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allegro    February 15, 2013
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Could you please tell us what brand of wool was used to knit the sweater in the picture.

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Jaime.Knit.Love  February 15, 2013
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Hi there! Thanks for the great question! We used Boomerang by Fiesta Yarns in the colorway called "Poppies". We absolutely loved this yarn!

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jillatc2  August 3, 2013
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I have just 4 skeins of this boomerang yarn in the singapore colors - beautiful. 255 yds/skein = 1020 yds. I am short and have short arms so I suspect that I will have enough yarn for the Mama Bear but how will I know??? Where would I shorten?

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Live.Knit.Love  August 21, 2013
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Hi Jillatc2! Oh! That is going to be so pretty! You can easily shorten the length of the Mama Bear! It is knit from the bottom up... so the first thing you do is knit the bottom border, and then, on Page 2 in the "Body" directions... where it says work until piece measures (and then all those numbers are in there), simply substitute your own desired length!

The same is true for the sleeves! You start at the cuff and knit up, so you can stop knitting at your desired length. If you are shortening your sleeves by a considerable amount, you may need to work your increases every 4 rounds instead of every 5 rounds.

Happy Knitting! We'd love to see how it turns out!

-Marjan & Jaime

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huggies27    January 5, 2013
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Hi! I have a question about needle size for this pattern. It says use size 7 needles. Does this mean number 7 or 7 mm needles. I live in Canada and we usually go by mm so I am a bit confused. Can't wait to start this sweater!

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mine2    November 21, 2012
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I made this sweater for Nun and she was so grateful. It was a delight to work on and the designers were extremely helpful and answered my questions. You can't go wrong with this project. Thank you for a great pattern.

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Katie123    November 14, 2012
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Craftsy has Cobblestone by Fibra Natura on sale. It is listed as worsted weight on Craftsy, but Ravely says it is DK. So, I am wondering if it would be suitable for this lovely sweater. Thanks!

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tiddlywinks53  October 11, 2014
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different lingo, but same weight yarn. worsted = DK

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Patchouli Moon    November 13, 2012
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In the yoke of the sweater is this a seed stitch? Or a rib k1, p1? Or do I k1,p1 on the ws and straight knit on the RS? I am a bit confused as the patten says knit on the right side, but I am uncertain if this should be done in the k1, p1, seed st or? Thanks.

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Live.Knit.Love  November 14, 2012
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Hi there!

Thanks for knitting the Mama Bear! We hope you are loving knitting it and that you love wearing it too! The yoke is knit in K1,P1 on the WS and just knit on the RS. This makes life so much easier, because on the RS, when you're doing the decreases, you don't have to worry about staying in any sort of pattern at the same time.

Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have any other questions!

Happy Knitting!
-Jaime, Live.Knit.Love

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Judy Salmon    October 7, 2012
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Hello! I am new to this site and am used to my patterns calling for a certain number of ounces of yarn whereas this pattern calls for 1520?? Can someone help me with this? Thanks so much and love this pattern!

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Judy Salmon  October 7, 2012
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I'm so sorry...I read further down and found my answer (yardage). Now just to find the yarn!!

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Live.Knit.Love  October 8, 2012
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Hi Judy! Thank you for purchasing the Mama Bear! We hope you LOVE knitting and wearing it! We'd love to see your finished sweater!

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knitbitch    March 7, 2012
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Is this a full sleeve or a 3/4 length sleeve?

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Live.Knit.Love  March 7, 2012
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Hi there! This is a full sleeve! Also - it is very easy to adjust your sleeve length as you are knitting it! Thanks for asking!
-Jaime, Live.Knit.Love

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owler29    March 8, 2012
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Almost done! Love, love, love this pattern. Took me a moment to ponder attaching the sleeves, but realized if I turned them inside out, they would attach just fine! Now, to find some spectacular buttons.

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Ms Elaine    March 9, 2012
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Can this pattern be knitted in cotton? And what weight would you recommend so as not to be too heavy?

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Live.Knit.Love  March 9, 2012
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Hi there Ms. Elaine! What a great questions!

We've knitted the Mama Bear in many types of fiber & we love them all! We haven't, personally, knit one out of 100% cotton, however, we did knit one out of Tatamy Tweed (Worsted) by Kraemer Yarns, which is a really lovely cotton/acrylic blend. It was not in the least bit too heavy - and very multi-seasonal!

