Sunday, October 29, 2006

Wrap Progress

I've been making decent progress on Lady Elenor. I love watching the color change from square to square.


Kureyon is fairly scratchy and started to bother my hands, so I began Cozy in buttery-soft Knitpicks Andean Silk. It is a late birthday present for my college roommate, who has been going through a rough patch recently.

I am totally in love with the yarn and the pattern. I started at like 10pm on Friday, and I'm already this far along.


That's pretty good progress. I really like the lace pattern. It is easy to memorize, but it looks really cool.

The actual color of the yarn is somewhere between the two pictures. It is sooooo soft though, I can't get over it. I think I'll have to make one for myself, and probably for my mother-in-law.

Friday, October 20, 2006

I love fall

Fall is probably my favorite season. The weather is perfect for me, and the colors are gorgeous. I'm not normally a huge fan of red and orange, but in the fall I can't get enough.

I've been wandering around Boston and Cambridge taking pictures of everything. I think people think I'm a bit... off. That's fine. Maybe I am.

I started the Lady Elenor Stole from Scarf Style right after I finished Glasgow Lace. I'm using the same yarn I used for my Chevron Bag because I fell so deeply in love with the colorway. This is my first foray into entrelac, and my first experience knitting backwards. It is really easy to keep track of your progress because you can count the little squares, which is great for me right now. I had a really busy week at work, but I managed to go from this

to this.

The green matches my winter coat, and I think it'll look pretty darn sharp when its done.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

And my celebrity look-alike is...



Ricki Lake. That's fair.

I heard about this through the Knittyboard. You should try it, its a hoot!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Glasgow Lace


Pattern: Glasgow Lace by Sharon Shoji, Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.

Yarn: Jo Sharp DK wool, color 912, “Brocade,” 9 skeins

Dates: August 5, 2006 to October 11, 2006 (on and off - actual knitting took a month, but it took another month to bring myself to finish the seaming)

Size: 43” bust

Modifications: Added 1x1 ribbing to bottom hem and cuffs, made neckband go all the way around, added waist shaping.

New skills: All-over lace, tubular cast-on, sewn bind-off.

Notes: I really enjoyed this pattern. The lace is easy to memorize, and I think it looks nice. Here is a detail shot.


When this pattern came out there were a lot of nay-sayers. It doesn’t look all that flattering in the magazine, because it makes the model look thicker around the waist than she actually is. If I can say so myself, my version looks a lot better on me than the original would have. They key is waist shaping and ribbing along the bottom, which gives the whole torso more definition.

I did a tubular cast-on, and worked 1x1 ribbing for one inch. Then I began working in pattern, but every 6th row I decreased a stitch on each side, until I had lost one full pattern repeat (12 stitches) each side. I worked even for 6 rows, then began increasing every 6th row until I was back to the original number. The color in this picture is a bit off, but it gives you an idea of how the shaping works with the pattern.


This picture of the front and back blocking should give you an idea of how far the waist comes in.



I though that the neckband sounded weird, so I did it all the way around. The pattern just says to bind off, but I think that a sewn bind-off/Kitchener bind-off gives it a nice professional look.

I would definitely recommend this pattern, with one caveat. If you have a waist and you want to show it, please add waist shaping!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Chevron Bag - Free Pattern


Hi guys,
I am pretty pleased with the simple little felted bag pattern that I worked out. It took like 4 evenings to make, and I think it would be a fun quick gift, or an instant-gratification project for yourself. It isn't quite Knitty caliber, obviously, but I hope you enjoy it. If you have any comments or suggestions I would love to hear them, please send them to emilee114@gmail.com



CHEVRON BAG

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Before Felting:
Width: 11 inches
Height: 12 inches (measured from center of chevron)
Strap: 24 inches long

After Felting:
Width: 10 inches
Height: 10.5 inches (measured from center of chevron)
Strap: 23 inches long

MATERIALS
Noro Kureyon [100% wool; 109yd/100m per 50g skein]; Color: #188; 3 skeins
1 24-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
Stitch markers (preferably in different colors)
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
17 sts /25 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

PATTERN NOTES
You will use stitch markers to denote the beginning and midpoint of the round, as well as two increase “seams” at one quarter and three quarters of the way around. They are labeled A for the beginning, B for the first set of increases, C for the midpoint of the round, and D for the second set of increases. The pattern will be easier to follow if you use markers that you can easily tell apart.

Chevron Pattern:
Round 1: K 2, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker B, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker C, K2tog, K4, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker D, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker A, K2tog K2.

Round 2: Knit even

PATTERN
Bag Body
Cast on 128 stitches. Join to work in the round, ensuring that the stitches are not twisted around the needle.

Place marker A for the beginning of round, K 32 stitches and place marker B for the first increase “seam,” K 32 stitches and place marker C for the midpoint of the round, K 32 stitches and place marker D for the other increase “seam” and K to end.

Purl one round.

K 2, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker B, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker C, K2tog, K4, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker D, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker A, K2tog K2.

Purl one round.

K 2, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker B, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker C, K2tog, K4, SSK. K to 1 stitch before marker D, M1, K2, M1. K to 4 stitches before marker A, K2tog K2.

Knit one round.

Repeat these two rounds for the chevron pattern until piece measures 8 inches from cast-on edge. Be sure to measure along one of the increase or decrease seams so that you are not measuring diagonally across columns of stitches. End on a knit even round.

To shape bottom
K2, SSK. Do not make increases at marker B, K to 4 stitches before marker C, K2tog, K4, SSK. Do not make increases at marker D, K to 4 stitches before marker A, K2tog, K2.

Knit even one round

Work these two rounds five more times (104 st)

K2, SSK. K to 4 stitches before marker C, K2tog, K4, SSK. K to 4 stitches before marker A, K2tog, K2.

Work this round 5 more times (80 st).

Final round: SSK, SSK, K to 4 stitches before marker C, k2tog, k2tog, SSK, SSK, K to 4 stitches before marker A, k2tog, k2tog.

Turn work inside-out, and close the bottom with a three-needle bind off.

Strap
CO 90 stitches and knit 12 rows. Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew strap ends to the inside of the bag, at the points where markers A and C had been. Be sure to allow at least an inch of overlap for a secure bond.

Felt and go! Here it is in action.



I hope you enjoy it!