Well, miracle DOES rather overstate the case. Actually, it's like this. Using a new yarn and doing no gauge check along the way I ended up with: [/img]
Oh dear. Not to worry. A friend with the appropriate overlocking sewing machine cut down the middle, front and back, chopped out a few inches and sewed it back together again. There was still a nasty seam on the right side which was solved by handsewing over it drawing more of the seam into the wrong side.
This is the result:
It isn't perfect but it is a whole lot better. I think in real life the seam isn't as bad as the camera makes it look.
In retrospect I realise that the whole thing should have been done by hand, not by machine. Still, it's a darn sight better than it was....don't you think?
More pics and details of the whole experience on my blog...
It went so well in the Rowan All-Seasons cotton, that I had to try another one, this time modelled by Andrea.
Can't say I'm SO happy with my next offering, Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri...
It is just alright. I'm hoping that a wash will leave it with more give. I don't recommend the yarn, Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere. The pattern itself, which you can get from www.patternfish.com is certainly a great intro to lace. Really the pattern is only one row long - the WS is all pearl and the RS has this one line of pattern which is shifted a few stitches on alternate rows. Honestly it'll take about 10 seconds to pick it up.
Well, that's the last of my summer knitting, although there is still a couple of weeks of it to go. I have a couple of wool projects on the go. They'll be my next report!
Let me have it, the honest truth, no holding back. Is this a terrible mistake?
I've got more pics, but they don't really get any better....
Since I wrote this an awful look of Craftster girls have said it's okay - or even better than ok!! Maybe it's a case of red being hard to picture. It looks so unforgiving. Anyway, THANKS. Lots of interesting advice and thoughts on how it might be better. I've learnt a lot.
I have used NanoEffects Slouchy Stripey Beret pattern for these.
This one was knitted by Jan Jonas in Eki Riva Natal which is silk+high quality alpaca. Great yarn. Am I sad I shrunk and felted the cardigan I made in it!
Then I tried my hand at one in Jaeger Chamonix, such a lovely yarn, light, warm, a delight to knit with:
These are for my father (nb: NEITHER of the models photographed is my father!) and I figured he needed a couple of summer versions, so this is bamboo:
I've also knitting one in a Cleckheaton Bamboo/Cotton mix, but I daren't show any pics as it is really quite untidy knitting....didn't have suitable needle size to knit it comfortably. Lesson learned, more needles on their way!
Love the pattern, highly recommend it as a starting point for hats.
It's a Marks and Spencer cardigan and I want one. I figured I'd use the Chic Knits Beryl pattern as the basis for it. HOWEVER!!! Those stripes are going to drive me mad one way or another. None of them are more than 3 rows and there are 8 colours going at once.
(1) Carry 8 balls of yarn. No thanks (2) Knit in 800 ends. At least as bad (3) I don't know if this is a really weird idea, but I'm thinking could I make it a couple of stitches wider, cut off all the ends as I go along and then get the edge chopped off and sewn with an interlock sewing machine (I think that's what it is called). This would get rid of all the ends and make the edge secure. Well, that's my cunning plan. I could then pick up along the edge for the button border....
Is this doable? Or does somebody else have a better plan?
Although I had my heart set on the shrug version to begin with, I wasn't nearly so sure once it was finished. However, other people have convinced me it looks good, so the shrug is here to stay!
I am intending to do something about the gap on the sleeve which is too big - it is there to poke an end into if being used as a shawl. I'm thinking of looking for a really nice button to put there, but I could even sew it up completely.
This is my first shrug and I'm so pleased I finally made one!
And here are the shawl pics....
There are a lot of issues with the pattern....but with something so offbeat, does it matter!?
I learnt a lot from this project while never being fearful of messing up the pattern. When I did make a mistake I sometimes went back to fix it and sometimes went on. Its eccentricity was quite liberating.
I was torn between several colour combinations and I'm sure I could have at least one more go at it to satisfy my curiosity about the possibilities.
This was knitted by Jan, a friend of mine, in Louisa Harding Kashmiri Aran which was perfect for the job.
I happened to have this set of buttons which are so cute:
Originally I thought I'd ask Jan to use this yarn for Silver Belle, but actually I prefer the Drops pattern - maybe Silver Belle is a bit too busy? Not sure....At any rate, I'm thinking of knitting one myself, I love it so much.
The Kashmiri Aran is the second Harding yarn I've used and I highly recommend it. I'll certainly be using it again.
This isn't actually knitted by me - it was knitted by a friend, I just supplied the yarn and the pattern, but it's a finished project all the same!
The yarn is Karabella Aurora 8 and the pattern is by Angela Hahn. I'd love to knit one myself, but I have decided not to start any more winter projects this year, and once I started thinking about summer, I wondered if it might not make a nice sleeveless top - is that a good idea? Thoughts appreciated!