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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitted Pouf / Floor Cushion on: January 10, 2013 09:22:10 AM
Finished this pouf/foot rest for the Nursery we're working on, love it! I couldn't find hat I wanted in stores or in Yellow (plus they were $85+) so I made my own.  Smiley

I used three strands of Lion Brand Homespun in Golden and two strands of Stitch Nation Full o Sheep in Honeycomb held together using US 15 needles. Total I used 3 balls of each brand (as a little less yardage in the Full o Sheep, total cost $14).

I was inspired by the Puff Daddys Baby pattern but ended up using this Drops pattern as the short rows provided better shaping and easier to sew closed at the end. I just CO 28 stitches and worked in Seed Stitch instead of Garter.

I found a matching yellow sheet at the thrift store and wrapped it around an old balled up comforter to stuff the pouf. Worked great!

(I also made the side table! Blogged here)
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cloud Bolero, finally finished! on: February 25, 2012 01:54:06 PM
This was a hibernating WIP for over three(!) years and I finally picked it back up and finished it. Love it!

This pattern (Cloud Bolero) is offically no longer available but you can still find it via the Internet Wayback machine. Very quick knit once you get it going (requires many stitch markers). This is worked in Caron Simply Soft Quick, which I think is a very pretty yarn for the $!

Blogged here.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another vintage style hat, now with a blocking tutorial! on: August 08, 2011 09:12:40 AM

I can't stop making vintage inspired hats! Another 30s/40s style, I designed this one using short rows that flare out the front while the back brim is flipped up.

Knit using two strands of worsted weight held together (Patons Classic Wool).

After a good blocking it was finished with a grosgrain ribbon twisted around to conform to the hat shape and a vintage clear button.

Update: I've posted a felting/blocking tutorial for this hat on my blog here: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk tatted necklaces on: June 08, 2011 09:25:15 AM
My bellydance troupe is doing a steampunk/burlesque inspired piece this year and in addition to our handmade costumes I decided to take on making the necklaces too.

I tea stained the Size 10 thread to match the octopus piece then modified a tatting pattern to needle tat the lace motifs. I then stiffened the lace with stiffening spray.

I love how they came out! Worked great with our costumes.


5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / 1940's style tilt hat on: May 09, 2011 12:49:56 PM

I found this wonderful vintage inspired dress while thrifting and loved it so much I knew I had to make a hat to go with it!

I used a free pattern (Debs Derby) as a jumping off point and made modifications to get the shape I envisioned. I made the hat smaller around by one decrease section and added short rows to the sides to make the brim wider there and narrower in the front and back. Also shorted the crown depth by several inches.

I knit this in Lion Brands Fisherman's Wool and it felted so beautifully. It's trimmed with a black grosgrain ribbon and a black felt applique of a swallow.

I just love it with my new dress!
Blogged here.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka-dot Vinyl Pillbox Hat on: May 02, 2011 11:02:33 AM

My first non-knit/felt hat! I love it and manged to make it way on the cheap (like $2 total cost), woohoo!

For the base I used plastic mesh canvas (love this stuff) instead of the traditional buckram. It's then covered in a polka-dot stamped vinyl remnant piece. I "cheated" and hot glued it down versus sewing as it was so thick.

It's fully lined with a proper hat/headsize band and bobby pins attached for wearing.

This photo taken at Christmas for a 1950's themed Xmas party. I attached a little veil I also had made as part of a mini top hat awhile back.

>> More on the blog here.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double Knit Sampler Coin Purse on: February 01, 2011 10:30:55 AM

I'd worked up this pattern a while ago to use for a Double Knitting workshop but then it never materialized. Finally got my butt in gear and finished up the pattern publish though!

I really love the different double knitting techniques and there's so many things you can use them for. I wanted to cover several different ones yet still have a useful item when finished, thus this little coin purse.

A bit about the free pattern. The body of the purse is worked back and forth on two needles with a single strand of yarn and produces a tube like circular knitting, but with a closed bottom. The pattern offers three different options for the closed tube cast-on.

The flap is worked with a two stranded double knit technique. Two different colored yarns produce a double sided flat piece of knitting with the color work pattern of your choice (9 different charts to choose from). Optional shaping is also covered.

Hope to inspire a few people to try something new. Cheesy
You can download the free PDF here!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My very own Rogue on: January 04, 2011 10:59:37 AM
I have literally had the yarn for this in my stash for 5 years, and finally I started it 4 months ago and it is finished!

This is the every popular Rogue pattern, and I love it so!

The yarn is the excellent Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-Ply in Garnet Heather. However I did have to go down to a size 6 needle to get somewhat close in gauge. As it worked out, I was still running a bit big so I knit the smallest size to end up with a final measurement of 38". This worked out perfectly as I wanted this fitted, but loose enough to wear layers under it comfortably.

I'm happy I got this down in time for the brief cold season here in Texas! Especially as I had a bit of a fiasco with the pocket (my own dumb fault) and ended up doing surgery (involving cutting) to get it all fixed.

My mods are (in addition to gauge issues)- didn't do the hem facing stitch, just decreased sts by 5%, increasing 2 rows before turning row. Added 4 extra repeats of center cable section of the body to lengthen it. I also used this handy chart to graft the hood together in pattern.

Lots more info and photos on my blog- all related posts are here.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Leather and Lace Cuff and other tatting on: December 06, 2010 01:22:50 PM

Once I had this idea in my head I found this perfect 5 Point Celtic Motif by Sue Hanson for it. In tatting, a piece is referred to as "Celtic style" if it has any interwoven pieces, not just traditional knot work. For this one you tat once piece, then tat a second separate piece. Next you weave the two together and tat another round to finish and join them together.

The motif is attached to the leather with small dots of fabric glue. I like the contrast in color as well as texture.

I didn't have any leather working tools so I settled on a simple punched hole and hemp cord to lace it up type closure. Works just fine!

For this one I modified a motif pattern into this for a necklace. I posted the free pattern on my site here: www.pieknits.com/blog/2010/11/modified_motif.html

"Half Moon Dreaming" free pattern by Kersti.com. Really love this one, it's a gift but I may need to make one of my own now too. Sad to see it go!

My second pair of Quadrille earrings in black with iridescent blue beads.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lotus Bag on: November 15, 2010 12:38:33 PM
I'm so excited the new Stitch 'N Bitch book is finally out (SNB Superstar Knitting), and I can share my design!

Lotus Bag

Loved how everything came together in this one.

Double Knitting used for the handle, creates reversible pattern that looks nice on both sides, doesn't curl and extra sturdy. The double knitting also continues into the bottom to form a "tube" that plastic mesh canvas is inserted into for extra stability.

The lotus is worked in intarsia, the bag is lined and uses a magnetic snap for the closure.

Little more on the blog and Rav link.
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