Sunday, November 13, 2011

Who Is The Fairest Of Them All

at the same time h asked for a yoda sweater, e asked for a snow white sweater...

snow white

pattern: my own snow white
yarn: imperial yarn tracie 2 ply sport weight in light blue, dark blue, red, yellow, white
needles: size 4 for the body and size 2 for the collar

i had been thinking about the construction of this sweater all summer and spent a lot of time planning - especially the sleeves.  this is what i ended up doing:

i started the sweater with the yellow ruffle on the bottom to represent snow's skirt. then k2tog all the way around and switched to the dark blue.  knit in the round up to the armholes where it was then split for the front and back.  made a square neckline and added a touch of shoulder shaping.  after sewing the shoulder seams together i worked a 1x1 rib around the neck line, mitering the corners and leaving the back open for enough room to get her head in.

now for the tricky sleeves... the best solution i came up with for them was to knit them horizontally around as opposed to from the bottom up as a normal sleeve.  this allowed me to work short rows in the red yarn to represent the pleats in snow's dress.  there was a ton of math involved to come up with the exact amount of rows to fit into the armhole to allow a gathered look.  after sewing in the sleeves, i gathered the bottoms of them and knit in a 1x1 rib in the yellow yarn for a bit.

i thought the sleeves would be the trickiest but that turned out to be the collar.  i knit and ripped it out 3 times.  working each side of the neck, i picked up stitches from the front neck edges and the back with a size 2 needles.  then knitting back and forth adding a mitered corner between the front and back to allow the collar to stand up.  after knitting 1 1/2 inches i decreased a stitch every right side row at the front to make a curved edge.  i then worked a 1x1 rib around the outer edge.  lastly, i crocheted and attached 3 button loops on the back of the neck.  

i took very detailed notes so maybe one day i'll write up the pattern...

she hasn't taken the sweater off in 2 days so i haven't been able to get any detailed pictures but i think it is worth it :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

May The Force Be With You

every year, i give my kids a chance to pick a sweater for me to knit them.  this year my son requested a sweater that looks like yoda's jacket.

yoda sweater

pattern: my own
yarn: imperial yarn tracie - 2ply sport weight, 2 skeins + a little more
needles: size #4 circular

this sweater was knit with the same construction as the sunset cardi and e's little pink sweater.  was so simple i don't really have much to say about it.  the only changes from those two sweaters are 1) it is very long.  yoda's jacket goes down to his feet but i didn't really think that was very practical... 
side of yoda

2) this sweater is not asymmetrical - the opening in straight in the center 
full yoda sweater

3) there is a huge hood.  what would a yoda sweater be without a huge hood that covers your eyes!!!
yoda sweater

he loves it and has been wearing it everyday!

A New Coat

my daughter happens to be very picky about what she will wear.  it normally has to be very pink and twirly and not pants!!!  even though i am very aware of this, i still decided to make her a structured trench coat out of "gasp" mostly yellow corduroy. - with pink pokka dot trim...

front of coat

it is the softest corduroy from brooklyn general.  i purchased it a few years ago but they still have some left.  i strongly suggest picking some up if you can!  the pattern is from a japanese pattern book.  not being able to read japanese is normally not a problem, you can just follow the picture instructions like a piece of ikea furniture.  this one was a little tricky but i was able to figure it out.  

coat detail

however, the trickiest part of this project was getting e to wear something that isn't all pink and doesn't twirl.  it wasn't going so well and i thought this adorable coat would wind up in the never worn pile. the tide turned one day at brooklyn general.  we went to pick out the buttons and heather the great asked e if she could see the coat on.  she made such a big deal about how beautiful it looked on her that e fell in love - with the coat and heather! 

back of coat

the pattern calls for four buttons to form a double breasted closure.  even though pink buttons were picked out - e decided she didn't want them.  since she decided she loves it and wants to wear it all the time, i wasn't going to push it...

coat detail

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Summer Of No Knitting

this has definitely been the summer of no knitting. my family and i spend most of the summer at the beach and even though i packed a ton of yarn, it was just too darn hot!
i only managed to complete one project and it was probably because it was a lace weight silk!


pattern: elizabeth zimmerman's seamless raglan
yarn: habu textiles a-1, 2/17 tsumugi and habu textiles copper
needles: size 5, circular


i am giving credit to elizabeth zimmerman for the pattern but the truth is i just knit to my own measurements. i also added in some waist shaping since the copper would take away some of the stretch. love, love, love the copper!!! i wish the one sweater and blog post for a while could be more exciting but alas it is not.
i am working on two more exciting projects right now so until next time...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Stainless Rock

i made a pact with myself to only knit original designs for the rest of this year - but already broke it!

