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1  Knitted Pouf / Floor Cushion in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: January 10, 2013 09:22:10 AM
Finished this pouf/foot rest for the Nursery we're working on, love it! I couldn't find hat I wanted in stores or in Yellow (plus they were $85+) so I made my own.  Smiley

I used three strands of Lion Brand Homespun in Golden and two strands of Stitch Nation Full o Sheep in Honeycomb held together using US 15 needles. Total I used 3 balls of each brand (as a little less yardage in the Full o Sheep, total cost $14).

I was inspired by the Puff Daddys Baby pattern but ended up using this Drops pattern as the short rows provided better shaping and easier to sew closed at the end. I just CO 28 stitches and worked in Seed Stitch instead of Garter.

I found a matching yellow sheet at the thrift store and wrapped it around an old balled up comforter to stuff the pouf. Worked great!

(I also made the side table! Blogged here)
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2  Cloud Bolero, finally finished! in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: February 25, 2012 01:54:06 PM
This was a hibernating WIP for over three(!) years and I finally picked it back up and finished it. Love it!

This pattern (Cloud Bolero) is offically no longer available but you can still find it via the Internet Wayback machine. Very quick knit once you get it going (requires many stitch markers). This is worked in Caron Simply Soft Quick, which I think is a very pretty yarn for the $!

Blogged here.
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3  Re: Another vintage style hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: October 26, 2011 09:40:14 AM
Thanks! I've actually just posted a tutorial on felting and blocking this hat (or any fulled knit or crochet hat) on my blog.


You can also see another version in brown I made as a donation to our animal shelters yearly charity auction.

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4  Another vintage style hat, now with a blocking tutorial! in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: August 08, 2011 09:12:40 AM

I can't stop making vintage inspired hats! Another 30s/40s style, I designed this one using short rows that flare out the front while the back brim is flipped up.

Knit using two strands of worsted weight held together (Patons Classic Wool).

After a good blocking it was finished with a grosgrain ribbon twisted around to conform to the hat shape and a vintage clear button.

Update: I've posted a felting/blocking tutorial for this hat on my blog here: http://www.pieknits.com/blog/
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5  Re: 1950s Inspired Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pieknits on: July 18, 2011 06:02:23 PM
I got my wonderful package from LoveDovieAnn, it truly is like Christmas in July!

First up some beautiful table linens, adorable crocheted flower (I'm so rocking this hair accessorie) and the most amazing tie purse in tiki-esque print. I LOVE it! (This picture does not do it justice either)

And check out this adorable romper!

With embellishment detail. So cute and perfect for our non-stop 100+ weather here in Texas. Can't wait to wear it.

And last but not least a great altered polka-dot tee. I litterally went "yeay polka dots!" (it's kind of an obsession)

A huge thank you to my swap partner! I can't believe she put together all these fantastic goodies despite life tossing a lot of curve balls. This was a great first swap experience!
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6  Steampunk tatted necklaces in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by pieknits on: June 08, 2011 09:25:15 AM
My bellydance troupe is doing a steampunk/burlesque inspired piece this year and in addition to our handmade costumes I decided to take on making the necklaces too.

I tea stained the Size 10 thread to match the octopus piece then modified a tatting pattern to needle tat the lace motifs. I then stiffened the lace with stiffening spray.

I love how they came out! Worked great with our costumes.


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7  1940's style tilt hat in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: May 09, 2011 12:49:56 PM

I found this wonderful vintage inspired dress while thrifting and loved it so much I knew I had to make a hat to go with it!

I used a free pattern (Debs Derby) as a jumping off point and made modifications to get the shape I envisioned. I made the hat smaller around by one decrease section and added short rows to the sides to make the brim wider there and narrower in the front and back. Also shorted the crown depth by several inches.

I knit this in Lion Brands Fisherman's Wool and it felted so beautifully. It's trimmed with a black grosgrain ribbon and a black felt applique of a swallow.

I just love it with my new dress!
Blogged here.

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8  Polka-dot Vinyl Pillbox Hat in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pieknits on: May 02, 2011 11:02:33 AM

My first non-knit/felt hat! I love it and manged to make it way on the cheap (like $2 total cost), woohoo!

For the base I used plastic mesh canvas (love this stuff) instead of the traditional buckram. It's then covered in a polka-dot stamped vinyl remnant piece. I "cheated" and hot glued it down versus sewing as it was so thick.

It's fully lined with a proper hat/headsize band and bobby pins attached for wearing.

This photo taken at Christmas for a 1950's themed Xmas party. I attached a little veil I also had made as part of a mini top hat awhile back.

>> More on the blog here.
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9  Double Knit Sampler Coin Purse in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: February 01, 2011 10:30:55 AM

I'd worked up this pattern a while ago to use for a Double Knitting workshop but then it never materialized. Finally got my butt in gear and finished up the pattern publish though!

I really love the different double knitting techniques and there's so many things you can use them for. I wanted to cover several different ones yet still have a useful item when finished, thus this little coin purse.

A bit about the free pattern. The body of the purse is worked back and forth on two needles with a single strand of yarn and produces a tube like circular knitting, but with a closed bottom. The pattern offers three different options for the closed tube cast-on.

The flap is worked with a two stranded double knit technique. Two different colored yarns produce a double sided flat piece of knitting with the color work pattern of your choice (9 different charts to choose from). Optional shaping is also covered.

Hope to inspire a few people to try something new. Cheesy
You can download the free PDF here!
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10  My very own Rogue in Knitting: Completed Projects by pieknits on: January 04, 2011 10:59:37 AM
I have literally had the yarn for this in my stash for 5 years, and finally I started it 4 months ago and it is finished!

This is the every popular Rogue pattern, and I love it so!

The yarn is the excellent Bartlettyarns Fisherman 2-Ply in Garnet Heather. However I did have to go down to a size 6 needle to get somewhat close in gauge. As it worked out, I was still running a bit big so I knit the smallest size to end up with a final measurement of 38". This worked out perfectly as I wanted this fitted, but loose enough to wear layers under it comfortably.

I'm happy I got this down in time for the brief cold season here in Texas! Especially as I had a bit of a fiasco with the pocket (my own dumb fault) and ended up doing surgery (involving cutting) to get it all fixed.

My mods are (in addition to gauge issues)- didn't do the hem facing stitch, just decreased sts by 5%, increasing 2 rows before turning row. Added 4 extra repeats of center cable section of the body to lengthen it. I also used this handy chart to graft the hood together in pattern.

Lots more info and photos on my blog- all related posts are here.
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