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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Striped Raglan Sweater (finished forever ago) on: April 15, 2009 11:24:08 AM
But I am just now getting around to posting about it.

I was inspired by a striped sweater that I saw on Brooklyn Tweeds blog. I used some cheap wool-ease yarn so its a little scratchy but all in all I like it. If there were one thing that I could change I would have used a smaller needle because When I wear a shirt underneath this sweater you can see through it.

12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Bathroom Renovation on: April 05, 2009 03:12:54 PM
So I redid my bathroom. I did the floor and painting in like 3 hours, it was a peel and stick floor so it went in fast and cost less than $40 Shocked.







13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lace Cowl Neck Pullover (with pattern and new pics) on: June 06, 2008 10:52:25 AM


3 stitch markers
4 size 7 double pointed needles
24 inch size 7 circular needle
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
7(Cool(9)(10)(11)(12) skeins of mainline yarn from knit picks

Instructions are given for size XS with size S-XXL in parenthesis.

I use Knittys size standards which can be found here http://www.yarnstandards.com/womansize.html
Gauge Swatch
4x4 inch gauge swatch. Cast on 18 and work 26 rows of stockinette stitch. Bind off.

Using your circular needle cast on 137 sts using long tail cast on method. Place marker and join being careful not to twist work.
Row 1- K2 *YO, K2, slip 1, K1, psso, k2tog, K2, YO, K1* repeat from *to* around.
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- K1 *YO, K2, slip 1, K1, psso, K2tog, K2, YO, K1* repeat from *to* ending last repeat with K2
Row 4- Knit

Repeat Rows 1-4 until piece measures 6(6.5)(7)(7.5)(Cool(8.5)

Shoulder Increase (for all sizes)
Row 1- K2, YO*K8, YO, K1, YO* repeat from *to* ending with k8, YO, K1.
Row 2- Knit
Row 3- K1, YO, K9 *YO, K1, YO, K10* repeat from *to* ending with YO, K3
For size small-*K12, YO* repeat from *to* around (184 sts)
For size medium-*K6, YO* repeat from *to* around (199 sts)
For size large- *K5, YO* repeat from *to* around (214sts)
For size X-large-*K4, YO* repeat until you have a total of 45 YOs knit to end (229 sts)
For size XX-large-* K3, YO* repeat until you have a total of 60 YOs knit to end (244 sts)

Arm Separation Row
Knit 25(28)(31)(31)(34)(37) Place next 38(41)(44)(44)(47)(50) sts on a stitch holder, K58(61)(64)(64)(67)(70) sts, place next 38(41)(44)(44)(47)(50) sts on a stitch holder, K25(28)(31)(31)(34)(37).
The stitches that are remaining on your circular needle will be used to knit the body of the sweater. The stitches on the holders will be used to knit the sleeves after you have completed the body of the sweater.

Continue knitting until piece measures 7(7)(7.5)(7.5)(Cool(Cool inches from where you separated the sleeves.

Waist Increasing Rows
Row 1- K24(27)(30)(30)(33)(36) YO, place marker, K1, YO, continue knitting until you have 25(28)(31)(31)(34)(37) stitches remaining. YO, place marker, K1, YO knit the remaining stitches.
Row 2-5- Knit
Row 6- Knit to first marker, YO, slip marker, K1, YO, knit to second marker, YO, slip marker, K1, YO, knit to end.
Repeat rows 2-6 twice more.
Knit 4 rows, bind off.

Using a size G crochet hook do single crochet around the entire edge that you just finished binding off. Do two more rows of single crochet. Cut the yarn and slide it through the loop and pull tightly.

Simply remove your stitch holder and place the live sts as evenly as possible between 3 of your double pointed needles. You will also need to pick up one sts where your armpit will be. This is done so there wont be a big hole there. I have added a photo so you can better understand what I mean.


Simply Knit around in stockinette stitch until the sleeves measure 6(6.5)(6.5)(7)(7)(7.5) inches. Bind Off.
Do three rows of single crochet just as you did for the bottom waist.

Weave in all ends

Blocking this garment is simple. Place it in warm, slightly soapy water. Then squeeze out all of the water being careful not to distort the shape. Lay it flat, do not stretch it. The main area that will need to be blocked is the lace neckline. Once you have it laid neatly, place a warm iron on it for just a second and continue to do that for the entire cowl neck area.
14  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knittys Jeanie on: December 06, 2007 02:14:26 PM
Would anyone like to join me in knitting Jeanie?


I just love it! I was actually thinking of knitting clapotis but after seeing this I just have to make it. Its going to be my Christmas present to myself  Grin.

I am using some dk weight superwash that I ordered from knitpicks awhile back.
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Lace Panel Raglan on: October 18, 2007 05:22:36 AM

I just finished this sweater the other day. I used wool ease yarn and I think that yarn works well for this sweater. I knit it using size 7 circular needles and size 7 dpn for the arms and neck. It fits perfectly. I am working on a tutorial for this sweater so you can make your own if you want Smiley. You can see more pics on my blog, I will post action shots when I post the tutorial which I hope to finish over the weekend.

