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11  Afro sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: October 02, 2007 04:30:50 PM
Hello all,

I have another FO, a sweater with an intarsia afro motif. I was thinking of using a the image of Star Trek's Lt Uhura or Foxy Brown or Angela Davis but I the end I chose to simplify it. I used Cascaade 220 to make it. I was an easy project to make, I figured out the shaping using graph paper, I will be doing that from now on. I love it.

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12  Lucy sacrf **with pattern link** in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: September 03, 2007 11:48:11 AM
Hello all, I haven't posted much since I've posted the patterns for the Sea urchin and Sea urchin II. Now I've finished a coton scarf that used a lacy bubble st from a calendar that I have that features knit sts. I've actually written a pattern for it that I've posted on my blog. I hope you enjoy it!

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13  A different sea uchin, with pattern link (pic heavy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: February 04, 2007 02:47:53 PM
The last time I posted a sea urchin, I had long locs. They're gone now so the hat was now too big. I ripped it and started over, changed the rib and added a a teeny Icord worked with a purl st. And this time the hat is worked right side out. I swear I triple check to make sure all's good with this pattern. The pictures below shows the different ways of wearing the hat, in order of my preferences. The difference between the second to last and the last picture is that the last one completely covers my hair and that doesn't look good. Someone with long hair (or locs) could wear the hat this way. I posted the pattern on my blog. Hope you like this one

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14  Sea urchin beret *Pattern added (and corrected)* (Img hvy) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: January 14, 2007 04:49:09 PM
*I've added the pattern below (the correction is in red)*

I also have a different version of the sea urchin here.

Hi! Well, I've done another hat, when you live as close as I do to the Arctic circle (ok not that close) I need them. Anyway, I decided to make a beret after seeing one on Rachel Bilson of The O.C. fame. It's ridiculously massive but the brim is ribbed to keep my ears warm. I was calling it my Rachel hat but now I'll be calling it the Sea urchin instead I think you can see why...









This hat measures 22 inches (56 cm) at the rib and about 29 inches (74 cm) around it's body. Like I said, it's massive. Smaller heads may want to decrease the number of sts to make it smaller, otherwise it may not look right on you. Mine measures between 23 and 25 inches depending on how I measure.

Material

For the yarn I used O-Wool (a nice organic merino yarn) wich has a gauge of about 4,5 sts per inch, using 5.5 - 6.5 mm/US 8-10  needles . The yarn will be used double stranded (in other words, you need two skeins, balls, hanks, whatever...). You can do like me, by two hanks, curse when you run out of yarn while you're decreasing than by another and make 2 skeins out of it.

One 6,5 mm circ 100 cm/40 inches (that's what I had and so I magic looped it for some parts, you problalby can get away with a 60 cm /23 inches circ)

One tapestry needle

8 st markers

Gauge

3,5 sts/2,5 cm - 1 inch in stockinette st, double stranded.

Abbreviations:

M1: Make one st knitwise
SSK: Slip one, k1, pass the slipped st over the following st

Important:

a. The hat is worked wrong side out.
b. The yarn is used double stranded.

CO 72 sts using two strands of yarn, place a st maker and join without twisting. Work a 1x1 rib (though I must say I find this rib a little ordinary next to the ridges, you might want to try a k1 followed by a purl done through the back of the rib). Work the rib pattern until it is 2 inch long. Increase row:  *K2, M1*, repeat * * until the end of the row. You now have 108 sts.

Round 1: K until the end
Round 2: *K1 in the st below, p1*, repeat * * until the end of the round. Note: the reason why I knit in the st below is simply because when I started the hat, this was supposed to be the right side. I suspect that if you simply do a 1x1 rib here, it will yield the same reasult.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the hat measures 8 inches from the beginning, ending with round 2. Note: if you don't want your hat as floppy as mine, you might consider starting the decrease before you reach to the 8 inches. Up to you.

