Sunday, April 27, 2008

Marina - Leaves Top

Over the weekend I have knitted the Marina - Leaves Top for my eldest daughter. Below you can see some pictures. It is worked in Caron's Simply Soft (great inexpensive and washable/dryable yarn - great for kids) . It was a quick knit (about 7 hours for this size). It's worked in round; it's a seamless knit with no sewing necessary; you just have to weave in ends!

Name: Eliska's Leaves Top
Size: 10 yrs

Needle and yarn
: US 8 / 5.0 mm
: Caron Simply Soft
1 skeins = 330.0 yards (301.8m)
Color: Plum Wine #9722

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Reversible Hat and Scarf Set

Today I have been working on reformatting one of my patterns. I took some new photos of it which shows better the product. Here it is:

This is a PATTERN for an easy to make hat and scarf set with interesting stitch using only purl and knit rows creating totally reversible fabric, so you get 2-in-1 hat and scarf set! The hat is worked in a round on circular needles all in one piece including the I-cord with "ball". No sewing necessary. The scarf is worked from side to side in rows.

Hat: S/M (M/L)- head circumference 21" (23").
Scarf: S/M (M/L) - 63" (69")x 6" (6")
Size shown: M/L on 21 1/2" model head circumference

The yarn is MEDIUM - Worsted/Aran weight
The yarn used in the M/L sample is Caron Simply Soft yarn - 1 skein of each color Grey Heather (MC), Soft Blue (CC), and Sage (CC).

Size US #6 (4.0 mm) circular needle 16" long (for hat), 32" long (for scarf), one set (5) dpn needles US size #6 (4.0 mm), and 2 dpn needles US size 5 (3.75 mm).
Size US #7 (4.5mm) circular needle 16" long (for hat), 32" long (for scarf), one set (5) dpn needles US size #7 (4.5 mm), and 2 dpn needles US size 6 (4.0 mm).

To achieve either of the sizes, adjust needle size to get the following gauges:
17 (15.5) sts and 40 rows = 4"/10cm over the Pattern Stitch

You can buy the pattern through Ravelry's purchase download or in my on-line store here.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

More Sizes for Lace Cardi

I have heard from many of you about your liking the Lace Cardi (#20) from Spring VK, and I feel your frustration with having the instruction only in one size. Unfortunately, the way the lace stitch count and decreases worked, it just mathematically did not add up to make it in more sizes. So what I’d suggest to those of us who are bigger than the 34” is to use slightly thicker yarn and thus getting a smaller gauge per inch. I have created a chart where you can find the size closer to yours and the gauges needed to achieve it, while using the same pattern as printed in Vogue Knitting.

DISCLAIMER: The instructions below are only informative guidelines. You may try to use them to achieve the result similar to Lace Cardigan featured in VK. Be aware that these were NOT tech edited and have not been test knitted. Some measurements may differ because your row gauge may be different, so you may need to make changes to fit it to your body measurements.

I'd tried to calculate the measurements to best of my abilities, but since your row gauge might (and most likely will) be different, I'd recommend to make the sleeves first, since they are going to be slightly wider than in the pattern (see the schematics below). Then when you make the body, adjust the underarms height so that you can fit the sleeve caps in comfortably.

To achieve following sizes, you should work it in the gauges (# sts = 4") as you can see below.

SIZE (inches) 36 3/4 37 1/2 39 1/2 41 3/4 44 46 3/4

Waterfall patt (# sts = 4") 21 20 19 18 17 16

Lace patt (# sts = 4") 24 23 22 20.5 19.5 18

You should get following measurements for the sizes as you can see in the schematics (click to enlarge them):

To achieve the measurements in the schematics, I made a few modifications to original pattern.

Under RIBBED WAIST: .... work in k3, p3 rib for "3 1/4, 3 1/4, 3 1/4, 3 1/2, 3 3/4, 4)", .... Then work in waterfall patt for (5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 3/4)".

Under BACK: ..... bind off for armhole as written in the pattern; then work even until armhole measures (6 1/2, 7, 7 1/4, 7 3/4, 8, 8 1/2)". (then work neck and shoulder shaping.)

Under FRONT: .... work underarm shaping as written in the pattern; AT THE SAME TIME, after underarm measures (1/4, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, 1 3/4, 2 1/4)", from the neck edge bind off .... (work the front neck shaping)

If you have any suggestions or changes that might help others to make this cardi in the larger size, please let me know. I hope these basic guidelines will help you to work your size successfully.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Trully a Spring Day

What a beautiful day today. It did not start very pretty though; it was pouring and dark and cloudy in the morning, but by noon it got hot and sunny. I ran some errands during early afternoon - the regular grocery stores and stuff, and when I got home, I have received my bargain yarn I have gotten on Here are some pictures and stats.

Name: Pegasus
Brand: Elann
Weight: Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi)

Yardage: 93 yards (85 meters)
: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
: 19.0 = 4 inches
: US 7 / 4.5 mm

: 52.5% Mercerized Cotton, 47.5% Viscose Rayon
: Plied
  1. There is a semi-metallic quality woven into this yarn that makes it really stand out.

: yes, Machine Wash Cold, Gentle/ Dry Flat

: Camila
Brand: Elann
: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)

:123 yards (112 meters)
: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
: 23.0 = 4 inches
: US 3 / 3.25 mm
:50% Cotton/ 50% Linen
yes; Machine Wash Cold, Gentle/ Dry Flat

Name: Peruvian Quechua
: DK / 8 ply (11 wpi)

: 122 yards (112 meters)
: 50 grams (1.76 ounces)
: 22.0 = 4 inches
US 4 - 6 or 3.5 - 4mm
: 65% Alpaca, 35% Tencel
: Plied

Unfortunately I did not have time to put my hands on it today. When I get a new yarn, I have to knit a swatch at least in Stockinette stitch, just to feel how it feels and behaves. I have a few designs in mind for the Pegasus, but first I must swatch it to know how it will work. I got only one ball of each of the Camila and Peruvian Quechua just for that reason of making a swatch to see what I can do with it. I read about the yarns on Ravelry and wanted to try them for myself.

Time to go to bed...