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Title: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 25, 2005 11:07:56 AM
I stayed up untill 2 am knitting this! Anyways, I will be posting the how-to shortly! Sorry for the crapola photo's, I had to do it via a mirror and my camera batteries were so dead it wouldn't even let me do it thru the live view!
This is named Lelah after Woolgathered on here, because I got so inspired by her neckwarmer!!!

 
http://knittersofdoom.blogspirit.com/images/medium_lelah.jpg
http://knittersofdoom.blogspirit.com/images/medium_lelahweb2.jpg
http://knittersofdoom.blogspirit.com/images/medium_lelahoff.jpg
Oh and I just used some bias tape I had laying around for the drawstring part! I'm not sure what I am going to use for that yet. It's just so you can get the gist!
LELAH PATTERN
Gauge: 8.5 st=2", 12 rows=2"
materials:
4 skeins Lopi lite (OR 436 yards of your preferred yarn, worsted weight, although you can probably use just about anything as long as you adjust your gauge)
Size 9 circulars (24" length)
Size 10 1/2 circulars (24" length)
Stich Marker
Matching thread
Needle
Elastic Band (I used 3/4")
I strongly suggest you measure above your bust tightly, do a swatch and figure out how many st you need for the inches - this way it'll fit you better, I again knitted this too big around the top and had to resort to the one over two bind off method! After you figure out how many stiches you need for the bust, round off to an even # (for the eyelets), divide by 11. You will have to add a few stitches to get a number divisible by 11, but you will take care of that in your decrease round!
But if you are a risk taker and are using cheaper yarn, I've made up 2 size directions. M and L. Keep in mind, mine is a large because I got me some big bazoonga's!
(finished length L is 15", M is 14"--- Finished width on bust with elastic in on L is 32" above the bust and about 40" on the bottom)
Cast on 154 for Large, 143 for Medium
For L do 8 repeats of rows 1-6, for M do 7.
Fishtail lace pattern
1: * P1, K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1, P1*.
2: *P1, K9, P1.*
3: *P1, K2, YO, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2, P1*.
4: Rep Row 2.
5: *P1, K3, YO, sl 1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3, P1*.
6: Rep Row 2.
Now knit one round (I count the st on this row to make sure it's correct)
Switch to size 9 circulars
*this part is where you would take your bust measurement and subtract it from the stitches on the needles to figure out how many decreases*
1: Decrease Round: L- decrease 1 every 10th, M decrease 1 every 9th (or if you are using your own measurements, decrease evenly across round)
2: Knit one round
3: *YO,K2TOG*
4: Knit untill the stockinette part will cover your boob area lengthwise, then an extra inch (because you will be folding it over the elastic)
5: Bind off using the one over two method if you are following my pattern, bind off normally if you are using your own measurements..
Now you must BLOCK this piece!
Once blocked, take your elastic, and as if you were measuring yourself, wrap it around right above your boobs, pull on it a little, you want it snug but not so tight it cuts off your circulation or makes your boob fat pop out and over (shudder!). Now cut it.
Turn piece inside out and fold over the elastic, start sewing that puppy down with your matching thread but don't accidentally knit into the elastic. As you get near the end, you might need to pull the piece to gather in the back so you can keep folding over the elastic. To do this just hold the 2 elastic ends and pull sweater material to the back. When you get to about an inch of open sweater left, sew the 2 elastic ends together and finish sewing over the last bit. Voila!
Now you can use a ribbon, i-cord, crochet chain or whatever else you want and thread it through the eyelets! (This enhances the flare effect and contains your knockers quite nicely! If ya got big ones like me, you gotta keep them locked up tight!)
ONE OVER TWO METHOD:
K 3 st., *insert left needle into the 1st st knitted (like a regular bind off, only you will be passing your st over 2 instead of one) and lift up and over remaining 2*. K 1 st, repeat *
This creates a gathered edge which wil look puffy untill you block it.
If you do the front half with the 1 over 2, and the back 1/2 regular bind off, you will get a higher front and lower back, which is cool if you need more coverage!
I hope and pray these directions are okay!!!! But I'll answer any questions as quickly as I can if anyone gets stumped or stuck!
Keep in mind I am 5'11" and a FULL C cup if you are doing the L size!
AND I PROMISE! I am going to get one of those software cd's so I can translate my patterns better as well as provide more sizes!!!



Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: blumunchie on February 25, 2005 11:10:48 AM
Oh it looks so pretty!! Do post the pattern! I want to make one of these!


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: Flapperjakk on February 25, 2005 11:14:48 AM
That's gorgeous!!!!! I'm soooo makin' one!  :o


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: broadzilla on February 25, 2005 11:16:44 AM
Wow, that's hot!  I would definately be interested in the pattern.


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: Keridiana on February 25, 2005 11:17:30 AM
Love it - gotta make it!  I think I'll make it longer, like a babydoll?  so nice! although that orange that ended up being a skirt was a beautiful color too.  very very nice!


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: vpop on February 25, 2005 11:21:08 AM
I love love love it!  So pretty!


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: lespaulguitargurl on February 25, 2005 11:47:25 AM
I love it!  It is so pretty.  I can't wait for the pattern.


Title: Re: Lelah's done!
Post by: daria on February 25, 2005 12:24:19 PM
Holy freaking crap!!!!! :o That is absolutely gorgeous.  I am completely floored with how well that came out.  Go you!  I love the color.  And the ribbon.  And the lace pattern.  And your modelling skills as well.  Crappy mirror pic or no crappy mirror pic, it looks great on you nonetheless. 

I'm going over to your blog now so I can lavish you with some more praise there.

:)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 25, 2005 12:48:40 PM
Haha Daria! I think I actually did knit a ranch house with that skirt!!!
Thank you everyone for the comps!! And feel free to tweak with this thing untill the cows come home!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Tere on February 25, 2005 12:53:18 PM
 :P Beautiful. Really beautiful. Thank you SO much for the pattern.
Great job, HelenaJane,

Tere


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: EmilyFlew on February 25, 2005 01:39:12 PM
That is so beautiful! I loved the pattern when it was posted earlier as a possible skirt, but it's even lovelier as a shirt. Great job! Definitely on my project-to-do list!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftybutterfly on February 25, 2005 01:43:27 PM
very nice!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: zzjulia on February 25, 2005 02:24:47 PM
I was a huge fan of the orange "skirt" and love this sizzling blue variation too. You're such a speedster!


-Juls


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Puppy_girl on February 25, 2005 02:44:30 PM
that's cute!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: staralee on February 25, 2005 02:54:07 PM
oooo, I love it! Since my lack of boobage would probably not hold it up,  I think I will add some straps...or maybe little cap-ish sleeves...mmmm..


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitkatgrrl on February 25, 2005 03:32:59 PM
Abso-freakin'-lutely gorgeous!  Geez, I don't know if I am talented enough for this...Can some one make me one?  Hehehehe!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 25, 2005 05:04:11 PM
Aside from getting the measurements right, the pattern itself is soooo easy! The lace is VERY forgiving! I made about 4 mistakes toward the bottom (project runway finale!!! :o) and you can't tell at all! plus the lace pattern, while intricate looking is really easy to get the hang of after the 1st repeat or so!
Again, thank you everyone for your kind words! They mean so much to me!! ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Sewer Rat on February 25, 2005 05:50:55 PM
That is soooooooo beautiful!  Ahhhhh!!! :o


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: guessica on February 25, 2005 06:19:55 PM
wowee zowee!  you should definitely submit this to knitty or spun mag - what a truly creative & lovely pattern!  can't wait to try it...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: woolgathered on February 25, 2005 07:06:26 PM
Oh, wow, it's so awesome!! I am in serious awe!!

Oh, when I read the title of the thread I was confused! I was like, "I am? How did she know?"!!! LOL.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: amcochrane on February 25, 2005 07:28:16 PM
Very Very Cute!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Lothruin on February 25, 2005 10:14:04 PM
In a word, beautiful. 

I wonder if I could pull it off.  Perhaps the addition of straps would aid my post-nursing breasts... 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Sereknitty on February 26, 2005 07:09:30 AM
That is really beautiful, and I agree you should submit that to knitty.  I want to make that for this summer in a nice cotton blend.  Of course I would have to add straps, as I would not be able to go braless.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: frogsrock on February 26, 2005 07:34:07 AM
i think i'll have to make this...but in cotton....notthing else seems practial for it

gotta lose some weight first though


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: puppymomma on February 26, 2005 07:55:06 AM
I wonder if this could be done with underwires too.... :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Sooz on February 26, 2005 08:01:33 AM
Lovin' it, soon to be makin'it, and definitely going to wear it all summer long, even if I'll have to tape my boobs together to pull it off.
Thanks for the pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 26, 2005 08:51:55 AM
Ladies! My knockers are humongo! If I can fit these babies in, you can too! Don't be scared!
Staralee - the beauty of elastic will hold it, as long as you make it tight.
Guessica - Wow! Thanks! If anyone could help me with the sizing I would!
Lothruin- Again, the elastic. But spaghetti straps made from an i-cord would lok swell as well! (I was a nearly B before my kid, now I own delta burke bras! Ugh!)
Serekitty - I would highly reccomend a cotton! I just used lopi because I had it lying around (although it doesn't make me itch)
Frogsrock- It's not as tight on the bottom as it looks, and this would make for a perfect maternity top or to hide the gut by simply adding in a few more sections of the lace pattern. Because of the eyelets, it'd gather nicely at the top, creating more of an a-line.
I'm so floored by all of your comments! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Lothruin on February 26, 2005 05:55:12 PM
lol, oh, my boobs aren't big, but they aren't perky, either.  My daughter sucked the life out of them.  :D  A bra with straps is neccessary to keep them stowed in an upright position.  No bra, no leaving the house.  (Well, unless I've got on a T-shirt under a Sweatshirt under a jacket...)  No bra with straps and the damn thing will eventually wind up around my waist, which brings us back to the "no bra" description.  *giggle* 

I'm not sure about I-cord, though I was thinking that a wider ribbon used both at the "waist" and also as straps could be nifty.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: myloveasdeep on February 26, 2005 06:32:26 PM
You did such an amazing job! I want to try it with this lace in green so it's all wood-elf like:


This is so exciting!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Sereknitty on February 27, 2005 05:06:57 AM
Mine are big and saggy after having two children.   Hell who am I trying to kid, they were saggy pre-spawn too.




Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: karenie on February 27, 2005 09:38:02 AM
totally cute, i like the skirt, too. that lace is just the prettiest. i thought the bias tape was a suede thong to start, so that would probably look really cute as a drawstring, it would have a bit more body.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pcolacraftgirl on February 27, 2005 09:43:40 AM
Wow, i really like this a lot.  Thanks for the great pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: woolgathered on February 27, 2005 12:00:25 PM
You know, sewing in a big piece of elastic on the inside would work well, too. I will probably do that when I make mine, as strapless tops tend to slide right off me, LOL!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Lothruin on February 27, 2005 12:18:02 PM
Yeah, the elastic would work to hold the shirt up, I'm sure, but my problem isn't holding the shirt up so much as holding my boobs up.  I need a bra, therefore I need straps to cover my bra straps.  The straps on the shirt don't even have to be functional, so long as they hide my bra straps.  :D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: grusinskaya on February 27, 2005 01:31:15 PM
Maybe I'm an art-geek, but I like the fact that you knitted the skirt in orange & the shirt in blue, because orange & blue are complimentary colors!

