Archive for September, 2010

Pattern procrastination

September 23, 2010

Many knitters have a tendency towards startitis. For me, it seems ingrained.  I have an entire canvas shelf unit full of WIPs.  And it has now extended towards the patterns I’ve been writing.  So, here and now, I am outlining the patterns that I have half written up, or which need extra sizes making, or which need more test knitting to improve them to shame myself into finishing them.  If I look like I’m experimenting with anything else new and shiny before I write up at least one of these, I will need shouting at.

The patterns are –

DM Bootees – these were waiting around until I could find some resource to make different sizes. I don’t have access to any baby feet to measure on a day to day basis.  I have since found this and this so I have to get going on them again to make the different sizes.  I also want to do something different with the back since I’ve seen the original pair  modelled.

Convertible mittens – these are the mittens with the flip-top hands and thumbs. I made elbow length ones as part of the Ravelympics, but now I want to make a shorter, simpler version in a heavier weight wool. I have bought some lovely Malabrigo worsted for this very purpose this evening.

Hourglass cable hat – the cable motif is the same as on the original convertible mittens, but at a much larger scale, due to the thickness of the yarn.  I’ve made one. I need to finish off the refined version and hand the pattern over to the test knitter.

Simple cable rib hat – see this swatch?

It did actually turn into a complete hat shortly after I made it.  Not entirely happy with the working of the crown, so it needs some refinements. But it’s very nearly there.

Pleated wrap top – this is my current project.  And it’s going quite well.  All the notes are in the notebook.  I must make the commitment to write it up properly this time.

Pleats please me

September 5, 2010

I’ve been a bit fixated of late with sheer knits. You know the sort – they take the lace principle of a skinny yarn knit on slightly too fat needles but are done in a plain stocking stitch to just produce a fine lightweight fabric.  Hannah Fettig is one designer who springs to mind for this (I’ve just completed her Featherweight Cardigan pattern), but Connie Chang Chinchio’s Geodesic Cardigan from last Winter’s Knitscene is another favourite.

I’m not entirely happy with what I did with my Featherweight Cardi – I think I could have improved the mods that I made to it. I think the moss stitch borders I added to make it all match up may have made the welt a bit boxy so that it doesn’t come in at the waist at all, due to the lack of help from ribbing.  But it got me thinking about making something  of my own, something light and fluid and drapey.  It’s a wrap cardigan. I’ve managed to knit across half the back and one front (these sheer knits are so quick!) and am constructing a pleated waistline to echo the pleats that give the front its drape. Here’s a little sneak preview of the pleats.

But this has led me to a new fixation. I’m now contemplating what I can do with the structure of pleats in the sheer knitted fabric.  What will different increases do? What could I do with short rows on horizontal pleats? I can picture it all in my head, but I need to write the ideas down and then get playing once I’ve finished this cardigan.

Free Pattern: Crocheted handlebar moustache

September 5, 2010

This is a little number I designed for the Stitch and Bitch London Knit Crawl in 2009.  The size of moustache produced will be dictated by your yarn and hook choice. My DK and 4mm needle produced a moustache that would not be out of place on an Edwardian wrestler. A smaller hook and finer yarn would produce a more refined Hercule Poirot style number.

Written instructions are here, but it’s all available in neatly packaged-up PDF glory on Ravelry.

You will need

• small amount of yarn in moustache colour of choice (DK used here)
• crochet hook to match yarn gauge (4mm used here)
• darning needle for weaving in ends.
• flesh coloured yarn or fine ribbon for attaching your moustache.
• thin wire (optional)

Terminology: NB – I am using American style notation in this pattern. For those who need a translation –

sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tc = treble crochet
ss = slip stitch.

Instructions

Base chain: Chain 28 – the last of these will act as a turning stitch.
Row 1: This is worked into the back loops of the base chain and forms the
upperside of the moustache. Skipping 1 stitch, ss into the first five stitches, then
working one stitch into each stitch in the chain sc, hdc, dc, tc, tc, dc, hdc, sc, ss
(this is the middle of the moustache), sc, hdc, dc, tc, tc, dc, hdc, sc, ss last five
stitches. Chain 2 in order to turn.
Row 2: This is worked into the top of the original base chain and forms the
underside of the moustache. Make 2 sc into each of the first 4 stitches of the base
chain (8 stitches in total), sc into next 9 stitches, slip stitch, sc into next 9 stitches,
make 2 sc into each of the last 4 stitches. ss into the turning chain between the
base chain and row 1, break yarn and weave in ends.


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