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11  Re: Green Gables in Knitalongs by gloriana on: April 24, 2006 01:57:57 PM
I'm truckin' along with my GG - here's a photo of it in process:



I've got nearly 6" of the body finished and I'm hoping to finish it up this week...  I really like this pattern, and I love the Cotton Fleece!

I added a few increases at the bust and then decreased again - and I'm going to do a couple extra decreases as the body gets down to the waist area.  When I'm done I'll post more specifically about what I did with the incs and decs.
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12  Tutorial: Reversible tote bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gloriana on: April 20, 2006 09:44:59 PM
I made this tote bag for the Sew? I Knit!-along (website is here - http://www.sewiknit.blogspot.com) and thought I would offer a tutorial.  It's a fairly "classic" style  - but I've made it a little more hip with retro fabric from Reprodepot:



Here's the tutorial:

Finished dimensions
19" long
14" high
21" long straps

Ingredients

1 yard of fabric A (here, the print fabric)
1 yard of fabric B (here, the solid, or "lining" fabric)
1/2 yard sew-on Velcro (you can use stick-on if you want but I prefer the sew-on kind)
interfacing (optional - if your fabric is on the lighter side)

Directions

Cut out your pieces-
Two 20" x 15" rectangles each from fabric A and B (these will be the BODY of the bag)
Four 9" x 8" rectangles each from fabric A and B (these will be the POCKETS - there are 4 in all)
Two strips, 2 1/2" wide and 50" long, each from fabric A and B (these will be the STRAPS)

[This would be the time to add interfacing if you're using it - either sew or iron it on to the body pieces and the straps; the pockets won't need it.]

Prepare the pockets-
1. Pin two pocket pieces together along one long (9") edge.  Stitch, trim the seam, turn right side out, press.  
2. Cut four pieces of Velcro (furry side) each 4" long.  Center one piece about 1" below the topstitched edge of the pocket.  Stitch in place, making sure to only go through one layer of fabric.  This will be the inside of your pocket.
3. Topstitch 1/4" from the top edge of the pocket.  You can also stitch the raw edges together at the other three sides, if you'd like.
4. Prepare the other three pockets in the same way.



Attach pockets to body pieces-
1. Lay out one of the body pieces, with a long side (20") at bottom.  Find the center of the fabric by folding it in half and making a crease.  Do the same with one of the pockets.  Line up the centers and the raw edges and pin the pocket to the body piece at the bottom center.  Pin down the bottom corners and the sides.
2. Before you pin the top corners down, you need to attach the other half of the Velcro to the body of the bag.  Cut 4 pieces of Velcro (prickly side), each 4" long.  Use the furry half of the Velcro on the pocket to mark the position of the other half on the body piece.  Pin the prickly Velcro in place and stitch down.



3. Pin pocket to body at top corners.  Stitch the pocket in place on three sides.  (Yes, the raw edges of the pocket are showing - but don't worry!  They'll be covered by the straps.)
4. Prepare the other three pockets in the same way.

Sew body pieces together at sides and top-
1. At bottom corners of body pieces, cut out a 2x2" square.  (You're going to do a square-bottom for the bag - as in the Jordy tutorial here - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=32204.0).
2. Pin body pieces together at sides.  (Make sure to pin 2 fabric A pieces together and 2 fabric B pieces together).  Stitch and press seams open.  Do this for both fabric A and fabric B.  You now have two pieces (which I'm just going to call A and B at this point).
[If you want to add a closure at the top of the bag - such as some ribbon ties, or a loop on one side for a button attachment, now is the time to do it.  Pin the tie(s) to the raw edge of A, pointing downward.]
3. Turn A rightside out and slip it inside B (which is still wrongside out).  Pin the two pieces together at the top of the bag, matching the side seams.  Stitch, trim seam, turn rightside out, press, and topstitch 1/4" from the edge through both layers of fabric.  The bag now has a finished edge at the top and raw edges at the bottom:



Adding the straps-
1. Press in 1/2" on both long raw edges of each strap piece.  Use a high setting and plenty of steam to make sure these pressed edges stay flat.  Repeat for all 4 strap pieces.



2. Measure the height of the bag, from top to bottom at the center.  (If you're following my measurements, it should be 14 1/2").  Measure in 14 1/2" from each end of each strap piece and mark these places with pins.  The portion of the strap in the middle of these two markers will be the bit of the strap that sticks up over the top of the bag.  The end bits of the straps are going to be stitched down to the bag itself.
3. Lay out an A strap with the pressed edges facing up.  Place a B strap face-down on top of it.  This will give you a double-faced strap with pressed edges facing inward.  Pin the strap pieces together between the two markers.  Stitch the straps together 1/4" in from these edges.  Leave the ends of the strap separated for now.  It should look like this:



4. Now you're going to stitch the strap ends in place to the body of the bag, with the pressed edges over the raw edges of the pockets.  Lay out the bag with side A facing up, and lap the ends of strap B over it.  Mark the placement line for the strap as follows: measure 3/4" in from raw edges of the pocket and 6" from the side seam.  Lay the edge of the strap along this line and pin in place.  This will center the strap (which should be 1 1/2" wide) over the raw edge of the pocket.  Do the same for the other side of the pocket with the other end of strap B.  Topstitch 1/4" from each edge of the strap, making sure to only stitch through ONE layer of bag fabric.  The best way to do this is to open out the B side of the bag while sewing, so that it doesn't get caught underneath.  Make sure also that you stop short of the top edge of the bag when you're sewing your topstitching on the straps.  Once you've finished sewing down one side of the strap, do the same with the other side.  (This will be strap A sewn to side B of the bag).  Then repeat with the second strap.