In any case, these are both gorgeous! I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to wear a tube-top, but I like the skirt idea.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 27, 2005 02:56:03 PM
Maybe I'm an art-geek, but I like the fact that you knitted the skirt in orange & the shirt in blue
It just so happens I'm an art geek too, my major was art history and graphic! But my fave was costume design..
Don't worry ladies, my friend Katie refers to her boobs (after having ruby) as "2 big marbles lost in 2 socks" Plus one points one way while the other goes in a different direction. I'm sure once I lose more weight mine will head more south as well!
Myloveasdeep- that looks great! Go for it!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: mojisha on February 28, 2005 11:21:23 AM
I'm totally in love with this!  I'm making it right away.  Thank you sooooooo much for the pattern!!!

Edit:  I have an art history degree, too!  Woot!  Alas, I am but a receptionist though.   :'(


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: draggintails on February 28, 2005 12:24:51 PM
I think I'll give this awesome pattern a try!  I've always been sadly resigned on anything surplice, cupped, or seamed under the boob.  (I'd alway hang under the seam or fall out over the top)  To be able to make something that's truly hot, fitted under the boob and actually FIT is a gift indeed!  (I'll still probably add straps too)
Thanks for sharing!!

Show off whatchya got ladies- 't' it's all good!  ;)

Nomi


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tigerEyes on February 28, 2005 02:59:11 PM
This is a great top HelenaJane!! I'm definiately have to add to my "knit this" list.

I'm just wondering: doesn't the lopi make you itchy?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on February 28, 2005 07:12:20 PM
Strangely enough, NO, I don't know why, I'm immune. Not that I think I'll be tooting around any 90 degree days in it though!
I'm just trying to use up all of my leftover yarn!

I just can't wait to see how everyone else's turn out!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on March 21, 2005 10:45:20 AM
Here's my variation of it!  I didn't follow your pattern, because I am inept at that, and so I tried to copy the results, he hee.  I used my horsetail lace pattern in my 99 knit stitches book, which I think must be the same as yours.  I did it all on circulars though, the whole thing, because I wanted to avoid seaming.  And the white band is to make it look like a creamsicle.  Since I used size 7 needles instead of something smaller -- this is cotton by the way, and rather thin-ply -- I knew the white undergarments would show thru so I may as well make it seem intentional.

Thanks HelenaJane, I looooove it.

<<<Edited to remove broken image...web address no longer exists :(>>>



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on March 21, 2005 01:04:31 PM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
OOOOOOOOH!!! That came out sooooo beautiful!!!
(I knit lelah on circulars to, I have an aversion to seaming as well)
i love the white with it! And I love the yarn too!
The lace you used is different, but I think that you could sub just about any lace pattern with this top that would bear terrific results!
I'm soooo happy that you posted this!!! I have been dying to see it, you made my whole week!
You could probably crochet this too, huh??? I'll have to talk to you about that since I am just starting to learn how!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on March 21, 2005 02:05:29 PM
Christine, I looked carefully at your fishtail lace and it IS the same -- except stated differently. Mine was called horseshoe print (I kept thinking it was called horsetail coz I was thinking of your lace's name).  I posted my weird Fanny Price pattern on my blog and the horsetail lace is part of that so you can check for yourself!  And you were right, that elastic band really took care of everything!  It was such a fun project. Everyone should make a Lelah. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knittR on March 23, 2005 04:35:31 PM
wow that is beautiful! it amazes me the kind of things you can make with yarn! this is definitely on my to do list.. (it's a few hundred pages long thanks to craftster)  :D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: myloveasdeep on March 24, 2005 05:05:45 AM
I actually finished this in green wool-ease and vine lace.....but I never bound off lace before, and so I pulled all the binding sitches as tight as I could, and didn't notice how stupid this was until it was too late. The neckline hole is about six inches in circumference. I don't think I can fix it, either....I'm chalking it up to experience.=)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: natashafatale on March 24, 2005 10:47:48 AM
God, that top really is gorgeous. I want to make it, but tube tops and plus sizes don't really go too well together. When I get done with my current projects, I might try to make one with bra-hiding straps. There's a dark blue top in the latest Rebecca magazine that I might try combining it with to see if I can make it cover me.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on March 24, 2005 12:55:39 PM
I actually finished this in green wool-ease and vine lace.....but I never bound off lace before, and so I pulled all the binding sitches as tight as I could, and didn't notice how stupid this was until it was too late. The neckline hole is about six inches in circumference. I don't think I can fix it, either....I'm chalking it up to experience.=)

I did the SAME thing!  Do you mean that you worked from bottom to up? Well, in any case, you can UNDO it!  Don't waste your lace or yarn.  Untie that knot - or cut if you must! - and frog that bindoff.  Then retread your needle through the stitches, making sure the right "foot" is facing you (not twisted), and redo the bindoff, this time, way way loose.  (If you don't find yourself tying on more yarn, you know you didn't do it any looser the 2nd time).  The way I made sure I was loose enough was by basically letting the weight of the whole piece kinda weigh down on my bind off stitches by holding my arms up higher than I usually knit.  Does that make sense?   Undo that bind off and show us what you did!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on March 24, 2005 01:49:47 PM
Great advice piyolet! I was sad to hear about the vine lace bind off tragedy! But I am confused, was it the binding off or casting on?
.....but I never bound off lace before, and so I pulled all the binding sitches as tight as I could, and didn't notice how stupid this was until it was too late. The neckline hole is about six inches in circumference. I don't think I can fix it, either....I'm chalking it up to experience.=)
So I am asuming that myloveasdeep just continued the lace all the way with no stockinette?
Either way, myloveasdeep, try what Piyolet said. I had a problem with the top part being too large (hence the elastic  ;)) And if it's any comfort, I always have to knit everything I make 2 or 3 times before I get everything right!
Natasha Fatale- this top was designed to hide the tummy and be snug around the boobs, but you could knit wide straps and sew them on the underside and into the elastic easily.
I try to design to flatter! Plus size gals, I promise it's flattering!!!!
Thanks again to everyone for the great comments and for those who have knitted this!!! They are all coming out so beautiful! I am so proud and can't wait to see more results!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: natashafatale on March 24, 2005 02:44:13 PM
Okay okay, you convinced me, I will definitely put it on my to-do list. We should put this thing up in the knit-alongs section to see how many others will like it too.

Tell me a little more about the yarn you used. Is it wool? I despise wearing wool because of the itchiness factor. Do you think it would work in cotton? I want something summery, but I think a lot of the cottons are thinner than worsted. I guess I could just have a smaller gauge and cast on more, but does blocking work with non-animal fibers?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on March 24, 2005 03:31:51 PM
Okay okay, you convinced me, I will definitely put it on my to-do list. We should put this thing up in the knit-alongs section to see how many others will like it too.

Tell me a little more about the yarn you used. Is it wool? I despise wearing wool because of the itchiness factor. Do you think it would work in cotton? I want something summery, but I think a lot of the cottons are thinner than worsted. I guess I could just have a smaller gauge and cast on more, but does blocking work with non-animal fibers?
I did use wool, ONLY because it was what I had laying around. (fashion, not function! ;)) But the fabulous miss Andrea is making it with cotton tot's http://mellowtrouble.net/images/184.jpg and it looks great.Piyolet also made hers with a cotton too and it came out gorgeous! You can use any yarn you like and any needle size really- keeping in mind that you may lose some of the lace's details if you were to use say #3's not to mention it'll take a year to knit. You can send me a message if you need help figuring it out. You just need to swatch your gauge and get the measurements above the bust.
I really don't adhere to yarn specifics that well. I'll knit with bigger needles than reccomended, etc.
Cotton blocks very well in my own experience! I would actually suggest using a cotton, due to the nature of the top.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: natashafatale on March 24, 2005 09:52:20 PM
I think I'm going to try to make this sweater and add the sleevey things from Stitch 'n' Bitch's Ultra Femme for extra coverage. I work at my LYS Saturday and I'll check out the selection of cotton (mostly dk weight, but we might have some worsted.) Maybe I'll try it out with some cheap acrylic since I have yet to successfully create a fitted garment successfully...

Wish me luck, guys!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: myloveasdeep on March 25, 2005 05:50:59 AM
Great advice piyolet! I was sad to hear about the vine lace bind off tragedy! But I am confused, was it the binding off or casting on?
.....but I never bound off lace before, and so I pulled all the binding sitches as tight as I could, and didn't notice how stupid this was until it was too late. The neckline hole is about six inches in circumference. I don't think I can fix it, either....I'm chalking it up to experience.=)
So I am asuming that myloveasdeep just continued the lace all the way with no stockinette?


Well, casting on went fine, it was binding off the top that I messed up. I did finish in stockinette actually, but I used size 13 circulars so it was sort of lacy stockinette, and I didn't bind off at the tension for that yarn combo...THANK YOU for all the advice! I will tackle it again when I get home from break! I don't mind telling you it broke my spirit good and proper when I realized what I'd done...it was my second knitting attempt ever and a lot of love went into it. I will fix it and show you!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on March 26, 2005 08:18:22 PM
NatashaFatale- email/message me and I can help you with the fitting part of it :D
Myloveasdeep- Yes! Don't give up on all that hard work! Keep me posted and good luck!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on March 31, 2005 02:44:35 PM
I just made a reader's gallery on my blog! ANYONE WITH PHOTO'S OF THEIR LELAH please send them to me if you want to be in it! My email is [email protected], or you can leave a comment, I'm so proud of all of them, I want to show 'em off!!!! Thanks everyone!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pixelpusher on April 01, 2005 11:54:01 AM
I love this!!!
Ive never been one to wear a sleeveless top though... I think I would do the add ribbon or make little cap sleeves option..
I am mathematically challenged- so I have no idea how many stitches I would need to cast on with...  I'm guessing I would need a "small" as I am a small 32-34B an 5'6" tall....  A little help? 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 03, 2005 10:05:30 AM
I sent you a message, so check your box pixelpusher!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: rocketlettuce on April 03, 2005 06:35:04 PM
so damn cute. wish i had the chest to hold it up.  knit on!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pixelpusher on April 04, 2005 12:39:49 PM
 ;DI started on this last night!  I am one time through the lace pattern.  Hoping it will shape up some, it looks a little weird yet...  Do you block "wool ease"? maybe that will help it... 



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 04, 2005 01:58:22 PM
Don't worry, Kaitlyn had the same problem and she said that the blocking made a BIG difference. Sometimes you gotta get all tough-love on your yarn, show it whose boss and block the bejesus out of it. It usually wields to your machismo.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Illanna24 on April 04, 2005 06:47:20 PM
Hey there! I made this sweater after drooling over yours on this thread. I used some hand dyed wool from www.woolsoup.com (http://www.woolsoup.com) and the size medium pattern. I didn't put in the ribbon yet, but I think I definitely will.



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on April 04, 2005 07:34:39 PM
very nice. it looks very nice with the sherberty effect too!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knittingsolo on April 04, 2005 08:19:46 PM
I want to make one of these now!!! How can I make it more of an XL???



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: karenie on April 04, 2005 08:31:32 PM
this is totally the cutest thing out there. has anyone tried adding straps or little cap sleeves? i can just picture cap sleeves done in that lace pattern, sigh. it's just so cute! it is totally added to my list.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 04, 2005 08:42:22 PM
knittingsolo - hahahaha, funny you should ask, read the fishtail skirt thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=26658.0
But it's actually quite self sizing if you take measurement above the bust and then add a couple of lace repeats to the bottom if you want more flare to it.
Illana 24 That's amazing yarn! It came out great!
Karenie, if you can figure out the lace cap sleeves, OMG, please try that!!!! I would love to see and know how!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: javede on April 07, 2005 11:18:57 PM
This pattern is great and so easy! It only took me three evenings; I think something around 5 hours including froggin ones and sewing!

