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851  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet version of julsey723's capelet on: May 21, 2006 07:53:21 PM

I made one today from Patons Divine.  I looove it!
852  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Madwoman knits dress! (Witness: It was horrible!) on: May 15, 2006 08:11:35 PM
I agree with everyone. You look hawt lady!

I can imagine this dress with a nice jean jacket, some dark chocolate brown leather flat heel knee high boots, and a knitted beaded belt, with dangly earrings made out of rose colored beads and chocolate brown beads...yum!

What she said!!! It'd be perfect.

I second -- I, too, have a love/hate relationship with knitted dresses... they look great ont eh hanger, sound like a great, comfy idea... but I find they cling to me all wrong when I get it on.  But you know, I think our queen of the chocolate brown has the right idea... you've got to accessorize this puppy and make it mod... don't let this dress take itself too seriously.  You're not going to wear it to tea with the Queen, you're going to make it your own and strut your stuff!  You do rock, hot stuff!  you knit a *dress*
853  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: V-neck empire waist tank: with pattern!!! on: May 15, 2006 08:01:51 PM
listen sister, you need to keep that top. it is VERY flattering to your figure, dare i say SEXY even?! Shocked but in an understated don't-get-too-fiesty-i-have-a-toddler kind of way! very well done. and i personally like the ribbon as is.  Wink

tee hee!  thanks... and yeah, after all the good talk, I've tried it on again and think I will indeed keep it... or at least think harder about it... for sure make one that will fit a little better... right after I finish the anthropogie capelet!
854  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: V-neck empire waist tank on: May 15, 2006 11:36:48 AM
I made Lelah, too -- that was the inspiration for this top -- you're so clever!  I changed the lace because I didn't want one the same as my Lelah (though I didn't use exactly her lace for that one, either...).  I discovered that I'm not a big fan of strapless, and I couldn't figure out any straps that I liked (the ones on the Lelah pattern site just didn't look right on me... too much "pit tit", as my sister calls it...).  I've been wearing my Lelah top as a skirt over dark leggings.  I'm considering making a lining out of a slip so I can wear it sans pants, cuz it's just so cute!

OMG!  Right on, sister!  I love Labirinth, too!!! David Bowie is just fab, and I LOVE the muppets.  You've inspired me to search for Labirinth-inspired crafts! (but not the creepy striped baby suit!)...

And to eveyone:
thanks for the great feedback -- some good ideas for dealing with the tie!  In thanks, I am posting my very best work of writing a pattern... I'll add it to my original post!
855  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / V-neck empire waist tank: with pattern!!! on: May 14, 2006 04:54:53 PM
Hi there!  Thanks for taking a peek -- I designed this myself:

  Aah, life with a toddler... not a bad pic considering... ;-)

  This is knit with super-cheap Red Heart 1-lb ball of acrylic... bite your toungue!  ;-)

  It was originally supposed to be a sleeveless turtleneck, but the turtleneck just looked all wrong, so I ended up holding my breath while I did my first ever steek, based on a quick explanation how to do it from my LYS lady.  But then I didn't know how many stitches to pick up along the neckline, so I just fiddled around with crochet until I got something that worked out alright.  I think it's okay, but I'm not really thrilled.  For one thing, it's a little small.  I wanted it to be very fitted in the top, but I think I would have wanted it longer in the top.  And I'm not sure what I think of the ribbon bow at the front, but I don't know what else to do -- I tried tying it off to one side and at the back, but I didn't like that.  I'd like to avoid the bow, but it needs to be pulled in tight somehow in order to keep the knitting stretched down so the empire waist is where it should lie. 

I also find that the shoulders are too narrow... I guess there's not much to be done about that at this point.  I'm thinking that my best bet is to give it to a smaller friend, or put it in my "sell at a craft show" pile. 

If I make another bigger one, how do you think I could change it to make it better?  I'm looking for advice on shoulders, sleeves, neckline, etc.

[adding later....]
Golly, everybody, you make me feel so proud (that's what I was counting on!)... okay, here's the pattern, more or less... I've never written a pattern for other people before!  THis is exciting... message me if you don't understand it! (if you use it, PLEASE post your pics here, and include instructions for any variations you might make -- and don't be mean and sell the pattern or evil bunnies will haunt your dreams forever, and it would hurt my feelings, besides!  I use a lot of free patterns, so feel it is my duty to provide one for free, even if I could maybe sell it instead and make a buck.  Share and share alike -- that's what the 'net is for!)

1.  big ol' ball o' yarn (the stuff I used was what I call "heavy worsted") see above for more.  I didn't use the whole ball... it looks to me like I have enough left to make a pair of mittens, at least!
2. knitting needles. I think I used 4mm?? 4.5mm?? I dunno.  I made this a pretty tight fabric.  If you want a bigger top, use a bigger needle.  I'm sure it will work well unless you're WAAAY bigger than me.  Because my fabric is tight tight tight, I dont' think I could knit it with a smaller needle to size down.  You skinny people will have to figure out your own thing (heh heh heh... revenge of the curvacious!)
3.  tapestry needle, crochet hook, ribbon, etc.

on mine, 16 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches.  (I'm not convinced it has to be exactly this for this pattern, a there aren't any sleeves to line up, not a lot of shaping, and you're gong to be knitting to length mostly anyhow!)  Feel free to use a different sized needle to change sizes.

