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

The edges are knit just like the whole dress in 2/2 industrial rib (tension 2.* and ribber lever to I) then:
1- pull all the needles in working position on both beds, dial the tension down to 0.** (on both beds) - knit 1 row
2- set the tension on both carriages on 2.*
3- pull up both the ribber's cam levers to PR position and knit 6 rows
4- change the K carriage's tension to 3 and knit 1 row
5- pull down the ribber cam levers to N position and push both PART buttons on the K carriage and knit 6 rows
6- change the ribber's tension to 3 and knit 1 row - break yarn (leaving about 6 lengths of yarn so you can use it for grafting on the machine later)
7- dial tension on both carriages at a slighter loser tension (3.**) and repeat the operation 3 with waste yarn, leave a slack tail of yarn and repeat operation 4 with waste yarn, then take off the machine.

#1 - with the right side of the edge facing you, re-hang
the part of the open edge facing the  machine 

#2 remove the waste yarn (only on the  side that is back on the needles!)
#3 - with the public side facing you, and with the garment on
the machine bed, hang the side of the garment on the
needles, paying attention to pick the edge on a straight line

#4 - now re-hang the other side of the open edge on the needles 

#5 - manually knit 1 row, being careful to close the needles and
that the yarn will go through all three layers

#6 - now pull the garment down and will look like this
#7 - bind off (I use the latch tool around the pegs bind off,
since it's regular and not tight)
done! this is how it looks like from the bottom of the machine
(which is the public side)

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