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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Gored (Gusseted?? Godet-ed??) Toddler Fall Jacket on: September 12, 2007 06:45:48 AM

I finally finished this drop-shoulder, gored jacket for my just-turned-2-year-old daughter. It's fully lined, with a hood and covered buttons.  I'm still not sure adding the gored panels was such a fantastic idea, but I think they're growing on me. 

It's made of cotton velveteen, and the lining is a cotton Marimekko-style print purchased from a fantastic local discount store--I used about a yard of each fabric, and they were each $2 a yard, so even with the the covered button kit, the project cost was about $6.

It was loosely based on a raincoat of hers--I didn't get to try it my daughter ONE TIME during the construction (anybody else have a just-turned-two-year old who can say "I don't want to try anything on"?), so the fit leaves something to be desired, and it's especially loose around her little narrow shoulders.  Do you think I should try to fix it, or just wait for her to grow into it?  All in all, I'm pleased with it--I took my time with this one, and did some of the nice details like top-stitching and reinforcing that make this garment look a lot less thrown-together than some of my other attempts. 

Comments and constructive criticism welcome!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery . . . I hope. (Sundresses) on: August 15, 2007 11:12:08 AM
This thread motivated me to dust off my sewing machine, dig into my closet, and start cutting. Here are some dresses were inspired by vegbee, cheytown, kimberlina, and the rest of you crafting geniuses.  Comments and suggestions are extremely welcome, especially for a rank amateur such as myself--I can use all the help I can get!

Once an old linen shirt with stains in embarrassing places! Now! A soon-to-be-stained sundress, cleverly accessorized with oversized bicycle helmet.  The sleeves were too short to use cheytown's clever ruffle sleeve, so I added a couple of totally non-matching straps.  Sorry about only showing this from the back--my girl is camera-shy. I think it needs something else--maybe some bias trim around the bottom? Thoughts?

This once was a rather lovely embroidered Mexican shirt, but it never did fit me.  I reconned it into an off-the shoulder sundress with matching capri pants made out of the sleeves. The neckline isn't entirely appropriate for a soon-to-be 2-year-old, but my hands were sort of tied if I wanted to use all of that gorgeous embroidery.

And finally, what has become my new favorite design, a slightly longer version of kimberlina's smock/jumper/wrap dress.  I deliberately made the straps longer than necessary, then hid them between the two layers of fabric at the neck, under the rationale that as she grows, I can pick open that seam and lengthen the straps.  I love the fact that this design is four-ways reversible--you can wear it front to back, back to front, and inside out as well!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / help me track down this pattern on: January 15, 2006 06:10:17 AM
Hi, guys,

A colleague of my husband's gave us an adorable baby hat.  I love it so much that I'd like to reproduce it, but I can't find the pattern anywhere, and for some reason I feel embarassed about asking his colleague.   Anybody recognize this hat?

It has a little point over the forehead (sort of renaissance-inspired), and a twisted stitch pattern on the sides. I believe it was made using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Another Fiery Bolero on: July 11, 2005 08:30:58 AM
I have been in a search to find patterns I can knit for myself while pregnant which I can wear now and later--thank god this is the year of the shrug/bolero!  This is from Summer IK '05.  I wish I had made it a little longer--I tried to compensate some by adding short rows in the trim in the back to make more of a curved edge, but it didn't quite do the trick. 

I also added a very simple eyelet pattern down the shoulders.  In retrospect, it probably would have looked better without them, but I was bored.

Please excuse the enormous belly. It should be a lot smaller in six weeks or so!

(edited because I can't spell "Fiery", apparently)
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / booties from "Knitting for Two" by Erika Knight on: March 23, 2005 08:26:03 AM
I finished my first project from Erika Knight's "Knitting for Two" -- a book with an interesting mix of maternity sweaters and baby clothes. I like the concept of the book, and the designs look beautiful.  I'm really pleased with how these booties came out, but I have to say, the pattern was somewhat difficult to follow, and there were several seams to sew and lots of ends to weave in. 

These were made with Rowan Calmer--I imagine you could get four or five pairs of booties out of a ball. Now I just have to find the perfect buttons for these guys . . .

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What are your favorite baby-friendly yarns? on: December 30, 2004 12:31:44 PM
Hi guys,

Since many of you out there appear to have actual kids--and I don't--I wonder if you might be able to give me some recommendations for good yarns to use when knitting for infants. I have a bunch of projects on my want-to-knit list that are destined for little ones--from blankets to hats to sweaters.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Norwegian Purl?? on: November 13, 2004 07:21:19 PM
Any of you Contintental knitters out there ever tried the Norwegian Purl method? It's basically a way of doing purl stitches without bringing your yarn in front of the stitches every time you purl, which is particularly useful if you're doing lots of switching between knit in purl stitches, as you do for ribbing or seed stitch. There's a PDF with instructions (and really blurry pictures) on the Interweave Knits site.  I tried it out tonight, and I like it ok, but I'm not sure it's ever going to be faster than just bringing the yarn forward to purl.  Any opinions? I'll keep practicing if there are people out there who swear by this method.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Slightly off topic--silk ribbon on: October 29, 2004 08:19:27 AM
Hi, guys.

This is not strictly knitting-related, but I thought I'd post here since others might have a similar question.

Where can I find silk ribbon?  All that my local fabric stores carry are sturdy but boring nylon varieties. I want something really decadent to weave through eyelets in a sweater.

9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tie-front wrap sweater pattern on: October 04, 2004 09:25:19 AM
Hi, guys. I'm trying to decide what to knit for my stepdaughter for Christmas. This sweater caught my eye.  I was wondering if anyone out there has run across a similar pattern.  If there's nothing out there, I'll make up my own pattern, but I figured I might as well see if something like this exists. 

Also--any suggestions for yarn? It would need to be fairly fine-gauge, since heavier yarns will make the ties in front really bulky and cumbersome.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Gibson Girl Pullover---IW Knits, Summer, 2004 on: July 23, 2004 07:06:51 AM
You know how sometimes when someone compliments you on a finished project, you can smile demurely and say, "Oh, it really wasn't that hard," and mean it?

This wasn't one of those projects. 

I met my knitting match in the Gibson Girl Pullover from Interweave Knits, Summer 2004.  It's an all-over lace pattern in fine cotton, and for me at least, it was really hard.  The lace pattern repeats over 12 sts and 24 (!) rows, so it's nigh-on impossible to memorize, and unlike some lace patterns which have you basically doing knits and purls on the WS, you do YOs and decreases on every row.  Many of them.

Here's the front--can you see the part right smack dab in the middle where I lost count of what row I was on? 

And the back--one thing I was really disappointed about was the fact that the back placket does such a swerve because of the irregular nature of the lace.  If anyone out there can think of a way to fix this, I'd be much obliged. Also, the neck is supposed to be a stand-up mock turtleneck, but mine kind of slumps. Maybe I'll starch it.

All told, I like the end product quite a lot . . . I just don't know if it was worth all of the grief.  My husband has never heard me swear so much. 

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