You can see some phottos on my blog.
HelenaJane, I'm going to send you a pic once I get a decent one  ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pixelpusher on April 08, 2005 07:55:41 AM
 :(
just a note... If this is anyone elses first project on LONG circular needles... BE CAREFUL and don't twist those first stitches.. AND BE SURE they aren't twisted.  If they are, you will get a Mobius Strip and not a shirt. :( :(

I got to the second round of the lace pattern and realized that my work was twisted. FROGGY FROGGY....
bleh.
Maybe I should stick to sewing. ;)
I hope to restart this project tonight. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: myjulybabes on April 12, 2005 02:31:00 PM
I tell ya, I must be the most UNself-conscious heavy person out there.  I'm definitely plus sized, and I'm definitely making this top!  For myself! :D   Right after I finish Tempting and Soleil from Knitty.   I hate typical "plus size" patterns.   This one is gorgeous, and I'm pretty sure will be flattering on a larger figure.  I have a similar top, except without the lace bottom, that I bought, and it's cute.

Excellent pattern!  I'll just make my hubby do the math.  LOL


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: niney on April 13, 2005 02:35:41 PM
i am wondering if this could be knitted up on sport weight yarn and size 6 or 7 needles? any idea?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: kabili on April 13, 2005 04:14:10 PM
hey niney - i don't see why sport weight and 6 or 7 size needles wouldn't work. you'll just have to figure out your gauge and how many repeats of the lace you'll need so that it fits you. i actually think the lace might be even prettier on a smaller gauge. please post pics!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ohmystars on April 13, 2005 04:15:59 PM
i've just started my lelah in rowan handknit cotton and it's looking cute. love the fishtail lace!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 13, 2005 04:39:57 PM
There are directions on how to fit to gauge by doing a swatch to calculate the number of st. You can use ANY yarn you want, so long as you figure out the gauge! Good luck!
Ohmystars, I can't wait to see it with Rowan!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ohmystars on April 14, 2005 09:52:20 AM
here's my lelah (pre-blocking)! thanks for the beautiful pattern helenajane

i used two skeins of rowan calmer (cotton/acrylic blend) in coral. and i looove the finished result :D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: kukeit on April 14, 2005 09:55:51 AM
gorgeous!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 14, 2005 12:19:28 PM
Ohmystars! Ohmygod! Didn't you just start that YESTERDAY? Wow, you are fast!
I love the color! It came out great,  hubba hubba!, I'm going to have to do one with the Rowan. Cotton would be more appropriate summer-wise!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lizzaboogle on April 14, 2005 12:53:25 PM
ok, this might be a stupid question, but in Row 1, what is the first 1?
1: *1 P1, K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1, P1*.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 14, 2005 01:58:26 PM
That's a typo, I better take it out. Forget the 1 in front of the p1, It's jusdt *p1, etc.
Sorry!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lizzaboogle on April 14, 2005 04:46:18 PM
I probably should have been able to figure that out.   I just wanted to be sure though! Thank you!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 14, 2005 06:44:55 PM
No problem, someone else actually emailed me about that and I still forgot it! I honsestly talk better than I type...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ohmystars on April 15, 2005 03:07:39 AM
Ohmystars! Ohmygod! Didn't you just start that YESTERDAY? Wow, you are fast!
I love the color! It came out great,  hubba hubba!, I'm going to have to do one with the Rowan. Cotton would be more appropriate summer-wise!

yeah, it took me about 10 hours over two days. i get obsessive when i start a project haha
the rowan was lovely to knit with and it should be nice to wear when it gets hot!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on April 15, 2005 05:12:50 PM
Ohmystars I love the color too -- reminds me of a delicious summer sherbert.  What needle size did you use?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hillsmel on April 16, 2005 12:46:06 AM
I'm gutted, wanted to make this like this week. Now I can't because I can't seem to find anywhere that sells 6.5mm circs. My LYS is not very good. I first ordered them from Kangaroo.com and they emailed me saying they no longer had them in stock and wouldn't be ordering anymore. Damn it -cries-

So I had to get 6mm circs instead... could it work still?



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ohmystars on April 16, 2005 03:13:16 AM
I'm gutted, wanted to make this like this week. Now I can't because I can't seem to find anywhere that sells 6.5mm circs. My LYS is not very good. I first ordered them from Kangaroo.com and they emailed me saying they no longer had them in stock and wouldn't be ordering anymore. Damn it -cries-
So I had to get 6mm circs instead... could it work still?

hmm, th knit might be a bit loose on the bust area so you might give an inadvertant peepshow, haha. i used 5mm circs for the lot and it's  little loose at the top.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hillsmel on April 17, 2005 02:04:24 AM
So I started it last night



This was the progress last night. Would of got more done but The Sims 2 was calling me  ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ohmystars on April 17, 2005 04:29:23 AM
This was the progress last night. Would of got more done but The Sims 2 was calling me  ;D

pretty colour!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hillsmel on April 17, 2005 04:39:00 AM
Thank you! I fell in love with it when I saw it in my LYS. Its Jaeger Matchmaker... was 99p for each ball because its discontinued now  :(


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: kabili on April 17, 2005 06:21:59 AM
i was really inspired by this lace pattern, but the sleeveless, strapless nature of the original pretty much ensured i wouldn't wear a true "Lelah." so here is my version, which is a Lelah/Bad Penny (from knitty) combination:



a close-up of the lace (notice the fishtails point in the opposite direction because bad penny is a top-down raglan):


and modeled my moi:


this was a fun project; thanks for the pattern, HelenaJane!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hillsmel on April 17, 2005 06:30:22 AM
HAha damn you! I wanted to be the first person to transform the pattern into a t-shirt  ;D

That is so good, I love it.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Atouria on April 17, 2005 07:13:57 AM
kabili,

WOW!  :o  I love your version of Lelah!  You even altered the Bad Penny from what I can tell.  It looks incredible!  Would you mind telling us more about how you modified it?  I like how you made the neckline higher on the bad penny.  I wasn't going to try lelah because of the strapless nature, but your variation on it makes it so wearable for me!  I want to knit it now! lol


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: kabili on April 17, 2005 09:09:20 AM
thanks for the compliments! this is my favorite garment that i have knitted for myself thus far. (not that i've done all that many.)

let's see... i made this using lion brand wool-ease (worsted weight) and i used US 10 needles. i cast on 50 stitches, i think, to make the higher neckline. also, i did the neckband in seed stitch rather than ribbing. raglan increases every other round, same as the pattern for Bad Penny. i think for my size (i'm a 34" bust) i did 19 increase rounds before separating the sleeves from the body. i tried it on a couple different times before i found the right amount of increases needed.

after separating the sleeves from the body, i knit a couple inches more in stockinette so that the beginning of the lace would be below my bust. then i knit the lace - i think i had 7 repeats of the pattern to make it long enough to reach my waist. then i added another seed stitch border at the waist.

then back to the sleeves. i wanted them to be short, so i just added the seed stitch border there too - no extra stockinette. (this would look cool as a long sleeve sweater too, though.) i did that part in the round to avoid seaming. you will have some holes at the armpit that you'll have to close up. but you'll have some yarn tails conveniently right there that you can use.

that's pretty much it! glampyre's/stefanie japel's patterns for top-down raglans like this (and like the famous boobholder/minisweater) are very easy to knit in whatever yarn, gauge, and size you want. they are exceptionally modifiable, IMO.

some notes to remember:
-after you've separated the sleeves from the body and are working the extra stockinette to cover your bust, make sure to increase or decrease the number of stitches needed to make your total number a multiple of 11. otherwise, your lace won't work out when you're ready to start it.
-do NOT attempt to work the lace pattern in reverse order so that the "fishtails" will point the same directoin as the original Lelah. i tried this, and it does not work. just looks like a garbled mess.  :-[

enjoy!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Atouria on April 17, 2005 09:13:59 AM
Thank you so much for the extra info, kabili!  I have a few other knits going on right now, but this one just moved way up on the 'to-do' list.  I hope I can manage!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lilacbutterfly on April 17, 2005 09:28:30 AM
kabili, that is just great!  I love the original Lelah, but am not ample enough to wear it so that it would stay up!  With the variation, it just moved up my todo list.  I had put it on the backburner, concentrating on the honeymoon cami and branching out, as well as a million other projects.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tinapickles on April 18, 2005 06:35:42 PM
the Lelah with the sleeves is awesome!  I've been coveting this for awhile, but a bit bummed because i wouldn't be able to wear it to work (and lets face it...we spend a majority of our day at work!).  NOW..with those sleeves, it'd make a perfect summer wardrobe addition!
thanks!
tinapickles


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on April 18, 2005 07:02:05 PM
kabili, that's a cool variation!  very nicely done.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: myjulybabes on April 19, 2005 06:36:13 AM
Ok, here's a thought on straps---how about straps made in the same lace pattern as the bottom of the shirt?  You'd have to get a bra with those clear straps if you need straps so it doesn't show through the lace, but I think it would be cute.  What do you think?  Maybe they could be a little wider for a cap sleeve effect, or narrower for a near-spaghetti strap look? 

I'm still trying to figure out yarn for this.  I picked up some really pretty purple yarn at a garage sale over the weekend.  It's calling out to be made into this pattern, but I'm hesitating, because it's really thin yarn, fingering weight I think (it's old, the label isn't too clear), and crikey, to make it in my size, I'd be CO a billion stitches.  LOL That and it's 100% acrylic.  It's pretty soft, but I'm afraid it'll be too hot.   Anyone tried this in a mercerized cotton yet?  I'm working with some for Soleil from Knitty, and I'm loving how the fabric works up.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 19, 2005 06:58:57 AM
Oh my god! I am totally floored by all of the great ideas, results, and tweaking going on here!
Kabali, it's gorgeous! What a great idea! A long sleeve version? I'm going to do one of those now! What about bell sleeves with 1 or 2 repeats of the lace for the cuffs? BRILLIANT!
All you girls ROCK!
Myjulybabes- Another excellent idea! I've actually been thinking of incorporperating a lace cap sleeve onto something in the future..

IMPORTANT UPDATE: For anyone mathmetically challenged (such as myself) LUCIA from the diet diary has put up a tool on her blog that will calculate lace/multiple stitches! ( http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/SixPlus1.html  (http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/SixPlus1.html) )
She also has a calculator for decreasing stitches evenly across a row here - ( http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/tools/EvenlySpace.html )
ALSO converting rows/stitches to another gauge ( http://www.thedietdiary.com/knittingfiend/OrderForms/conversion%20pages/ConversionPage.html )
I swear ladies, this woman is my knitting savior! She's unbelievably kind and informative, so feel free to donate her 3 bucks for her services. I'm going to!
This is a great blog for anyone needing guidance in the technical aspects of knitting, more informative than most if not all books I have ever read, easy to navigate too. Speaking of which, she should write a book!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on April 19, 2005 08:26:14 AM
helenajane, that's a rad site.  but i can't figure this out. i was trying out the sleeve decrease calculator.  what does this mean?

"k1, ssk, k until 1 stitch remains on left needle in row, k2tog, k1"

if there is only 1 stitch left to be knit, how can you k2tog and k1?  don'tcha need 3 sts left on that needle?

am i stupid?  :P


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: buki on April 20, 2005 10:34:20 AM
i love this pattern and decided to make it with the yarn that i have that's been sitting around for awhile. it was going to be used for a shrug but that plan didn't turn out well. had to do several calculations but this pattern it only has a few and they're quite easy. anyway, i have a question when measuring bust size. when measuring, do i actually measure my bust with measuring tape or just get a # from the default bra sizes? o_oa

also on the cast on, how many stitches would it be if it were a small?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 20, 2005 02:23:47 PM
Okay, first off, DON'T measure your actual bust. (or else there will be no amount of elastic that's gonna help you out!) Measure ABOVE the bust, underneath the armpits. That's how you are going to calculate your cast on stitches, based on your st per inch and the total inches above the bust. If you re-read the 1st page, it tells you how to calculate it, (by dividing by 11 for cast on) It's really easy to figure out, but if you need help just send me a message ;)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: alreilly on April 22, 2005 10:10:21 PM
Hey there,

Here is my addition to Lelah:



I was running out of town and needed something to work on - I saw Illanna working on this same pattern and I wanted to get in on the fun!  I really wanted one out of cotton because I live in AZ and it's darn hot here - but I didn't have time to run to a proper yarn store.... So I ran to a local craft store chain and picked up 6 balls of Sugar and Cream Cotton in a lovely colorway....

