13 AM, Blogger Dharmafey said...

You, and your sweater, are beautiful!!!

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

I did alter the neckline. I had to make the pattern smaller, because I am smaller than the petite size - and ...well....I made it too small, and was more preoccupied with that than the length of the two side parts that meet the back. Also not using the set in sleeves decreases the squareness across the shoulders - and changes the look of the neckline - something I really like on me...I was just too lazy to figure out how to adapt the set in sleeves to my size.

Thanks. I am happy with how it turned out, but I'd still change it a bit...I am an odd combination of lazy and perfectionist.

 
At 8:53 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

One more thing; I made the body longer, because everyone said this knit turns out really short, and I am less likely to wear it to work if my belly shows. Although I doubt work would care.

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Birgitte said...

Absolutely beautiful! Howcome I never thought of making short sleeves? Thanks for opening my eyes for that ;) I fancy the colour :)

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Maryann said...

Very lovely on you. And the short sleeves would be really perfect for summer. Thanks for sharing this with us.

 
At 8:38 AM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

Really looks nice. I had a question about the needle size. The instructions for the front don't say to change to larger needles after the ribbing. Do you think that is a mistake or are you supposed to stay on the smaller needles throughout the front? That seems odd. Thanks.

 
At 8:57 AM, Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Great modifications! The Turbulence-T looks fabulous on you (and you are making me drool for the yarn -- it sounds lovely).

 
At 9:40 AM, Blogger Latitude 43 said...

Re: phyllo in the round...

easy 'nuff to do.

-Knit the body up to the underarms, insert markers where the sleeve bind offs would normally appear, but don't bind anything off.
-Knit each arm separately in the round
-attach sleeves to body at the markers and knit the yoke as another larger round.

I recommend:
-WAIT to seam the underarms until after the yoke is complete... this allows flexibility in the round as you are knitting around the upper arms
-make a false seam in the sides of the body and underside of the sleeves (with a purl stitch) so you can keep track of rows, line everything up later, etc. It also looks a little nicer.

http://latitudefortythree.blogspot.com/

Try not to notice how out of date my blog is. If I have a chance I'll post a few pictures of the features of the roundness.

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

To answer a question; I think the ribbing, if you choose to knit it, is done on smaller needles. Because this is sort of a shirt, I did not knit ribbing. My yarn was so drapey that it hung down and doesn't really curl much at the edge. I used the larger needles for the whole thing.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

Also, latitude 43, thank you so much for your comment. I will have to look at your journal. And knitting roundness tips will be good. I am getting ready to embark, and I mean embark on the hex coat in the round. And I will be adding some old fashioned shaping.

 
At 10:44 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

Octopus Knits: The yarn is fabulous. I would use it again. It is, however heavy, but not warm. So it would be good for a summer sweater. Something I could have done with the turbulence pullover - but did not budget for. I am going to knit a dress based on the basalt tank's hexes in one hundred percent bamboo soon.

 
At 12:53 PM, Blogger KnitMEG said...

mmmm i like!!

 
At 5:23 PM, Blogger Jocelyn said...

I bought Calmer today to make this. I'm hoping to wear it in the early summer months (not the hottest time of the year here in Northern CA).

 
At 8:23 PM, Blogger princesspumpkin said...

Love the alterations you made to this pullover! I like how the piece drapes as well. Well done!

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

Love it! That came out great!

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Wow, that looks awsome. Great job with the modifications.

 
At 9:15 PM, Blogger Grace said...

Your sweater looks great! The mods look better than the sweater in the book.

To knit Phyllo in the round, you could follow Latitude's instructions. That is the standard way to construct a yoked sweater.

However, I do something a little bit different. I knit the body in the round up to the arms. Then I put the underarm stitches on some waste yarn AND provisionally cast on the remainder of the arm stitches.

I then do a few short rows for neck shaping before starting the round yoke pattern.

After the yoke is completed, I go back and knit the arms to the desired length.

I find that the yoke depth can be somewhat unpredictable. Yet, it determines my desired sleeve length. Knitting the sleeves last solves the problem.

I showed an example of this with photos of each step on my blog: http://badmomgoodmom.blogspot.com/search?q=icelandic+

 
At 11:07 AM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

Grace:

I like your method for knitting the yoke before the arms. I will keep it in mind when I start this knit.

I've begun to knit the hex coat, and am about thirteen inches into it. I'm knitting the bottom all in one piece.

I am really curious to see how your capecho turned out. It looks like such a beautiful knit.

 
At 5:27 AM, Blogger Monika said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

 
At 1:04 PM, Blogger jeannie said...

I personally love the way your Turbulence sweater turned out. I don't know you, obviously, but I think you look lovely in it just the way it is. Great color, good neckline for work or otherwise, not too tight and still shapely.
I've glanced at this book, but didn't find anything that appealed to me. You have changed my mind- now I HAVE to get this book.
Jeannie

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger Crystal Jean said...

Thanks Jeanie;

In my knitting experience, I have found that everything I make must be modified. (I think this is making me learn how to knit and fast) I loved this book, because the cable patterns were very unusual. Let me know if you have questions starting on a pattern, and I can try to help you troubleshoot. I'm a new knitter, so I am still learning. Thanks for the compliment.

 

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