5. Once the straps are all attached to the bag, you need to stitch closed the little gaps near the top edge of the bag.  Sew through all thicknesses to secure the straps to the top of the bag:



Finishing-
1.  Now all that's left is to sew up the bottom of the bag.  Turn everything inside out and pin the two bottom pieces of A together.  Stitch, trim seam, and press open.



2. Fold each corner of A so that the side seam and bottom seam meet in the middle.  Stitch across this seam and trim.  Repeat at the other corner.  (You can refer to the Jordy bag tutorial if you're not clear on this part).
3. Pin the two bottom pieces of B together.  You're going to leave an opening in the middle of B - in between the two straps - so that you can turn everything rightside-out again.  Stitch two seams in the bottom of B - ending and then beginning just inside the straps.  
4. Sew the two corners as you did for A.  Trim all seams.
5. Pull the rightside of the bag through the hole in the bottom of B.  The last step is to close the hole in the bottom of B - you can do this by turning in the seam allowance and topstitching very close to the edge of the fabric (as I did) or you can slip-stitch it closed.

Your bag is now done and can be used on either side.  Here's what the reverse side looks like:



I hope this is clear!  Let me know if there are any questions.
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13  Re: Odessa (Grumperina for MagKnits) KAL in Knitalongs by gloriana on: February 12, 2006 07:36:41 AM
I finished mine last week and wore it quite a bit over the weekend.  So cute!  I love it!



There are some notes on the pattern on my blog (link below).
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14  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: January 03, 2006 09:03:31 AM
I thought I would share a photo of my brother modeling his Gryffindor scarf, which I gave him for Christmas:



His enthusiasm for the scarf made it all worth it.
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15  Re: Harry Potter Scarf Knit-Along? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: November 13, 2005 12:02:16 PM
I've finally finished my Gryffindor scarf - which is a Christmas gift for my brother.  Here's some photos and notes (reprinted from my blog):

 

Yarn: four skeins of Plymouth Encore Worsted (MC) and one skein Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (CC)
Needles: size 8 17" Denise circulars
Time to complete: way too long - about 6 weeks
Notes:

*I'm very happy with how this turned out - I think my brother will really like it, and it'll keep him warm during the winters in Brooklyn.  But man, it was a boring knit!  Product over process, definitely.  It's knit in the round, so there's just miles and miles of knit stitches.  Incidentally, this is the last piece I've knit "incorrectly" - that is, with my stitches twisted.
*I actually changed the proportions of MC to CC a bit - my pattern repeat looked like this: 24 rows MC, 3 rows CC, 6 rows MC, 3 rows CC.  This made for about 6 1/4" of knit.  I did eleven total pattern repeats, and then did 24 rows of MC at the end.  The finished scarf is 72" long, which I think is quite long enough.
*Blocking helped make the scarf look better and lie flatter - I aligned all the "jogs" in the rows along one side, which minimizes them a lot - and straightened it out.  I steam-blocked it - pinned it out, sprayed it with water, and steamed the crap out of it.
*The final touch was the fringe, which is about 3 1/2" long.  I think it's so clever to close the ends of the tube by slipping the fringe through both sides of the scarf.  This works really well.  Go, go, Gryffindor!
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16  Re: One Skein Wonder KAL Anyone? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: August 09, 2005 02:42:32 PM
Here's my second OSW - this time I can actually wear it:





I made it from two skeins of Idena Sorbe yarn... a little funked out for me, but I'm liking it.
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17  Re: anyone for Knitty's I Do? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: August 04, 2005 04:44:23 PM
melidomi, you are the knitting goddess!  I can't believe you've knit three I Dos already... most impressive.

Here's a look at mine (with no shedding in evidence, thank goodness):





Notes on the pattern can be found on my blog.  I'm very happy with this shrug, despite the shedding issues (I've calmed down a bit from the other day).  Smiley
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18  Re: anyone for Knitty's I Do? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: July 21, 2005 01:14:42 PM
I too am really enjoying this pattern - I'm just about to the shoulder on the first sleeve.  I've made the sleeves shorter and cast on fewer stitches to make the flared hems a bit smaller:



I'm making the small, so I cast on 72 stitches instead of 84 to start off with.  I'm using Classic Elite Premiere, which is a cotton/tencel blend that is very soft and nice to work with.
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19  Re: One Skein Wonder KAL Anyone? in Knitalongs by gloriana on: July 10, 2005 05:14:48 PM
I finished this recently - but unfortunately it doesn't fit me.  I made the next-to-smallest size.  It's actually fine across the back, but the arm widths are too small!  I can get it on, but it's painfully constrictive.  Oh well.  I'm going to gift it to someone in my knitting group - there are a couple of petite gals in there.  I used two skeins of K1C2's Tartelette ribbon yarn, which is beautiful stuff -



It's soft and pretty - just wish it fit me.  Smiley

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20  Re: Projects from "Loop-d-Loop" in Knitting: Completed Projects by gloriana on: July 10, 2005 09:11:44 AM
yarnfarmr - thanks for the nice compliments on the blog.  Smiley

I just finished the steek tank yesterday - here's a photo:



There are more photos and some notes on the pattern on my blog.  I wore it out yesterday and got a very enthused compliment from the girls at the bead store, who said they wanted to learn to knit.  I encouraged them, of course - trying to convert people to knitting everywhere I go!
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