Posts Tagged 'cotton'

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

We’re supposed to get 2 inches today.  Of rain, that is.  Maybe I can get 2 inches of knitting to go with it?  Let’s see!

I intend for this to be a little bit loose so I can wear it over a tank or tee.  This is just after joining the second ball of yarn (about 4.5 inches).  Do the eyelets look like butterflies? OK, it takes some imagination!

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Well, I actually described how to make this  in a post of two years ago.  But it’s one of the most-liked projects I’ve posted on Ravelry, so I thought I’d put it into PDF.

It’s called Summer Love.  Check out my Free Patterns page for the details!

Out of the Haze

Finished at last!  This will look nice under a jacket (air conditioning, you know).  I’m pleased with the fit, since I reduced it a LOT from the pattern (believed my own gauge and glad I did!).

Here’s the summary:

Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton (organic worsted weight) in the Haze Heather colorway.

Needles: US #6

Pattern: Summer Tee Top by Claudia Olson (you’ll need a Ravelry login for the link).

I deviated from the pattern in the following ways:

– I reduced the cast-on by 28 stitches in order to get 36″ using my gauge.  Others on Ravelry noted that their tops came out on the large side which gave me the confidence to go with such a big modification!

– When it came time to bind off for the arms, I shifted the bound-off stitches to the center of the underarm (3 on either side of the marker).

– I struggled a little with following the directions for shaping AND keeping in pattern.  I ended up following them in spirit and doing what I thought was sensible to keep the stitch pattern tidy.

– The directions didn’t spell it out, but when the sleeves get to their final width of 16 stitches, there will only be half of the stitch pattern left (for me, it was the YO K1 YO part).  I added a K1 SSK at the beginning and a K2TOG K1 at the end of the pattern row (makes up for the lost double-decrease and keeps the fabric straight).

This was the first time I had occasion to try a 3-needle bind-off.  What a nice tidy way to finish!  Much better than sewing a seam.  Indeed, it allows me to say that this top is totally seamless.

I’m already scheming out the next one, stay tuned.

Lilac Attack

Once again, work has gotten in the way of important knitting!  Oh well, work is fun too.

There has been time for knitting, but not at the pace I would like.  Here’s the status of my Lilac Haze Tee:

I should have the back finished tomorrow … maybe the front will be finished by next weekend?

I spent a lot of time knitting, ripping and knitting the row which transitions from knitting in the round to knitting flat.  Frankly, I couldn’t (can’t) see how the pattern would work as it’s written.  I found a way to proceed, more on that in the final notes.

Interesting challenge ahead: 3-needle bind-off.  That’s gonna be a new one for me.  I look forward to it!

Lilac Haze

This latest project is made from organic cotton … Simply Cotton in the Haze Heather colorway (organic cotton from Knit Picks).  The pattern is “Summer Tee Top” by Claudia Olson, a free download on Ravelry.  After getting gauge, I reduced the CO by 28 stitches.  I don’t know if this will result in the desired 36″ size and just the right amount of negative ease … or another gift for someone else (wah! I want to wear it myself!).  Anyway, the suspense will keep me knitting, ha ha!

I actually have completed both the tweed sweater and the fuzzy scarf … EXCEPT for the finishing steps.  A tiny bit of weaving in will finish the sweater and all I have to do is bind off the scarf.  For some reason, I don’t want to take them off the needles.  Maybe I’m just not interested in wool and mohair now that the snowdrops and witch hazel are blooming!

Busy Lady

Whew, change your career and your blog kinda goes out the window!

I’m loving my new focus on teaching English as a Second Language, but it most definitely has taken away from my knitting time … especially the time I used to take to report on my knitting activity here!

In June, I started a cotton sweater (CECE) and I’m looking forward to finishing it soon.  I don’t have a lot of pictures, but I’ve done the body and both sleeves and I’ve connected them together.  A bit of raglan reduction and some finishing and we’re done!  I look forward to having this sweater to fend off the over-air-conditioned breezes of indoors in summer!

I promise to post some pictures as soon as I have time …

FO: Butterfly Dishcloth and More …

Here is a sweet little dishcloth called “Lacy Butteryfly” that I made in two days last week.  After finishing the Soleil camisole, I realized that I need to learn more about crochet edging. Hmmmm, an easy way to get edges?  Make a dishcloth!

I dropped the seed stitch borders that came with this pattern in order to try a chain stitch picot edging.  It went pretty well, but I think I still have some learning to do … this edging buckles a little. 

So, what a happy coincidence it was that I ran into the “Harmony Guide: Crochet Edging and Trims” for $11.97 at www.knitpicks.com.  I guess it will arrive next week (with some sock yarn … hey, what can I say?) and maybe it will help.  I may rip the edging on this and try again after I get the book … and I have a cute dragonfly dishcloth by Nicole Randome (available as a Ravelry download)  lined up to go with this one sooner or later!

In the meantime, I’m working on the Coin Cable Raglan Pullover and expect to get it off the needles pretty soon … and scheming about what will come next!!!  Heck, the planning is half the fun, ha ha !


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