Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Rodarte - shortcuts

If you want the look of the Rodarte metal motif sweater...

without all the pain.




Before starting to make all my squares with the double pointed needles, I attempted to crochet them.
I made several trials, and this is the pattern for the one that had the right dimensions.

Crocheted squares are much faster to make than the DPN ones, but the center was not perfectly round (it gets a bit "square-ish") and I just wanted that perfect look.

The connecting work with the jumprings will still need to be done, but that will take "only" about 3 - 4 hours.
Go to the detailed instructions here!
For a 48 squares configuration, you'll need:
432 jump rings / 7 mm diam
180 jump rings / 4mm diam

crocheted squares 3x3 inches with 1" diameter whole in the middle



crochet hook # 4.5
merino wool 

CH = chain stitch
SS = slip stitch
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet
TC = triple crochet

13 CH
close in circle in a SS
1st row: 1 CH (will serve as the first SC),  19 SC in the center

2nd row: 3 CH( will serve as first DC.),  3 DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC,1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC,1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 4DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, connect to the beginning with a SS
3rd row: 3 CH, 5DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 8DC, 1DC, 1CH, 1TC, 1CH, 1 DC, 2DC, connect to the beginning with a SS

4th row: 1CH, 7SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 12 SC, 1SC, 1CH, 1DC, 1CH, 1SC, 4SC, connect to the beginning with a SS

Even shorter shortcut: no-knit-no-hook, just-felt 


Get some nice Red Wool Felt (you'll need three squares) or if you have an old sweater that could be felted use that (instructions for felting here), and cut your squares following the pattern.
The hole in the middle is just like a quarter dollar coin.
Then, use a large needle to pierce the spots where you'll need to connect the jumprings, and get to work!

xox, d.


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

DIY Rodarte metal motif sweater

Obsessed since I fist saw it with Rodarte's summer knit.

This sweater should have been called : "ODE TO REPETITIONS".


I made mine using Merino wool, and revamping a black cropped sweater.

left: moda operandi - collage by moi

left: accessoriesmagazine.com- collage by moi

Making the squares: photo pattern

To be exact.... 48 of them (Original sweater has 40, but I had to adjust with an extra row front and back because of the width of my black sweater)

You will need: 150 gr. of wool - and  size 5.5 mm (9 US) double pointed needles
(don't be intimidated by the DPN - 
This was my first time using them, and it's really not that bad. 
Although, at some point you wish you could be an octopus)












CDI stay for CENTRAL DOUBLE INCREASE:
if you have no idea how to make it... here's a video tutorial:

weave in the ends 

Weave in the ends to make your square looks seamless... all 96 tails of them.


outer tail:
1* Use a wool needle, and wrap the yarn of the last stitch around the chain of the first stitch of the row
2* Then pass the yarn inside the last stitch
3* Pul just enough, you'll see just like another stitch that fills the gap
4* Weave in the end

inner tail:
5* The inside part of the square is round and the two parts where the DPN meets in the first row are slightly more apart than the rest of the stitches.
6* Weave the yarn around the two stitches (first stitch of the row and last one)
7* Weave the yarn back into the same stitches
8* Weave in the end diagonally
9* Cut the ends


then: blocking - remember: a hot steam iron is the the knitter's best friend.


connecting the squares:



To connect all these squares, I used 612 (sixhundredandtwelve) jumprings... you're going to be so sick of this sweater once you're done, I promise you! (but this feeling didn't last, because once I put it on... I really want to keep it on for one month in a row!)

two sets of pliers



there are 3 sets of jumprings that connect vertically, and one set that connect horizontally (inus the top and bottom squares that are connected also at the edges)

Open the 7mm jumpring sideways, slip it into the first stitch in the corner, then place a 4 mm jumpring in it and close it.
Repeat on the same side of the square on the 6th stitch and on the other corner.

Then connect the next square with 7 mm jumprings.
Continue until you've reached the 6 columns x 4 rows that will make the center of the sweater.




I separated the middle part of my cropped black sweater one stitch at the time (just 1/2" under the armholes and the waistband) so I would have a perfect straight line.
To finish the edges, I used the smallest crochet needle in my stash and crocheted in every stitch a single crochet. (because it's black, and because it's a thins sweater, did it all under my magnify lamp)




Now, once all the squares are connected in two panels of 6x4, it's time to connect them onto the sweater.
I used a  white mark-B-Gone marker to mark where the jumprings would have to be placed, and went all around on top and bottom of the squares.

Last, I connected the two sides with the jumprings... And it's finally finished!


and this is the "fast forward" .gif version :)



xox, d.



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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DIY sweatshirt refashion with lace

I'm in sweatshirt mode!

I have this BIG BOX of old clothes of all sort that need work.
This old sweatshirt was boxy, with an ugly design on the front and (last but not least) 
two huge stains.




Lace on a sweatshirt is the perfect combo for a tomboy-sweet style, and there are so many options, from lace on the back, on front, sleeves, or in patches: you can't go wrong with it.

top pic: polyvore - collage by moi

DIY your lace front sweatshirt: supplies


* A sweatshirt (stains are optional)
* a piece of lace fabric of the size of the front of your sweatshirt (I bought just a bit more than half yard and still have plenty)
* a Seam Ripper
* ruler and a water soluble marker (Dritz Mark B Gone Combo Pack)
* scissors, pins and thread of the color of your sweatshirt
* sewing machine
Twin Needles Size 80 - 3.0mm (for the topstitching)


DIY lace front sweatshirt: the how-to / tutorial

The how-to for this refashion is pretty straight-forward, but as often happens with jersey knits or sweatshirt fabric, you never know what you're going to find once you rip off these seams. 
...This was no exception.
I planned to rip off only the front and sew it back on, and ended up taking all the pieces apart, re-sizing the whole shirt. 
Still made it in few hours. 

rip the seams of the sweatshirt and use the front as your template on your lace.
Eventually mark new lines.

Fold the lace in half to make sure that is symmetrical and cut  the lace accordingly .

Fold the back of the sweatshirt in half and trace the new edge line  - if needed 

place the right side of the lace lace on top of the right side of the back of the sweatshirt
and pin the shoulder and the sides:
proceed to sew the shoulders first and then the sides - cut the excess lace
 

sleeves were very boxy, so I removed and gave them a straight, not twisted seam seam:
just measure the armholes and keep that measure for the top of the sleeves
and keep the wristbands as measure for the wrists.

with the extra (not stained) fabric from the front, cut a triangle to go on the neck 

bast the triangle and the neck band in place

and sew it all using the twin needles 

same for the wrists and the waistband

At this point, it could be complete... and my "new" sweatshirt was looking like this:


Which was totally fine.
But I like to make my life complicated.
And decided to add a little texture to the white lace, by weaving some wool into the lace to enhance the paisley pattern.
This also gives a little extra warm to the sweatshirt (ok, very little).


... And there it is, at the final stage!
The "embroidered" part took me about two hours. But I think it looks so much better!


and here a closeup at the paisley:



xox, d.

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