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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First ever stranded project! (sweater) on: September 20, 2007 07:27:29 PM
I was always SO intimidated by fair-isle/stranded work.  But when I saw this sweater, it made me want to try it.  It actually turned out really cool and I like the method!  It's a garnstudio free pattern (see link below) and I used cheap acrylic yarn from my stash.  So not only did I learn a new technique, but I stash-busted at the same time!  Sweet.  The only mods I made were adding short rows for the bust.  But for some reason, it TOTALLY didn't fit the way I thought it would.  I thought the sweater was unwearable.  But then I remembered something I read in one of Elizabeth Zimmerman books about adding short rows to the back of your yoke-style sweaters.  So, I turned it around and.... WALAH!  It fit great. The only thing I sorta don't like (and I may end up changing) is the neck part.  It's a bit too wide.  That's pretty fixable I think, though.  Ok, enough blabber... onto the pics...

Pattern here: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=97&d_id=24&lang=en

 



And some close ups...

 

Thanks for looking!  Comments welcome and appreciated.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Puffed Sleeve Cardigan... felted on: September 20, 2007 07:18:23 PM
Ok so here's my rendition of the Puffed Sleeve Cardigan from Fitted Knits...  I used the recommended Knit Picks Merino Style yarn in Asparagus.  I knit the size 36' one and it turned out WAY too big.

Here's some pre-felting pics...

 



So, I went back and forth between giving it away to someone else, frogging it, or .... FELTING IT!  I took the plunge and felted it.  It felted really fast and I thought it was a gonner but it turned out ok!!  Here's the pics (of course it was still wet).



 


I forgot about the button holes and they almost felted closed!  But I saved them and it still buttons up.  So, let me know what you think.  I'll probably wear it but not as much as I originally thought I would (when I thought it would fit me like it does on the model in the book!  HAHA!).
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / EZ's Surplice Baby Jacket on: September 20, 2007 07:10:40 PM
Here is the Baby Jacket... I made it for my newborn niece.  The pattern was in the Spring/Summer 2007 Vogue Knitting.






The real color is closer in the first pic.  Doesn't she look so cute?!?!  That was her announcement pic!  I used some sort of baby yarn... cheapo acrylic from my stash (sport weight).  Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Flying B.Wereclops - now includes pattern for WINGS! on: June 15, 2007 09:47:22 PM
BEWARE of the Flying B.Wereclops (part Brontosaurus, part Werewolf, part Cyclops)!!!  He may descend on you unaware and "fang" you to death!!  ACK!

   

Some specs...
I used random yarn from my stash and size US7 needles.  The body and spikes are from the dinosaur patterns found here.  I made up the wings pattern myself because I couldn't find a suitable one out there.  I wrote it down in case anyone wants to use it.  I also inserted some wires into the wings so they were pliable and able to be bent in the shapes I wanted them in.  The only bummer about this guy is that he's a little top heavy.  So I inserted some soldering wire my husband had (he suggested it!) up through his body and up into his head.  That helped a lot!  I had a lot of fun with this guy and hope you're SCARED OUT OF YOUR MIND now when you go out of your house, looking for the Flying B.Wereclops!  HA!

Sidenote:  This is my first ever knitting challenge!  It was a lot of fun and I'm sure I'll enter more now in the future!  YAY!  Also, the Flying B.Wereclops now sits atop my computer watching my every move... I've tamed him into submission for now but who knows what will happen in the future....



Modified to add WINGS pattern:

CO 25
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K22, K2tog, K1
Row 3: BO 1 st, K to end
Row 4: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 5: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 6-13: Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more.  This leaves you with 11 sts.
Row 14: Knit
Row 15: CO 6 and K across (17 sts)
Row 16: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 17: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 18-23: Repeat last 2 rows 3 times more.  This leaves you with 9 sts.
Row 24: Knit
Row 25: CO 4 sts, Knit across (13 sts)
Row 26: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Row 27: BO 1 st, K to end
Rows 28-29: Repeat last 2 rows
Row 30: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (8 sts)
BO

ENJOY!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Summer Snow Tank Top (with FREE pattern) on: June 10, 2007 04:28:35 PM
This is a tank top I designed and it turned out pretty much how I wanted it to!  YAY!  I knitted it with Bernat Softee Baby Yarn (in the round) and used Size US3 and US4 circular needles.  I used a provisional cast on (my first time!) and knitted the top part from the bottom up because I wanted to do short rows for boob shaping.  I then picked up the stitches from the prov. co and knit the rest of the lace part from the top down.  I wrote the pattern down as I went along so if anyone wants it, let me know.  I may end up crocheting around the top to make it a bit tighter there but it's ok for now.  Thanks for looking... any comments appreciated!

 

a close up of the lace pattern I used...




Ok, so I'm editing this to add the pattern.  Here are my notes/drawing that I started with...



Gauge: 8 Rows & 6 Sts to 1 inch
Needles: US3 and US4, 24 or 29 inch circular

Here are my measurements that I used (for your reference):
Under bra: 31 inches
Above bra: 35 inches

I planned for the top part to be 7 inches tall (NOT including the short rows... the short rows added 2 extra inches to the front) and the bottom part to be 10 inches long with a little eyelet section in the middle for a ribbon.  So, here's the pattern...