I knitted the lace pattern part and then because I don't have any boobs I needed to put a top and straps on it - so I used the general direction (making some of it up as I went along) from the Chick Kami pattern to do the top, complete with i-cords for the straps.  There are eyelets so I can put a ribbon if I want to - however I am not 100% sure if I am going to do that.

It blocked really nicely, however it's a bit big - no worries as I am sure it will come in hand if I ever decide to get preggers!

I don't recommend this yarn for clothing because after one wash it looked like it had been washed 20 times - but it was great to try the pattern with!

Thank for the pattern I can't wait to do others in different yarn!

:-) Alison
alreillygator AT yahoo DOT com
http://couldbefun.blogspot.com


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Treasure Cat on April 23, 2005 10:31:12 AM
Wow, these are all so beautiful!  I'm going to be joining in soon... just picked up some worsted weight cotton yarn, so my new lelah tube top won't be too warm for the summer.  Can't wait to start it :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: yahaira on April 23, 2005 10:38:02 AM
i so want to join but i have no clue what yarn to use.  i was thinking sugar and cream but thanks for the warning alreilly.   I dont remember, is tahki cotton classic worsted weight?
any yarn recs are always appreciated


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pelibem3 on April 24, 2005 12:18:06 PM
that is so great! you should try to sell it to a magzine.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: mew on April 24, 2005 05:17:31 PM
Man, if only my tendonitis wasn't acting up again lately...

... and just commenting to pelibem3's post, most magazines will not accept patterns that have been previously published (in print or online), even if free.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on April 25, 2005 08:37:02 PM
HelenaJane, look, it may be inspired by you?

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=33220.0



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: yahaira on April 25, 2005 08:38:37 PM
I saw that earlier and thought the same thing, it's like her crocheting doppelganger


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: buki on April 26, 2005 06:40:49 PM
aaah i'm almost done! but don't quite understand how this is done :-X

Quote
Turn piece inside out and fold over the elastic, start sewing that puppy down with your matching thread but don't accidentally knit into the elastic. As you get near the end, you might need to pull the piece to gather in the back so you can keep folding over the elastic. To do this just hold the 2 elastic ends and pull sweater material to the back. When you get to about an inch of open sweater left, sew the 2 elastic ends together and finish sewing over the last bit. Voila!

done with sewing needle and sewing thread? sorry for asking silly questions x_X and thanks for answering my previous question HelenaJane  :D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on April 27, 2005 06:45:50 AM
Yup, just sewing needle and thread... I used a darning needle and quilting thread, but regular thread would work too.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: buki on April 27, 2005 12:21:35 PM
oh oki thanks :D and finally i finished it! @[email protected]



karabella margrite (had to use it up and only had 3 balls of it) in size 6 and 7 circs :B

the only thing i would like to change was the ribbon. i'm kind of lazy and didn't like tying the ribbon so i'm going to find another ribbon in a contrasting color that's got some elasticity.   :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: yahaira on April 27, 2005 02:47:17 PM
it looks wonderful! great job

im so jealous I havent even been able to start mine


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: fabricfightsfire on April 27, 2005 02:51:32 PM
ack! those are all so cool! I can only knit tho, and even then its turns out wobbly and rectangluar!!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hillsmel on April 28, 2005 06:45:23 AM
This is all i've done so far... havent really had time to work on it properly.



The colour isnt that bright usually, that would be my flash making it look like that.

Erm it isnt great quality due to it being acrylic... I wanted to try it out with acrylic first. But I'm really loving it.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on May 01, 2005 01:53:14 PM
I don't recommend this yarn for clothing because after one wash it looked like it had been washed 20 times - but it was great to try the pattern with!

Thank for the pattern I can't wait to do others in different yarn!

:-) Alison
alreillygator AT yahoo DOT com
http://couldbefun.blogspot.com

i so want to join but i have no clue what yarn to use.  i was thinking sugar and cream but thanks for the warning alreilly.   I dont remember, is tahki cotton classic worsted weight?
any yarn recs are always appreciated

I used Sugar and Cream in black, and when I washed it the sink turned this lovely purple/black color. I kind of like the way mine came out. I think if you used a lighter color of Sugar and Cream there wouldn't really be a problem.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: PixieSkull on May 02, 2005 06:56:18 AM
I STILL love this pattern after looking at it a few times. Simple and pretty :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: guessica on May 03, 2005 01:55:32 PM
what a fun pattern... thank you, christine! 


apparently i am never allowed, by the universe, to take a photo when my hair is un-messy.  ah well:



lelah herself:



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: yahaira on May 03, 2005 02:05:16 PM
that looks beautiful!  and your pic looks great

I still need to get yarn for this, i want a lelah!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: MerLeigh on May 03, 2005 04:50:40 PM
I've been lurking around on here for a while and just wanted to share my Lelah--thanks for the great pattern!

My first try with a picture so let me know if it doesn't work ;)



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: graciepetunia on May 03, 2005 05:03:27 PM
Awsome, What yarn did you use?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: MerLeigh on May 03, 2005 06:01:41 PM
For mine I just used a cheapie yarn--Caron simply soft in plum wine.  So the whole thing cost about $3!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: buki on May 03, 2005 07:26:53 PM
wow pretty tan and pink lelahs :O


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Keridiana on May 03, 2005 07:55:04 PM
These last two are gorgeous. Makes me want to make ANOTHER lelah.  Helenajane, you should be one proud mama!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: karenie on May 03, 2005 08:47:30 PM
i am so impressed with this pattern, and the fact that it looks consistently good on everyone. magic!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: bigang100 on May 05, 2005 07:56:55 AM
I absolutely love this pattern, but I am not sure it will look okay on my, ahem, ample bosom.  I wear a 36 D.  Has anyone else made one that is this large??  My measurement are 33" above 36" across and 30" below.  I would love to hear from someone!!!  Especially if you have a pic!!

Thanks.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: crabby on May 05, 2005 11:54:24 AM
I've been lurking around on here for a while and just wanted to share my Lelah--thanks for the great pattern!

Oooh!  Oooh!  I was also planning on using Simply Soft because I will be toting this sucker around on my vacay, and I want to be able to wash it when I get back.  Did you make the size M, or did you follow your own measurements?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: MerLeigh on May 05, 2005 02:39:29 PM
I've been lurking around on here for a while and just wanted to share my Lelah--thanks for the great pattern!

Oooh!  Oooh!  I was also planning on using Simply Soft because I will be toting this sucker around on my vacay, and I want to be able to wash it when I get back.  Did you make the size M, or did you follow your own measurements?

Well, I didn't want to do any calculations myself, so I just did the size M with smaller needles to get a tighter gauge and scale it down a bit.  I figured I'd be a size small.  I think that it worked, but I'm kinda new to all this gauge swatchy stuff, so who knows!  Anyway, probably not the best method, but it does fit! 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on May 05, 2005 04:36:43 PM
I've been lurking around on here for a while and just wanted to share my Lelah--thanks for the great pattern!

Oooh!  Oooh!  I was also planning on using Simply Soft because I will be toting this sucker around on my vacay, and I want to be able to wash it when I get back.  Did you make the size M, or did you follow your own measurements?
I'm not sure whether that was a specific question for MerLeigh or not, but I thought I'd add my own two cents. I did size M, and it fits me. The most important thing, I think, is the elastic. As long as the elastic holds it up you won't have any problems, unless it is too small.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on May 05, 2005 06:43:43 PM
Bigang100 look no further.. I'm 32 across the top, a whopping 41 across the fullest part of the bust and a 32 below. I need to go back on a diet.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: bigang100 on May 06, 2005 05:46:39 AM
Thank you so much HelenaJane (I feel like I just thanked a comic book hero!!!).  So, I should be fine if I just follow the pattern for your large!!  Yeah!!

P.S.  I love your blog which I read faithfully.  I agree, DMV sucks.  And lastly, you certainly don't need to go on a diet--you are absolutely beautiful!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Kellann on May 06, 2005 06:57:05 PM
Okay, I am totally making this top happen ASAP!!!  I think I am going to use one of the new Knitpicks (http://www.knitpicks.com) yarns...maybe Shine (https://www.knitpicks.com/yarns/yarn_display.aspx?itemid=5420122).  It is sport weight and I would have to have an XL size so any helpful hints would be great!!!!

Thanks for a great pattern!!!  I love it!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: IslandTurtle on May 07, 2005 08:04:54 AM
For mine I just used a cheapie yarn--Caron simply soft in plum wine.  So the whole thing cost about $3!

I love how yours came out. Can you tell me what size needles you used to make it with?

-Wendy


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: MerLeigh on May 07, 2005 03:53:21 PM
For mine I just used a cheapie yarn--Caron simply soft in plum wine.  So the whole thing cost about $3!

I love how yours came out. Can you tell me what size needles you used to make it with?

-Wendy

Thanks!  I think I just used size 7s for the whole thing.  So my gauge was totally different than the pattern, more like 5 sts per inch.  I figured that way I'd be sure it wasn't see thru at the top and it'd a little slimmer fitting.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: IslandTurtle on May 07, 2005 05:10:05 PM
For mine I just used a cheapie yarn--Caron simply soft in plum wine.  So the whole thing cost about $3!

I love how yours came out. Can you tell me what size needles you used to make it with?

-Wendy

Thanks!  I think I just used size 7s for the whole thing.  So my gauge was totally different than the pattern, more like 5 sts per inch.  I figured that way I'd be sure it wasn't see thru at the top and it'd a little slimmer fitting.


Thank you for the info. I love that you used Carons Simply Soft. :) I'm on a very very super-duper tight budget (planning my wedding) and can't really afford any other yarn plus its also my favorite and use it for a lot of things so I was excited to see that your Lelah came out looking beautiful with the Simply Soft yarn.

I can't wait to get started on mine. Thanks again for the info!  :D

-Wendy


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: slimissaw on May 08, 2005 10:07:48 AM
 ???Ok, I'm chickening out because I got frustrated with the lace pattern, and i am doing Lelah in seed stitch, with Lion Brand Cotton Ease. 
 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cutiecooties on May 10, 2005 08:34:05 PM


Yay!  I started this on Thursday, and just couldn't put it down.  I added "brick slings" because my boobs would swing down to the floor otherwise. 

This pattern is so awesome.  I just made this one with Microspun, but will buy a real nice fancypants yarn for the next one.  I am gonna make daily Lelahs - like those Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday underwear.  It's gonna be a wardrobe revolution!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: yahaira on May 11, 2005 05:32:44 AM
that looks great....hmmm microspun i never thought to use that... did you double strand or anything?  i love the straps, they arent too thick or too thin.

slimissaw...im sure it will look great with seed stitch, it'll be a new variation!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cutiecooties on May 11, 2005 08:27:10 AM
Nope just did single strand, and used smaller (size 7 needles).  I just modified the number of stitches to reflect the differenter gage.  It turned out nice and stretchy and comfy.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RunsWithTrowels on May 11, 2005 09:53:48 PM
i would love to see a pattern mod for those straps.  they are perfect for lelah (imo)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: alexandra_m79 on May 11, 2005 10:46:40 PM
yes, it looks gorgeous... would you mind sharing your exact modifications?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cutiecooties on May 12, 2005 09:36:25 AM
Yeah, all I did was bind off as usual, but did a regular knit on 11 stitches (each set of 11 stitches for the straps is 7 inches apart) and left these 11 stitches on a stitch holder.

