Sunday, May 18, 2014

DIY - MK - Valentino striped sweater

For the love of stripes... and Valentino.


top: M'ODA'OPERANDI
I love stripes, and tried a swatch some days ago with red, cream and blue cotton, and worked on the measurements and pattern. 

The stripes are:
2 rows RED
8 rows CREAM
2 rows RED
8 rows NAVY
...and repeat

swatch sample with 2/50 cotton in 8 strands
This is the charted pattern in cm and inches.
It's a very easy, basic patten, which would be easy to handknit as well.
The only challenge is to keep the stripes count right while doing the increasings
and the short rows for the shoulders.

Here it is, all spread out.


Detail of the shoulders. I love the "V" shape that the stripes form on the shoulders.
I should have closed the stitches on the shoulders, rather than keeping the needles on hold position: the result is that I have the "bumps" in correspondence of the wrap around the needle. Nothing like making mistakes to learn better ! 
 
xox, d.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIY - MK: late mother's day sweater

I finally mastered the perfect fitted sweater!

This is my mother's day - two days after - present.

It's a 3/4 sleeve, fitted sweater.


Here some details: the bubble borders on sleeves, bottom and neckline.



For the neckline, I casted on 196 stitches and worked the bubble edge,
finishing with two rows of stockinette rather than one,
and few rows with waste yarn. I then sew the open stitches with a back-stitch.

The bubble border is a variation of the scalloped edge on Knit it Now, but I casted on my stitches on full double bed, and worked tubular for 10 rows before putting the needles in hold position. The result is quite different, so I obtained a bubble rather than a scallop.


By doing short rows, I created a dart in the bust so that the fit came out, quite frankly, ... perfect.


This is my chart and pattern  with measures in rows/stitches and centimeters.
It's a size XS, my mom is tiny.

I used the same yarn (2/50 - 6 strands) that I used for my blue/cream sweater, so I had the gauge ready.



xox, d.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

DIY yarn organization: repurposed old fridge

I was told to go on a HIGH FIBER DIET


Few weeks ago, we changed our refrigerator, but I love my small retro SMEG so much that I didn't want to get rid of it.

The bigger version isn't as good looking as the smaller one.
But I can go two weeks without going to the grocery store now! so it's a winner !

I love my small refrigerator so much, but it was just too-small.
So downstairs it went to my craft room.
...and got a new life.
My yarn stash is now happy, secure, dust free and all in one place!

First, I cleaned the refrigerator with a strong detergent, Then I dried it out completely and left it open with plenty of open boxes of baking soda in it for a good 40-45 days.
This morning I checked and there was no trace of a single smell. 
I packed my yarn placing at the base of several cones some lavander bags (that I made using lavender from my bushes) and now it's all done!





think outside the "box" :)

xox, d.
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Monday, May 5, 2014

DIY: 17 free knitting patterns roundup

As mentioned before, I'm closing my Facebook page, but I'll be still on Facebook, and if you'd like to follow, you can do it HERE... please do!





Today's roundup is about free knitting patterns that I shared over time. 
There are tons of knitting patterns out there, but these are actually saved on my downloads and printed, because I really really like them.

sweaters

http://www.twistedangle.co.uk/help-grade-your-knitting-patterns/
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/caramel-2
http://blog.woolandthegang.com/post/69084518473/xmas-jumper-pattern
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/3/17/lauras-loop-the-sweatshirt-sweater.html
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/stehkragen-rolli-im-stil-von-akris
(this is free, but you have to send an email to receive it)
http://www.schoolhousepress.com/bowknotsweater.htm
... don't skip this last one! it's Elsa Schiapparelli's famous bow knot sweater!!

short sleeves

http://archive.berroco.com/exclusives/wright/wright.html
https://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/90048AD.html

afghans

cowls

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/duotone-cowl
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2013/8/25/lauras-loop-ombre-cowl.html

random

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bluebird-of-happiness-2
http://www.jujubeandlolo.com/patterns/hearttattoo.php
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L30273.html
http://knittingfever.com/pattern/free-cashmerino-baby-us-flag/
http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/The_Parlor_Cat_Pattern__D55523220.html

(ok, honestly ... I didn't print this last out!! LOL!)
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/seamless-willie-warmer

So check them out and add them to your to-do-list!

xox, d.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

DIY - MK - cotton sweater with square-striped-yoke

Another sweater, and more stripes, too. 
Vaguely inspired by Seen by Chloe 



This is the sweater that I just finished on my knitting machine. Washed, pressed and ready to wear!
Inspiration comes from this Seen by Chloe sweater, but I didn't want the "bib" effect.
Seen by Chloe sweater here

detail of the seams - all done by hand, so not perfect. 

swatch sample:

I used 6 strands of 2/50 cotton in denim blue and ivory - same used for the intarsia coral sweater and my mom's pillow covers
I have so much of this cotton that I need to figure out what to make with it!




I always use the double zig-zag cast on explained in Diana Sullivan's video called "the broken toe cast on" .



pattern:

This sweater is made out of 8 parts: front, back, the sleeves and the yoke.
The yoke is made out of 4 parts, sewn together at the sides to make the mitered corners which make the square neckline.
The sweater measures are following (sweater flat, not stretched)
BODY:
LENGHT - cm 64 - 25-3/8"
WIDTH - cm 49 - 19-1/4"
SLEEVES:
LENGHT - cm 49.5 - 19-1/2"
WRIST WIDTH - cm 16 - 13-3/4
MAX WIDTH - cm 34 - 6-5/8
And here the template translated in rows and stitches:



xox, d.
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