Saturday, April 19, 2014

DIY intarsia coral sweater

I made it! 

Intarsia on my knitting machine, and it's a coral brach 

(of course)

I love intarsia knits  and if you read this blog for a while, you know I have a big crash for anything CORAL.

So, once I got out of the box my intarsia carriage, the first thing that I wanted to make was a coral branch sweater.

This is how it turned out... I'm so happy!
displayed with my DIY coral necklace. 

here my inspiration and process: 

top left photo: Risto coral intarsia sweater - SS2013 -
top center photo: Alessi Mediterraneo fruit holder
top right photo: my drawing on the iPad
bottom photos: my sketches and the final intarsia sweater
The sweater is made of cotton, in ivory and red.
It's a boxy shaped, with a rather wide crew-neck, medium-light weight, perfect for summer.

I wanted to have a larger branch on the front and a smaller one on the back.

I draw the coral branch all in one piece, and traced a red line in the pattern where the brach would be split between the front and back of the sweater, this way I could keep a balance within the design.
The last row both in the front and in the back has the exact number of stitches in the red cotton, so that the color work matches at the shoulder join.

my drawing on the ipad
I used the pattern generator on stitchboard,
then I had to modify it to make it the exact
number of rows of my sweater
the intarsia process isn't exactly relaxing: I used a ruler
to keep track of my work on the pattern
and at some points I was working with 8 different cones. 
Neck and bottom were handknitted in a 1:1 ribs with 2mm needles,
with the last 4 rows in stockinette to make the "curl"
It took me an entire morning to weave the ends. 
Detail on the sleeve: I made it slightly larger, to create a small fold at the top.

needless to say: I'm quite proud of my first machine knitted intarsia! 
It was a lot of work, but totally worthy!

xox, d.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIY - how to make a knitting pattern using Excel

... Because I don't have a knitting software

...perche' non ho un programma per la maglieria

I already mentioned here that I use Excel to simplify my life while planning for a machine knitted garment.
For necklines, for planning motifs, for stripes.
Ne ho gia' parlato qui che uso Excel per semplificarmi la vita quando devo pianificare un lavoro fatto a macchina.
Lo uso per gli scolli, per pianificare dei motivi, per le righe.

Last week I took on a different, rather more difficult challenge: I wanted to make a sweater that was in my mind, with an asymmetrical odd shape, that wouldn't look like a potato sack once worn.
La scorsa settimana ho voluto fare qualcosa di un po' piu' impegnativo: ho voluto fare una maglia che avevo in mente, con una forma strana asimmetrica, ma che nello stesso tempo non sembrasse un sacco di patate quando indossata.

Friday, March 21, 2014

DIY machine knitted pillow covers

owning a knitting machine means 

that everything around you suddenly should be knitted

So when my mom asked me to make her some pillow covers, I didn't even blink. 

I made these 4 pillows using a very thin cotton yarn (2/50 - used in 6 ply) passing the yarn through the paraffin 3 times. 

The finished pillows measure 42 x 42 cm (16-1/2 x 16-1/2 inches)

...and here they are, in action!

machine knitted pillow tutorial:

these are the two punchcards
I turned the two screws on the back of the carriage
so that the side stitches were making the edges 
once I all the 365 rows were done, 
I did few rows  with scrap yarn and closed the last edge with the crochet hook
The soft part of the velcro is on the crocheted bind off edge,
while the rough part onto the ribbed part with the tubular edge.
Because the tubular part will be the one on the top once closed,
I placed the velcro strip at 1/4" from the tubular, so that it wouldn't be
visible once the pillow cover is closed.
Since the velcro has been machine knitted on the edges,
close the velcro strips with the pillow cover inside-out

Place the opening (while firmly closed with the velcro) in the center  of the
pillow cover, and pin (and sew) the sides.

 ... and what I didn't plan right...

(or what it went wrong...)

I did the 13 rows of ribbing thinking of the width of the velcro  strip.
Once I pinned the velcro, the strip was becoming visible from the edge,
so I placed it about 1/4" farther inside the edge.
Unfortunately, now the seam of the inside part is quite visible since it's on the jacquard motif.
...but it is ON THE BACK SIDE.
Anyway: a happy mom... PRICELESS.


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