To fit:  ummmm... well, me.  I'm about 33 inches under the boobs and 38 around the boobs with a sports bra on.  definitely use your bra wearing measurements if you plan to wear a bra!  My top is quite tight across the boobs and looser in the skirt part (my waist is about 32 inches).  My finished measurement: about 33 inches around in the top part.  see?  fits tight.

Okay.  so here's whatcha do:

longtail CO 72 (you've got 70 stitches plus a selvedge stitch on either end)
purl one row.
work some lace for 8 inches (you can use any lace pattern you like, but make sure the repeat is 7 or 10 or 9 or 3 or 5 -- multiples of 70, here, folks!):  
row 1 and all odd rows: k1, *k1, yo, k2, k2tog, ssk, k2, yo, k1 repeat from * to last sitch,  k1. (you can use any lace pattern you like, but make sure the repeat is 7 or 10 or 9 or 3 or 5 -- multiples of 70, here, folks!)
row 2 and all even rows: purl.
after 8 inches, work 2 more rows stockinette.

eyelet row: k1 *k1, yo, k2tog repeat from * to last stitch, k1.

work in stockinette 5 inches (if you're a buxom beauty like me, you'll probably want to make this 5.5 or maybe even 6 inches... I'll make it 6 for sure if I make this again!), ending with a pulr row.

shape armholes: follow the instructions here to make your decreases one stitch in and you'll get an edge that won't have to be finished!
BO (Bind Off) 4 stitches at the beginning of each of the next 2 rows (64 sts).
dec 1 st at each end of every right side/knit row 6 times (62 sts): k1, k2 tog, k to end.
mark the end of that bit.
work in stockinette for 4.5 inches from marker, ending wiht a purl row.
BO 4 sts at beginning of each of next 2 rows: k1, k2 tog, knit to end.
BO 3 sts at beginning of each of next 4 rows (29 sts left): k1, k2tog, knit to end
BO remaining sts (or put them on a holder if you want to use them for a collar!  I didn't, because I did crochet around to finish)

work as for back.  if you're clever at it, put in a v-neck when you start the armhole shaping or a little before and tell us all how to do it. If you're not so clever, you're gong to steek it like I did (remember this was originally going to be a turtleneck... you can make it a turtle: make the front the same as the back, sew the seams, then put all the neck stitches on a small circ or dpns and knit the collar from there).

To make the v-neck:  
1. find and mark the centre of the front, level with the bottom of the desired v-neck (mine is level with the beginning of the armhole shaping.)
2. use a ruler and a marker to draw lines from the centre front point you just marked to the edges of the left-over stitches (the 29 that would have gone on waste yarn to make a turtleneck).  You've just drawn your neckline.
3.  drag out your sewing machine, and sew a zig-zag stitch along the line you drew.  Don't worry about matching the thread, because it won't show.  I went over my stitching a second time jsut to be sure.
4.  cut out the v-neck -- make sure you don't cut your sewing off!  The stitching will still be part of the sweater front, not part of the triangle you have cut out!

sew the shoulder and side seams.  
with a crochet hook, work 2 rounds single crochet (that's double crochet for you Brits out there! -- the one where you go through the fabric, yo, draw a loop through, yo again and draw through both loops on the hook) evenly around the neckline -- decrease at the tip of the V on your second round!  I had 82 stitches when I was done.
do another 2 rounds of single crochet around the bottom of the lace part.
Weave a ribbon through the row of eyelets -- Leave it long enough to tie in a bow, or cut it shorter: I love the idea somebody posted to tie it on the inside or to put snaps or a hook and eye on the end of the ribbon once cut to your chest measurement.  Opinions on how the bow looks vary.  Use your own crafty judgement!
Finally, take a picture of yourself in your nice new top and post it here for all to see!  

There you go, folks!  Enjoy... and let me know if there are any problems...
856  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Boobalicious Blissful ***2nd FO Added Pg. 3*** on: May 13, 2006 09:39:27 AM
Woohoo!!!!  It's all good!  Here is my (almost) finished Blissful, and I'm finally happy.  I still need to line the cups,  but my Mum found me a lining that matches *exactly* , and I want to get a different hook and eye set up for the back, and perhaps a wider ribbon.  But I am thrilled, overall.  I just might make another!

I ended up not doing any cup shaping, but I did add an extra 2 rows of half double crochet above the ribbon, and that seems to have given me the extra support I was looking for.  When I got to the bib part, I switched back to my larger hook, too, so I've got a little more fabric.  I also added 2 or 3 rows of the lace to the skirt part.
857  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Blissful -- any more changes to pattern? on: April 28, 2006 12:22:51 PM
Hi everyone -- if you've had a look at the other threads about Blissful, you'll see my problems making this pattern happen right.  It looks like I'm on the right track now, up until the bib, and I'm looking for help!!!

I'm making the large.  I've got 152 stitches.  The pattern basically says to skip 30, hdc 88 and leave the rest.  well, "the rest" is 34 stitches, which makes the bib off-centre. 

the errata page was updated not 2 weeks ago, but doesn't say anything about this.  Has anyone out there run into this problem and found a solution?  Or is it not a problem at all... is this a case of "trust the pattern and all will be made clear"?
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