So for years now I've been trying to figure out how to be a peacock while still being able to sit down on the tail. (Costumes you can't sit in are really annoying.) Then I got the idea to knit a costume... though the eyes are crocheted and sewn on. It came out as a bathrobe-type jacket that I could put over a blue dress.
The bottom half has a specially designed scale stitch and feather stitch to approximate the tail.
This is me in the actual costume, though I posed extremely dorkily in the full outfit. What was I thinking? There's a peacock neckace/earrings in there that you can't see very well and I forgot to shoot separately. Oh well.
This is inspired by Kathy Cano Murillo's resolutions calendar. Except that her calendar is dedicated to one goal, and for me, each month will have a different goal. (This is why I only have 3 months up so far, as I am deciding 3 months at a time.) I used some random calendar that came with a copy of Rolling Stone, and I covered up the various photos and quotes about cars and celebrities and crap.
This is January- the goal was "Setting goals for a lifetime."
February's goals are pagan-related- celebrating Imbolc/Groundhog Day/the day my goals were supposed to be completed by, the coming eclipses, and working on a Persephone-themed story.
March is National Novel Editing Month, where I will be editing my novel from last November.
Once upon a time, I wanted to make another ribbon tank top. However, I went to the yarn store and couldn't find more than 3 balls of any one shade of color/yarn that I wanted to use. Then I got an idea... since two of the yarns were about the same size and similar colors...why not make a top that's half one yarn and half the other?
Hence, the Half and Half Halter.
On the right side, we have Crystal Palace Party, "Ultra Blues" #402. On the left, we have The Collection Sari, shade 06. Both are about the same size and knit approximately to the same gauge (about 6 stitches per inch with size 8 needles).
Instructions are the same for both sides, but make sure you have the sides set up so that one covers the left boob and one covers the right. It uses size 8 regular and double pointed needles (the DPN's for the straps).
Measure around waist to see how many inches you've got going. Cast on enough stitches to fit half of your waist, but leave a few stitches off at the end. Make sure to have an even number. It came out to about 88 inches for me.
K1, P2, K2- continue K2, P2 ribbing as such until the bottom of the halter is as long as you want it. The ribbing will stop at the bottom of your breasts.
Knit stockinette stitch for an inch and a half. Bind off half of your stitches, finish your row. (Should have around 44 inches to cover your boob.)
Follow the short row instructions here, depending on your tit size. I did 12 rows since I'm er...hugeish. Then knit 2 rows after finishing the short rows.
With stitch markers, indicate the middle 13 stitches. You'll want to bind off the left and right sides and leave the 13 as normal. (Note: if you put the second side stitches onto your other needle and then start slipping stitches over each other without using thread, it leaves your thread intact to keep knitting at the new starting point.)
Switch to double-pointed needles and do 2 rows of stockinette stitch. Decrease by 1 at the start of each side on the next 2 rows, RS and WS. Knit 2 more rows of stockinette stitch. Repeat that until you are down to 7 stitches. Knit in stockinette for as long as you want the halter strap to be.
When you're done, decrease by 1 on the next 2 rows. Knit 2 more rows of stockinette stitch. Repeat 13 and 14 until you're down to 3 stitches. Bind off.
When you've finished both sides, sew front and back sides together.
When I finished this, I found that the back rolled a fair amount. I ended up sewing in a dart in the back (sorry, no photo) to take in the extra space, and it worked pretty well. I'm not sure how to re-alter the pattern to compensate for that since I'm a beginner at making up my own patterns- maybe you'd just want to do ribbing all the way on the back instead.
Okay, this is the first major project I've really designed by myself. My dad's in a wheelchair, and it's a real pain in the ass to get a coat on and off of him all the time. I thought it'd be nice for him to have a poncho that could just go on over his head, but had a shorter back to allow for the chair. I couldn't find any online patterns for one, though, so I had to make my own for Father's Day.
Upon finishing it, I might have made the corners less pointy...but oh well, I couldn't measure his shoulders ahead of time to get that perfect and I wanted kind of a box shape to go over the top anyway.
Pardon my crappy photography, I didn't have anyone around to take a picture of me and the lighting in my apartment stinks!
(a) Buy six skeins of Cascade 220 yarn (or just get a lot of worsted weight yarn of your own preference, doesn't matter). I used three colors. Gauge is seven stitches across and six stitches high = 1 square inch.
(b) This pattern is knit flat, but I ended up having to use size 8 circular needles in order to make it wide enough- it didn't fit on my straights.