I then went back and did some light shaping on each of the straps.  I did 3 rows of regular stockinette, and then did p2tog at the first and last stitches of the next row, and then k2tog and the first and last stitch on the next row.  This leaves me with 7 stitches for the rest of the strap, and gives the strap a nice graduated effect.

I continued with regular stockinette for the length of each strap, bound off, and then seam stitched each of the straps to the back, aligned with the placement on the front.  Viola!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tinytallgirl on May 12, 2005 10:11:02 AM
Yeah, all I did was bind off as usual, but did a regular knit on 11 stitches (each set of 11 stitches for the straps is 7 inches apart) and left these 11 stitches on a stitch holder.

I then went back and did some light shaping on each of the straps.  I did 3 rows of regular stockinette, and then did p2tog at the first and last stitches of the next row, and then k2tog and the first and last stitch on the next row.  This leaves me with 7 stitches for the rest of the strap, and gives the strap a nice graduated effect.

I continued with regular stockinette for the length of each strap, bound off, and then seam stitched each of the straps to the back, aligned with the placement on the front.  Viola!

Holy crap!  Genius!  Beautiful!....it's...it's..it's Incredible!  (sorry, on a napoleon kick)  Beautiful Job!  I like your version better.  Being short and a bit chubby, tube tops make me feel like a walking stubby fool.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: trickyteuse on May 13, 2005 11:17:35 PM
I've got a Lelah too! This was awesome and such a quick knit :)

My sister and roommate want me to knit Lelah's for them...great pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Kellann on May 14, 2005 09:11:45 AM
That looks great....Wonderful even!!!  I have started mine but it has been slow going because I have NO TIME FOR MYSELF!!!  I will be sure to post when I am done!

Kellann


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: crushedcorn on May 16, 2005 08:22:09 AM
This is absolively mahvelous!  I'm going to have to break out of my stockinette stich only zone and step on the ledge with this one.  Awesome!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: daria on June 05, 2005 08:01:52 PM
Finished my lelah!  Take a gander, won't you?





Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Illanna24 on June 06, 2005 01:08:34 AM
Hmmm... don't I know you?  ;) Lelah looks great. The lace came out beautiful and the color is divine. Nice work!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: chromaphile on June 12, 2005 05:01:09 AM
This is a FABULOUS pattern: I've been searching for the right yarn to use for two whole weeks. I finallyfound a small gap kids cotton sweater at the Sally Ann and took it apart- now I'm ready to rock! Just one question- (I'm TOTALLY new at this knitting thing), when trying to get the correct guage, am I using the smaller or bigger needlesr that the pattern calls for? I'm going to have to play around to get the right guage with this recycled yarn... Also, has anyone made a small one? I'm 31" where the elastic goes and a sad, sad 34 at the fullest part of my breast...I think even the medium would be too big, and a couple other people mentionned just using smaller needles but I have no idea how to figure out how that would work!!!!
Thanks for your help...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: bryonyramsden on June 13, 2005 12:06:15 PM
I don't know if anyone lives in the UK here making this, but I just bought the new edition of Knitting magazine, and they have a pattern surprisingly similar to Lelah.  They've called it heat wave, and the only real difference is that they added straps with a cross back, and a little tie that goes under the bust to make it more of an empire line.  The lace pattern has the arrows pointing downwards too.  Ut really does look like Lelah!

Apparently you inspired more than just the Craftsters! :)  I don't have a scanner I'm afraid, so maybe someone else will be able to do one of it if anyone is interested...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tinytallgirl on June 15, 2005 03:35:16 PM


Yay!  I started this on Thursday, and just couldn't put it down.  I added "brick slings" because my boobs would swing down to the floor otherwise. 

This pattern is so awesome.  I just made this one with Microspun, but will buy a real nice fancypants yarn for the next one.  I am gonna make daily Lelahs - like those Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday underwear.  It's gonna be a wardrobe revolution!

what needle size did you use?  I purchased micro-spun as well :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cutiecooties on June 16, 2005 09:42:38 PM
I used size 8?  or 9?  Now I don't remember.  I am pretty sure 9 though.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: crabby on June 17, 2005 03:49:52 PM
Finally!  I'm done!  Here she is:


I used Caron Wintuk in Baby Pink.  I got the same gauge as the pattern, so I CO for a M with size 10.5 needles. I did seven repeats of the lace pattern, and it measures 9" from the decrease rows to the tip of the lace.  For the decrease rows, I decreased every 13 stitches instead of following the pattern (every 9).  I bound off using the regular method. For the top part of the boob area, I followed Jessica's (http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000424.html) method and purled for one row to make the flip smooth. The yarn is very soft, and it's machine washable (bonus!), but I think when I make the next one I'll use a "finer" yarn - this one doesn't show off the lace very well.  I used a chocolate brown ribbon.

Thanks again to Christine for this fantastic pattern!  And - look how sunny it is in Seattle today!  Huzzah!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: quasartwin on June 22, 2005 09:07:10 PM
Here's my addition to the flock. I used Cotton Ease in Blueberry and I sort of made the large size, although I did an extra repeat of the lace pattern (for a total of 10 repeats). Hey, when a girl is 6'1", she's gotta make sure tops are long enough. I also had to adjust the bust measurements, slightly. I used size 9 needles for the lace and 7s on top.





This is a really fantastic pattern. I'll probably be making another before long.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: slimissaw on July 04, 2005 01:22:12 PM
I finished my version of Lelah, done in seed stitch, instead of lace cuz I was too timid.  But now that i finished, really want to try another one, but with the lace this time. 
I did this one in Lion Brand Cotton Ease in popsicle blue, which is basically turquoise. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: findingher on July 05, 2005 04:24:44 PM
Pretty, slimissaw!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: alexandra_m79 on July 05, 2005 11:01:54 PM
the seed stitch looks great too... I hope to start on my lelah during the summer holidays


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on July 06, 2005 12:47:42 PM
God, I haven't been on here in so long! Everyone's Lelah looks beautiful! Melissa, if you can do branching out, you can handle the lace on lelah! Great job!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitkatgrrl on July 06, 2005 06:28:03 PM
I am starting mine tonight!  I bought some Cotton Ease in some orangy color!  Can't wait to get started...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Treasure Cat on July 08, 2005 06:05:46 PM
Woo hoo!  I just started this in cotton too!  Can't wait until it's done :) 

The lelahs so far are beautiful!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wickedstitch on July 08, 2005 06:37:33 PM
That stitch pattern is gorgeous in that color. Lovely job.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on July 11, 2005 10:41:31 PM
I finished Lelah #2 in off-white/cream Sugar&Cream with a halter top. I will take pictures and get them up here soon. I can't believe I pulled off winging the halter part and getting it right on the first try!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: karenie on July 12, 2005 04:42:49 AM
good for you with the halter, i look forward to seeing it - i am very tempted by all of these lelahs with straps.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Stitchoramamama on July 14, 2005 05:21:33 PM
Here's my saucy French Lelah....



I used Phildar Onde in Volcan (J'aime Phildar!)  It's been discontinued - quite a shame!  It's a silky soft cotton/acrylic blend that slowly changed from one color to another - I found it nice to work with.

I added a couple of lace repeats to lengthen her a bit.  Then I sewed in small pieces of hem tape onto the wrong side of the fabric at the bind off edge and attached ribbon straps to them - for a little extra support hehe

I lerv it totally and completely. 

Vive la Boozehag!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: karenie on July 14, 2005 07:22:00 PM
what a beautiful choice of yarn! that is so gorgeous, stitchoramamama.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: slimissaw on July 14, 2005 08:27:12 PM

Vive la Boozehag!

Oui! Oui!!  C'est magnificent!! Vive la Boozehag!!  ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitoholic on July 14, 2005 08:52:12 PM
My Lelah is basically done with the exception of a few finishing touches.  Take a look here (http://knittyville.blogspot.com/2005/07/almost-finished-lelah-top_13.html).


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: alicesonmarie on July 15, 2005 03:55:27 PM
knitoholic- that is wonderful. i really like the straps. and the contrasting colors. im going to have to steal that idea when i make this.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on July 16, 2005 01:10:28 AM
good for you with the halter, i look forward to seeing it - i am very tempted by all of these lelahs with straps.
If you like it I'll give you the instructions on the way I did the top. It was super easy! I'm not at home this weekend, but I'll take pictures and get them up here sometime next week.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitoholic on July 17, 2005 12:54:53 PM
knitoholic- that is wonderful. i really like the straps. and the contrasting colors. im going to have to steal that idea when i make this.

I'm glad I could inspire you :).  I'm actually really surprised that I after all this time I hadn't seen anyone else make their Lelah with contrasting colours like I did.  I thought that it just added a bit more detail and made it more interesting like that.  Have fun making it, I sure did ;D.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitkatgrrl on July 18, 2005 09:13:12 PM
Here's my Lelah...Sorry for the icky picture!


I made her using just under two balls of Cotton Ease in Orangeade and finished her off with a turquoise ribbon!

For more details, head on over to my blog: www.knitkatgirl.typepad.com


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ConcreteJungler on July 20, 2005 11:19:24 AM
I have been watching this thread for such a long time.  I am so going to make one of these.  Really.  One of these days.  I have the needles and the yarn and everything.  But lace, .... it frightens me.  I only just managed cables and was surprised at how easy those were (and even easier once I bought a cable needle to replace the Sharpie I had been using). 

Is this lace pattern more difficult than cables but less difficult than, say, intarsia?  An okay-to-get-your-feet-wet project for someone who has only now managed to make a reverse stockinette two-cable scarf on size 17 needles? 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: mangacreation on July 20, 2005 01:18:14 PM
 ;)I am so happy there is people like you who can make such awesome clothes like that. I am definitly going to make me a copy of that and start knitting it.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: slimissaw on July 21, 2005 10:40:41 AM
I have been watching this thread for such a long time.  I am so going to make one of these.  Really.  One of these days.  I have the needles and the yarn and everything.  But lace, .... it frightens me.  I only just managed cables and was surprised at how easy those were (and even easier once I bought a cable needle to replace the Sharpie I had been using). 

Is this lace pattern more difficult than cables but less difficult than, say, intarsia?  An okay-to-get-your-feet-wet project for someone who has only now managed to make a reverse stockinette two-cable scarf on size 17 needles? 

Try it!!  I was afraid of lace, too, but then I tackled the Branching Out scarf, and this Lelah pattern is not nearly as difficult as that.  When I finish Branching Out, I want to do another Lelah with the lace(I made one, but with seed stitch at the bottom in lieu of lace). I have to find yarn, too. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: snowwhitesuicide on July 24, 2005 12:13:51 PM
I'm so starting this soon.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on July 24, 2005 10:21:21 PM
I started tonight. I've got two repeats of the lace pattern so far. I'll be so happy when it's done and I can wear it.  :) Thanks for the pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: MedNewbie on July 28, 2005 02:16:15 PM
Question for those that used Cotton-ease to knit this: what size needles did you end up using?  And how many skeins of yarn did you need?

Just curious... Thanks.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: juliejules on July 31, 2005 07:24:30 PM
I was wondering if anyone knew how to make "LeLah" in either a small or an Xsmall... My daughter just loves this but she will swim in a medium. I have not tried to alter a pattern before so If anyone can give me some insight that would be absolutlely great!

Thanks!!