Heres the tutorial, sorry so long.

This is not a step by step pattern but a basic tutorial. You can easily modify my instructions and make the sweater look however you desire. Be sure to study all directions before beginning.

I used 5 skeins of lionbrands woolease and made the size small

1 size 7, 29 inch circular needle

1 size 7, 16 inch circular needle

10 stitch markers(they don't need to all be the same)


Step one- Cast on 98 stitches on smaller circular needle and place a marker, join being careful not to twist your stitches.

Step two- Work 1 inch of k1 p1 ribbing

Step three- k 16, YO, place marker, k1, place marker, YO (raglan increase), k 16, YO, place marker, k1, place marker, YO, place marker, work row 1 of lace panel, place marker, YO,place marker, k1, place marker, YO, k16, YO, place marker, k1, place marker, YO, k 15

Row 4 and all even rows will be knit.

From here on you will work all raglan increases as follows: YO, slip marker, k1, slip marker, YO. You will continue working rows 1-12 of the lace pattern inside the lace panel. When your work measures approximately 6.5 (7.5)(8.5)(9.5)(10.5) inches.

When work gets to big to fit on your needle switch to the larger circular needle.

End with and odd row.

This next row you will be seperating the sleeves from the body. Knit until you reach the first stitch marker, remove the marker and place all of the stitches between here and the next marker on a stitch holder(this is your first sleeve). Continue to knit until you reace the next armhole increase, remove the markers and place all the stitches between here and the next markers on a stitch holder(this is your second sleeve)knit to the end.

Now all the stitches you have on your circular needle will be used to knit the remainder of the body.The body has no shaping, you will simply work all stitches in stockinette stitch EXCEPT the lace panel stitches. For the lace panel stitches you will continue to work in lace pattern.

When body reaches approximately 16(17)(18)(19)(20) inches from top you will begin to work in k1 p1 ribbing for 1.5 inches and then bind off loosely.

The sleeves will be worked on a smaller circular needle and will be worked completely in stockinette stitch until they reach 24(25)(26)(27)(28) inches in length. Work 1.5 inches in k1 p1 ribbing. Bind off loosely.

This sweater is meant to fit loosely.
16  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Hemlock Ring Blanket Along on: August 20, 2007 12:14:31 PM
I'm working on the Hemlock Ring Blanket from Brooklyn Tweed http://brooklyntweed.blogspot.com/ I am knitting it using Lionbrand Fishermans wool. Would anyone else like to join in on this one?
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Lacy Tee on: August 06, 2007 09:36:42 AM
 I started out a few months ago with a free pattern for a top down raglan that I found on Elann.com but from the time I cast on I was having problems. The cast on used was strange and I had never seen it in any knitting book or pattern before but I figured the hardest part was over and decided to keep going. I had such high hopes for this little knitted tee. It looked so adorable on the model and I planned on wearing it during those really hot summer days. Unfortunately the pattern made no sense to me so I was forced to frog after months of putting this project off and trying to convince myself that I would finish it. I felt like such a quitter until I went onto the Elann website looking for the pattern and realized it had been removed which makes me think there was something wrong with the pattern which makes me feel a little better.

I finished this some time ago but I was busy moving and getting settled so I wasn't able to post about it. It took me about 2 weeks from start to finish. I am thrilled with this tee! It fits perfectly and came out just the way I had envisioned it would. I wore it out that same day as soon as I finished blocking it. So without further ado...

I wore a regular flesh colored bra underneath it and I didn't feel it was to noticable or revealing and it really is very comfortable in the summer heat here in Pittsburgh.

You can see some additional photos here http://deliciousstitches.blogspot.com/2007/08/finished-lacey-tee.html
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Framed Art Swap on: July 03, 2007 04:53:46 AM
I don't know if this has already been done but I had an idea for a swap. It will be a framed art swap and every person will make a piece of framed art for the individual they are swaping with. Everyone will be required to provide a picture of the room that they would like there art to be created for as well as some basic interest info. It can be any kind of art. Paint, sketch, knit, crochet, felt, paper; it doesn't matter as long as it fits in a frame of a specified size. I think this swap would be a great way to let people from every area of craft be able to get together and make something really special for someone else.

If someone starts a swap like this I am definetly going to sign up.

I was just thinking that maybe there could be a standard size that all the art will be like 10"x16" or something like that.
19  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Knittys GRRR! on: June 12, 2007 04:15:43 PM
Anyone want to join me in a knitalong for knittys Grrr. Heres a link to the pattern.  http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer07/PATTgrrr.html
I'm getting started on mine tonight.  Wink
20  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Do you love your banner? Who made it? on: June 08, 2007 07:07:02 AM
Every time I get a new banner I am never 100% happy with it. I see so many beautiful banners on Etsy and I want mine to be just as nice. If you love your banner tell me who made. Thanks  Smiley
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