Rock Island Shawl

pattern: rock island shawl by jared flood
yarn: habu xs-45 20/3 bamboo in color number 1 and habu stainless steel filament held together
needles: #5 circular

i spent an awesome day with a good friend at habu recently where we both bought some of this bamboo and stainless figuring we'd get to it sometime. but then i realized another great friend had a birthday coming up and i really wanted to make something for her. i just knew she would appreciate something handmade and especially something made out of such a funky material. the rock island shawl seemed like the perfect companion for the stainless - such an open lace that could use something to really hold the shape.
Rock Island Shawl

to be honest, i didn't love the pattern - i found starting with the edging to be a little boring and if it wasn't for a present a week away i probably would have put it away.

Rock Island Shawl

i definitely loved the effect of the metal thread through out and now have some good ideas about how to use all the other stainless and copper i bought - so stay tuned :)

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunset Cardi

i was super upset that i ran out of yarn on the habu tank i just made and couldn't do the pockets. i really love pockets!!! so the next project definitely needed some. add those pockets into a much needed lightweight summer sweater and you get the:

Sunset Cardi

pattern: made up as i went along
yarn: lana grossa linea pura biosoja, 9 skeins
needles: size 5 circular

i knit to my measurements - but should be easy enough to size up or down so please leave a comment or message me if you want the full details.

Sunset Cardi neck

inspired by simple japanese clothing, the sunset cardi is an asymmetrical cardigan fastened at the top and allowed to swing open. i started at the bottom and knit up around 9 inches where i created space for the pockets on each side. at the same time i did some slight waist shaping.

Sunset Cardi Arm

when long enough to the armholes i separated for the front and back. using the provisional cast on method, i added enough stitches to form the arms (i like long sleeves) and knit up the fronts. leaving the fronts on waste yarn, i picked up the stitches from the provisional cast on and knit up the back and then grafted the front and back stitches together, leaving a larger than average neck. the collar is just the neck stitches knit back and forth until it was a size i was comfortable with. not wanting to take away from the simplicity of the sweater, i used snaps as closures.

Sunset Cardi Back

this was a super simple and fast knit and i am happy to write the pattern up for anyone interested. it definitely calls for a heavy, drapey yarn!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Stash Busting

i have had three cones of some habu tsumugi in my stash for a couple of years. i kept looking at it and looking at it with no clue what to make - sort of figured at some point i would make something lace out of it. but i also had been stashing the liesl pattern from cocoknits and then it clicked! i could double the tsumugi and make the tank!

Habu Tank

pattern: liesl by julie weisenberger
yarn: habu tsumugi in color #16, cocoa
needles: #7 circular, 24 inch

this is one of the rare occasions where i planned on making no modifications but had to. i started with no mods and knit up past the pockets but then i noticed how much yarn i had left... unfortunately not enough to finish. so i frogged back and decided to forget the pockets. i also got nervous about the yarn again when it came to the length, so that became a little shorter as well. i still really like it and i think that is due to the yarn. what amazing stuff this is - it creates such an amazing fabric and i think i have found a new favorite. now if only brooklyn general would start carrying it... definitely planning a trip up to habu in the next few weeks.

Habu Tank
Habu Tank

since i didn't get to add the pockets, my next project will definitely have some. not sure exactly what it will be but i picked up some lana grossa biosoja - a combination of soy, cotton and bamboo in this awesome orange.

