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April 17, 2005

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I happened across your site searching for a tie-front shrug pattern that uses ribbon yarn. I haven't had much luck, so I wondered whether you could tell me where you found the pattern you used. Thanks!

There's a good tie-front shrug ribbon pattern in Knit.1's spring/summer edition. Assuming you can still find it on sale...I don't know if it is or not.

As for this pattern, I'm making it up myself. What I did was took the ribbon I had and made my own gauge to see how many stitches per inch I had going, then measured around my arm at the wrist, mid-lower arm, elbow, and upper arm middle and top.

For example, seven stitches = one inch. To go seven inches around, I cast on 35 stitches to start. I started making 2 increases (1 stitch on each edge, every other row) when I needed to start making it bigger, and kept testing around my arm to see if I was making it too big or two small.

I've been doing this on both arms, and will hopefully meet in the middle. Sorry it's not a more precise pattern, but I couldn't find a good ribbon shrug one either and had to make it up from trial and error! I hope this helps somehow...

Thanks for the info. I just want short sleeves on mine, so I don't think that will be too hard to measure, but what I'm really confused on is the whole tie front. May I ask what you are doing to make it? I haven't done a whole lot of knitting, and I have no idea on how to make patterns, so I really appreciate the help.

I've got some pictures of how a tie-front works here.

All I did really was make two rectangles for the front, and ended up making what amounted to a buttonhole on one of the rectangles. I knitted a short rectangular piece for the tie and sewed it (attaching it in the middle like a book) to the edge of the other rectangle. It's not that bad to do.

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