Felicity Hat by Wanett Clyde

March 31, 2009

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Several weeks ago, my co-worker Leah walked in the yarnstore with the coolest hat. After I was done admiring Leah’s hat she quickly informed me that she got the pattern for free on Ravelry and that it is named “Felicity Hat”.

I was struck by its simple yet cool looking design and planned on making one myself. When searching for the pattern on Ravelry, I was stunned to see that over 900 Ravelry members knitted the Felicity Hat!

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The designer of this hat, Wanett Clyde (Nettie on Ravelry) has a blog called “Knitology“. 

Go visit and  download her pattern but please make sure to say hi and express your gratitude. After all, Wanett is so kind enough to give out her Felicity Hat for free!

I am itching to start one myself right this minute and I already have yarn for it but… my hands hurt terribly… 

Every once in a while, my hands hurt so bad, that I just cannot pick up the needles and knit. Bah…I want my Felicity Hat!

Oh well… just gotta ride this one out…

In the meantime, high five to Wanett, thanks so much for your beautiful Felicity Hat!!! 

Felicity Hat designed by Wanett Clyde

All pictures in this blogpost courtesy of Wanett Clyde.

Thanks for reading and until the next entry…


Alice Palmer

March 26, 2009

Scream…! This is aesthetically pleasing to me!

Check out this post by Rebekah Roy over at fashion-stylist.net:

Interview with Knitwear designer Alice Palmer

Geez. Who am I calling myself a “knitwear designer“? Hahahaha..! Please…

Thanks for reading and until the next entry!

 


Talk to me

March 24, 2009

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I have been coveting this beautiful cardigan called Kilcar by Debbie Bliss for the longest…

This beauty is made with bulky yarn and it so happens that I have some black bulky yarn in my stash so I eagerly casted on.

But…who wants to look at black yarn when outside the trees are blooming pink and Spring is softly announcing its presence?

So rip rip it goes… and onto some more Spring color looking yarn!

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Talk to me, Karabella Breeze…


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Me and Breeze by the brand Karabella have been hanging out together. At first this lovely silk and cashmere blend seemed a perfect fiber for this design by Stefanie Japel:

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But now I am having seconds thoughts… You see, Breeze has in my opinion a more casual look and feel to it. The stitches are kind of uneven and sort of organic looking. It just yearns to be something more casual…but what? 

Doing some more swatching

My very first swatch I did with needle size US 4 and I now I am  dying to see how this fiber will look and feel if I open up the stitches a bit more. So I casted on and made a swatch with needle size US6.

I sure do like the look of it on a US6… airy and open, just about right.

For the past few days I have been looking at my swatches, holding it close to me, inspecting the stitches, see how it flows in the hope that they would tell me what they wanted to be.

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This one is a hard one to crack though… I haven’t figured it out yet. Some keywords might help me out:

  • Soft flowing
  • Light
  • Open stitches great for spring weather
  • Casual/Organic chic
  • Old rose vintage color

What does this want to become? A shell, tanktop, nightie, light sweater, open cardigan? I just have no idea yet.

I so want it to talk to me… maybe she is, but I am not listening well enough.

First drawing

Finally, after lots of staring and dreaming, I made a first drawing of a possible design with Breeze… I am going to ponder some more, make some more drawings and hopefully we wil come to an agreement.

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Thanks for reading and until the next entry!

 

 

 


Sandra Backlund

March 23, 2009

Knitwear designer Sandra Backlund certainly has my attention. Big time.

Don’t expect any patterns from her. This is the kind of knitwear designer that puts handknitting on a whole different level. Like way up there.

