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1  Re: Wicked from Zephyr Style in Knitalongs by pamelabee on: April 25, 2007 10:13:01 PM
There are so many cool versions of this pattern! I recently finished Wicked as a cardigan instead of a pullover -- the modifications were pretty easy. If people are interested in a tutorial, I can ask the Zephyr Gals if they mind me sharing one.

Blogged about (with more pictures) at http://flintknits.blogspot.com/2007/04/finally-some-damn-knitting.html

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2  Simplicity 4077 -- fitted button-front blouses in Sewing Pattern Reviews by pamelabee on: April 10, 2007 10:20:46 AM

PATTERN PHOTO: http://www.simplicity.com/assets/4077/4077.jpg

DESCRIPTION: I made two versions, both with with gathered cap sleeves: one with a peter pan collar, and one with a mandarin collar. Can also be made with 3/4 length sleeves, and/or bow or ruffles detail. BananaAnnA posted her great ruffled version here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=142989.0

INSTRUCTIONS: The instructions were very easy to follow. This was my first from-scratch shirt project, and the clear instructions made techniques that could have been intimidating, like gathered sleeves and the use of interfacing, super easy.

LIKED: The pattern has lots of options; both collars are very cute and well-designed. The cap sleeves are also well-cut -- not too short or too long; not too skinny or too poofy.

MODS: I'm not curvy, so I used the bust and hip from size 6 and the waist from size 8, and made the darts a little shallower. I eliminated the ruffles on the mandarin-collar version.

Highly recommend! And it's a great first blouse for beginners. More and bigger photos on my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pamelawynne/sets/72157600028620030/
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3  felted jacket tutorial [many many pictures] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pamelabee on: February 25, 2007 04:43:06 PM
(1) Start with a 100% wool sweater that is several sizes too big. You want to shrink it down to a heavy fabric and still have it be big enough for you.

(2) Shrink the sweater in washing machine (instructions at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10664.0). Most knitters call this 'felting,' though it is more accurately called 'fulling.' Whatever. Just shrink the sweater.

(3) When dry, get out a sweatshirt or jacket you like fit of. Lay it on top of the shrunken sweater as a template.

Pin and baste the shrunken sweater along the seam that runs down the sleeves and body so that it is the same shape as the template -- you will be making new seams here.

(4) Try on to ensure happy fit. (NOTE: The shrunken wool will not have the same stretchiness as your favorite sweatshirt. Try on often.) Cut out along the basted lines with 1/2" allowance for seam.

(5) Stitch.

(6) Cut the sweater down center front for zipper.

(7) Cut off the bottom of the sweater to make it 3" shorter than you want the final product to be (3" is the amount of ribbing I used for the bottom hem -- you can of course customize this and make it as wide as you like).

(8) Cut the sleeves off to 3" shorter than you want the final product to be. See above re: customization.

(9) With sharp circular knitting needle and yarn of your choice, pick up stitches along the bottom of the sweater. The needle will poke right through the fabric, and you can draw the yarn through.

If you want to do this up right, you will swatch to determine what gauge you'll be knitting at, then measure the circumference of the fabric and multiply by your number of stitches per inch -- pick up this number of stitches. If you are lazy like me, just pick up as many stitches as look good to you. This is yarn, not rocket science. (I used bulky yarn with US9 needles, and picked up about 120 stitches around a 34" circumference.)

The following instructions are for TWO DIFFERENT versions. The TABBED version has a button and a length of knitted fabric that covers the base of the zipper. The NO-TAB version has a plain ribbed bottom.

-----TAB VERSION-----

At the end of your picked-up row, cast on as many stitches as you like to make the tab (I used 13 with chunky yarn).

Tab increase rows: *turn, k to end of row. turn, k to last 2 sts, Kfb, k1*

Repeat * until knitted piece measures 1.5" (or half of other desired length). With my chunky yarn, I did this a total of 3 times.

Buttonhole row: turn, k 3, work buttonhole, k to end of row. (NOTE: Buttonhole instructions can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buttonhole_(knitting).)

Tab decrease rows: *turn, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. turn, k to end of row*

Repeat * until decreases match increases.

-----NO TAB VERSION-----

Knit in 1x1 or 2x2 rib for 3" until bottom hem is desired length.

Bind off loosely or with flexible bind-off.

With double pointed needles, pick up stitches along cuffs in same manner as above. Join and knit in the round, in rib, for 3" or until cuffs are desired length.

If you are using a crew neck sweater, or if you find the felted fabric too scratchy by your face, you can cut off the collar and pick up and knit stitches around the neck as well.

