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1  ::Maggie Armwarmers:: with pattern link in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: December 08, 2008 08:27:25 AM
i seem to be in grey mode lately.  my office at work is FREEZING so i needed some fingerless mitts to get me through the day - something that would allow me to type, and would fit in with the professional atmosphere and just-shy-of-business-suits work-wear.  so i came up with these:




of course, i wear them with my casual weekend clothes too.  Wink  anyway, if anyone's interested, you can find the free pattern here.
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2  Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern Link in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: December 01, 2008 08:35:09 AM
i've been dying to knit up a replica of bella's mittens from twilight.  the yarn finally arrived on saturday afternoon and i sat down, swatched, and spent all day sunday knitting and writing up the pattern!

here're the orginals:


and here're mine:






anyway, so many people seem to want to knit these on ravelry (looks like someone else here on craftster too!) that i wrote up the pattern so that everyone wouldn't have to spend their sundays doing math like me  Wink -


free, of course!!!
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3  panda bear! in Halloween Costumes by subliminalrabbit on: October 29, 2008 09:25:45 PM
so my SO decides a few days before halloween that he wants to be a PANDA BEAR.   ><  after running around town for a couple of days and determining that there are no panda costumes to be found (other than mascot rentals, yuck), we hit the internet.  and can't find anyone who'll ship anything to us in time.  he's heartbroken.

inspired by an online hat (http://www.amazon.com/Gaia-Panda-Cosplay-Hat/dp/B001DSUWPG), i send him out for a white cap of some sort and some felt.  a couple of hours later...


i'll post photos of the entire costume after halloween!
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4  Re: Trinity Stitch Hat (tons of pix!) *Now with Pattern!* in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: October 20, 2008 05:09:28 PM
here's a version i knit in nashville on a work trip.  love it!  now if only it was cold enough here in sunny socal so i could wear it.  ><



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5  ballet t-shirt in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: October 26, 2007 08:54:14 AM
i finished this one a while ago but never posted it.  it's the ballet t-shirt from teva durham's first loop-d-loop book.  really easy, fast knit and looks fabulous - i highly recommend this pattern for beginning knitters.  i love the way it turned out!



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6  ::laura sweater:: now with pattern! in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: September 26, 2007 01:23:49 PM
...or at least that's what i'm calling it!  i knit this up for a coworker who loved her old GAP sweater, which was slowly dying (you know, getting faded and ratty).  she's allergic to wool which gave me the excuse to knit with 5 skeins of blue sky cotton...  yumm!  it is so soft and cozy i think i'm going to have to knit another for myself.  i'm really pleased with how it came out - all the math worked like magic!  i was a little nervous with all the ribbing!

anyway, hope 'yall like.  simple and comfy.



stylized beauty shot



awkward posed shot!

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okay, so here's the pattern for a size small (34" bust) - which is the only one i've knit.  i've promised someone i'll translate this for a 38" bust soon but if anyone does the math before me and is willing to share, please let me know!  (i have a dimensions photo on the computer at work which i'll upload on monday.)

MATERIALS

Yarn                     
Blue Sky Cotton, 5 skeins (approx 750 yds / 685 m)

Needles
#7 24” circular (or size to obtain gauge)
#7 dpns (set of 5)  (same as above)

Notions
5 stitch markers (4 one color, 1 different)
yarn needle
scrap yarn


GAUGE
16 stitches and 24 rows = 4”


DIMENSIONS


STITCH DEFINITIONS
-k2tog = knit two together
-kfb = knit front and back – knit into the front of the next stitch, and, without dropping that stitch
           off of the needle, knit into the back of the same stitch
-pm = place marker
-po = pick up
-ssk = slip, slip, knit – slip the next two stitches on your left needle knit-wise, insert your left needle into the front of the two slipped stitches, and knit them together through the back loops with the right needle


INSTRUCTIONS
The Laura sweater is worked top-down in one piece, with virtually no seaming!  It is recommended that you try the sweater on as you knit, and adjust as needed for your body type.


