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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / NON-quick reward patterns ? on: August 17, 2006 12:06:19 PM
This is not to brag and I'm no knitting guru, but I do want to invest my time in something that is worth it. Recently I browsed through several knitting books only to find that 99 % were concentrated on "simple knits", "knits with big needles", "knitting for beginners", "weekend knits", "quick reward knits" etc etc etc. NO ! I don't care for small purposeless fun-fur thingies and I see no point in handknitting baggy stockinette sweaters that can be created in 5 minutes when appropriate machinery is available.

So I am looking for challenging, possibly time-consuming knitting that would then result in actually flattering Hand-Crafted Garments. Anybody with me ? Where do such patterns hide themselves ? Any books ? Or do all non-beginners just make up their own patterns ? Enlighten me !  Wink
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / dress out of linen ? on: May 22, 2006 03:03:55 AM
I got some gorgeous linen fabric (yellow batik, ooh mmh Roll Eyes) that I want to turn into a dress. But I have trouble imagining the dress since linen seems such a difficult fabric - light and at the same time drooping, oh-well-you-know-what-I-mean. I've got this feeling that most not-the-finest linen garments tend to be, well, em, they have a lot of corners (gawd I suck at explaining), the seams sort of stand out and maybe make your shoulders square and so on. Any advice how to avoid that ? And is gathering linen (for the skirt part) a bad idea ?

To inspire you, the fabric:

and the texture (or what can be seen of it):

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Madwoman knits dress! (Witness: It was horrible!) on: May 14, 2006 09:58:47 AM
So. In a quest for challenge I decided to knit a dress. It was a free pattern by Drops Design:


My version (with very slight modifications) laid flat on the floor looks like this:

Can you tell HOW mindless knitting this was (talking about challenge ...) ? Stockinette, stockinette, stockinette, oh, some more stockinette, etc. I could never have been bothered to make such dress if it hadn't been for this literature class. It was not totally boring, but let's just say my hands needed something to do while my mind was busy wandering in the realm of Renaissance.

Luckily, there was SOME quite primitive non-stockinette (close-up):

And, as I anticipated, the dress looks horrible on me. The dress itself is fine (I think), but people with The Crappiest Posture In The Whole Wide World like myself should not wear curve-hugging knit garments. Therefore I'm a bit reluctant to give the obligatory action shot, but what the heck, here it is (appropriately blurry, at least):

Given all this, I should be depressed and pleading you all: do NOT knit dresses. Ha. No way. All in all, it's quite enjoyable. And now my granny respects me  Grin

[EDIT: please do not feel obliged to compliment me because of what I said about the fitting (though thank you those who did/do it Wink). I really didn't mean to beg this. It's just how I feel about it, really. All cool.]
14  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Violet the Bulky Maid on: May 04, 2006 11:06:37 AM
So, after several helpful hints from some craftsters here, my first crochet project ever (not to count a sloppy potholder from the dark days of my childhood):

It is made of some cotton-linen-acrylic yarn way thicker than recommended - may have even reached the bulky level (hence the name for the topic Wink). The ruffles were pretty stiff at first, but the blocking magic really did the trick. Oh, and the skirt started as size S but was then modified for larger hips; I also made several additional dc rows to keep my darling butt safe.

(Hey, is it me or are all the sizes in HH a bit, mm, strange ? I usually wear S but according to the measurements given not one single S-sized item in this book would fit me ... Right now I'm about to start Cupcake and I'm pretty hesitant about the size.)
15  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / EDITED to: my problems with Violet Beauregard on: April 03, 2006 06:27:15 AM
I am new to crochet (and for some freudian reason I always make the mistake of spelling it "crotchet" at first  Roll Eyes .. ) so this may be dumb.

I made a swatch for Violet Beauregard today and it is totally see-through. The yarn I am using is a bit too thick, so I do have bigger stitches and less of them - but can it be only because of this ? The gauge is not very off, 16 stitches instead of 18 for 4" (this is not very off, it's not, no, please, tell me it isn't etc .. Undecided). Come to think of it, double crochet seems to form holes by default. But this is not a holey skirt, as far as I can tell from the pictures in the book and here on Craftster. People usually don't want a see-through skirt. So, is this project crocheted especially tightly ? Or anything else I should consider ?

