I've been working on these for a while, using different yarns to try and bring out the pattern and get the stitch count right for the size... A colleague at work brought me a Knit Picks catalogue her sister had sent her, and I saw their pattern for argyle style socks worked in a solid colour in knits and purls, and I though 'I can do that!'. I wouldn't be able to order the pattern anyway, as I live in the UK, and it isn't worth the postage to get something like that sent over if I can write a pattern to do it myself
And so I present my own version at last - hoorah!
It may not be all that much to write a sock pattern in the grand scheme of things, but to me, this is a big deal, because I worked it out from scratch, with my own chart, from my [comparatively limited when you look at people like Lolly] experience in sock knitting to make something I like and that fits. So I'm pretty happy But I'm always willing to listen to constructive comments and feedback to improve on things, so comments are welcome!
I made the largest size, from Polar, and it took slightly over 5 balls (I worked out that it would take more than that due to the yardage, so bought 10 balls to be safe, and have loads left!). I made a few mistakes too, but you can't even see them I'll definitely use the pattern again, but using different yarn - the Polar pilled no end within an hour of wearing the jumper at work, so even though it is lovely to wear and has beautiful drape, it just isn't substantial enough for me. Incidentally, Rowan suggest some subs for Polar on the website FAQ that look longer lasting and have some beautiful colours, so they might be of use to those who haven't picked out a yarn to use yet. Nevertheless, I love this jumper The book was worth the price for this pattern alone!
Thank goodness for the Librarian Avenger! We only get like this because we are often abused Actually, when I was working in a public library we once had to throw out some books that were returned soaking wet and smelling of wee... I dare not tell any stories about where I work now, in case they visit this site Needless to say, you'd wonder how some people get into university! Mostly it is vvvvv rewarding, but there are a small percentage who you could write books about.
Anyway, we'll help you Lupinbunny, but we want some nice patterns/yarn in return You don't study where I work by any chance do you?
Or at least a variation of it! It is a top similar to one my friend has from Topshop (UK fashion store).
My friend has a similar version in a standard v neck with little short sleeves (a little longer than cap) with ties running through them, as well as the tie round the midriff like in this one. Hers is in a lilac mohair blend kind of yarn, or what looks like it anyway, and seems to have one kind of stitch for the ribbing, and one for the main body. I reckon that if I use a 4 ply cotton, and use either a feather and fan (that's what this one looks like to me) or a Pillar openwork pattern (you can find that at http://knitting.about.com/library/blpillar.htm) for the ribbing, that is the start of something. Not sure what to use for the top half yet though... I'd love to have a more subtle stitch pattern on the top half, but maybe it would be better with just plain stocking stitch. I could also use some Jaeger mohair art I have lying around to get a different effect, which might be softer, and work better with a mix of pattern.
What do you guys think would work best? I've not designed anything before, and I am really inspired this time, thinking about my mate's top and this one on the website to make something similar. Would it be best to make a large swatch to see how it would look with each type of lacework with a st-st top half? I'm thinking that mohair would work better for a v-neck, while the cotton would work for the fixed wrap style in the pic. Once I have that worked out, I can figure out sizing using the swatch for a stitch gauge. I'd love to be able to design anyway, but using pics might be a good way to start for the sake of inspiration - safety in seeing something that already works but playing with it and making it up myself to fit my vision.
Sorry - this seems a bit of a babble, but it's because I've been thinking about this for about 3 hours, and only just found some similar images and the right kind of lace stitch patterns (I must get those Harmony stitch guides!).
I'm looking for a nice ballet wrap style pattern (pref free) like this one, but with a larger bust size (this is from 1000 Sweaters, but they only go up to 38 inch bust and I want at least 42 inch (my gauge tends to be wider, so normally I get away with it), so I'm not buying the book to only have to upsize everything!).
The Rebecca one is too bulky for a gal like me, and Otis on Knitty doesn't wrap around enough. It needs to be about a double knit yarn weight too if possible. Don't want much do I? I'm sure someone will rise to the challenge
Yay! After studying my back side off and finally being free to do what I want till September again, I have finally got a finished project under my belt again. It is Bloom from Rowan 36, and was pretty easy, although the shoulders were too big (as others have found). I've trimmed them down and farted about on my sewing machine trying to fix it, got funny thumb from gripping the crochet hook too hard, but I am happy. Details of the yarn and stuff is on my blog (as is the reason for not taking a pic of the top in action yet... ), but here is a little bit of it at least (think the memory card is a bit duff in the digi cam, as it keeps corrupting pics or losing them).
If anyone is thinking of making this - if you are adventurous enough, you might want to cast on less stitches for the arm shaping, and play with the number of short rows...
Hoorah! It took about 6 weeks of sporadic knitting, but I finally made it. My Fern cardigan is finished as last! Woohoo! I ran out of wool before I had finished, and unluckily I had chosen a discontinued colour as it was on sale. I posted on the UKHandknitters Yahoo group asking if anyone had an odd ball, and a lovely lady emailed me to say she had found one by chance in a bargain bin and had bought it for me Bless her! People are so nice sometimes.
I haven't actually blocked properly in this pic, and I had missed a couple of ends that needed weaving in, and I also should get a ribbon to tie across the chest as the pattern is designed to be almost off the shoulder and suggests a ribbon to keep it in place. I need to find a match for it first though, and the right width (which will be difficult - too thin or thick and it might just look silly).
Anyway, I would love to hear some honest opinions on this - it is lovely and cosy because of the yarn (Rowan Kid Classic), but I'm not sure if it flatters me yet. Is it suitable for outdoor wear do you think? Anyway, the pattern is lovely - reasonably simple and you get results quite quickly for something like this. I also like the lack of buttons, so I don't have to spend ages finding the right ones and then sewing them on (although I might get one to wear underneath to keep the bottom flap in place).
Yuck. Yuck yuck yuck. Horrid horrid picture showing my evil double chin. Please note that although I am generally haggard after a long day at work and a beer, I didn't realise I was this haggard (and what the hell is my boyfriend doing taking photos like this?! )! Also note that the earwarmer is missing a flower at the mo - it belongs in that gap.