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Here are the vitals:
Yarn: Noro Blossom Color #17
Pattern: #Y738, Noro World of Nature #18
Needles I Used: Circulars in all sizes from US 11 through US 7, doublepoints in US 10.5 and 7
Other Posts on this Project: August 20 and September 1 (2006)
Notes of Note: The pattern is written to be knit from the outer circumference and you work towards the center with a combination of decreasing stitches and needle sizes. While it's probably a bit less fussy working decreases, working increases from the inside out would have allowed more control in making any desired size adjustments.
The constant diving for yet another sized needle (see my September 1 post) really brought me up to date on just exactly what was and was not in my needle inventory! It was a great travel project but because it knit up much faster than I anticipated, it added some extra expense because I refused to wait until I got home to the needles I already owned. I now have several duplicates. A set of adjustable needles would have been real useful.
The modification I made was in the sleeves. The pattern is written for them to be knitted flat and then seamed. WHY? I can't imagine. I knitted the sleeves in the round. And VOILA - not a single seam needed to be made anywhere. I knit my ends in as I went along, so all I had to do was weave in a couple from the beginning and end of the project and Blossom was done!
Also, a word regarding yarn quantity. The pattern specified 400 grams/8 - 50 gram balls (because this is the put-up on this yarn for everywhere outside of North America). The US put-up is in 40 gram skeins . So, 10 skeins were needed to have 400 grams. I actually used 11. Good idea to buy an extra skein or two - just in case.
Something a little different than a bolero or shrug. It was really fun to knit and I like it!