NEW QUESTION: about the pattern. Rnd 2, the eyelet round has a part that goes *dc in each of next 3 dc, ch sk nect 2; rep from * around. When they say "ch" this means chain, right, and isn't the pattern supposed to say how many stitches must I chain ? Can it really be 1, because that would be a decrease ? I didn't find this on the errata page and nobody else seems to have had this problem, so must be my bad, but could somebody please clear this thing for me ? The explanation of the row also mentions "ch-2 spaces", so I'm inclined to think I should chain 2 in these places, but .. hm .. ?
16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / supposedly ugly knit T-shirt on: March 21, 2006 06:56:27 AM
So, the You Knit What?? blogspot ( http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/ ) has this picture ( http://youknitwhat.blogspot.com/2006/02/boobs.html ):

They are most certainly right about the boob factor, but I still love the piece. Now. Help me, 'cause I'm so dumb it almost hurts. They say on the site that people who are interested in any patterns should see to their FAQ page. I don't see one ! Will some kind-hearted angel please guide me to their FAQ section OR (since I suspect the FAQ section, even if it does exist, may very well just say "oh come on you do NOT really want to knit it do you") tell me what pattern this is and where it can be found ? Thank you in advance.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / another flapper hat on: March 21, 2006 01:01:28 AM
Or IS this a flapper hat ? At least I hope so.

Made from this pattern: http://www.thekingspottery.com/pattern_bowhat.htm
Though I don't know if the original is made in some magic yarn that does not make stockinette roll for some reason ? I made garter stitch to the edge, just in case. And the bow isn't having its best day.

Quite boring, I know. But I'm in the process of knitting a dress - this may explain my need for small instant gratification projects. Besides, it's cold outside !
18  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / celebrate your manhood with alligator mittens ! on: March 03, 2006 04:33:00 AM
The Later 'Gator Mittens from SNBN. So, just that you'd get the picture:

And its's not like I go to him, "Ooooh looky here honey, so CUTE alligator mittens, lemme make you some please please PLEASE", I swear it's not ! No, he comes to me with the SNBN book and goes, "See what I got you, will you make me the alligator things ?" So I mock him a bit 'cause there's only pattern for women and children, but then I remember that I'm all for gender equality, so I shut up and make him the mittens. I modified the pattern just to get them larger.

A close-up:

One question, me being a beginner: they were mattress stitched together, but since the inner part is garter stitch (takes more rows to get the same length), the numbers of rows didn't match. How is mattress stitch supposed to work out in these cases ? I did it somewhat randomly and it doesn't hurt my eye, but with some bigger project, I don't know ..

As far as the pattern is concerned, having found it ridiculously easy, I still managed to get confused at some points. If it said something like *1 knit decrease row, 1 purl row*, then repeat x times, THEN purl 1 row and bind off - was I supposed to, eem, ruin my stockinette with one row of reverse stockinette at the end or what ? Anyway, I just plain ignored such purl rows.

Also, they aren't, you know, REAL mittens, look more like magnified baby mittens to me (which they probably are).

But ha, it was worth the trouble ! Just look at them:

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / gauge has two variables, right .. on: January 05, 2006 04:58:27 AM
Sorry if this has been discussed here before, but the search for "gauge" links me to almost every single topic in the knitting section .. For gauge, they give you two numbers, right, say 10 x 10 cm should be x stitches and y rows. But what if my x matches and y doesn't, or on the contrary ? Changing needle size would then mess up the matching number, wouldn't it ? I have always considered the stitch number more important than the row number, but now that I'm probably going to end up with a knee-length sweater .. hmm. Do you maybe have to stretch the swatch strongly in one direction to get it right ? Comments ?
20  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / patterns for thick yarn on: October 26, 2005 12:03:33 AM
I'm not really sure if this is even an appropriate theme for starting a new topic ... But I've done some searching on my own here and elsewhere on the web and haven't succeeded much, so: does anyone know of a nice pattern for a sweater from thick yarn ? Hmh, pattern ... I'd also appreciate just pictures. Or anything that could be of help when designing. The needle size for the yarn I have in mind must be somewhat over ten (haven't tried it out yet), so I think it is justified to call it thick  Roll Eyes
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