Julie


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on August 01, 2005 07:16:57 AM
Julie, if you read the directions, it tells you how. You just measure around your daughter and calculate how many stitches per inch is needed... and then you have to have that # divisble by 11 for the lace part.. it's realy easy to figure out, but email me if you need help


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lisacb on August 01, 2005 12:56:21 PM
I just have to add the ribbon and mine's all set,


I used just short of 4 balls of Patons Grace yarn in Ruby and a gauge of 22sts/4" so I adjusted the pattern to my own measurements and tension. I didn't end up deceasing enough however as the top is a bit loose but I'm hoping once my elastic is set in the problem will be resolved.

Thanks again Christine for the fab pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on August 04, 2005 07:18:01 PM
ahhhh!!! i followed the instructions for the large size and just finished the one over two cast off. It was way was to tight. I can't get it over my head. It'd make a cute small poncho as is, but i want to wear it as a shirt so I'm going to scream a little and then undo my cast off and try again. oh the frustration.  >:(


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitkatgrrl on August 04, 2005 09:16:19 PM
I used the needles HelenaJane calls for in the pattern and NO, I didn't do a gauge swatch (not that I ever do...I know, so bad)!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on August 06, 2005 08:01:02 PM
good for you with the halter, i look forward to seeing it - i am very tempted by all of these lelahs with straps.
If you like it I'll give you the instructions on the way I did the top. It was super easy! I'm not at home this weekend, but I'll take pictures and get them up here sometime next week.
Yeah, it took me almost a month, but pictures and instructions for my halter top version of Lelah are finally up here: http://geeyouknit.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/08/04/accomplishments.html (http://geeyouknit.blogspirit.com/archive/2005/08/04/accomplishments.html)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lumpui on August 12, 2005 06:49:44 PM
Yeah!  I finally worked up the courage to do lace, and here is my lelah top! THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for the beautiful pattern!

Please check it out!

http://knitfreak81.blogspot.com/

Cheers,
Lumpui


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Ananas on August 14, 2005 07:00:31 AM
I love this pattern! Thank you so much, HelenaJane!



Everything I knit for myself is pink or purple. I've got to start mixing it up. I used Brown Sheep Company's cotton fleece in cherry moon, there are a few more details on my blog, linked below.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: knitoholic on August 14, 2005 12:19:46 PM
Ananas, your Lelah looks great!  I really like the colour that you chose.  Looks so great with jeans  :).


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: kategirl on August 14, 2005 12:41:36 PM
how did I miss this?!?  I'll be making one (as a tank) asap; unfortunitly, I probaby won't finish until it gets cold.  oh well.

great pattern, well done.  :)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: carecare on August 23, 2005 12:03:00 AM
I couldn't resist jumping on the lelah bandwagon. i may consider using a different ribbon, but here she is:



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: worthwhilegirl on August 23, 2005 09:54:01 AM
This pattern ROCKS!! Thanks so much HelenaJane!! I will be making more of these!

Carecare & Ananas- yours look amazing!!

I've just finished mine up as well...



I used some random cotton ease that I had lying around. Next time I will be knitting this up in some yummy lite wool. Perfect for late summer in Georgia.


Everything I knit for myself is pink or purple. I've got to start mixing it up. I used Brown Sheep Company's cotton fleece in cherry moon, there are a few more details on my blog, linked below.


I am totally with you! Everything I knit for myself is either blue or red. As a matter of fact I just picked up some cotton fleece in Rue which is a grayish blue this morning! I really need to stop!!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: orange_angel on August 23, 2005 10:09:47 AM
I think it looks great! Knitting is great.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: melissa85148 on August 23, 2005 04:39:42 PM
i want to make one!  that's great!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Nuno930 on August 24, 2005 12:15:35 PM
This tank has reached cult status.  Any knitting forum I have gone to has at least a few people drooling (aka on the to do list) and most have KAL's!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on August 24, 2005 02:49:24 PM
I've been watching this topic for a while, just admiring the great work. I'm a beginner at knitting, so I know I couldn't be able to manage this pattern but it's really inspiring. I really like the different versions of it too. I was thinking that it would look absolutely gorgeous as a dress, extending the stockinette part to the widest part of the hips and then the lace part, maybe even 2 tiers of the lacing. Fabulous pattern, Helena Jane!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: dukeslax44 on August 24, 2005 03:49:26 PM
I like the idea of making it into a dress.... it would be great to even make the lace just continue down and then sew in an underlayer in a contrasting or complimentary color.... hmmmm now I really wanna make this!! maybe make it in black and have a silky white underlayer underneath it, the lace stitches would really pop!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on August 24, 2005 09:15:09 PM
OH MY GOD! That is too freaky! I'm designing a dress akin to  Lelah! But with different lace and straps!!! And of course, teehee, softer yarn with a looser, softer drape!!!! I'm also thinking of a similar skirt, but more flared in the lace part so it's a definite a-line.
I am so amazed by all of the Lelah's out there! I honestly haven't seen a bad one yet! Which makes me so happy! And I LOVE all of the modifications and choices of yarn that's been used too! Obviously, the original was done out of the only yarn I had enough of lying around!
I can't believe they have KAL's for it. WOW!
I'm also going to revise my patterns soon with instructions for sizes. Being a complete moron with the math, I finally got some software that helps me deal with that!
Thank you guys so much!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on August 25, 2005 02:45:50 PM
I like the idea of making it into a dress.... it would be great to even make the lace just continue down and then sew in an underlayer in a contrasting or complimentary color.... hmmmm now I really wanna make this!! maybe make it in black and have a silky white underlayer underneath it, the lace stitches would really pop!

That sounds really cute! If you get around to making it, I wanna see it!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: xoxcitylovexox on August 26, 2005 09:59:57 AM
this is adorable...ohh icant wait until i progress from scarves lol


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pieknits on August 26, 2005 10:12:32 AM
And here's another one!
Knit in Caron Simply Soft in Papaya.  What a great pattern! 

More pics and info on my blog
http://pieknits.com/ (http://www.pieknits.com/blog/2005/08/lelah_finished.html)






Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: thisonegoesupto11 on August 26, 2005 06:55:45 PM
how fabulous!  everyone's lelahs are so cute!  i thought i'd add mine to the pile:


i used this purple shetland wool from an old sweater i unraveled.  oh and i think i forgot to clean off the bathroom mirror first -- those little white spots are flecks of toothpaste on the mirror, NOT holes in my top!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Treasure Cat on August 31, 2005 05:22:18 PM
I finished my Lelah a while ago, but it took some time to get a picture of it!  Thanks for such an awesoem pattern!  I'm going to make more for sure :)

I did some extra repeats to make it longer.



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Treasure Cat on August 31, 2005 05:23:31 PM
Oh, btw, I used a really nice cotton... I can't remember the brand.  It's very soft and comfy too! 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ConcreteJungler on August 31, 2005 05:27:52 PM
I did some extra repeats to make it longer.

It looks fantastic!  How many additional repeats did you add?  How much longer did it make it?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on August 31, 2005 08:46:27 PM
Great jobs guys, great jobs! I really like the color of yours, Treasurecat. If anybody hasn't seen this yet, I think it's very cute: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50581.0


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Ms.Snit on August 31, 2005 10:33:07 PM
Lilmiss... I was JUST about to post that... isn't it fab!  Go hookers!

What a lovely inspiring pattern...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Six on August 31, 2005 11:38:16 PM
Cute!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Treasure Cat on September 01, 2005 03:54:33 AM
I did 9 repeats of the lace.  So really I only did one extra one because I followed the pattern for the Large. 

On my top, the extra repeat added about 1" but that would vary with your guage.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on September 01, 2005 11:40:30 AM
Lilmiss... I was JUST about to post that... isn't it fab!  Go hookers!

What a lovely inspiring pattern...
Sorry, slow polk  :D I know, it's very inspiring. Don't think I haven't been inspired  ;) keep looking out, I just might have something up my sleeve... speaking of sleeves, I must get back to it...  ::)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wokeupafraud on September 01, 2005 01:04:50 PM
I want one )=

she'd look so pretty in mohair )=

-sells soul for yarn and circs money-



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wokeupafraud on September 01, 2005 05:27:06 PM
well, I planned out two.

one with straps in hot pink caron simply soft.

one with purplish gray mohair for for booby part, and light pinkish purple simply soft for the lace.

I wanted sugar and cream, but wal*mart only had cones of the white and I wasn't sure how many balls I would need.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on September 01, 2005 06:15:55 PM
I wanted sugar and cream, but wal*mart only had cones of the white and I wasn't sure how many balls I would need.
I used 3 balls both times I made this, I think. But I would buy 4 especially if you're making straps.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: rosko on September 08, 2005 10:47:34 PM
great pattern..........must make one of these now.............how about something somewhat stretchy like Patons Katrina.............not trying to be insensitive given the name of the yarn and all............
what are your expert opinions on using this yarn for this project????? ???


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RunsWithTrowels on September 18, 2005 06:11:16 PM
i finally finished my lelah.


a better pic & my notes can be found on my blog:  Dirt & Yarn Don't Mix (http://www.runswithtrowels.blogspot.com)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on September 18, 2005 07:46:00 PM
 :o Oh... my... God. What kind of yarn is THAT? VERY beautiful!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RunsWithTrowels on September 18, 2005 08:40:44 PM
thanks! 
it's porto de cervo in jeans, colorway 101 (black & tan). 
it's 100% cotton & you definitely HAVE to wash it fully before you wear it.  it sheds like mad, otherwise.
i picked it up on sale earlier this year in a couple different colors & have been struggling with what to do with it.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: laurayeo on September 21, 2005 12:55:57 AM
Yummy everyone! I love seeing all the different lelahs. I finished mine but didn't quite fit that nicely so I almost gave up. I've finally finished it now. I also added shortrowing at the bust area. Here's the weird thing. On me, it looks better as a skirt  ::)  I slided it down during a fitting session and realized that it turned into a skirt! Well, all the better, I got a 2 in 1 piece of clothing  ;D Talk bout versatile! My lelah is here - http://knitalicious.blogspot.com/2005/09/versatility-is-thy-middle-name.html

Thanks for the inspiration everyone!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: caribbeanjerk on September 21, 2005 02:55:41 AM
Gasp!  I love it.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wokeupafraud on September 23, 2005 03:31:46 PM
I cast on last night and I'm almost at the eyelets.

its in a green verigated acrylic kindly donated to me by my neighbor

(and I ain't kiddin' when I say kindly 3 3/4 pund skeins, she was crocheting a king size afgan with it! I could make 5 matching lelahs!)

i made ALOT of modifications though, I cast on 150 sts, and will decrease more so it's more flow-y. knit the tummy part in st st. the bodice will be in seed st with 2by2 ribbing at the top.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on September 23, 2005 04:07:56 PM
I finished mine forever ago, but am just now getting pictures. I have no idea why they are sideways. I rotated them and then saved them and they still loaded to photobucket sideways. Hmm. I'll edit this if I can figure it out, but for now here's my sideways lelah.
I love it. Thanks for the pattern.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: ConcreteJungler on September 23, 2005 04:20:12 PM
I'll edit this if I can figure it out, but for now here's my sideways lelah.

Oh my gosh!  How pretty are you?  Your avatar does not do you justice!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on September 23, 2005 10:20:14 PM
*Blushing* Aw thanks. That's sweet. I usually hate pics of myself, but these weren't bad.

I think I want to make a skirt version of Lelah now. I love this pattern so much. ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wokeupafraud on September 24, 2005 06:03:58 AM
pretttyyyyy


i didnt work on mine last night /=


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pierced on September 24, 2005 09:37:08 AM
Here's mine!  What a great pattern this is!



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: wokeupafraud on September 24, 2005 09:40:58 AM
pierced, what yarn is that? I LOVE the color.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: pierced on September 24, 2005 09:46:15 AM
It's knitpicks andean treasure in embers, it's such a nice soft yarn to work with I love it!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: VSUangel86 on September 24, 2005 11:07:45 AM
pierced and craftykate..you both did a beautiful job. I really want to make one of these..my
to-knit list is soooo long !


