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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Prairie Boots on: February 25, 2008 01:48:24 PM
Those look really great! I love the color. Looking forward to seeing them with soles.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: "If I Only Had a Name" Fingerless Mitts on: February 08, 2008 09:48:19 PM
The cable on the side and breaking up at the thumb is such a great idea! Those are lovely.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: No Cash Wallet from Bend the Rules Sewing on: January 02, 2008 11:31:56 AM
I agree - very pretty!

So - do you like the book?  I have debated getting that one . . .

This book is my first official sewing book so I have nothing to compare it to, but I really like it. I'm pretty new to sewing which means the first chapters of the book were really helpful. I think the variety of the patterns is great even though I'm partial to purses/bags/wallets myself. She explains things pretty well and so far the pattern instructions are easy to follow. I've only made this one pattern but skimmed through the rest. I also really like the extra tips she adds throughout the book.

My only wish is if the book had finished measurements for all the pieces listed. There are some patterns that require enlargements on a copier. It's hard when you don't have a copier handy and want to make something. (That's why my wallet turned out a little small, hehe.)

There's a lot of great pictures in the Flickr group for the book if you have time to check it out.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / No Cash Wallet from Bend the Rules Sewing on: January 02, 2008 12:04:50 AM
I've been a long time lurker of these forums and finally have something to share. Yay!  Smiley

This wallet is from Amy Karol's Bend the Rules Sewing book. It's called The No Cash Wallet but the middle pocket is large enough to fit dollar bills if you fold them in half. I'm pretty sure this turned out a little smaller then it should have (there is suppose to be  an edge stitch around the whole wallet but the cards wouldn't fit if I did that). I think it's the perfect size to use for a clutch or to throw in your coat pocket. I already have plans to make more!

Thanks for looking!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless Mitts (now with pattern!) on: December 05, 2007 06:08:13 PM
Hi guys, I added the pattern to the first post. There's also a link to a pdf.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless Mitts on: December 02, 2007 09:09:04 AM
I LOVE them!! Do you think you could post the pattern?

Sure! I'll try to sort out the notes and post it up soon.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: New Banana Republic Hat! Must make!! on: November 30, 2007 09:52:02 AM
I've had this hat in my queue for awhile. It's seed stitch with a brim. To make it look like the picture you could shorten the brim and move the stripe part down towards the edge and of course skip the flower.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Fingerless Mitts on: November 29, 2007 09:42:16 PM
That's really cute! Like the color combo and the tiny hearts!

Ohh It never occurred to me that they make little hearts!

And Tiegh, I'm terrible at making two of the same. Most of the time I end up making 3-4 booties and am lucky if two match. I think the year off really helped. hehe.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fingerless Mitts (now with pattern!) on: November 29, 2007 02:30:01 PM
I started these last year. Made one, then added it to my "to complete other pair later" pile. A few weeks ago we re-arranged our computer area and I'm not sitting near a window and my fingers would be freezing after a few minutes. I decided it was time to finish these up.

The pattern is a combo of a few mitten patterns. I fell in love with the Endpaper Mitts but when I printed it out it seemed so long and daunting that I used a simplified chart that looked similar that I found online. I winged the first one and wrote down a few notes along the way. I'm a bit surprised I deciphered my notes well enough to complete the second one with out problems.

I really like them a lot and have been wearing them around the house. It does take some getting use to, especially while typing!

Thanks for looking!

EDIT 12/5/07 added pattern below-------------

This is the first pattern I've shared with others. That said, I hope it makes sense and doesn't include any errors. Feel free to post or message me and I'll do my best to help. Thanks and enjoy!

I made a pdf version for downloading as well: clicky

Finished Measurements
Length: 10 inches
Width: 3.5 inches

1 ball Red Heart Sport (or other sport weight yarn) main color (MC)
1 ball Caron Simply Soft (or other worsted weight yarn) contrasting color (CC)
Size 6 US needles
2 place markers (PM)

22 sts 24 rows = 4 inches

Pattern Notes
Mitts are knit on two needles and seamed at the outer edge (pinky side). To make seaming easier you can add 1 salvage stitch to each side in CC.  


Left Mitt
With MC, CO 41
8 rows of 1x3 rib. Start first row with p1, k3, end with p1
Knit 1 row MC
Purl 1 row CC
Knit 1 row CC
Start chart, work 34 rows of chart. (or desired length)

Work increases in CC, with alternating colors on the sts between markers. Continue chart pattern for sts outside of the markers.
Knit 15, PM, inc 1, k1, inc 1, PM, knit to end.
Purl to first marker, sl marker, inc 1, p to marker, inc 1, sl marker, purl to end.
Knit 1 row (follow chart pattern for sts outside of markers, alternate colors for sts inside of markers.)
Repeat last two rows until there are 13 sts between markers.
Place thumb stitches on waste yarn. Knit to thumb sts, place on holder, M1, knit to end. (The M1 is needed to continue the chart.)

Work 7 rows of chart.
Knit 1 row CC
Purl 1 row CC
Knit 1 row MC
4 rows of 1x3 rib. Start first row with p1, k3, end with p1.
Double crochet BO (or desired BO technique)

Finish Thumb
Place sts from waste yarn to needle.
Knit 1 row MC
Rib 1x1 4 rows.
Double crochet BO (or desired BO technique)

Seam using mattress stitch. Be sure to line up the pattern.

Right Mitt
Work as for left, when starting thumb, Knit 25 instead of 15.

Pattern was created by craftycathy.wordpress.com. For personal use only.
10  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Re: Drops 103-1 Jacket knitalong on: November 15, 2007 11:27:57 AM
I'm about 3/4 completed with the front pieces (I'm doing both left and right at the same time to make sure the decreases match) but have noticed that the double moss sts part is coming out shorter then the ss part. As of now it's a good 2 inches shorter unless I stretch it out. Will blocking help it keep the length? I'm using bernat alpaca. Or is there some kind of magic that happens when it's finished and seamed up? Smiley
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