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Can’t go wrong with feather & fan April 18, 2010

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I’ve recently finished Ysolda Teague’s Liesl with the leftover yarn from the Mrs. Darcy cardigan.  I highly recommend this as it’s very easy and quick to knit, just the basic feather and fan pattern.  There are also several variations making it very versatile.

Liesl Variations by Ysolda Teague

Liesl Variations by Ysolda Teague

Beware, it grows significantly after blocking!  Someone told me it expands a lot, so I quit knitting even though I was planning on doing another five pattern repeats.  When I casted off  it was too short and I was a bit worried, but I’m really glad I finished where I did.  Actually, the whole thing looked too small and I thought I might have to go on a massive diet to fit into it.

Unblocked Liesl

Unblocked Liesl

I added 1.5 pattern repeats on the sleeve.  Originally, I was going to make the longer sleeves, but by the time I got to the sleeves, spring had arrived so, I went for a short sleeve I could wear over t-shirts.  I also did a single crochet on the button band for some extra reinforcement.

Liesl in Cascade 220 - Christmas Red

The pattern has two bind-off variations, a regular bind-off that creates waves with the feather and fan pattern, and a picot bind-off, which is the variation of the little red shrug in the top picture.  I did the regular bind-off and am very pleased with the result.

Wavy Bind-Off

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Has it been a month? February 18, 2010

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I’ve just realised it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything, though it doesn’t mean I haven’t been a busy beaver.  In the last month I’ve knitted Mary Weaver’s Mrs Darcy Cardigan and a little iphone sock.

From the moment I saw the Mrs Darcy Cardigan, I envisioned it in a bright red, but my LYS didn’t have a suitable colour.  Then, I found Cascade 220’s Christmas Red (colorway 8895) online and decided it was perfect!  Although the pattern calls for 900 yards of yarn, a little over four hanks of Cascade 220, I only used three, so now I have enough to knit a little shrug as well.

I added some length to the cardigan and made a few modifications; it’s still a bit shorter than I like, but perfectly wearable.  If I were to make another one, I would either add a few more rows of garter stitch, or maybe seed stitch at the bottom as it rolls up a lot.  While the crochet border looks nice and stabilizes the bottom, it puts the button holes off a bit.

The modifications are as follows:

16 rows stocking stitch and 19 rows twisted rib.

4 buttons/buttonholes

twisted rib:
Row 1 (RS): k1tbl, p1 to end of row
Row 2 (WS): k1, p1tbl to end of row

Right Front (knit last 3 sts for button hole band)
1-3: Knit
4-7: st st
8: p to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, k1
9-15: st st
16: p to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, k1
17-19: st st
20: (WS) begin twisted rib
21-23: twisted rib
24: twisted rib to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, k1
25-31: twisted rib
32: twisted rib to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, k1
33-38: twisted rib
39: begin scoop neck decrease

Left Front (knit first 3 sts for button hole band)

1-3: knit
4-19: st st
20-38: twisted rib
39: scoop neck decrease

Back

1-3: knit
4-19: st st
20-38: twisted rib

I haven’t got buttons for it yet, but it looks nice kept open and the sleeves and armholes are quite tight, so I’m not in a massive rush.  It also knit up really quickly, I just lost steam on the last sleeve and got distracted by the iphone (it was my husband’s Valentine’s present).

For the iphone case, I used Jennifer Small’s robot chart, knit back and forth and stitched up the side and bottom.

It stretches awkwardly because I used intarsia and there’s quite a bit of a difference in the yarns I used (King Cole Zig Zag and a random Secret Santa black).  It’s still better than a rip-off, store bought iphone sock.

 

Busy Bee: Buzz Buzz September 27, 2009

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The last few weeks have been quite hectic as I was trying to finish a cardigan for my mom before she went back to the States – mission accomplished.

Mr Greenjeans Cardigan

Mr Greenjeans Cardigan

The pattern is another Knitty pattern, Mr Greenjeans and I used James C Brett Pure Merino.  It went by really quickly after I finished all the big stockinette stitch parts.  Even though the temperature was fairly mild when I tried it on and I get hot quite easily, it’s really warm and I think it will make a good winter cardie.

It would appear that the only things I knit are from Knitty because I’ve had another Knitty pattern,Calorimetry, in my queue for a while and decided to finally cast on since the weather is getting cooler.  The idea behind the headband is that it will keep your head warm since that is where the most heat is lost, while also being able to keep your hair pulled back, which is very difficult to do whilst wearing a hat.  It’s pretty much a dream come true for me as my long, thick hair acts as a scarf and I’m often too hot when I wear a hat and can’t comfortably pull my hair back, or it’s just really windy and my hair blows in my face and I can’t see.

Cotton Candy Calorimetry

Cotton Candy Calorimetry

I used King Cole Mirage for this project, and bought this particular colour as an impulse buy because I was blinded by the pink; it reminds me of cotton candy.  I’m thinking of making some matching fingerless gloves with the left over yarn (Mirage is a BARGIN with 343 yards/314 meters per 100 g).   I used a little whale button for the back, which I think is super cute, but a little too small and the tail keeps catching on the yarn when I try to button and unbutton it.

To prove that I knit things from other sources besides Knitty, I have also finished knitting the Fresh Bite Scarflet and just need to find some red buttons.  Although the creator of the pattern was inspired by Twilight, I feel that I need to clarify that I made this scarf as part of a Buffy/Angel swap and I hate Twilight.*  I used King Cole Comfort Chunky, which was probably a mistake because it’s a bit too chunky, but oh well I guess; it’s soft.

Fresh Bite - before it was finished

Fresh Bite - before it was finished

I still have a few more things to make for the swap and am SO excited about them!  Although, I should say that my excitement is based on an assumption that the other handmade items will turn exactly how I have planned them out in my head and the little sketches I’ve made of them.

I also knitted the letter ‘W’ for the Poetry Society’s ‘Knit a Poem,’  though there is no picture of it because it was a rush job and looks pretty bad.  Sorry Poetry Society!  I’m hoping that the final poem will be something ridiculously long like Waste Land; I would love to see that.  Along with a few other 8th Day Cafe Knitters, I’m using my veg out time to knit up some squares for the Macmillan Comfort Blanket campaign.

Wow!  I’ve been feeling like I’ve been really lazy and slurmulant lately, but just realised I’ve been quite the busy bee!  No wonder I’ve been feeling like I’m losing my mind in craft projects.  My sewing machine is coming out next week and I will be sewing up a storm!

*Admittedly, I was sucked into the first three books and first 100 pages of Breaking Dawn.  I even own the first three books, but won’t sell or donate them because I don’t want to put them back out into the world.