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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I Made Myself a Cloche on: April 28, 2007 08:51:02 PM
Y'all, I am beyond happy with this hat. I love cloches and after searching fruitlessly like forever to find a pattern I liked, I went ahead and made one!



I used Cascade Eco-Wool (major love for this yarn) and there is definitely enough in one hank for two hats. Um...what else...technically, it is not the easiest hat to make, but other than the pulled up stitches and ALL. THE. FREAKING. SEWING. it is not hard.

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pinch: Hat with Pattern on: April 21, 2007 10:38:30 AM
I'm trying to bust some stash so, hats! I call this one Pinch, because I am clever with the word smithing and to me it looks like clay after you pinch it. I told you, clever.  Roll Eyes

This is what the top looks like:

And here is the pattern I promised in the thread title (sorry, it is long), but first,  How To Make Pinchy Things:


approx. 22"


1 Skein of Jaeger Trinity. 217 yds 40% Silk, 35% Cotton, 25% Polymide

US size 3 dpns or your choice of circular for knitting in the round (I used magic loop)

Tapestry needle.


6 sts and 9 rows = 1 inch. BE SURE TO SWATCH FOR ACCURATE GAUGE


sts: Stitches

PU: Pull Up and Knit


Cast on 132 stitches.

Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.

Knit 9 rounds in stockinette stitch

On the 10th round: K 15, PU 5, K 25, PU 5, K 24, PU 10, K 20, PU 5, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: K8, PU 10 sts, K10, PU 10, K13, PU 10, K22, PU 5, K24, PU 10, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rows even.

On the next round: PU 10, K12, PU 5, K16, PU 5, K16, PU 10, K 16, PU 10, K12, PU 5, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: K14, PU 10, K8, PU 10, K16, PU 5, K12, PU 10, K13, PU 5, K8, PU 5, K7, PU 10, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: K6, PU 5, k8, PU 10, K18, PU 10, K18, PU 5, K8, PU 10, K6, PU 7, K10, PU 5, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: K8, PU 10, K10, PU 15, K10, PU 5, K9, PU 10, K15, PU 10, K12, PU 10, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: PU 10, K10, PU 5, K14, PU 10, K10, PU 10, K5, PU 15, PU 10, K5, PU 15, K10, PU 5, K5, PU 10, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: K14, PU 10, K8, PU 10, K12, PU 15, K10, PU 12, K10, PU 10, K10, PU 10, K to the end of the round.

K 3 rounds even.

On the next round: K3, K2tog* repeat to the end. 99 stitches remain.

K 2 rounds even.

On the next round: k6, PU 5, K10, PU 8, K8, PU 10, K10, PU 5, K8, PU 10, K6, PU10, K to the end of the round.

K 6 rounds even.

On the next round: PU14, K16, PU 16, K12, PU 16, K6, PU8, K10, PU5, K to the end of the round.

K 1 round even.

On the next round: K2, K2tog* repeat to the end. 80 stitches remain.

K 4 round even.

On the next round: K12, PU 8, K10, PU8, K14, PU 14, K to the end of the round.

K 2 rounds even.

On the next round: K2tog* repeat to the end. 40 stitches remain.

K 5 rounds even.

On the next round: K2tog* repeat to the end. 20 stitches remain.

On the next round: K2tog* repeat to the end. 10 stitches remain.

Cut the yarn, leaving a 10" tail. Draw the yarn through the remaining stitches and draw tightly to close. Weave in all ends on the wrong side using tapestry needle. Block lightly, if desired.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Zimmerman Sweater, Can't Beat a Classic! on: March 17, 2007 10:52:21 AM
Photoshoot moment brought to you by the letters, "D," "U," and "H." Do not go out in just a sweater in 30 degree weather.


Shaping: There is waist shaping, but not as much as with my last Zimmerman. One reason being the XTREME chunk of the yarn. Super shaping was very obvious and caused some rather ugly nips and flares. I went instead with more gentle shaping and a little more ease all around. Also, with the larger gauge, too much tightness caused my skin to show through and y'all know how attractive that is. Boob shaping still happened, though. Love them short rows.

Pattern: Seamless Raglan from Knitting Without Tears. What can I say? Zimmerman is my spirit animal. No issues with the pattern, other than as written it would probably come out more "sweatshirt" shaped than mine did. Oh, one tiny issue. For the raglan sleeves, they are written as, "KTOG, K1, SSK." That would have been just fine with a thinner yarn, but with this thick yarn I kind of look like I'm wearing a backpack. Next time I would omit that K1 in the middle there to make the decreases slimmer.

Yarn: Lana Grossa Due, 50% Merino, 50% Acrylic. I love this yarn. So soft and springy that I forgive it's tendency to split and unravel.

Also, thanks for the comments so far! This yarn I used was a do over from a previous, failed project from Hollywood Knits, so I'm glad it's not "cursed" yarn.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zimmerman Sweater with Some Mods on: January 16, 2007 06:44:59 AM

Pattern is based on the saddle shoulder sweater from "Knitting Without Tears" by Elizabeth Zimmerman. More details on my blog: http://www.yarnabuse.com
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First (Rather Successful) Design Attempt on: September 06, 2006 07:43:45 AM

It's a baby sweater. Since this was my first attempt at designing anything (not counting my very first garter stitch scarf, quite the original, let me tell you), I kept it small in case things didn't work out.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Can you call it a dishcloth if you don't use it on dishes? on: May 04, 2006 11:14:07 AM
Just for looks, although I'm sure they would be functional  Cheesy


Yarns: Pachuko and Blue Sky Organic Cottons, Sugar n Cream. I got the patterns from the Mason Dixon book. I don't know how to get the hyperlinks to work here, so here's the long ass link from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307236056/sr=8-1/qid=1146701587/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-9214573-3967209?%5Fencoding=UTF8

I FLOVE the slip stitch pattern for the top cloth. It really impresses the non-knitters!  Wink
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cherie Sweater from Rowan Vintage Knits on: October 16, 2005 11:23:05 AM
I've had this sweater finished for an age, but today was finally nice enough (read: cool) for a photo shoot. This is one warm sweater.


Pattern: Cherie, from Rowan Vintage Knits

Needles: Addi Turbo size 5 and size 6

Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed DK in Top Hat, maybe 8-9 balls?

Notes on yarn: Scratchy, but fun to work with. All the VM in the yarn was fun to pick out. In fact, I'm still doing so.

Notes on pattern: Fun! Rather easy! But I did something wrong, because this sweater is supposed to be a boatneck. I still like it anyway, in fact, I prefer a higher neck. I'm not a V or boatneck kind of girl.

Thanks for looking Smiley


8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / These pattern directions are a little out of my league on: August 16, 2005 06:25:47 PM
Help! I am knitting "Cherie" from Rowan Vintage Knits. I looked through the knitting FAQs at the top of this forum, but am still confused as to what the directions for shaping raglan armholes are trying to tell me.

They read:

"Working all raglan decreases in same way as side seams decreases, dec 1 st at each end of next and 3 (3: 1: 1: 0) foll 4th rows, then on every foll alt row until 37 (39: 39: 41: 41) sts rem."

Does this mean I k2, k2tog, k to the last 4 sts, k2tog tbl, k2 (which is how I did the side seam decreases) on each row and then on every 4th row also decrease an additional stitch? If so, where do I decrease this stitch? How long do I keep up keeping track of how many times I go four rows before switching to "every foll alt row"?

Waaaah...even typing this out is confusing me! Please help me, and I promise I will forever pass along this knowledge to whomever needs it!
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