I wanted a cute little scarf to wear around my neck (for reasons that the subject should reveal (I'm going to be 40 in a week and had to make a scarf to wear to work today!)). I didn't like any of the patterns I had: too much like a bandana, and with my larger neck, it would end up being too long before it was wide enough. So I set about "creating" my own little design.
I have some lessons learned, mostly based on my preferences* which will lead to version 2.
Version 1: Matching my guage isn't important. What is important is that you figure out which guage you have and then use that in your calculations for determining width. The weave shouldn't be too open, but an incredibly tight weave isn't necessary either. I didn't swatch so much as just start knitting. A couple rows told me if the weave worked or not.
I used Diakeito ribbon, which is medium width and knits up beautifully and soft...although I don't recommend it in 90-degree weather unless it's a necessity. ;-) Size US "8's
What I did: cast on 3 k* until 1 st remains, inc1 (by knitting into the front & back of the last stitch repeat from * for about 30 rows (20 or so is probably fine). k 10 or so rows (sadly, I didn't count), until 2 stitches remain, increase each as described above k remaining rows by increasing the last 3 stitches until you achieve the desired width. bind off loosely
Since I crammed this onto a 9" straight needle, I used my guage to tell me when to quit knitting. First I figured out how long it needed to be (not too tight around the neck, tied in a knot). I just used my tape measure. Then I figured that many inches times my guage per inch (4.5), and that was the minimum number of stitches I needed before I could bind off. It fit perfectly.
guage per inch ____ x desired length_____ = min # stitches for last row
*lessons learned -- I've learned that I don't like the pointy corner of the scarf. It's cute, but on me it keeps rotating to the center of my neck and it looks like I'm trying to wear a dickey. So next time, I'll cast on about 20 and start from there, maybe increasing 2 per row from the outset.
I'm ordering some 1" pins and need one or two more short "quips" about knitting. I am definitely doing "knit in public," and am fairly sure about "knit without fear." Any suggestions? If I use your idea, I'll send you one of the pins.
I'm working on a Special Companion and have picked up the stitches around the bottom and started knitting in the round. Usually when I knit in the round, the RS is on the outside, the exterior bottom of the bag is toward me & the opening is away from me. Somehow, I'm knitting this one "backwards," in the sense that I'm knitting normally, but the WS is on the outside. Otherwise, it's the same, except that the interior of the bottom is toward me.
It's weird, but I'm hoping that since it's a small bag & I'm going to felt it, I can just keep working it as it is and flip it rightside out when I'm done. But how did I get here? I just finished a Booga bag and followed the exact same steps (just smaller) and it knit as expected.
I'm very confused right now. I thought I might have set it up so I was knitting on the inside of the bag instead of the outside, but that's not it.
I just found this site through a mailing list I'm on. I'm not affiliated in any way. I figured if there were any plus-size knitters, or people that knit for plus sizes here, they'd get a kick out of these sweaters. They seem to come in all kinds of sizes, so regular-size people might be interested too.
One is so freaking easy, I can't wait until next week when they're released. It looks adorable, but it's actually 3 scarves put together as a sweater. I think that could be my first sweater effort. Actually, there are 2 like that, so now I have to choose. There's also a cute pullover with a detatchable hood that looks interesting.
I got really excited about the black cat sweater, until I realized it was for kids. That's more resizing than I want to attempt! (I kept thinking -- why is that sweater so short... surely I could lengthen it -- then noted the "children's" bit at the top. Bummer.)
I just finished a poncho for my cousin's baby (due this month) -- intended for the fall. It was a stash-buster project, but the only thing I had enough of 1 color was this dark green homespun (which, by the way, I officially hate to work with). The resulting knit is nice, though. I added a running stitch of pink to "girl it up" and freestitched some flowers.
I'm making a poncho for my cousin's baby (due at the end of the month; poncho meant for the fall), and due to budget reasons am using something from my stash. It's a pretty color, bluish green, but hardly screams "I'm a girl." Not that I'm all about girls wearing all pink & stuff, but I want to add something to this poncho to make it more girly.
It's a super-simple pattern, consisting of 2 rectangles, and I can't crochet, so trimming it w/ fun fur or something won't work (for me). I was thinking of adding rick-rack, an applique or trying my hand at embroidering simple flowers on the front. Can you machine-sew onto a fairly close-woven piece? Any suggestions?
(For the record, I'm really liking how this stuff is knitting up. I hate *knitting* with it -- it's Lion's Brand Homespun, the first yarn I ever bought and it's been in a bag ever since -- but the results are nice.)
I made 3 needle cases today. Two were so easy that I even impressed myself (I am totally a novice sewer), and I wanted to share!
Using a "reversible" placemat (Target, $2.09 -- to save on assembling & finishing time), a quarter flat from JoAnne's ($1.49 -- could be free if you had matching fabric laying around), and a bit of ribbon:
I figured that I would fold up the bottom ("short" end) up to be the first pocket and insert material for the second pocket. I folded the bottom up, and a couple inches down on the top (to hold needles in place), and ironed the creases. Then I folded the flat to the height I wanted the 2d pocket to be, and ironed it flat, cut it to size, then sewed straight across the fold. You can add interfacing in that layer (I did for one, not the other), or fold the flat into thirds for extra support.
Then I assembled it all and pinned it in place:
I sewed up the sides first, to keep the fabric straight, and then sewed the channels. The red & pink one has an applique on the front, so the front pocket is wider, but I sewed 2 channels into the second pocket. Also pictured (fuzzily) is a set of stitch markers I made for my friend (too bad you can't see the David charm better!).
Finally, I sewed some ribbon onto the inside edge of the "front," and it's good to go!
The third one I made from scratch, so it's a little messier, but it's fun too:
Lessons learned: I made most of the channels too wide. A couple of wide ones are needed for bigger needles, but I should have measured first. On my own case, at least, the first pocket is too short for DPNs, which is a bummer, but I'll remember that for next time! To fix it, I'm going to try & sew a wide ribbon across a few of the channels, at the midpoint of the DPNs.
ETA: Added "tutorial" to subject line, b/c I guess that's kind of what it turned out to be.
I am making a tub tea. The site I ordered from had all but 1 of the things I wanted, so I went with them. The recipe calls for rose leaves, lavender and lemongrass. I have rose leaves, lavender & chamomile (b/c I can use the chamomile no matter what). Will those 3 smell okay together or should I just use the first 2 alone?