The Mama Bear is knitted in a worsted weight yarn. Cotton blends are lovely, but we don't see why a nice 100% cotton wouldn't work. Some cotton yarns tend to be naturally heavier than others, but if you pick one that has a bit more loft you should be fine.

Happy Knitting!
-Jaime, Live.Knit.Love

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senior lady    March 12, 2012
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Woul a acrylic worsted #4 work for this pattern?

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Live.Knit.Love  March 13, 2012
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Hi there!

Yes, a #4 is a worsted weight yarn, so it would work fine! Thanks for asking!

Happy Knitting!
-Jaime @ Live.Knit.Love.

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aem5    April 11, 2012
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Is this garment knit from the top down?

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Live.Knit.Love  April 11, 2012
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Hi!

That's a great question! Thanks for asking. Actually - it is knit from the bottom up! You knit the body of the sweater first, and then knit the sleeves circularly, and then -Ta-DAA! ... just like magic... the sleeves are knitted right onto the body and you continue knitting the yoke until you're done! No seaming. No pickng up stitches for buttonbands! When you're done - you're done!

Thanks again! Have a great day! Happy Knitting!

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Opal rose    April 21, 2012
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I've. Never used double pointed needles , would this be easy to do with this pattern?

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Live.Knit.Love  April 21, 2012
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Hi Opal Rose! I hope you're having a great Saturday! Thanks for the question! Yes, the sleeves are knit circularly, which can be done several ways. You could use double pointed needles (and, if you've never knitted with dpn's this would actually be a great first project!) or you could use the two circular needle technique... or the magic loop method to name a few.

Don't be afraid of double pointed needles, though! They are actually quite fun to knit on! And, you're only ever knitting with two needles at once (just like knitting on regular needles), so the other needles just sit and chill for awhile!

Also - you don't have to knit the entire sleeve on double pointed needles - just until you have enough stitches to make it around your circular needle. Yay!

Thanks again! Happy Knitting!

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jenniegri501957    April 25, 2012
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In the materias section you say 1300, etc. is that yardage or weight?

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blmitchell  April 25, 2012
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I'm not the author jenniegirl, but that is the yardage.

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Live.Knit.Love  April 26, 2012
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Hi there!

Yes, blmitchell is correct - that is the yardage!

Thanks! Happy Knitting!

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blmitchell    April 25, 2012
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I really like the yarn that this is knit in. What is it and where can I get something similar?

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Live.Knit.Love  April 26, 2012
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Howdy!

Thanks so much for helping Jenny out (above) and for your great question! It is a beautiful yarn & we loved working with it! The yarn that we used is Boomerang by Fiesta Yarns. It is a handpainted Superwash Merino! We used the colorway called, "Poppies." And it's absolutely wonderful! If you're looking for something with a very similar colorway though, Cascade 220 Paints (Color 9926 - Cherry Berry) is very, very similar to the Boomerang!

Thanks again! Happy Knitting!
-Marjan & Jaime, Live.Knit.Love

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mine2    May 6, 2012
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since there is no band, are there button holes or how is the buttons held in place when closed?

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Marjan.LiveKnit  May 8, 2012
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Good morning! The buttons are actually held in place with button loops that you make with a wee piece of yarn. It's a little bit hard to see on the picture, but if you look real close you'll see that we actually tied the button loop on with a little bow (cute!) or you could hide your ends too! This makes the sweater even easier to knit - no need to remember to put the buttonholes in! Yay! And you can use any size button you'd like because you make the loop to fit the button! Yay again!

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queenmumm    May 16, 2012
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beautiful, can't wait to try it

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Marjan.LiveKnit  May 16, 2012
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Thanks for the comment! We can't wait to see your Mama Bear! Happy knitting! -Marjan & Jaime (Live.Knit.Love)

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Merilyn    May 18, 2012
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Hi - would Mama Bear work up in Koigu's fingering weight? If so, what would the yardage requirements be, please?

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Marjan.LiveKnit  May 23, 2012
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Hi there Merilyn!