Props to Sandra Backlund. Check it out:

Sandra Backlund

Lovely Textiles: Sandra Backlund

Neu Black: Sandra Backlund

Sandra Backlund: not your average knitter

 

Thanks for reading and until the next entry…


Finished: Black Textured Tunic

March 18, 2009

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Pattern: Textured Tunic with(out) Side Buttons
BookFitted Knits, Designer Stefanie Japel
Yarn: 10 balls of Margrite Bulky by Karabella colorway black
Needles: Addi Turbo 24″ circ. #10 and wooden needle #10 and #11 to cast off
Cast on date: Mid February, 2009
Cast off date: March 18, 2009

Suck in that belly

She’s done… came out somewhat smaller than planned but still fits fine. Very fitted now, which means I gotta suck in that belly which I am not very happy about. Sucking it in and holding your breath for just a second in front of the camera is manageable. To do this all day…oooffff.

Oh well…it fits and looks fine which is all I want and need in a handknitted sweater! And I know that with a couple of wears, it will stretch out.

Lets look at the modifications

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  1. Decreases and increases applied at the side
  2. No side buttons and no side slits

Trials and tribulations

Problem:

Casted off at the bottom too tight. This caused the bottom part to draw in and pucker while I was wearig it which was really not okay with me.

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Solution:

Instead of casting off with the needlesize #10 I was working with, I used needlesize #11 to cast off. I am a tight knitter you see… casting of loosely does not make sense to me. So switchting to a bigger needle helps!

Helpful tips

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  1. Use a figure 8 cast on. This will make the neckline a bit sturdier.
  2. Also, give your neckline a crochet edge to reinforce it and to prevent the neck edge from rolling.
  3. ALWAYS CHECK YOUR GAUGE. 

How do I like the yarn?

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Simply love the yarn. It is such a delight to work with and it feels super super soft on my skin. It is also nice and warm because of the cashmere blend. 

I love that it is black yarn and I did not have troubles working with it. Just make sure you use good lighting when you work with black yarn in the evening.

I’ve got two Textured Tunic sweaters now!

I simply adore the fact that I can recreate a sweater when I want to. No more crying when my favorite sweaters get too old to wear. I just whip out another one!

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To read about my first Textured Tunic, click here

Knitting rules!

Thanks for reading and until the next entry


Knit on the Net

March 17, 2009

This morning while browsing Ravelry.com for new exciting patterns I so pleasantly found myself stumbling upon an exciting knitting website:

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Knit on the Net offers, among other knitting related stuff, free patterns and I am particularly struck by this cute cute vintage sweater:

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How come I never heard of this website I ask myself? I always check out Knitty.com, but now for sure, I will be looking forward to every new issue of Knit on the Net as well.

By the way, if you happen to be on Ravelry, my username is: gettingpurly. Come say hello or drop me a message anytime.

Thanks for reading and until the next entry.


Almost done!

March 16, 2009

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Allthough my gauge was off and my black Textured Tunic sweater will turn out somewhat smaller than planned, I am still happy with it. 

When working on a top down raglan sweater, I usually finish the body and then do the arms last. This time however, I am a wee bit concerned that I might run out of yarn to finish my sleeves. So I decided to do my sleeves first and then finish the bottom of the sweater.

All in all, I only have one ball of Karabella Margrite Bulky left to finalize everything! 

I am very very excited about this black sweater and cannot wait to put it on and flaunt it. 

No side slits this time

Remember how I made side slits in my previous Textured Tunic?

No side flaps for me

Not going to go for that this time. I am just going to take the easy way out: just a simple 10 to 12 row of seed stitch and call it quits! Easy sweater all the way! Love that.

Stefanie Japel writes easy to follow patterns…

I cannot tell you what an easy sweater project this Textured Tunic is. Yes I made several modifications (which I will write about when my black sweater is done), but all in all Stefanie Japel has done a great great job writing the pattern out in such a clear and easy to follow way that she did.

So if you ever are in search for a top down raglan sweater book, give Stefanie Japel’s “Fitted Knits” a try.

Thanks for reading and until the next entry!

ps: Chris, writer of the blog Alice*Thelma, posted the last part of our interview.Check it out:

Alice Thelma


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