Install zipper (instructions at http://www.chicknits.com/ttizipper.shtml). For tab version, sew on button.

Woo hoo! Jacket!

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4  $8 + 4 hours = new jacket. UPDATED WITH TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pamelabee on: February 23, 2007 03:41:23 PM
UPDATE 2/25/07: Tutorial at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154596.msg1542831#msg1542831

I didn't feel like picking up any of the knitting projects I've got going on, so I recycled an old sweater today.

With a thrift store sweater 4 sizes too big, some cheap supplies, and a few hours work, I made a jacket! Since I'm pretty uptight about following patterns to the letter, I'm awfully proud of my seat-of-the-pants improvisation here, and wanted to share with people who would understand. Now go out and make your own!

UPDATE: Details on my blog -- and if anybody is interested, I can post a more specific tutorial.

Thanks for sharing my joy.   Tongue

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5  Re: Bergere de France cabled pullover - now translated! in Knitalongs by pamelabee on: October 27, 2006 05:28:39 PM
Okay, after a looooong vacation from it, I picked this lovely back up and FINISHED!

I'm not sure I ever mastered the little darts for the bust -- they're a bit choppy-looking on mine -- but I'm still pleased with the final product.

I used KnitPicks Andean Silk on 5.5mm needles, which besides being dirt-cheap, (1) gave me a slightly finer gauge than the recommended yarn, and thus took a couple of inches off the final measurements; and (2) is less fuzzy than the rec yarn, so the sweater has a different texture than Wabbit's. Looking back, I actually prefer the fuzzier look, but this one will still keep me snuggly warm in winter.

Thanks again, Wabbit, for the translation and the help!!

Here it is ... with my lame attempt at slouchy model posture.

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6  Re: a cabled sweater: EDITED to add pattern translation in Knitting: Completed Projects by pamelabee on: October 06, 2006 06:49:25 AM
Still waiting for my yarn to arrive...

But look what Marc Jacobs put in his Fall 06 runway show -- it looks kinda familiar:

The sleeves here are neat, but not worth turning the easy raglan yoke into a seamed beast.
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7  simple felted tote - with free pattern link! in Knitting: Completed Projects by pamelabee on: September 30, 2006 01:11:30 PM
I wasn't happy with the patterns out there for felted totes (most of them either too scrawny or too huge) so I designed my own. It's the first felted pattern I've done, so it's quite simple and great for beginners.

It's got a wide, flat base and handles that are attached after felting with circle-shaped tabs. I embroidered this one with an image from Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitches.

**** EDITED TO ADD: You can find the pattern at http://www.flintknits.com/blog/?p=130***

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8  Re: how to sew knitting to fabric? in Knitting: Discussion and Questions by pamelabee on: September 29, 2006 08:44:01 AM
O_R_they, it sounds like you're talking about ric-rac?

You can find it near the zippers at your local sewing store. It usually  comes in 3 sizes: small, medium, and jumbo. If you're using worsted weight, buy the medium (3/8"). Sew it onto the edge of your sleeves, sewing only through the tips of the vees on the ric-rac.

Then pick up your yarn through the open spaces between the vees and the shirt, and start kniting in the round.

My otherwise classy grandmother used to do this to make knitted yokes for baggy sweatshirts. But it's definitely adaptable to many less-dreadful projects. Wink
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9  pink acrylic cont'd, with owl applique! in Knitting: Completed Projects by pamelabee on: September 27, 2006 08:03:08 AM
As I have mentioned before, my s.o.'s grandmother died and left me 30 skeins of magenta Red Heart acrylic yarn (shudder), so I am collecting fellow craftsters' ideas for small projects that will use it up.

My first project was a version of Knitty's Pasha the penguin (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=120004.0).

Now I've finished a scratchy little acrylic vest, which I jazzed up with an appliqueed owl. Owls = always jazzy.

*****EDITED TO ADD*****
If you're interested in a free pattern for the owl, PM me -- if enough folks want one, I'll put one together. Smiley

Here's a close-up of the owl, in case you want to make one yourself.

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10  Re: Rusted Root in Knitalongs by pamelabee on: September 20, 2006 09:46:25 AM
Almost done! I just need to block.

I used the recommended yarn, but like a lot of other folks, had to go down to 4s to get the gauge. Hopefully blocking will take care of the rolling at the neck.

And, like other folks, my puffed sleeves disappeared. If you really want the poofy sleeves, I definitely recommend using the sleeve increases from the next size up.

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