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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Finally finished my circle skirt from hell on: March 05, 2006 11:39:41 PM
This is a skirt made out of a tablecloth.  It took me FOREVER to make the waistband because I kept getting bunches. I have another tablecloth to try, so hopefully I can work the kinks out of that one.

22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / circle skirt hell! on: March 01, 2006 02:03:44 PM
I attempted to make a circle skirt out of a round table cloth.

I measured my hips, and did the pi math and then cut out the right sized circle.  Problem #1, the circle was WAY too big!!  Then I turned it inside out and started to pin back a 1 1/2 inch waistband casing for elastic.  When I went to sew it the waistband came out all bunched with ripples caught in the stitching.

Help!  I'm going to try to salvage it, but I now realize that I have no idea how to do this.  I have read several tutorials and thought I was doing everything right.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Yokes? on: February 21, 2006 08:22:58 PM
Can anyone explain to me how to make those yoke t-shirts?  The girly looking ones.  I do better with pictures and I'm new to sewing, so if anyone has a picture or drawn tutorial I would be so grateful!!!

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patterns or tuts for pants on: February 07, 2006 09:09:49 PM
Does anyone know of a pattern or tutorial on how to make pants like this:




They are all basically the same style of flare or wide leg capris.

Also, looking for a shirt like this:



25  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with "Tubey" from Knitty on: February 02, 2006 09:01:32 AM
I am attempting to knit the sweater "Tubey" from Knitty and I have some questions.  I know there was a knit-a-long, but I didn't find answers by reading that thread.  I'm posting the pattern and my questions are in red.  I would appreciate the help.  I'm a frusterated new knitter.


Using Crochet Cast On and MC, CO 50 [55, 60, 65, 70] sts onto circular needle. (What is a crochet cast on and how do I make one?  Is there a web site illustrating it?)
Work in stockinette st, slipping first st of each row, until work measures 19[20, 21.5, 23, 24.5] inches, ending with a WS row.  (if this is a sleeve why is it being knitted flat and then switched to circulars?)
K next row onto double-point needles, dividing sts evenly between needles. Place marker and join to begin working in the round.
*Cont in stockinette st, working in the round, until work measures 6.5[6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5] inches from join.

Work stripe patt as follows:
K 12 rounds CC2.
K 3 rounds CC4.
K 5 rounds CC3.
K 8 rounds CC5.
K 1 round using MC.
Next Round: [K10[11, 12, 13, 14], m1] 5 times. 55[60, 65, 70, 75] sts.

Cont in stockinette st, using MC, until work measures 20 [20, 20.5, 21, 21.5] inches from join, or desired length.

P 1 row.
BO all sts knitwise.*

Remove crochet chain from CO edge and place live sts on double-point needles, dividing evenly between needles. Place marker and join to begin working in the round.

Work from * to * as for first sleeve. When completed, finished piece will resemble a shrug, with a large opening at the center, between two sleeves.

Designate one edge of this opening as the front, and the other edge as the back. (When the finished sweater is worn, the front edge of this piece will form the side and back edges of the neckline.) Place a split ring marker or safety pin at the center of the back edge, and at each corner of the opening (the points where the front and back edges meet). Place a marker or pin 3.25[3.75, 4.5, 5, 5.5] inches from each corner, along the front edge. (See diagram below.)

Using MC and circular needle, CO 48[48, 48, 48, 52] sts.

Lay the sleeve section so that the opening faces up, with the front edge towards you.

Continuing from the stitches you have just cast on and beginning at the front marker on your left, pick up and k 16[19, 22, 25, 28] sts between front marker and side marker (approx. 4 sts for every 5 rows), pick up and k 80[86, 92, 98, 108] sts along the back edge (approx. 7 sts for every 10 rows), and 16[19, 22, 25, 28] sts between side marker and front marker. 160[172, 184, 196, 216] sts on needle.  (How do you pick up stitches?  Is this sweater one piece or two?)

Ensuring that CO sts are not twisted, join to begin working in the round.

Work in 3x1 Rib to side marker, remove split marker or pin and place stitch marker to indicate beg of round. Remove remaining markers.

Work 11[12, 13, 14, 16] rounds in 3x1 Rib using MC.

Continuing in 3x1 Rib, work in stripe patt as follows:
Work 6 rounds CC4.
Work 4 rounds CC3.
Work 11 rounds CC1.
Work 14 rounds MC.
Work 6 rounds CC5.
Work 11 rounds CC2.
Work 16 rounds CC3.
Work 4 rounds CC4.
Work 16 rounds CC5.
Cont in MC until work measures 17.5[18, 18.5, 19, 19.5] inches, or desired length. BO loosely in patt.

I guess I am just confused in general so if someone could give me a breakdown of the pattern it would really help.  I am a visual learner and have a very hard time doing something from written directions.

26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Want to learn embroidery on: January 31, 2006 05:05:14 PM
Can anyone suggest some good websites to learn embroidery stitches and techniquest from? I've never done it before.

27  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting needle roll on: January 31, 2006 09:33:22 AM
Can anyone show me a pattern for an easy knitting needle roll that has a spot for circulars too?  I'm new to sewing so I'm looking for something simple.

28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / skirt out of a table cloth on: January 27, 2006 08:41:21 AM
I'm pretty sure someone has already done this....

I bought a circle table cloth at a thrift store thinking it would be pretty easy to turn it in the a skirt.  I'm not sure how to measure the circle in the middle and then put a waist on it.  Can anyone help me out?


29  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help with Anthropology capelet on: January 14, 2006 01:16:43 PM
I know a lot of you have made this project...I have a question.  I finished the body of the sweater and bound off, now...how to I go back and finish the sleeves.  I'm not sure how to start the yarn.....

30  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / reverse stockinette on: January 11, 2006 10:17:26 AM
I am a new knitter teaching myself so I apologize if this is a really dumb question:

How do you do reverse stockinette stitch??

Also..I have a question on gage swatches.  So far I have only done scarves and one hat so no need to know gauges, but now I am starting a sweater.  How is a gage swatch used, how do I make one, and how to I ensure the sizing is correct for the pattern?

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