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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / First patternless project - help? on: October 12, 2009 07:56:59 PM
How do you knit up original designs? Do you do all the proper math and charting first, or just cast on and knit away?

I took the 'cast on and knit away' approach to a pair of mittens for my roommate, but am finding it has become a lot of trial and error, and I've taken them apart and restarted so many times. This is the first time I've ever attempted to knit something (other than scarves) without a pattern. Am I approaching this wrong?

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / What a novel idea! on: October 26, 2008 07:47:05 PM
Haha bad pun, sorry, I couldn't help myself.

The campus bar recently hosted an Anything but Clothes event where best costume won $500. I decided to make a dress out a novel, figuring it would be pretty $500 worthy if executed properly. I lost to mostly-naked boys...I guess drunks appreciate nudity more than hard work! Anyways...

The book I sacrificed, along with a boob-in-progress. I bought it at a used book store and it had that nice yellow colour.

The skirt was made of several pieces like this stapled together.

The front!

The back!

My roommate's coffee filter dress, inspired by htking's http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=269921.0

And, cause we're cute:

The top survived the night fairly well, considering it was a long one. Unfortunately, the skirt got ripped to shreds.
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