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1  Mohair Scarves! in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: February 07, 2006 01:48:58 PM
Free patterns on mah bloggity blog...

Thanks to candy for modeling!
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2  Re: Boobholder/Minisweater (link to free pattern!) in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: April 03, 2005 11:26:15 AM
Well, I'm nearly finished. I'm not sure about the edging, it's a little too big (I couldn't get the correct gauge, 9's weren't enough and 10's were 2 st too many) Here it is so far, it's too big on the ribcage on mine as well.

Oh and I ran out of yarn so I had to leave the sleeves shorter and with one less row of decreasing, which I am going to crochet an inch and then do more edging.... after I sew them and then it's on to the tedious business of weaving in all the loose ends and blocking Tongue

Question: Just out of curiosity, did anyone else do the edging and if you left it out, why? I think I kind of liked this better before the edging, but maybe if I used smaller needles?? (I'm using 4's now)
I am going to make this again for sure, I loved knitting it up! It's a great pattern. I rarely make anything from the top down either, so it's cool to do something incorporating that. Next time I will use 9's!
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3  "Sheila" mohair capelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: March 31, 2005 10:22:13 AM
Just finished this puppy last night! Any suggestions on the best, least damaging way to block???

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4  "Sarah" (pattern) and a capelet in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: March 30, 2005 12:05:16 PM
Well, I finally finished Sarah! And I knitted up a quick little capelet too with some of my new mohair!
here they are!



Patterns will be on my blog as well in the free patterns section, but here is the Sarah pattern.
Sarah Tank (named after my fave knitting buddy Sarah of STITCH! -http://stitch.typepad.com/)
Size M-L
Gauge: 5 st & 28 rows = 4"
Finished measurements:
Bust: 16 1/2" (for maximum boob action Wink)
Waist: 17"
Hips: 18"
Length (not including straps) 16 1/4"

4-5 skeins of Berroco Softwist (100 yards per hank, I used color 9437)
Us Size 9 (5.5mm) circulars
Size 8 or 9 DPN's
Stitch Holders
I would add an inch or so on the bottom of stockinette, which would require 5 balls of the yarn. As it is (and I knit tight) I have about a 12" strand left over..
Also note that this yarn wants to split, really badly..

Cast on 187 st, be careful not to twist and mark at join.
Rounds 1 and 2) Knit
3) *p2tog three times, yo, k1 five times, yo, p2tog three times*
4) knit
REPEAT ROUNDS 1-4 TWO more times.
13) decrease Round- Decrease 27 stitches evenly across round via k2tog. (160 st remain)
When at BOR, knit 85 st, mark, k remaining 85 (this is for dividing the front and the back, so it doesn't really matter when you put it in, just as long as you get it in before the lace pattern))
Now continue kniting (stockinette) untill piece measures 7 1/2" from cast-on edge. (You may want to add an inch here if you are taller)
Now you will be increasing by raised increase method every 16th st. (170 st)
Repeat rows 1-4 THREE TIMES piece should now measure 10" (or more if you added extra)
Now decrease 1 st before and after each marker, then knit for an inch.
Decrease again as above and knit another inch (piece is now 12" from cast-on or more if you added extra)
Work split as follows (BACK)
1)K1, SSK, K to last 3 st, k2tog, k1
Repeat rows 1 & 2 untill about 45 stitches remain (you can make it longer and skinnier by continuing if you like)
Now K1, ssk, k1 (these 3 will go onto a stich holder later) BO 39, k2tog, k1. Place these stitches on holders. (3 st to a holder)
Now work the front exactly the same..
When you get to your last 3 stitches, transfer them to a dpn and make an i-cord, when you get the length you want (I did 5 1/2"), put the 3 stitches on holder onto dpn and kitchener stitch together. (I may or may not have spelled that right)
Do same for the other side.
Weave in any loose threads, you could crochet edges if esired, but I don't see the need, and block it, being careful not to put too much pressure on the lace pattern.
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5  Re: Fishtail shirt, I mean skirt.. in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: February 25, 2005 02:09:12 PM

It's still too big! And I'd knit it alot longer!
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6  Lelah's done! (now with PATTERN) in Knitting: Completed Projects 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!!!

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!
Gauge: 8.5 st=2", 12 rows=2"
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
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!)
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!!!

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7  Fishtail shirt, I mean skirt.. in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: February 23, 2005 11:59:24 AM
My math and measurements leave soo much to be desired.
I got some major inspiration thanks to woolgathered and her neckwarmer of love.. I thought to myself, "it'd make for a hot top!" So i ripped out the orange cardigan that I ran out of yarn for and made this:

Only once I bound off realized that it was ummm, way too large? So i tried it on as a skirt, still too large, but not so large that a band of elastic can't fix! It actually serves well as a skirt! Very vintage tennis skirt looking sans the pleats.
I am still going to make the top... Right now as a matter of fact, just need to drastically decrease some stitches!
But the reason I did it was this fishtail lace you can see more detail of here:

Wish me luck, ladies! I'll be back!
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8  Re: Neckwarmer of Looooove in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: February 22, 2005 07:14:18 AM
Here's my neckwarmers. Unblocked (naturally) and in need of some buttons (have to go and find my button stash).
I got so excited about this fishtail lace that I am making a top out of it! 
Thanks woolgathered for this pattern!

I think I made mine shorter, though. And I used bigger needles and 1 less pattern repeat on the oatmeal colored one.
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9  Mi Babies Bon Bon Cape!!! in Knitting: Completed Projects by HelenaJane on: February 04, 2005 09:17:23 AM
I got suckered into buying the book because I really liked this pattern. I dislike the patterns in the book, not my style, but it was worth it for THIS!
And then I thought, wow! These are so quick and easy to make, I'll do some more! So I made this, too!

The pattern works well with other yarn.. The pink one I did in the manos del uruguay in rose. The purple was mystery worsted weight I got from me momma. I like the bobbles on the bottom, it was my first time with bobbles (blush Wink)
The pink one I followed directly, making one for increases, but the purple one I tweaked and went for a more subtle increase, using the bar increase.. I like the results much better!
The pattern is from Jil Eaton's "AFTER DARK; uncommon knits for night time"
I am going to make a slew of these to give out to all the little gal's I know, because they are so cute!
Oh yeah, if you need or want to see it in better detail, there's more pics on my blog and you can double click to enlarge,, Cheesy
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10  Re: what's your favourite knitting tip or trick? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by HelenaJane on: January 29, 2005 12:32:29 PM
Hey ladies! Went to the lys, scanned the card, here she is! Cross your fingers, hopefully it'll come out okay, if not got to my blog, it's on there too:)
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