Orange Cardigan

i know what you will probably say, "a cotton, yuck!" but my friend, heather, had some knit up and it was actually nice. plus, i have a drapey cardigan in mind and this will definitely drape.

i am still making progress - slow progress - on my quilt and hope to have some photos soon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Back On A Roll

i think i am finally back on a roll as far as knitting is concerned - i'm also starting work on a quilt. the crafty bug is finally back in this little corner of brooklyn!

first up is this little blue dress i made for myself.

blue dress detail

yarn: elsebeth lavold silky wool in blue
needles: size 5, circular

blue dress

didn't make a lot of modifications. the only one was to add a little waist shaping. great simple mindless pattern. didn't even mind all the crochet trim!

i was feeling much better after working on the blue dress, so much so that i decided to use up the 3 skeins of pink synchronicity i had laying around to make up a sweater for e.

e's sweater

yarn: alchemy synchronicity in vermillion
needles: size 6, circular

e's sweater

all i knew was i wanted a little cardigan for e that she could wear in the spring (she pretty much won't wear any color but pink...) and i had just 3 skeins of the yarn so had to make something for her now before i wouldn't have a sweater's worth anymore. i was feeling inspired by japanese design and thought it would be cool to have an asymmetrical opening in the front. with that information i did a gauge - took her measurements and started knitting. i knit stockinette until i got to the armholes. i then separated for the fronts and back, provisionally cast on for the sleeves and knit up both fronts. leaving the fronts on waste yarn, i picked up the sleeve stitches provisionally cast on and knit up the back. next i grafted the tops of the sleeves and the shoulder stitches together and knit up the collar. i would have made the collar bigger but was running low on yarn. since i had so much doing the crochet trim on the blue dress, i did the same here.
i actually took really good notes while knitting this so if anyone is interested in the pattern, let me know and i can write it up. also, i think it would be a super easy pattern for me to size up or down.

e's sweater

Friday, April 15, 2011

Finishing Up With Winter

spring is finally here. i swear this has been the longest. most depressing winter. i have had way too much going on and unfortunately that left me with very little time to do all the crafty things that i love and that make me happy. here are two projects i can share - not the most glamourous but finished! - just click on the names to go to ravelry.

swans island sweater
swans island sweater
yarn: swan's island organic merino in worsted weight
needles: #7 circular
pattern: auburn top from new england knits

i didn't make any real modifications to this except to make it a little longer. the sweater is just ok but the yarn was a delight to knit with. definitely worth the large price tag :)

mom's coat
detail mom's coat
detail mom's coat
yarn: rowan felted tween aran
needles: #7 straight
pattern: audrey coat from blue sky alpacas

the major mod i made was to use a much thicker tweedy yarn. when i saw this pattern i thought it called for a tweed. i hate to say bad things about patterns and there was nothing "wrong" with this one but god was it boring! i had been working on it off and on for a year and i am so glad to be done! was originally planning on making one of these for myself as well but not anymore - so glad i didn't buy all the yarn.

the best news right now in my life is i have decided to step down as pta president from my son's school. it was making me so unhappy and i feel it left me in a way worse position to actually help out there and make a real difference. i am looking forward to this summer and then coming back in the fall. i can volunteer for only the events i want to be involved with and have a lot more time to do the stuff that puts a smile on my face and take care of my family.
i am working on a bunch of projects right now that i am actually excited about - a quilt, a knit dress for myself and i have an idea for a sweater design for my daughter.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lace Jacket

i just love knitting lace - it is never boring and always comes out looking beautiful. now that i have very little knitting time (i volunteered to be co-president of the pta at my son's school... ugh...), it is very important that i actually enjoy what i am knitting and the end result. this was the perfect project for this.

lace jacket detail
pattern: #13 lace jacket from vogue knitting, fall 2010
yarn: malabrigo lace, verde adriana, 2 1/2 skeins
needles: #5 circular

i didn't make any modification. no time to think about things... but i didn't need to - i think it came out great! i did use the magic loop method instead of lots of different circulars and double pointed needles. the only real comment i have is the sleeves are really tight!
lace jacket front
lace jacket back

i am having a problem figuring out what to make next. for now, i am continuing to work on a coat for my mother - i have been knitting a piece of it in between each project forever. i did purchase a bunch of swan's island yarn in a orangey color yesterday at brooklyn general - i think it will inspire me.