Thursday, November 26, 2015

DIY : all in one scarf

scarf + shoulders wrap + sleeves + fingerless gloves

Cold no more!

I knitted one of these long time ago, and ended up frogging it because it just didn't fit right.
and from the comments on Facebook, I guess that I wasn't  the only one being frustrated at this!

I liked the fit and look of 'be my baby' from wool and the gang, although I didn't want just a ribbed version.
There are several patterns for achieving the look, some are free too, like the Relay from Berroco on Raverly.
Well, as usual, I decided to go on my own and make it up as I went.

The stitch I used for the body of the scarf is a very pretty, reversible, stitch that gives a nice stretch and texture, and reminds me of a chainmaille. It's a very repetitive stitch, worked the same way on right and wrong side. 
I used a thin lambswool yarn that I'd purchased for machine knitting, a title 2/17 yarn, in two strands, that gives a fingering weight yarn, and used 4.5mm (US7) needles - so a much larger size of needles for what the yarn would require.

all in one scarf pattern/recipe

This is more of a recipe rather than a pattern, since my way of making it fit was to try it on an pin it on a long-sleeves t-shirt to make sure the length was right.
I am putting my measurements, but need to be fit on a person's size!

CAST ON - multiple of 3 st. + 2 selvedges (selvedges worked as follow: pass 1st stitch as to knit, without knitting, and knit the last stitch of every row) - I casted on 89 stitches for mine on a provisional cast on.

1st row - knit
2nd row and on: SELVEDGE *YO - SL1 - K2TOGTBL* SELVEDGE 
(I knitted with the pattern until I reached 139cm / 55" length)
last row: knit

Once I was happy with the measurement of the body of the scarf, I machine-knit the sleeves (just an act of lazyness eheh).
the sleeves are just 1:1 rib , 33 cm (13") long.

cast on - 59 stitches, 
knit without increases for 67 rows
then increase 1 stitch/needle on each side every 8 rows for 12 times.
cast off on waste yarn at row 168

The total number of stitches of the sleeves will be 83.
I then placed the sleeves on thin knitting needles, and bound off with the three needles technique attaching the sleeves to the body of the scarf, bounding off k2tog on the body 's side 6 stitches at equally distance.

Sew up the sleeves, leaving the opening (about 3 cm - 1-1/4") for the thumbs, and 15cm (6") of the body of the scarf - again, this is based on my figure, so try on the scarf once just the sleeves are sew together, and decide how much need to be sewn.

... and happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Machine Knitting: striped twin set

a machine knit inspired by a hand-knit pattern

This twin set that I just finished last night has been inspired by "Caramel", a top-down, hand-knit cardigan pattern that is on my Raverly forever.

Then, few weeks ago, somebody on a knitting group on Facebook, posted about it and my mind got spinning to try to adapt the pattern achieving something similar in a much thinner yarn, and worked my way backward. 

From the same pattern, I loved the random stripes in "lemon bars"  (but: a- I look awful in yellow and b- I had plenty of turquoise and ...c- shades of blue are my favorite colors) so I decided to use my favorite method - Excel - to trace the stripes according to my gauge and make the row counts and all I needed to make myself ready on my machine and knit, and change color, and knit till I was done. 

(file includes all increases/ decreases for both cardigan and shell)

The cardigan is a raglan-sleeve pattern, with the two front parts that don't have any neckline shaping, this gives the nice flowing lines 
My numbers are based on my yarn and gauge -
yarn is 2/30 used in two strands (cashwool/turquoise, lambswool/light grey, merinos/dark grey)
(I'm a size Small)
GAUGE: measured on stockinette stitch on my Brother KH860 knitting machine, on tension 3.**
50 st = 12.7 cm // 5"
50 rows = 9.9 cm // 3-7/8"

the shell's armholes (and the cardigan fronts' edges) have been lined with a small, 11 stitches wide, stockinette strip that has been sewn onto the edges, then rolled over (so would hide all the tails created by the stripes) and secure on the wrong side with an invisible stitch.

while the cardigan is boxy, the shell is fitted with decreases on the hips
and increases from the waist up 

...and here I am... with and without!

Wore it today already!
hope you'll like it and find the instructions easy to follow :)

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

DIY: turn a quote into a knitting pattern

want to knit a statement sweater with your favorite quote?

...Fear no more: there are several tools that let you do that.

I decided to make one of my favorite quotes "PARDON MY FRENCH" into a knitted sweater.
...because I "french" a lot, and because {real} life will take me to France more and more. (and my "real French" is rather rusty).

... so: here it is!

how to make a knittable (and machine knittable) pattern in few easy steps:

I wrote my quote using Word, then saved it into a PDF file, and use Picasa to "flip" the image in order to make the pattern suitable for machine knitting.
For a hand-knitting pattern, there's no need of the "flip".

Then use a free online generator, to convert my .JPEG file it into a pattern:
make sure to follow the steps and check how many stitches wide you want your pattern to be... check your gauge swatch!

The pattern from the online generator worked out perfectly for the italic font, but I had to modify manually some letters of the "pardon my" part (using the Excel method)
You can download both files here: 

PARDON MY - chart

FRENCH - chart

 ... And then gather all your patience and knit!
This is an intarsia project which I had HIGLY underestimated... and made me "frenching" quite a bit at some points... but totally worth it!

Life is too short to wear boring clothes!!

xox, d.
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

intarsia knitting: the TV monoscope

I remember being almost hypnotized by  

the "no signal" TV screen 

... oh, the 80's!

So well, I decided to turn this "oldies but goodies" into a sweater.

I made my own chart, using Excel (see the how-to here) - I tried different kinds of generators, but at the end I went back to Excel to make it exactly like I wanted.
The advantage of this is that the cells can be modified to the exact size of the knit, matching exactly the stitch gauge.
The disadvantage is that... well it's time consuming.
top left picture is a free stock image found here - collage and everything else by moi
the vertical lines were embroidered in "knit stitch"
the "no signal" and the "xox" letters embroidered in back stitch
up to 15 cones... intarsia madness indeed!

weaving the ends... lots of them! from my instagram feed

I made the chart in color version (pictured above) that can be used for hand-knitters,
and a B/W version with just the name of the colors 

also placed in reverse orders for machine knitting


HERE for the machine knitting version and HERE for the hand-knit version 

The sweater is made of 100% 2/30 merino wool used in 3 strands, on my Brother knitting machine with stockinette stitch on tension 6.
Bottom edge, wrists, and collar are knitted in tubular in black 2/14 merino wool, on tension 2**.
Gauge on stockinette is: 32 st and 46 R in 10cm / 4"

xox, d.

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