Using smaller needle, CO 200 using a provisional cast on method of your choice (I used the crochet method)

Join in round and knit one round placing markers at the sides (100 sts for front and 100 sts for back)

Knit 16 rounds (2 inches)

Start short row shaping...
Knit to 6 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 6 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 7 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 7 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 8 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 8 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 9 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 9 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 10 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 10 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 11 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 11 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 12 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 12 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 13 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 13 sts before marker, wrap and turn

Round 17: Knit across front, picking up any wrapped stitches and knitting them together with each stitch.
Round 18: Same as row 17
Round 19-50: Knit
Round 50-55: Seed Stitch (1st row, k1, p1.  every row after, knit the purls and purl the knits)
BO knitwise

Pick up stitches at the provisional cast on
Round 1 & 2: Knit
Round 3 (eyelet round): *k2, k2tog, yo* repeat around
Round 4-6: knit
Round 7: Switch to larger needle and start lace pattern....

Lace Pattern (16 rounds for 1 repeat):
Round 1:*yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1* repeat around
Round 2: Knit
Repeat last 2 rounds 3 times more
Round 9: k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3* repeat from *to* around to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1, psso
Round 10: k2tog, knit rest of sts around
Repeat last 2 rounds 3 times more

Repeat lace pattern for as long as you want the tank top.  I repeated the lace pattern a total of 5 times.

On Row 16 of last repeat in lace pattern, increase 1 stitch every 10th stitch (220 sts)

Seed stitch for 4 rows
BO loosely.

STRAPS (make 2):
CO 72 sts with smaller needle
work in seed stitch to desired width (I did 8 rows and BO on 9th row)

Sew straps to tank where desired.

Ok, so that's it.  I know some parts may be confusing or whatever (especially the short row stuff).  But I'm pretty sure knitty.com has a great tut on short rows (and how to pick up the wrapped stitches).  Just do a search on there for it.  If anyone attempts this tank, please post pics so I can see!!  Smiley  Let me know if there's any problems or things wrong in the pattern.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stripee Vestee on: May 20, 2007 01:57:31 PM
Here's the Vestee (from Knitty) I made for my son.  I had some cotton yarn in my stash but not enough of the same color for the whole shirt.  So I did stripes!  My son loves it!  Ignore the weird face he's making in the first pic.  He really does like it!  I have the 2nd pic on here to prove it.  Smiley

 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I really needed some hotpads... on: May 19, 2007 04:06:12 PM
So here they are!  They are both double sided and crocheted around the edge.


I used the double moss stitch for this one...

and the diamond brocade for this one... 
 
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Candy Apple Armwarmers (now with pattern!) on: May 19, 2007 04:01:38 PM
I love these armwarmers.  I wear them every chance I get.  But it's getting warmer so the chances are running out!  I knit them in the round and used a lace pattern I found in my stitch dictionary.  The underneath part is stock. stitch.  Here's some pics...

  and a close up...

Edited to add the following pattern...

I used US Size 8 DPN's and Worsted Weight Yarn (Red Heart Soft)

CO 30 (separate sts on DPN's however you want and join in round.  I think I did 12 sts on 1st needle, 10 sts on 2nd needle and 8 sts on 3rd needle to accommodate the lace pattern

K1, P1 Rib for 8 rows

(Start Lace Panel...)
Round 1: *K2 tog, yo, K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso*, K3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, rep * to * 1x, K rest of sts.
Round 2: K all sts
Round 3: [K2 tog, yo, K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1] twice, K2 tog, yo, K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K rest of sts.
Round 4: K all sts
Round 5: *K2 tog, yo, K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso*, K2 tog, yo, K3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, rep * to * 1x, K rest of sts.
Round 6: K all sts

Repeat previous 6 rows until desired length... I did 7 repeats.  On the last repeat of the pattern, do the following to make the thumb hole (Remember to alternate which side you do the thumb hole on for whichever hand you're making it for):

On 4th Row of pattern, BO 4 sts in the stock st. part (right next to the panel pattern) for thumb hole.  CO 4 sts in 5th Row of pattern where you bound off in previous row.  Finish 6th row as normal.

K1, P1 Rib for 8 Rows to finish off.

If any of this is confusing or weird, let me know.
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Froggy on: May 19, 2007 03:56:39 PM
I made this little froggy for my 1 1/2 year old.  He's really into frogs.  I started and finished today making it up as I went along.  His left leg got sewed on a little wonky but it gives him character (the frog, that is! HA!).  I got to use up some of my yarn stash, too!  Hooray!

 
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Waiting for baby to arrive... on: March 18, 2007 11:18:16 AM
This is what I've been doing to keep my mind off the fact that I have NOT gone into labor yet (despite my due date coming and going!)... 2 little baby cardigans (being modeled by Digits, the monkey) from the book "One Skein Wonders".  I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn from my stash and adjusted the pattern a bit to come out smaller for a newborn size.  I also single crocheted around the collar instead of doing a collar like the pattern called for.

 

A couple more pics and a crocheted project here:
http://mairwear.blogspot.com/2007/03/waiting-for-baby-to-arrive.html
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