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: zknits on September 26, 2005 12:51:30 PM
everyone's lelah's look so cute!!  it's too bad i have line backer shoulders and little boobies that don't hold up anything!  DOH!
anyways...thinking about a tank top or halter top variation of the pattern if i ever get to it with my long list of craftster inspired knitting projects...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Nifty Crafter on October 23, 2005 06:09:50 PM
Wow.

And again, Wow.

Such a lovely pattern...

I most definatly will knit this. Probally with straps though. I'm quite modest and probaly would shock everyone if I attempted to pull the look off.

Straps are cool, anyhow  8).

How well do you think this would look over a black long sleeved shirt? I would probaly want to wear this right away, and since it is getting cold so quickly I would more than likely freeze my upper body off if I attempted to wear it in this weather.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: hst on October 24, 2005 05:53:30 PM
How well do you think this would look over a black long sleeved shirt? I would probaly want to wear this right away, and since it is getting cold so quickly I would more than likely freeze my upper body off if I attempted to wear it in this weather.

I think it sounds cool


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: VSUangel86 on October 24, 2005 06:44:45 PM
I just started Lelah and was wondering about when do I began seeing the actual lace pattern, I'm on the 6th row now, and it truly looks like I didn't know what the ---- I was doing. I'm using caron simply soft, which I have seen others made out of the exact same thing so I know it's not the yarn. TIA


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Nifty Crafter on October 26, 2005 02:31:44 PM
I just cast on last night. The way I was talking I intended to cast on as soon as I printed out the pattern, but I had to practice the lace a little. I was suprised when I could see the lace with in hours of cast on, and it's not even blocked. I'm using a nice black cotton yarn, I think I will use wool next time though.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: zknits on October 26, 2005 04:31:43 PM


Yay!  I started this on Thursday, and just couldn't put it down.  I added "brick slings" because my boobs would swing down to the floor otherwise. 

This pattern is so awesome.  I just made this one with Microspun, but will buy a real nice fancypants yarn for the next one.  I am gonna make daily Lelahs - like those Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday underwear.  It's gonna be a wardrobe revolution!

THIS IS GREAT!!  LOVE THE STRAPS!!
z


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: EmilyFlew on October 26, 2005 04:55:27 PM
I just started Lelah and was wondering about when do I began seeing the actual lace pattern, I'm on the 6th row now, and it truly looks like I didn't know what the ---- I was doing. I'm using caron simply soft, which I have seen others made out of the exact same thing so I know it's not the yarn. TIA

Are you doing your yarn-overs right? I used to wrap the wrong way, and the holes wouldn't show up. And are you knitting every row (if you're working in the round)? When I was first trying this pattern, I was purling every other row and it just looks like a big mess.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: VSUangel86 on October 26, 2005 07:27:33 PM
Are you doing your yarn-overs right? I used to wrap the wrong way, and the holes wouldn't show up. And are you knitting every row (if you're working in the round)? When I was first trying this pattern, I was purling every other row and it just looks like a big mess.

I think so, are lace yarn overs different from regular yarn overs, i learned from knitting-help.com and she basically told showed wrapping the yarn like you do when you knit a stitch. i'm making the Daylace Scarf and my yarn overs are showing up fine on there so i'm a little lost.

So if I work in the round do I still need to do the P1 K9 P1 ? Sorry for all the questions, i haven't seen a KAL for this...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: HelenaJane on October 27, 2005 04:41:24 PM
yes you need to do the P1, k9, P1 and as far as the yo.. ust bring the yarn towards you and knit the stitch.. Maybe it's the yarn. sometimes blocking will help that. could you post a pic of what you have done so far? It's hard to see a mistake (if you are making one at all that is) without a pic...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: luv2stitch on October 27, 2005 09:48:22 PM
I have tried to resist adding this to my insanely long list of to-do projects but after reading through this long thread I have given in to temptation. All the  Lelahs look so good...I don't think there are any that didn't turn out fabulous. I'm going to try mine in Hemp from Kpixie. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Marissa64 on October 31, 2005 02:51:53 PM
I lOVE this pattern.  I finished my first Lelah, but I think I got some of the stitches twisted or messed up on the pattern so I'm going to redo it.  But here is what i to looks like:

(http://img152.imageshack.us/my.php?image=halter8ey.jpg)


I would really like to add straps to my next one, but I don't know how unless I have a pattern.  Can anyone share how they did theirs?  TIA!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: VSUangel86 on October 31, 2005 04:35:41 PM
Looks good ! Nice to meet a fellow craftster with the same first name.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on October 31, 2005 04:41:14 PM
I think I'm going to make a second one out of some blue cotton I have in my stash. I too would love to know how you gals who added straps did it. I like the tube top version I made, but I think I want a tank top one too. Any tips on altering the pattern?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Nifty Crafter on October 31, 2005 05:14:19 PM
I think I'm going to make a second one out of some blue cotton I have in my stash. I too would love to know how you gals who added straps did it. I like the tube top version I made, but I think I want a tank top one too. Any tips on altering the pattern?

Here's what I'm going to do:
Find a place where you would like your straps, and place three or four stitches(or the width of the strap) on stitch holders, make sure you put stitch holders on the back too. Bind off the rest.

Pick up the stitches on one of the holders(work right and left side separately). Knit in stitch of your choice.(If using a stitch that 'curls', I would suggest a crochet edging, unless you don't care if it 'curls'.)
Knit until long enough to go around your shoulder somewhat tightly, but comfortably. Use kitchener stitch to graft the strap to the stitches on holder in the back. Weave in your ends and repeat for other side.

Does this make sense? I kind of skimmed through other tank top patterns for straps, and just made my own simple way.



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on October 31, 2005 07:00:11 PM
That sounds good. That's about what I had been thinking.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Ananas on November 01, 2005 07:11:10 AM
It's getting cold outside and I can no longer wear my Lelah! I can't wait for spring...

But, then again, I can wear all the wooly things I knit last winter that I couldn't wear all summer...

Lelah is still the only summer-weight item I've knit (not counting skinny novelty yarn scarves) and it was a great project and a great thing to wear. Thanks HelenaJane!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on November 08, 2005 08:48:17 PM
I made my Lelah a halter top, and I think I might have left instructions in this thread ... I know they are in an old blog entry for sure.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Baigneuse on November 11, 2005 01:50:37 PM


Whoo-hoo, done! This is actually the 4th Lelah I've done but the first that I've posted to Craftster. This one is probably my favorite because of the color. I used 2 skeins of Sinfonia yarn I got at Hobby Lobby. I had origionally intended to do this with capped sleeves but I couldn't make it work. I may make a matching caplet instead.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: awtrlilee on November 11, 2005 01:57:29 PM
Baigneuse your sweater looks gorgeous on you!!  I've been wanting to make one of these but I'm scared...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Baigneuse on November 11, 2005 02:00:43 PM
Thanks, this was one of the first pattern for lace I ever attempted and it is pretty easy to do. I definately recommend this top.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on April 11, 2006 05:02:20 PM
Ok, so I know this thread has been quiet for a really long time, but I recently changed my original Lelah and started a second one.
When Lelah met tubey.


when I first saw this pattern I was so excited to get going I just grabbed the closest thing in my stash. Well the top turned out cute, but I used wool ease. Uh, duh. If it's warm enough to wear a tube top, it's too warm to wear a wool blend. If it's cool enough to wear a wool blend it's far too cold for a tube top. So I started knitting a shrug to go with it. Then I realized the construction of tubey from knitty is basically a tube top and a shrug sewn together. That was all the inspiration I needed. (yeah, yeah there are some ends left to be woven in.)

And here we have the start of Lelah #2 done in a sensible cotton yarn. Far more appropriate for summer.




Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: soobeeoz on April 11, 2006 06:42:27 PM
I love your version!  Pretty colours, too.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Jodi1978 on April 11, 2006 09:54:45 PM
Just love yours too. ;D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Lynn on April 18, 2006 06:26:22 AM
i just ordered yarn for this (knitpicks shine worsted in apple green) i can't wait for it to come so i can start this, it's such a pretty pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cinimonstk on April 18, 2006 12:15:50 PM
And here we have the start of Lelah #2 done in a sensible cotton yarn. Far more appropriate for summer.
OK - I think your pic may inspire me to frog my picovoli that has been languishing for months and instead make a lelah. I have that same exact yarn that looks like it would make a great lelah.  Oh man, I feel another project coming on!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RandomCrafter on April 18, 2006 12:17:31 PM
Ok, so I know this thread has been quiet for a really long time, but I recently changed my original Lelah and started a second one.
When Lelah met tubey.

when I first saw this pattern I was so excited to get going I just grabbed the closest thing in my stash. Well the top turned out cute, but I used wool ease. Uh, duh. If it's warm enough to wear a tube top, it's too warm to wear a wool blend. If it's cool enough to wear a wool blend it's far too cold for a tube top. So I started knitting a shrug to go with it. Then I realized the construction of tubey from knitty is basically a tube top and a shrug sewn together. That was all the inspiration I needed. (yeah, yeah there are some ends left to be woven in.)



Oh i love it with long sleeves! I have 2 projects ahead of this one but then I am going to be knitting this. I haven't decided if I was sleeves or just tank straps with it. I'm a big girl and very busty (44 DD) so strapless is not an option


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Baigneuse on April 19, 2006 11:11:44 PM
The Tubey/Lelah hybrid is genius! I love it and will have to try it sometime.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: PlayItGeorge on April 20, 2006 02:04:52 PM
cinimonstk--make both.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: soozeq on April 20, 2006 04:12:29 PM
cinimonstk--make both.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0)

Way kewl!!! I just started Tivoli only with the lace inset from Green Gable. Now I can try the lower part with the lace from Lelah. What would you call *that*!  ;)

sue


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: cinimonstk on April 20, 2006 05:01:25 PM
cinimonstk--make both.  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=81712.0)
I really want to. I've seen that one before and I totally dug it then. Man. You know...I think I will have to try on my tivoli and if I like the way it fits, I'll just plan on making it a lelah on bottom. I mean, I've gotten pretty far on it (still doing the rounds so it fits over my cumbersome tatas).  Thanks for reminding me of that one! woo hoo


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on April 30, 2006 04:03:19 PM
I REALLY wanna make this top!

My questions are...I'm pregnant, should I make the lace section a bit longer/wider to accomodate my belly? And I want to knit the top and bottom (lace section) in different colors. You think I should buy about three skeins for each and hope it works out?? Or do two and four? I'm guessing I'll need about six of the particular yarn I'll be using because it has about 87 yards per skein and I'll probably need to modify that bottom half as I said.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on May 01, 2006 05:24:05 PM
My questions are...I'm pregnant, should I make the lace section a bit longer/wider to accomodate my belly? And I want to knit the top and bottom (lace section) in different colors. You think I should buy about three skeins for each and hope it works out?? Or do two and four? I'm guessing I'll need about six of the particular yarn I'll be using because it has about 87 yards per skein and I'll probably need to modify that bottom half as I said.

The lace section is fairly large, but I would probably add a repeat or two. It is also stretchy. I wouldn't make it too big, if I were you so that you can wear it once you've already had your baby.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 02, 2006 06:47:48 PM
The lace section is fairly large, but I would probably add a repeat or two. It is also stretchy. I wouldn't make it too big, if I were you so that you can wear it once you've already had your baby.

Haha...I doubt it'd be possible to wear for too long after the baby. The problem is actually my chest is abnormally large during pregnancy and nursing. So I plan on making the maternity top in a cheaper yarn and then another one in better yarn a little later. I've got nothing but time baby. lol


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on May 02, 2006 07:02:08 PM
Maybe you could make the front have a corset type of thing in the front so that you could simply make it tighter and looser to fit your needs?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 02, 2006 07:32:03 PM
Maybe you could make the front have a corset type of thing in the front so that you could simply make it tighter and looser to fit your needs?

