I had a lot of trouble getting started on my Bluebell... I kept screwing up and having to frog. lol. But now I'm well underway, I'm about to separate the sleeves.
I had a hell of a time with the math for the increases. The first time I kept getting a 28'' bust... it turned out I was only counting the stitched I increased. The second time I got a bust of 54''... it turned out I was counting every stitch on the needle (including the sleeve stitches.) Then I had a "duh" moment and figured out that I was supposed to be counting the body stitches. So I got the math sorted out and I did 18 increase rows which seems to be working out good. My gauge on my swatch produced 4.75 stitches per inch but I just measured the gauge straight from my project and I'm getting 5 stitches to the inch! ... considering the recommended gauge is 4.5 I'm pushing a pretty small sweater, but I don't want to frog again so I am praying that some creative math and good blocking (and maybe a diet?) will make it all work out.
I've heard blocking works wonders. I hope it all works out for you! Maybe you could block your swatch and see just how far you can get it to stretch?
goodaim-- how do you like the cotton-ease? I love the colors but I have yet to get any.
Okay guys, I need some encouragement. I'm making the Puff Sleeve Cardigan, and it's hopefully going to be the first sweater I actually finish. I'm having a hard time working on it, so I'm going to post some pics and hopefully that will give me some motivation. I am knitting the buttonbands at the same time. I'm using the Merino Style in Petal. It looks a lot like kitschy-kitchen's color, so I feel like a big copycat but I love pink and we leave way far apart, so oh well. I'm still in the increase to the armpits section. Thanks for bearing with my uneventful progress pics.
I love the rainbow Darrell Waltrip. beandip, after you said they were in their 'natural habitat,' that first pic made me think of the monkey area at the zoo- two are hanging around in the trees, one is in the pond, one is on the beach by the pond, and the red one is on some tree arrangement by the pond. It amused me.
Here is my finished grrr, sans face. It's made from Sugar 'n Cream, color Sunny Skies. I'm not sure what a better name would've been, but I don't think that describes it. Anyways, it matches my King Charles Brocade one (the teals are the same) and these pics are pretty true to the color.
closeup of the back nubbins
I have to say, I really liked this pattern. The loops were a pain at the beginning (literally, they made my knuckles hurt) but I love the finished shag rug look. This was also my first I-Cord, and I really like having it on there. I think I'll consider adding that to other washcloths. I really like the nubby backside that the loops make, too.
You know how you picked up stitches along the "selvage" edge of your first triangle for the first square? You pick up the next eight along the "selvage" edge of your second triangle. The edge you use will be practically the very next thing in front of you. (It's almost like you're knitting across that last row and making it sixteen, but there's no more real stitches so you have to pick some up. It has to be that way really, or there would be areas where the yarn just kind of hung in the back like you get with color changes. That probably doesn't help you much, because like you said, the answer is right there and just hasn't clicked yet. You'll wake up in the middle of the night and it'll hit you. Maybe this will help. I added little yellow dashes where each of the stitches go.
I cast on for the twin leaf design but have decided to frog it. It's a pretty design but it really bothers me when the bottom of the dishcloth pulls up from the design and isn't square.
Could you block the dishcloth afterwards?
Yep, but I knew I wouldn't block it each time I washed it. I know it's not a big deal to other people, and I think the finished clothes look great, it's just that it bugs my OCD. I hope I didn't offend anyone making one that does that! So I ripped it out and started on the King Charles Brocade. I really like this pattern. I know this project is probably too small to warrant a progress pic but I wanna. It's sugar 'n cream in a really pretty pastel teal called "Robin's Egg Blue." I did a seed stitch border instead of garter. Here it is being modeled by my computer. The color is pretty accurate.
OK ths is going to sound silly but I have to ask. What is the deal with sws yarn?? Self striping?? I love your bags. Does the self striping only work for certain patters? I know....sounds totally stupid but I'm new to crochet and only been here for a few days. LOL
BTW Scarlett, the fbb is in Debbie Stoller's book. I borrowed it from the library and then ended up buying the book. LOL
I used to think self striping yarn was magic until I got a good look at some out of the skein. I made a little picture for ya...
See, the top line is some self striping "yarn" all spread out. It's dyed in a series of different colors. Each color gets a certain length, like say one yard or something. When it's knitted or crocheted, these lengths of color sort of fold over on each other, and since they are usually longer than the width of your project, they make stripes. Most patterns will keep the striping, but the width of your rows affects how fat the stripes are. For example, the skinnier "scarf" on the left has fatter stripes than the wider project on the right. The black arrow points out something that happens a lot with self striping yarns, that is, the chunk of color ends in the middle of a row and not neatly on the ends. Hopefully that makes sense!
I know, this thread is great comic relief! I just thought I would add this- my boy cat was trying to be all tough when I was taking his picture, and gave me this "I'm a badass" look. I didn't have the heart to tell him he was sitting with a book about knitted Barbie clothes (which is just about as un-badass as you can be).
I got my elann Esprit yesterday! I really like it, but I don't think I bought nearly enough. Oh well, I figure I can get more since the entrelac blocks will be far enough apart that dye lot won't be all that important. I just didn't realize that the little color swatches on the site are pretty much the size of the whole ball! Here's my purdy yarn (the colors are pretty true, the cream is a little darker though. They're Rosetta and Pecan.)
All that said, I am way off gauge. I'm only getting like 13 st/2 inches.
I've been watching this thread for a while, I think I posted about 80 pages back, but who knows. I finally made one of these, in SWS Natural Geranium. It's being blocked at the moment, and I am ridiculously proud. It's the first time I've blocked anything and I was really impressed at what a difference it made. It's really sad, I had to dig a clapotis-shaped hole out of the mountain of laundry in my bedroom so I could pin it to the floor. (My husband and I use our bedroom as a laundry hamper.) Anyway, here's a pic...
ETA: I think this clapotis is really huge, I didn't pay attention to how many repeats I did, I just kept holding it up to myself to see if it was long enough to wrap how I wanted. I think I used 6 or 7 skeins of the SWS, and I read someone else used 5, so I might have made a blanket-sized clapotis!
Here's my finished bag! I've used it for a couple days now, and so far it's stood up really well. I want to add a snap but so far I've just daydreamed about how I would attach it so it doesn't stress too much when it's pulled open-- nothing's gotten done on it yet. It's Patons SWS in Natural Geranium, I used bamboo handles ($2.99 at Hobby Lobby, woo!!), and I lined it with an old tablecloth from my wedding. (I also added a pocket in the lining because I knew I wouldn't use it if there wasn't one.)
The flash on my camera broke, so I had to take these from weird angles to get the colors somewhat right.
The one side looks pointier than the other one, but I promise it's not, it just hangs that way.
This one shows the lining.
One thing I was really proud of was that I used the exact same chunk of color for the handle flaps, which you can see here.
This pic shows the actual striping a little better. The SWS has very defined stripes, which shows up on the bag IRL.
Sorry for all the pics, but I'm really proud. This is probably the first thing I've knitted or crocheted that I'm really happy with, usually I'm so critical of my stuff.