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Daughter-Type and Boyfriend are huge LoTR fans, as am I.  So I was browsing around on Ravelry and found several LoTR sweater designs.  Specifically A Cardigan For Arwen and Tree of Gondor Chart .  I see these as jumping off points.  The cardigan pattern as written, has too much fussy construction so I'll probably just use bits and pieces such as the cabling up the front and possibly the hood.  What ever design elements I use I'll be making some type of seamless pattern.  I really hate sewing up knitted projects.  Also for the cardigan, I plan to use [livejournal.com profile] dragoncrafter's charted tree.  Yes, yes, I know I've complained loud and long about how much I hate charts in my knitting, but this design is eating away at me and I must conquer my chart issues.

For Boyfriend's sweater, I will use another hooded pattern still to be determined.  Quite possibly the same as for Daughter-Type, but we'll see.  For his sweater, I'm going to attempt a color work tree.  My problem lies in that I'm not that great at stranded color knitting.  The directions say to go intarsia, but I'm not sure I won't make a big mess.  I'm thinking duplicate stitch with a lighter weight yarn, maybe sport weight on worsted.  Who knows.

Anyway, as I have six month, give or take a week or so, there isn't any reason I can't get these puppies done in time.  We'll see how that goes, lol!

Date: 2013-05-30 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mutive.livejournal.com
Oh, wow...those are pretty amazing. I have no idea how you do it, but I have no idea how anyone does any of this. ;)

Date: 2013-05-30 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redhedlvr.livejournal.com
Well, the one I'm planning for my daughter's boyfriend I think will be best if I use a duplicate stitch instead of knitting the design in. That's where you "embroider" over the plain, finished fabric. The knitted chart will be a huge challenge. I've had it on the back burner for a while now, but something sparked for me and I'm ready to attempt it.

I had a few ideas, such as just knitting up the tree chart and making a pillow out of it. Then I thought, well I'll knit the tree chart as a panel and pick up and knit the sweater around it. This is what I'm experimenting with now. Not sure how it would look,but it's a thought. Then there's the school of, just dive in and get'er goin'!

Date: 2013-05-30 09:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mutive.livejournal.com
Most of the time, you really just do need to get going. After a point, you can keep thinking your way through it, but you don't necessarily get much out of it. I am curious, though. Post pictures when you're done!

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