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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sweeney Todd Group!! on: November 01, 2008 06:12:07 PM
So every year my brother and sister and I have a theme, this year was Sweeney Todd! It was so much fun!

I was Mrs. Lovett, my sister was Johanna, and my brother was Sweeney Todd.

I'm sad because I can't post images yet. I apparently have to make 10 posts. So here are the links to the pictures.

Here's the three of us.

Here you can see the stockings and shoes:

The Sweeney Pose:

When will my Antony come rescue me?

Here you can sort of see the back

You can go here and see the whole album:


Sweeney Todd:
  • The shirt - it was made from some white broadcloth I had in my stash and from a random pirate shirt pattern I had.
  • The vest - this was made from upholstery fabric from Fabrics Save-A-Thon. The buttons were borrowed from the school I attend. The lining I had. The pattern was a disaster. It was the only double breasted vest pattern in existence. I ordered it from a small company and the directions were terrible. They forgot to mark the pattern darts on the front of the vest pattern!!
  • The pants were purchased from Steve and Barry's.
  • The razor my brother ordered for himself.
  • My sister made the holster from some found brown vinyl.
  • The boots are from Payless.

Mrs Lovett:
  • I made the corset myself from some duck cloth from WalMart and other supplies from Farthingales. It was one of the nicest and easiest corsets I've ever made! The trim I randomly had in my basement stash.
  • The blouse I bought at Charlotte Russe but embellished with some lace from Save-A-Thon (the goldish lace was fabric that I cut up to make into lace). The red piece I found in a bin there and asked the people how much they wanted for it. I gave them fifty cents.
  • I made the skirt from dollar fabric at WalMart (my favorite stuff). It was actually not horrible to work with! I ordered the red lace online and used a vintage pattern, which I modified.
  • I knitted the stockings myself. It was the first time I made my own pattern and I think they came out quite well considering!
  • The shoes I bought at a thrift store upstate for $1. The same goes for my sister's boots. I just liked them and decided to use them for my costume. Bought the red laces at Target.
  • I made the gloves out of some fabric from Save-A-Thon. I made the pattern and they stitched up in 2 seconds! It was amazing actually!

  • I made the dress out of a Butterick pattern and just left off the sleeves. My sister made the drape herself.
  • The pearls are from Claire's.
  • The boots were $1 at a thrift store upstate. It's my favorite place to go!

And there yo have it! It really worked out well, and was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy the images!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Need help converting gauge for shaping in this pattern! on: August 26, 2008 06:31:13 PM
I am knitting the Very Tall Socks from knitty with a gauge of 15.5 sts/19 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch.

The original gauge is 20 sts/36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch.

I have the beginning of the pattern figured out, but I don't know how to convert the shaping section. All the info following I don't know how to do. I ended up casting on 80 sts instead of the initial 90, which in hindsight is a little too big, but it seems to fit me fine. Can anyone help?? Thanks a TON!!

CO 90 sts, and distribute as follows over 4 needles: 23 sts on first and fourth needles, 22 sts on second and third needles. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
The point at which the join happens will be the center back of the sock.
Work in 1x1 rib for 15 rounds.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Rows (rounds) will be counted from this point.

Work in stockinette st for 92 rounds.
 ???I've done everything up to this point. I don't know how to do the rest. HELP!

Set-up Rnd: K22, place marker, k46, place marker, k22.
Shaping Rnd: K to 2 sts before first marker, k2tog, k to second marker, slip marker, k2tog, k to end of round.
[Work 3 rnds even. Work Shaping Round.] 3 times. 82 sts rem. (Rnd 106 just worked.)
Work 38 rnds even. (Round 144 just worked.)
[Work Shaping Rnd. Work 1 round even.] 13 times. 56 sts rem. (Rnd 170 just worked.)
Work Shaping Rnd once more. 54 sts rem.
Work 68 rounds even. (Rnd 239 just worked.)

Shape foot
Place first 14 and last 13 sts of round onto one dpn: the heel flap wil be worked on these 27 sts. Place rem 27 sts on a st holder or piece of waste yarn.
Work in stockinette st until heel flap measures 2.5 inches, ending with a RS row.

Work Short-Row Heel Shaping
Row 1 [WS]: P15, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 2 [RS]: Sl1 kwise, k5, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 3 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p6, p2tog, p1, turn.
Row 4 [RS]: Sl1 kwise, k7, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 5 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p8, p2tog, turn.
Row 6 [RS]: Sl1 kwise, k9, k2tog, k1, turn.
Row 7 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p10, p2tog, turn.
Row 8 [RS]: Sl1 kwise, k11, k2tog, turn.
Row 9 [WS]: Sl 1 pwise, p12, p2tog, turn.
Row 10 [RS]: Sl1 kwise, k13, k2tog, turn.
Row 11 [WS]: Sl1 pwise, p14, p2tog. 16 sts rem.
Turn work so RS is facing.
Pick up and k 15 sts along left side of heel flap. Using a second dpn, work across 27 sts on front of foot. Using a third dpn, pick up and k 15 sts along rem side of heel flap, and k 8 sts from heel flap. (Sts should now be distributed as follows: 23 sts on first and third needles, 27 sts on second needle. 73 sts. NOTE: Foot will be worked using four needles instead of five.)

Shape Instep
Rnd 1: K to last 3 sts on first needle, k2tog, k1, k across all sts on second needle, k first st on third needle, k2tog, k to end.
Rnd 2: K all sts.
Work these 2 rnds 8 times more. 55 sts rem.
Next Rnd: K to last 3 sts on first needle, k2tog, k1, k all sts on second and third needles. 54 sts. (13 sts on first needle, 27 sts on second needle, 14 sts on third needle.)
Work even until work from base of heel measures 3 inches less than total length of foot.

Shape Toe
Next Rnd: K to last 3 sts of first needle, k2tog, k1, k first st of second needle, k2tog, k to last 3 sts of second needle, k2tog, k1, k first st of third needle, k2tog, k to end.
Next Rnd: K all sts.
Work these 2 rnds 5 times more. 30 sts rem.
Work first rnd only, 4 times. 14 sts rem.
Work sts on first needle only then break yarn, leaving a 12 inch tail.
Transfer sts on third needle to first needle: 7 sts on first needle and 7 sts on second needle.
Using Kitchener stitch, graft sts on first needle to sts on second needle.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Can I knit these socks on a circular needle instead? on: August 10, 2008 08:47:19 PM
Hi everyone. I want to make the Very Tall Socks from a past Knitty issue (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTverytallsocks.html)

I see they are knit on DPNs.. but the top circumference is 16" and you need to knit 92 rows before you start shaping. Now, can I knit the first 92 rows on 16" circular needles?

What about on a 16" loom?

I really... REALLY REALLY hate DPNs.. really...

Thanks for your help!

Also, does anyone know of any other pattern of socks that are thigh highs?


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