NECK
-Using the circular needles, cast on 96 stitches using your preferred method.  Join in the round, marking the beginning of your row with the stitch marker that is a different color from the rest.
-First row:  *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 12”.


BODY
-Slip 1 stitch, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm; slip 8, pm; slip 40, pm (you will pass your original row marker here – that’s okay).
-Row 1:  *(k to one stitch before a like-colored marker, kfb, pass marker, kfb);  repeat from * 4x;  knit to end of row.
-Row 2:  Knit all stitches
-Repeat rows 1 & 2 for 32 total rows.
-Next round:  Knit to the first marker and place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn.  Remove the two stitch markers that used to be on either side of these 40 stitches.  Knit the next stitch, creating the underarm of the sweater.  Continue knitting to the next marker.  Place the next 40 stitches on a piece of scrap yarn and again remove the two stitch markers that sandwiched them.  Knit the next stitch, creating the second underarm.  Knit to the end of the row.
-Knit stockinette for 12”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 3”.
-Bind off.

SLEEVES
-Take the 40 stitches you first placed on scrap yarn and divide it equally among 4 dpns.
-Starting at the underarm, po 2 stitches with the 5th dpn – and mark the second as the beginning of your row (right in the middle of the underarm).  Knit the remainder of the stitches in the row.  (42 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 4”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k37, ssk.  (40 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k35, ssk.  (38 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for another 3.5”.
-Decrease row:  k1, k2tog, k33, ssk.  (36 stitches)
-Knit stockinette for 1”.
-Next row: *(k2, p2);  repeat from * to the end of the row.
-Continue this ribbed stitch pattern for 7.5”.
-Bind off.

Repeat all sleeve instructions for second set of live stitches on scrap yarn (second sleeve).


FINISHING
Weave in all ends.  Sew up the two small armpit seams.  Block lightly (especially the ribbed arm cuffs) and enjoy your new sweater!


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7  Hufflepuff and the pillowcase dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by subliminalrabbit on: January 30, 2007 06:29:23 PM
sewing therapy of late;  work has been horrid.  i'm hitting the machine HARD tonight, i tell you!

this one was originally a standard crew-neck tee:


you can't really see it from the photo, but the sleeves are all drape-y and (i think) cute.  i got the idea from the book T-Shirt Makeovers: 20 Transformations for Fabulous Fashions by Sistahs Of Harlem.  it's pretty similar to the elizabeth tute.  (i love this book by the way - even if i wouldn't wear most of the patterns because they're SO halter-happy, it's very inspirational.)

this one was a pillowcase.  simple, i think elegant, and jersey cotton - so i can't WAIT for summer!



thanks for looking!  'yall are my daily inspiration and this stuff is what keeps me sane!  (yeah, had a particularly bad day;  can you tell?)
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8  *gamer geek yoga pants!* in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by subliminalrabbit on: January 09, 2007 08:46:43 AM
i used to work in the videogame industry.  this means i got a LOT of free swag - that never came close to fitting.  so when i finally bought a sewing machine this weekend, i knew that the first thing i'd make up would be with this pattern, which is utterly brilliant.  (i made a few alterations to the top for a slightly different fit - more yoga pants than gauchos.)







(if you don't know, monolith is a game developer.  they made the matrix online and FEAR, amongst others.)

enjoy - and use this pattern!
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9  diamonds are a girl's best friend in Stenciling: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: September 15, 2006 06:04:36 PM

okay, i created this one some time ago but never got around to posting it.  i think it's my favorite stencil so far:


it's a ralph barton illustration of lorelei lee from gentlemen prefer blondes, one of my all-time favorite books.


close-up!

hope you like!
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10  zephyr's green (erm, blue) gable in Knitting: Completed Projects by subliminalrabbit on: September 15, 2006 12:46:18 PM
i know this is a terribly dark pic, but i wanted to share one of my latest FO's:


i LOVE this pattern.  there's a lot of mindless stockinette-in-the-round, but it's perfect for bus rides or movies.  and in the end you get something that's form-fitting, simple, but beautiful.

you can get the pattern here.
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