Wednesday, July 31, 2019

stripes and leftovers, and a dress, too.

old yarn,  new dress 

This dress is the result of a lot of leftovers from previous projects with the same kind of yarn - 2/20 50% linen /50% cotton.

I didn't have enough yarn to make a single color garment, but it's amazing what small quantities on 10 different colors can do!  Never underestimate the power of your stash!

Stripes are my best pick at stash-busting.

There are several stripe generators online, some of which let you even select how many rows you want to have as minimum, and the quantity in % of each color to use, but I decided to not do random, but to have a selection of pattern repeats that would please my eye.

I used to make my patterns in Excel, but now I'm more used to Gimp, so after swatching my yarn, and calculate the number of rows that I needed for my dress, I started playing with colors... after many changes, my final decision was this one!
All these yarn in small cones are 2/20  cotton/linen,  I
added a thread of clear monofilament to give it a little sparkle
Work In Progress! 
my gimp image with the color palette at the bottom

After knitting the front and the back of the dress, there is the finishing part, which is equally important: matching the stripes is key, and a good looking edge around the armholes and the neckline will make the garment stand out.
I sewed the sides with mattress stitch, for a perfect match of the stripes

sleeves and neckline edges - tutorial

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

handmanipulated stitches for a different take on chevron

self-striping yarn gives the best results (IMO) when used in a stitches that vreates movement, such as a ripple or a zig-zag.
this yarn was purchased at Lia Gallo 

this is why I wanted to make a simple boxy sweater out of this cotton yarn with my favorite colors!

from my Instagram

As you can see from the picture in detail, the columns of stitches aren't all the same size, and this is what gives movement to the pattern.

from my Instagram

I'm sure this can be created with the electronics machines, but ...
a- I'm not a lace card wizzard
b- the number of passes of the lace carriages would be insanity...
c-... I love a good OHM moment and use my transfer tools!

here's the video tutorial on how to make this stitch:

If you love zigzag and chevron ... I made a whole pinterest board dedicated to it!

have fun!
xox, d.

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