I finally finished this drop-shoulder, gored jacket for my just-turned-2-year-old daughter. It's fully lined, with a hood and covered buttons. I'm still not sure adding the gored panels was such a fantastic idea, but I think they're growing on me.
It's made of cotton velveteen, and the lining is a cotton Marimekko-style print purchased from a fantastic local discount store--I used about a yard of each fabric, and they were each $2 a yard, so even with the the covered button kit, the project cost was about $6.
It was loosely based on a raincoat of hers--I didn't get to try it my daughter ONE TIME during the construction (anybody else have a just-turned-two-year old who can say "I don't want to try anything on"?), so the fit leaves something to be desired, and it's especially loose around her little narrow shoulders. Do you think I should try to fix it, or just wait for her to grow into it? All in all, I'm pleased with it--I took my time with this one, and did some of the nice details like top-stitching and reinforcing that make this garment look a lot less thrown-together than some of my other attempts.
This thread motivated me to dust off my sewing machine, dig into my closet, and start cutting. Here are some dresses were inspired by vegbee, cheytown, kimberlina, and the rest of you crafting geniuses. Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, especially for a rank amateur such as myself--I can use all the help I can get!
Once an old linen shirt with stains in embarrassing places! Now! A soon-to-be-stained sundress, cleverly accessorized with oversized bicycle helmet. The sleeves were too short to use cheytown's clever ruffle sleeve, so I added a couple of totally non-matching straps. Sorry about only showing this from the back--my girl is camera-shy. I think it needs something else--maybe some bias trim around the bottom? Thoughts?
This once was a rather lovely embroidered Mexican shirt, but it never did fit me. I reconned it into an off-the shoulder sundress with matching capri pants made out of the sleeves. The neckline isn't entirely appropriate for a soon-to-be 2-year-old, but my hands were sort of tied if I wanted to use all of that gorgeous embroidery.
And finally, what has become my new favorite design, a slightly longer version of kimberlina's smock/jumper/wrap dress. I deliberately made the straps longer than necessary, then hid them between the two layers of fabric at the neck, under the rationale that as she grows, I can pick open that seam and lengthen the straps. I love the fact that this design is four-ways reversible--you can wear it front to back, back to front, and inside out as well!
A colleague of my husband's gave us an adorable baby hat. I love it so much that I'd like to reproduce it, but I can't find the pattern anywhere, and for some reason I feel embarassed about asking his colleague. Anybody recognize this hat?
It has a little point over the forehead (sort of renaissance-inspired), and a twisted stitch pattern on the sides. I believe it was made using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
After all of my kvetching about the bootie pattern, I did love the lacy cap pattern--so much so that I made three!
From left, the yarns are KnitPicks Shine, KFI Cashmereno (Bliss Cashmerino knockoff), and Peruvian Collection Alpaca/Cashmere. I did have fun with the ribbons--I can't wait to use that polka-dotted ribbon again!
Conveniently, they turned out in different sizes, so I should be able to dress my daughter (whose arrival date is SUPPOSED to be tomorrow!) in style for many months.
I have been in a search to find patterns I can knit for myself while pregnant which I can wear now and later--thank god this is the year of the shrug/bolero! This is from Summer IK '05. I wish I had made it a little longer--I tried to compensate some by adding short rows in the trim in the back to make more of a curved edge, but it didn't quite do the trick.
I also added a very simple eyelet pattern down the shoulders. In retrospect, it probably would have looked better without them, but I was bored.
Please excuse the enormous belly. It should be a lot smaller in six weeks or so!
(edited because I can't spell "Fiery", apparently)
A couple of weeks ago I finished my Clapotis--it's made of handpaintedyarn.com's worsted merino in Terracotta. The colors are less orange-y than the picture shows--more a mix of rusts and pinks. The yarn is absolutely beautiful--very soft, gorgeous colors. Some of you may remember from my previous post that I had to use three balls of yarn, alternating the working yarn with each row, since there was a lot of variation in color between balls. It worked out great. My timing was not so fabulous--it's just gotten warm enough here so a huge wooly scarf is too warm. I guess I'll pack it away for next year!
I finished my first project from Erika Knight's "Knitting for Two" -- a book with an interesting mix of maternity sweaters and baby clothes. I like the concept of the book, and the designs look beautiful. I'm really pleased with how these booties came out, but I have to say, the pattern was somewhat difficult to follow, and there were several seams to sew and lots of ends to weave in.
These were made with Rowan Calmer--I imagine you could get four or five pairs of booties out of a ball. Now I just have to find the perfect buttons for these guys . . .
I loooooove this hat. The way the cables intertwine is almost hypnotic. I would not recommend attempting this project until you learn to cable without a cable needle, and it's not the easiest hat I've ever made, but the results are fantastic. I also used Calmer, in a dusty blue color. It's a gift for my best friend--I hope she likes it as much as I do!
I used the method suggested by the poster on Knitty---I took one of my husband's seamless t-shirts, cut about a 3/4" strip in a spiral starting from the bottom, then knit it up using 10.5 (U.S.) needles. Here's what it looks like:
It's too stiff and bulky at this gauge to be of any use for clothing, but it'd make an excellent potholder, or the bottom of a tote bag. I want to make a bathroom rug with more squares of this type . . . now I just have to get my husband to say goodbye to a few more ratty t-shirts.
BTW--at this gague, one mitred square about 5" x 5" = most of one men's large t-shirt, up to the armpits. Another thing--if you give the strips a firm tug, like the Knitty poster suggests, they curl so the raw ends are on the inside. The end result is remarkably smooth looking--hardly a raw end in sight!