(c) To start either side, cast on 168 stitches in Color A. Knit for 2 inches in garter stitch, then switch to color B. Knit color B in stockinette stitch for 2 inches. Then switch to color C and knit 2 inches in garter stitch. Then switch to color A and knit 2 inches in stockinette.
(d) If you are knitting the back piece (which should be about 8 inches long- stops around the back where a chair back might go), stop at this point and bind off.
(e) If you are knitting the front piece, continue the pattern as set, alternating garter and stockinette rows, until you have six 2-inch rows of each color completed. It should optimally end slightly below the end of the person's waist. Bind off.
(f) Pin together the two pieces for 10 inches at the start of each long side, leaving a large hole for the neck. Sew the sides of the poncho together, creating a blocky shape.
Feel free to alter this around if you like, making more sloping shoulders, changing the stitches, using more or less colors, making it less wide (I was making it for a man's shoulders), whatever you need to do.
Once upon a time, I made this sweater. Then I had a bunch of balls of yarn left, and thought, "I want to make a matching skirt with what's left." I wanted to use the Fair Isle pattern I'd designed for the sweater on the skirt. I tried to find a plain straight skirt pattern that let me do it, but I couldn't find exactly what I wanted. So I ended up designing my own skirt, based off of the Knitty skating skirt pattern. I thought I'd make up a tutorial for how I did it.
I used worsted yarn and a 24-inch circular needle, size 8 (I think, ahem). My gauge was 6 sts = 1 inch.
What you'll need:
Two balls/skeins/what have you of the main skirt color (lavender here).
One ball of the bottom trim color (purple here)
Two other colors of yarn (green and yellow here), you won't need much of it.
What I did:
1. I followed the skating skirt pattern as written to make the drawstring top of the skirt, stopping following them at "Start pleated panels." 2. Here, you'd add stitches as needed gradually (they worked out perfectly for me, but it might not for everyone) so that your total number of stitches to go around your body divides equally into 15. Do straight garter stitch in lavender for about 3 inches or until you reach where your hips are. (Or just put the flower garland pattern lower down, if you'd like. No biggie.) 3. Using garter stitch, put this pattern into the skirt.
4. After finishing the pattern, continue knitting straight garter stitch in lavender, basically until you run out of yarn! (For me, the skirt was about 18 inches long at this point. Kind of a mini, so it needed trim.) 5. Once you're out of lavender, or just plain done with it, it's time to make the pleats from the skating skirt! Follow the instructions for the pleated panels on the panel, but with these modifications:
(a) Follow the instructions as written for round 1 (p2, k10) on the first row, then instead of repeating this round until the panels are 3 inches, just repeat it once (row 2). (b) For row 3, start adding 2 stitches for each k10 section, making them k12. Then knit row 4 without adding any stitches. (c) For row 5, add 2 stitches for each k12 section. Then knit 2 rows without adding any stitches. (d) For row 8, add 2 stitches for each k14 section. Then knit 3 rows without adding any stitches. (e) For row 12, add 2 stitches for each k16 section. Then knit 4 rows without adding any stitches. (f) For row 17, add 2 stitches for each k20 section. Then knit 5 rows without adding any stitches.
6. Finish with 4 rows of garter stitch, tie up your loose ends, make your drawstring according to the instructions, finish the casing, all according to the skating skirt instructions.
This originally started out as a Berroco Andy tank top, but with the big needles it came out a bit more...holey...than expected. But I worked with it, and decided to add some blue and purple beads into the front of the tank. It came out very interesting, and lord knows nobody else is going to have something like this!
Here's a closeup of the beads.
Since it's uh, rather see-through, I have a shirt on under this so you can see how it looks more clearly.
And here's how I'm going to wear it, with a purple tank top underneath. This is my first knitting project (finally finished!), and I'm amazed it's done at all!
kdka, might I just say THANK YOU for the pattern instructions for your crocheted iPod? I saw yours and fell in love with it and decided to do one for my beginning crochet class, but uh, the one I tried to figure out by myself didn't come out so well. (I figure this will give everyone a laugh...)
My second version on my own actually sounds very similar to your instructions because I tried to do a tube, but evidently I didn't figure out how to size around the wheel too well- I left too many stitches open, I guess. It works, but the buttons are kind of blocked off and the holes are as wide as the iPod itself and it's also rather amusing-looking.
Anyway, attempt #3 will hopefully go better now, eh?
As to sewgeeky, I think I'll be attempting your furry iPod when I get done with my knitting class projects. So funny!
(Edited to add that I came home and took pictures of attempt #2 here:)