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1  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: February Lady Sweater Along? on: July 01, 2008 01:18:39 PM
There's a big Ravelry knitalong too, with tons of really useful information. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/february-lady-sweater-kal
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: $8 + 4 hours = new jacket. UPDATED WITH TUTORIAL on: January 08, 2008 04:30:36 PM
How do you know how much the wool shrinks?  They always get too small for me after washing...

Stina: You can just keep checking the sweater throughout the process. If it seems to be getting small, you can take it out of the washer and let it air dry.

But the best bet is to get the hugest sweater you can get your hands on -- that way there's plenty of fabric to work with after you've fulled it.

Hope this helps!
3  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Wicked from Zephyr Style on: April 29, 2007 11:54:06 AM
I love this blue! Great work. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Wicked from Zephyr Style 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

5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 4077 -- fitted button-front blouses 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/
6  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Bergere de France cabled pullover - now translated! on: March 18, 2007 11:34:05 AM
oh, this turned out beautifully -- nice work!!

also, the pics are fine, the fit is great, and your "stupid-shaped anatomy" is smokin hott. Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / felted jacket tutorial [many many pictures] 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!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: $8 + 4 hours = NEW JACKET! on: February 24, 2007 09:00:02 AM
omg Starlight, there is no way I could knit a sweater in 4 hours! Shocked

But the only knitting I did for this project was on the cuffs and bottom -- the rest is an old thrifted sweater that I felted.
9  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Twinkle's Big City Knits Book Knitalong on: February 23, 2007 04:33:31 PM
Count me in!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / $8 + 4 hours = new jacket. UPDATED WITH TUTORIAL 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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