Decrease: 

Round 1a: *SSK, knit 10, place st marker*, repeat until the end of the round
Round 2b: K1 and then work the following sts in the rib pattern shown above (round 2), keeping in mind the sts that are in front of you. The last st before the st marker will always be a p st
Round 3b: *SSK, K until st marker, slip the stitch marker (I know duh! but just in case)*, repeat * * until               
                the end of the round

Repeat rounds 2 and three until you have 8 sts left. Cut the yarn leaving an 8 inch tail, weave it through the sts, pull tight and affix it. And that's it. Flip your hat right side out and admire your handy work.
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15  Decrease for a tam beret ideas in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by Topstitchgirl on: January 13, 2007 09:45:23 AM
So I've been knitting this tam for a bit and now I'm at the point where I have to decrease and I don't know what to do. First a bit of backstory: the first picture was how the hat was supposed to be worked, I used a Fisherman's st wich in the round mean first row knit, second row purl 1 followed by knitting 1 in the st below. Then I saw the reverse (second picture) and I liked so much that I chose that to be the right side instead (the only thing I don't like about it is the rib st, I find that it clashes with the purls but I digress...). The hat is being work with the now wrong side (again picutre 1)  out.

Now for my question: decreases that creates a nice finish on k sts I can do. I wouldn't be asking for help if I had decided to stick with the original plan. I have to figure out a way to decrease on the wrong side that will look good on the right/purly ridge side. Any ideas? Thanks for your help.



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16  Cabled short hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: December 16, 2006 02:28:41 PM
Hi, I had posted earlier a pattern for Marc Jacobs' Kubla Kahn hat. Well, I had most of a skein leftover so I decided to make a new hat. It's knitted from the top down and on two circs.  I have posted a pattern on my blog. I hope you enjoy!


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17  Kubla Kahn hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by Topstitchgirl on: October 18, 2006 03:10:02 PM


Hi! I usually hang around the clothing boards but I also knit (have been for much longer than I've been sewing). Anyway I thought I'd share my finished Kubla Kahn hat (the one Marc Jacobs designed for his Winter 06 collection). I had first spotted it on Gisle's head in the Sept issue of Vogue. Original price: 395$ I made mine using Rowan's big wool, I've been eyeing it for a long time and at 24$ Canadian at my lys it was still pricey but I decided to splurge for this hat. I've actually been walking around my place while wearing it for no reason... If you want to make your own, I have posted the instructions for my version on my blog  in the how-to section of my side bar. Hope you like it.

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18  Re: Alive but barely (Battle of the Zippers 1) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: August 08, 2006 09:25:56 AM
You don't have to use an invisible zipper foot, a regular zipper foot will do the job, that's how I was taught. I tried the invis zip foot but I found it to be too much trouble. All you have to do is line up the zipper correctly (since commercial patterns hav 5/8" seam allowance, I line up the zipper about 1/4" away from the edge. Set the foot as close to the teeth as posssible (I can't get in too close because in the picture I only have two hands and one is holding the camera). Pull the teet away from the foot so that it can really hug the them without stitching over them and just stitch along. It takes some practice but I like this way better.


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19  Summer bridesmaids in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Topstitchgirl on: August 07, 2006 07:00:53 PM
My friend Annie's sister (the redhead) was supposed to get married last year but life got in the way so it happened this past week-end. I was given the honour of making the bridesmaids dresses. We chose Vogue pattern V7848 to make them but it was modified to add the lace overdress that was 1 1/2" shorter then the dresses for the three bridesmaids. The maid of honour's dress was has a simple obi style "lace belt". The ribbon belts were supposed to be made out of the same material as the dresses but we had just enough for the dresses themselves so we got them at a store here that only sells ribbons and buttons. This project has taken me from mid-March to three weeks ago to complete. True, half of that time was taken up by (mostly) procrastination and actual busy-ness but there was no stitching done as the girls walked down the aisle. I was proud of my work.




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20  Re: Half circle skirts in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Topstitchgirl on: July 31, 2006 08:57:56 AM
You can't just fold the fabric to make the half circle. The grain line wouldn't fall properly.

1. To make the half circle skirt, draw two lines, one perpendincular to the other.



2. Since you know the calculation to draw a circle, I'll skip that. To make the half circle, think of your waist's measurement as half of the full circle. Calculate the radius required to draw it (the circle being your waist x2) and using the point where the two lines meet as the centre, draw the half circle. I drew the other half in the dotted line so you can picture what I mean by your waist being half of the circle. Then you can draw the hem line from the centre of the circle, keeping in mind how long you want the skirt to be from your waist.



3. As you can see, I've drawn the grain line right in the middle of each pattern piece. Just cut the pieces out and don't forget to add you seam allowances and to do the waist belt and you're done.



Good luck.
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