Thanks for asking... however, Mama Bear is knit with worsted weight yarn, so fingering weight yarn will not give you the same results as far as sizing goes, etc. If you used Koigu, you would probably also use a smaller needle to accommodate the smaller yarn and your sweater would be absolutely beautiful (isn't Koigu wonderful!!), but it would be significantly smaller - it would most likely be a child's size. If you used the same needle size as the Mama Bear suggests, your sweater would be very, very loosely knit and most likely would not fit right. However, we do have a pattern that is also a seamless sweater (cardigan) that is also very cute & fun coming out in the next month or two that is written for fingering weight yarn! Stay tuned!

Thanks again! Happy Knitting!
-Marjan & Jaime (Live.Knit.Love)

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Anne Kuell    June 9, 2012
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I finished my first Mama Bear and already planning for my next one! I didn"t do buttons on this one, I made some i-cord ties.

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Marjan.LiveKnit  June 11, 2012
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Hi Anne!

Thanks so much for the comment! We are so delighted that you have enjoyed knitting the Mama Bear! How exciting that you are ready to knit your 2nd one as well! That is so wonderful! I bet your Mama Bear is super cute with i-cord ties! What a great idea! We'd love to see a picture!

Happy Knitting!
-Marjan & Jaime Marsman
Live.Knit.Love

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kslady10760341    June 11, 2012
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I would like to know how long this sweater is....also, is the back of the neck shaped or straight? Thanks...mommabear121

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Marjan.LiveKnit  June 11, 2012
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Hi there! Thanks for the question! The Mama Bear loves to be juuu-sst right for everybody! She is quite easily customized (and the pattern tells you how to do this) in regards to length of the sweater and sleeves. The suggested length of the sweater varies depending on which size you are knitting, but it begins at 14" (to the underarm) for the smallest size to a suggested length of 16" (to the underarm) for the largest size.

The back of the neck is straight.

Please let us know if you have any other questions! Thanks again! Have a great day! Happy Knitting!

-Marjan & Jaime Marsman
Live.Knit.Love

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jillatc2  August 9, 2013
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I am reading the pattern right now and cannot find the instructions for making the length of the Mama Bear sweater juuuuuuuust right. Where does "the pattern tells you how to do this"? I need to make it only 10 or 11 inches long. Thanks for your help. jillcornish

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barbaraknits    June 14, 2012
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Hi, can you knit this on straight needles ?

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Live.Knit.Love  June 14, 2012
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Hi there Barbaraknits!

You can knit the body of the sweater on long needles if you wished (as long as you could fit all of the stitches onto your needles!).

As it is knit all in one piece and since it is a cardigan, there is no reason that you need to use circular needles on the body (other than the fact that there are quite a few stitches on your needles & you might be more comfortable with your stitches on a circular needle).

The sleeves are knit in the round (so there are no seams to sew - Yay!), so you would want to knit those on circular needles.

Thanks for the great question!

Happy Knitting!
-Marjan & Jaime Marsman

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barbara.b581846    June 16, 2012
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Hi! I purchased this pattern a few weeks ago, and just got a notice that you had "updated" the pattern. Does that mean that there is a problem with the original version??? Thanks! Barb

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Live.Knit.Love  June 17, 2012
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Hi there Barb! Thanks for your question! Isn't Craftsy so awesome that they update everyone when a pattern is updated!!! We love it!

No, there was no problem at all. We simply added one word! :) Under the "Ingredients" section, we added the word, "Yards" to the pattern to clarify that the amounts of worsted weight yarn referred to yards needed to complete the sweater and not some other unit of measurement. Thanks for asking!

Happy Knitting! We would love to see your finished Mama Bear!

-Jaime @ Live.Knit.Love

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barbara.b581846  June 17, 2012
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Thanks much!

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owler29    June 17, 2012
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Done and worn several times. Posted pic on Ravelry under "Mama Bear". Special button made by a friend from my Dad's wood stash.

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Joan Dodge    July 2, 2012
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If I download the updated version of this pattern, will I be charged again?

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Live.Knit.Love  July 2, 2012
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Hi Joan! I'm not entirely sure how Craftsy handles updated versions... but if you send me your email address (to patterns@liveknitlove.com) I would be delighted to send you the updated version!

Happy Knitting!
-Jaime Marsman
Live.Knit.Love

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Joan Dodge    July 2, 2012
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I received an email with an updated version of this pattern. If I download it, will I be charged for the pattern again?
Thanks.

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SurpriseAZ    August 26, 2012
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I knitted this in a cotton/linen blend and it turned out fabulous!
Very comfortable pattern. I love it!

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