This started out as a massive t-shirt dress. It didn't have a size but the bust was around 47" with LOTS of positive ease on a 36" bust!
I was going to turn it into either a regular tee or tank, or possibly a dress, but my husband liked this idea better
- haha! Spartacus...
Sorry for the bra showing! Kind of unavoidable, so I'll most likely be layering this with a cami or just wearing it over a swimsuit. But man, does this feel comfy! It'll be great in the summer. I decided to keep the finished edges on the sleeves and collar but the bottom is a raw hem.
This was originally intended for one of my brothers when he was 10...about 17 years ago, haha. My grandmother lost the pattern and figured I could probably reuse the yarn for something, but I didn't want to take apart all her work. This is how much she had complete: (I'm guessing it was going to be a LS Crew Neck)
And this is what waking up at 3AM produces! (front)
Sorry about the overload! Before I had the sides sewn and hood complete my husband said, "It's disgustingly cute!" Hahaha
I undid my grandmother's work to a few rows before the underarms, made sleeves, then joined for knitting in the round, then did a split neck. There is 1 row of single crochet along this split part that I did after I finished binding off the hood ribknit. The only bad thing about this is that it's Red Heart Acrylic. This is only for layering over long sleeved shirts in the dead of winter. I cannot wait to actually wear it!!! And I was going to make a pattern, but I'm not good at doing different sizes, plus I don't remember how many decreases I did along the top (there were some worked in the cables). The hood came out a little big, but that's better than too small. But it's basically a bottom up raglan, and believe it or not there are only 2 sets of increases in the front and 1 set in the back. The Moss stitch and cables are incredibly stretchy! (Thank God for that, otherwise this would not have fit over my bewbs! lol)
For the bottoms I had a pair from Victoria's Secret that were pretty much the same exact style, laid them out flat on the fabric and cut around them, plus 1/2" for the seam allowance.
The only flaw is that the band on the top is not very supportive. JoAnn's does not carry elastic thread so I used regular thread, but it stretches out, and I've had a couple spots on the bottoms where I've heard a thread snap . Since the top is reversible I can't put any kind of structure into it...unless I took it apart but this fabric does not hold up to a seam ripper, lol. And the good news is that I got 1 yd. of fabric for both colors so now I have endless possibilities for other styles. I have 2 more styles of tops in mind Going to the beach this weekend so maybe I'll get some action shots.
Comments, critique welcome. (Where do you get your elastic thread and blunt/round point needles?)
Just wanted to share my latest project. I absolutely love this sweater! It's very versatile. I used Knit Picks Telemark Yarn in Brass Heather, made this in a size Small with a few mods to it - more on my ravelry - http://www.ravelry.com/projects/ImNotTarded/camden
I thought that if I hand washed the sweater it wouldn't felt, and I've never done felting before so I didn't know. I put it in the dryer on medium heat for an hour, in a laundry bag and it felted a little but the waist/ribcage and shoulders fit a lot better, it was incredibly loose before even with the bust fitting tightly, really weird fit even with the mods I made (I calculated all the measurements and noticed only the XS had a defined waistline...usually that is opposite). I haven't washed/dried the sleeves yet because I finished those after washing the body so they're still a bit loose, and I do need to get some buttons for it but otherwise it's finished And felting actually made the yarn a bit softer so it's really comfy now, not as soft as the Alpaca probably woud have been, but I don't have an Alpaca budget, lol!
And my Eiffel. I've been eyeing this sweater for a long time but never had a nice yarn to use. My grandmother actually made me a sweater dress Very simiarl to this when I was a toddler, except it was light pink with brown ribbon. I have no idea what brand of yarn it was as the label is written in Egyptian. I bought it on eBay, 100% Egyptian Cotton, and I still have 3 hanks and some from the second hand leftover. http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r32/XblackResonanceX/1019081459a.jpg
I have mixed emotions about the Eiffel pattern, it was kind of weird. There's shaping in the arms but not in the waist, the neck is really big, chest is kind of small. So the things I did different was I added 2" to the waist (and it's still too short), I added 1" to the arms - I don't have long arms either and I have to stretch mine to fit. I left out the shaping for the arms so they're the same width up and down, I also added extra rows at the top to lengthen the bust and make the neck smaller. And I used the traditional method of binding off - the one given in the pattern left the opening way too small no matter how loose I bound it off, although I did like how it looked. And I didn't block it, it fits better that way, but I might block the arms so the length will stay intact. It's really comfy though
Because I just didn't understand the pattern for the real one.
I've been trying to go through all my yarn and I had some extra LB Home Spun so I started making a shawl, stitch pattern is Lacy Diamonds. Then I ran out and had to buy more, haha! It's for my mom, part of her anniversary present...she's a shawl person but my husband was insisting I should keep it, or make another for myself. (no, not my thing)
It's super soft and comfy! The only thing that bugs me is it stretches out of shape if you really manhandle it...or just shake it a lot.
It started as a circle. I carefully found and clipped off the 3 strands of waste yarn holding it together and found two ends of yarn, both of which were entangled to begin with around the whole loop so I just picked the one that was less tangled. They were also both on the inside. Can someone explain WHY it's so difficult for a company to make a freaking ball of yarn?!? And what exactly I'm doing wrong? This isn't the first time this has happened and of course I'm anal enough to sit there for hours on end and reroll it into a proper ball. The last one I had this problem with had 3 ends of yarn...3?
I wanted to knit a thong for some reason and I really liked this one: Frecklegirl Thong Minus the leafy lace. And then of course I had to make a matching top. The yarn is a mystery yarn I got from eBay but it feels like a wool-acrylic mix. I have no idea how the top fits because I just got it done today, the cups look a little small but it's not like it needs much coverage for what it is.