You are an ABSOLUTE genuis!!! Though I think that I'd make it a back closure instead of a front. My chest already draws enough attention right now. lol  :D


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on May 03, 2006 07:01:19 PM
Very good. I love corsets  ;)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on May 03, 2006 08:52:33 PM
That is a great idea! I love all the different mods that have been made to this top.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 12, 2006 08:24:38 PM
Here is my first attempt. I just made the large and added a few extra rows of lace pattern.



and with the shrug I made from some of the leftover.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RandomCrafter on May 12, 2006 09:18:54 PM
shadkitty that is GORGEOUS on you! And you are adorable pregnant! Love it!...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Baigneuse on May 12, 2006 10:06:19 PM
Shadkitty that is so adorable! I love the ribbons as straps on your Lelah top. The matching shrug is really cute too.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: SylvChezPlum on May 13, 2006 02:57:10 AM
it's beautiful, love the colour combo and ribbon you used !


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 13, 2006 07:53:58 AM
Thanks guys  :D

I like the ribbon straps because they camoflauge bra straps better.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RandomCrafter on May 13, 2006 10:29:11 PM
Ok here's a question...I'm trying to get started on this and I just got done measuring myself...I am 42 3/4" above my chest where the shirt will sit but the fullest part of my chest is 46" should I go ahead and knit for the 42 3/4" measurement and the elastic will stretch or should I knit bigger?

Also another question... my hip area where the shirt will end at is 49"...does the pattern allow for it to be bigger there or would I need to cast on for that measurement and then decrease more?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 13, 2006 11:10:36 PM
Ok here's a question...I'm trying to get started on this and I just got done measuring myself...I am 42 3/4" above my chest where the shirt will sit but the fullest part of my chest is 46" should I go ahead and knit for the 42 3/4" measurement and the elastic will stretch or should I knit bigger?

Also another question... my hip area where the shirt will end at is 49"...does the pattern allow for it to be bigger there or would I need to cast on for that measurement and then decrease more?

I had these issues as well. But I realized you pull the thing over your head to get it on, and if you knit the stockinette section long enough it will just go over your chest. My tip is to put on whatever bra you plan on wearing with it (or just any old bra if you don't) and measure from the point that you want to be the top to the point underneath your bust where the ribbon/eyelet section will be. For me this was nine inches...you might have a lot of stockinette to knit! lol

As for the hip part...well I'm not sure how far it will stretch. The slight ribbing effect the purling creates allows for a little stretch. You can't tell in my pictures but it's stretched nicely in the front. What size are you planning on making?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: RandomCrafter on May 14, 2006 01:21:04 PM
Ok here's a question...I'm trying to get started on this and I just got done measuring myself...I am 42 3/4" above my chest where the shirt will sit but the fullest part of my chest is 46" should I go ahead and knit for the 42 3/4" measurement and the elastic will stretch or should I knit bigger?

Also another question... my hip area where the shirt will end at is 49"...does the pattern allow for it to be bigger there or would I need to cast on for that measurement and then decrease more?

I had these issues as well. But I realized you pull the thing over your head to get it on, and if you knit the stockinette section long enough it will just go over your chest. My tip is to put on whatever bra you plan on wearing with it (or just any old bra if you don't) and measure from the point that you want to be the top to the point underneath your bust where the ribbon/eyelet section will be. For me this was nine inches...you might have a lot of stockinette to knit! lol

As for the hip part...well I'm not sure how far it will stretch. The slight ribbing effect the purling creates allows for a little stretch. You can't tell in my pictures but it's stretched nicely in the front. What size are you planning on making?

I plan on following her directions for doing it based on your measurements. I just realized that when I have my jeans on (which is what I will be wearing with this top) my hips are roughly between 46 and 47" so I should be alright as far as that goes. I'm also knitting straps to cover my bra strap and to make sure I don't get a ticket for indecent exposure.

Thanks for the tip about measuring how long the stockinette should be!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Lynn on May 14, 2006 06:18:51 PM
so i just finished mine, tried it on, and realized it worked ALOT better as a skirt rather than a tube top.  also, i changed the pattern around quite a bit (using my own measurements and such), and also instead of doing stockinette stitch at the top i did 1x1 twisted rib in fishermans wool. oh, and the lacework is done in knitpicks shine worsted in apple green (so soft! so nice! so cheap! i love it.)

here it is:



http://www.flickr.com/photos/kample/146561493/ for a bigger version


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: roxybadoxy on May 14, 2006 06:29:47 PM
Lynn - omg!!! i love it! ahh! i want it! amazing job!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on May 15, 2006 12:44:39 PM
I love that! With a yellow bikini it'll look like a hula skirt.  :) Great job


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: shadkitty on May 16, 2006 11:04:49 AM
Hey!  That's great!  Is that a one skein wonder?

The shrug? No, it's the Everyone's Doing It (http://"https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=48268.0") shrug that someone did on here somewhere. It's super easy and quick. Except it never looks quite that cute on me...I think I make it too big. lol


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: brookles24 on July 05, 2006 10:02:45 PM
So I made a sort-of Lelah since I loved the pattern but my boobs don't handle strapless well  :) I used the pattern for the Lotus Blossum tank (from the summer issue of IK) for the top and did the bottom with the Lelah lace.  Here it is:





For more pics and info check out my blog: http://www.knitbrooklynknit.typepad.com/ (http://brooklyn-brooklynj.blogspot.com/)



Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Baigneuse on July 05, 2006 11:09:50 PM
Great Lelah top Brookles! I love the idea for using the IK pattern as an alternative fit.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: DeadRedhead on July 10, 2006 08:30:59 PM
That is beautiful, brookles! I loved the Lotus Blosson tank; it really reminded me of Lelah. Your combination of the two is awesome!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: craftykate on July 11, 2006 10:12:17 AM
Oh brookles that looks great. I might steal your idea. I liked the pattern in IK, but wanted to change something about it. I wasn't sure what. I think I like the lelah lace better.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: red_willow on July 16, 2006 12:33:14 PM
here is mine in green!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: brookles24 on July 16, 2006 05:48:21 PM
Oooooh pretty I love the green! Looks great!! 

(also thanks for the compliments above guys I'm glad you liked it!)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: felly on January 05, 2007 10:53:11 AM
hi, i haven;t really got down to doing this till now.. i know i'm a lil slow..hehe
but hope you gals can help me with this question..

i did mine in 4mms coz i like the tighter effect and also more sts as i am bigger in size.. one little question was that what is the difference between her pattern and our modified ones, that it requires a different bind off? thanks. i hope u all understand my question...


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tinyplasticmeat on January 14, 2007 08:14:11 PM
Here is my Lelah, I know I'm a little slow to jump in on this.

I modded the straps from page 14 and a random blog entry from someone else who knit it...and then I slip-stitched all around the top. This is unblocked, since I finished it last-minute before leaving Los Angeles where I was visiting my family--it was a gift for my aunt.

Also, it's my first real knitted garment--everything else has been scarves or blankets so far. I feel good about it!!

It's made in Sugar'nCream cotton, colorway denim.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/kagamikami/LelahPic.jpg (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v640/kagamikami/LelahPic.jpg)

You can see pictures at my blog if the picture does not work here.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Bananna_AnnA on January 14, 2007 08:19:09 PM
GORGEOUS! And thanks for the pattern.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: zknits on January 16, 2007 03:25:45 PM
So I made a sort-of Lelah since I loved the pattern but my boobs don't handle strapless well  :) I used the pattern for the Lotus Blossum tank (from the summer issue of IK) for the top and did the bottom with the Lelah lace. 

i love your modification...my boobs are too small to support strapless, so that's a tempting option!  :)

z


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: katbaggins on March 14, 2007 01:10:27 PM
I finished my Lelah a few weeks ago but I've been utterly lazy in posting!



I used Blue Sky Organic Cotton in the color Fern. Check out my blog : http://woolinsunshine.blogspot.com/2007/02/lelah-venus-of-our-times.html (http://woolinsunshine.blogspot.com/2007/02/lelah-venus-of-our-times.html) for more information regarding the issues I had, mainly with the special bindoff (which definitely didn't work for me) and the yarn itself, which is pilling something awful! Also, there are much better pictures on there - ones that don't make my arms look huge! :)

I've worn my Lelah twice and both times have been heavily complimented - it's such an incredible pattern!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: LilMissPink on March 14, 2007 06:04:33 PM
gorgeous, very pretty color.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: badbadrubberpiggy on March 15, 2007 12:32:22 PM
Beautiful!  I love that green.

I'm hoping to get yarn this weekend for a Lelah of my own. 


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lexer on June 18, 2007 02:14:38 PM


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: WIPs on June 18, 2007 04:28:52 PM
That looks really nice! Fabulous in white!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Dinosaurus Meg on June 18, 2007 05:56:58 PM
I love the white with the black ribbon and I think the stap addition is wonderful. If I end up making this one I'll do a strap thing too, I can't do strapless :P Ew. Not for me.

The green is really pretty too, everyone's done a great job!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tigger on June 18, 2007 07:14:33 PM
Wow it looks fantastic  :) what yarn and needle size did you use?


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lexer on June 19, 2007 06:58:21 AM
I used Lion Brand Cotton Ease. the majority of the body was knit on size 10's. Two repeats before I was done with the lace, I switched to size 7's and did everything else with those.

You can't tell in the pic, but the straps roll like crazy and got all stretched out when I blocked them, so they need to be redone.

This is the second time I've knit this...the first time I got the gauge totally wrong and knit an extra 10 inches around...oops!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: Bloodmarks on July 27, 2007 03:32:33 AM
Omg i was searching for this kind of top for soooo long!
But speak Dutch so I'm spending my day translating your pattern  ::)
It isn't easy because all the measurements are different in our county!
I hope it'll work.

Do you also have a pattern for a S size?

Oh and where can i find more about this :
1: * P1, K1, YO, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, YO, K1, P1*.
2: *P1, K9, P1.*
3: *P1, K2, YO, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, YO, K2, P1*.
4: Rep Row 2.
5: *P1, K3, YO, sl 1, K2tog, psso, YO, K3, P1*.
6: Rep Row 2.

i don't really understand it.

x


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: tiggyjn on August 07, 2007 09:30:54 AM
wow i really like all them.. if only my knitting was rather better, lol. particularly like the strappy one.


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: lotus_blossoms on August 07, 2007 11:22:08 PM
Thanks for the pattern.  This is fantastic!


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: edud on September 25, 2007 09:08:48 PM
eeks - another lelah -

there is a little bit of childish insolence in my piece here - in the summer my sometimes-critical grandma rained out my free-yarn-from-auntie parade by saying the yarn didn't look good enough to make much with. anyways, after being upset and sulky for a few hundred kms, i finally decided i would make something fab with it: my first knitted wearable. i am happy to be part of this wild group of knitters wearing lelahs. is lelah the gateway drug to the knitted garment world? i hope so.

here she is blocking and basking in the fall sun:



and here she is on, ready to party!



I did go to a party with her that night - I was a little proud. I regret underestimating my chest but it is mighty sexy (sorry grandma!)


Title: Re: Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN)
Post by: stitchesandstrings on September 25, 2007 09:15:48 PM
Oh too cute.  I love it with straps!


Title: Question on Lelah Pattern
Post by: conicuts on May 08, 2008 10:33:25 AM
I have a question about Lelah.

After row 6 where she says to knit one round, do you knit this round after every 6 rows of the lace pattern? I am new to lace, so forgive me if this is a dumb question.

Also, when I do my gauge swatch is that in stockinette?

Thanks for your help!

Connie