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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Summer design: Pintuck T-shirt on: May 30, 2008 02:05:43 PM
Oh, thanks all. You guys are so nice.

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a balance between simplicity and complicatedness

This is what I strive for! I'm glad it comes through. Simple shapes, but with something to keep it interesting and, importantly, to keep the knitter interested.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Summer design: Pintuck T-shirt on: May 22, 2008 04:04:27 PM
Oh, thanks for all the kind words, everyone. I do love this top.

Knitty is very successful- I think they know their audience and their style. It just wasn't right this time for whatever reason.

I do like seeing people's versions of my designs, though, so if you guys knit it, drop me a line, or better yet, a picture. I'm totally delighted by it. Also, if the pattern's unclear or you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer design: Pintuck T-shirt on: May 20, 2008 02:26:19 PM


Hi. Just thought I would share a summer knit of my own design- a t-shirt in bamboo. It's wonderfully soft and drapey and makes a great refined t-shirt. I anticipate wearing it lots when the weather finally gets a bit warmer in the UK.

I've knit a couple of things in bamboo yarn so far, and I really love the stuff. It's never disappointed me.

Details and pattern available on the blog. (The pattern was submitted to and rejected by Knitty, so the abbreviations are from Knitty's style sheet.)
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Gathered Pullover? on: January 26, 2008 11:52:13 AM
I started it, and got all the way to starting on the sleeves before it hit me that I was knitting something that not only didn't have waist shaping, but gathered at the bust.

I've never looked good in empire waist tops or anything tent-like, so I don't know why I thought it would be a good choice. That fantastic cable blinded the sensible parts of my brain.

The project is now sitting in its bag, awaiting frogging.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Draped Lace Shell - Decrease question on: January 26, 2008 08:08:35 AM
I'll just post my reply e-mail here:

Hi Katie. I'm glad you like the pattern. I really like it as well. It's flattering and I'm thinking of making myself another one.

As for your questions:
For decreases on the 5th pattern row, you can do as you said:
k selvedge st, k2tog, k1, yo, etc in pattern to the last three stitches, ssk, k selvedge st.

For decreases on the 1st pattern row, you can just omit the first and last yarn-overs in the row.

As for the armholes- well, I'm only 5'1" so it can't be that far off for you! If you're concerned, you can just make the whole thing shorter: instead of working until you have 6 repeats from the beginning of armhole shaping, you can just do 5-1/2 repeats, for instance, which would give you an armhole 1.5cm (about half an inch) shorter.

Good luck and have fun with the knitting! Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any more questions, and it'd make my day to see a pic of your finished object!

(As a note, the Horseshoes Cardigan and the Draped Lace Shell have the same lace pattern, so if you ever felt like knitting the cardi after the shell, you'd probably find it pretty easy.)
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Draped Lace Shell - Decrease question on: January 26, 2008 02:35:14 AM
Hi Katie.

I answered your questions via e-mail. I hope they were clear enough!

Please let me know if you've any other questions.

(Would love to see pictures once you're finished!)
7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Eunny Jang's End Paper mitts on: September 30, 2007 03:14:47 AM
So the knit stitch seam turned out all right, redwitch? A knit stitch as a seam would definitely help my tension around there.

Oh, a word of advice for first time colourworkers: pick colours that are a better contrast! Although I liked the way my two colours looked together, it would have made my life much easier if the colours had a stronger contrast. It would have made it easier to read my knitting at a glance and therefore concentrate on my stranding rather than my chart reading.

Although having neither colour pop out also means you can't see the lumpiness as well. Silver lining, people, silver lining.
8  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Eunny Jang's End Paper mitts on: September 29, 2007 09:11:51 AM
I didn't officially join the KAL here, but I did get lots of info and tips, so I thought I'd pop in here to thank you and share the FO with y'all.



Details on the blog, but it's knit in Jaeger Baby Merino, which worked really well. This was my first stranded colourwork project, and my tension really needs work. Blocking helped, but can't actually erase mistakes!

I omitted one of the seams, and wished I'd taken out both seams. Maybe with the next pair, if I make them. My tension was especially bad around the seam.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Turned hem - question on: September 29, 2007 07:44:49 AM
A turned hem can be thought of as two short cylinders, one inside the other. If the inside cylinder is the same diameter as the outer one, then the outer one will have to stretch a bit to go over it.

So knitting the hem part on smaller needles makes the hem a bit smaller, so that when you turn it in, the outside part doesn't stretch or deform to accommodate it.

You can also work the hem over fewer stitches, and increase past the turning row to the correct number of body stitches.

I did my Hourglass Sweater with the hems on the same size needles as the body, with the result that none of the hems lie perfectly flat. Whoops.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Lace patchwork curtain knit from plastic bags and assorted found objects. on: September 26, 2007 08:48:31 AM
That's awesome. I'd totally use that as a room divider, or even just as art.
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