Elegance Knit cover - Episode 2: Swatching

2010-04-08 19:10:00

The pattern asks for a provisional cast-on, that's the blue border. At some point I will start the new adventure called 'crochet' and I'll try the border. My swatch is over 28 stitches (needles size 4 mm) and measures between 9 and 10.3 cm - so I guess more or less I got the pattern gauge... I need to achieve 55 cm across my hips, so I'm going to start the chart for the front part the way it is in the book( 5 repeats of the main pattern plus those filler rows) , PLUS 2 extra filler rows at each side. If this will still be small, then I'll declare it to be the 'back' and I'll start another front with another 2 extra rows of filler stitches. Obviously I could do a diet instead. If this is still going to be too small (!) , there is always the magic of blocking. After all, we are talking lace here. I 'kind of' like the yarn - apart from the fact that it splits badly in between the yos rows. I have no idea what to do about it - it happened with all yarns I've tried before ( Rowan 4ply soft, Jaeger extra fine merino and Zarina). I can't keep buying and trying new yarns, so this will have to do. But I am bit upset about it. Otherwise it looks good. A few words about the chart and symbols. Well, the pattern is easier than you might think, but challenging, as you'll work in pattern on both sides. Here is a small part of the chart for the sake of discussing the symbols. The 'swimming fish' is a twisted stitch : knit tbl. The leaning 'swimming fishes' merging into a short line are decreases, where the stitch on top needs to be twisted. My general approach to this is to first twist the stitch that needs twisting by doing a 'slip knitwise - slip back' operation, then perform the decrease. Apart from the twisted left leaning decrease, which is easier done with a k2togtbl. Confused? ... Devamı

Elegance Knit Cover - Episode 3: Body Parts finished

2010-04-08 19:06:00

Not much to blog about this, it's going much easier than I thought. I followed the book charts for all decreases. Here is the front ready for the crochet border (did I mention I'll have to learn crochet soon?) Butterfly sweater Devamı

Butterfly sweater finished

2010-04-08 19:03:00

Enough posts about books - let's have something about knitting. Fineshed the butterfly sweater (Let's Knit Series 11 - cover pattern). This was weeks ago just that I've got a new and huge project at work, which is draining all my energies at the moment, so I've got everything else, including blogs, on a very slow burner. The stitch pattern is really simple - the only thing which was a challenge was the crochet adventure and I absolutely loved it. I bought the Clear and simple Crochet guide and this was a perfect start. We had a mini KAL on ravelry - I've always regarded KALs as a waste of time -well, I have to admit I was wrong, as I really enjoyed knitting with a pal. Devamı

Japanese Yorkshire Knit

2010-04-08 19:00:00

I found this pattern which I really like, and I've got the right yarn for it as well, now all I need is to be able to get a translation for the yarn and needle size in order to plan mine. I have a feeling the Japanese ravelry group will not let me down. Devamı

Something with Ducks on it, for Easter, Passover, Spring

2010-04-08 18:56:00

Wishing you chocolate bunnies, Cadbury eggs, a bit of ham and peace this weekend! I chose this cute knitted outfit for today's post. The issue I have with this is it looks like a machine knit it. The pattern is available so I know it was handknit. I like a handknit to look a bit, well not store like. Don't worry my knitting will never look store like, with all the little mistakes I make! Read some good tips on pilling on one of the daily emails I get from the knit companies. Did you read it? Well, they say that blends don't pill as much as 100 percents. I never knew it. Do you find that to be true? Some good sock knitting getting done this week. Here's my problem. I think I post more of my problems with knitting than solutions! I tend to overpick up stitches after the heel is turned. They said to pick up 14 stitches, I think, but I knit a heel that seemed to knit at least 20 pickups to look like it fit. Hence, the gusset gets pretty long into the foot of the sock. They always fit fine. But it makes the straight knit part, shorter. I love that straight stockinette part you know! Do you do this too? You know I won't rip it out. I do make certain the other sock has the same number of pickups so they match. Guess what? I am on the porch posting! Cricket is chasing a bee outside the screen. Life is good! Devamı

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