IT'S SO CUTE!
My sister-in-law is having a baby soon and requested a 10-12month old knitted thing for Winter 2021. Why yes, I can deliver!
This is a pattern I have used before but this is a larger size. Previously, I made the newborn / 3 month size in a beautiful cornflower blue merino. This time I went for a lovely rich green by Bendigo Woollen Mills - do they ever get it wrong? No. No they don't. It's the colour 'Clover' in Luxury 4ply. Seriously, I think this has to be my favourite yarn for knitting.
The white buttons came from my stash. Pre 2020 lockdowns I ordered 50 white buttons from eBay thinking they would be a great basic to have and boy was I right. The contrast between the green and white is adorable.
If I have the choice, I don't think I would knit this pattern again. The body is simple with limited shaping. However, there are so many separate sections to pick up and knit: front crotch band, back crotch band, front left shoulder, front right shoulder, back left shoulder, back right shoulder, front neck, back neck. GROAN. It creates a nice finish, but mate is it tedious.
Anyway, very happy it's done and now... onto the next thing!
So bright and cheerful for winter! This warm yellow acrylic jumper was made with yarn from my stash. True Covid-19 style and use what you have. It's a 12ply yarn that knitted up to a really weird tension so the resulting fabric is a bit denser than written. But it's a nice weight for a winter jumper.
I had some issues with the shaping on the pattern. Well, the lack of shaping. As it is a unisex pattern, the torso is knitted from the top down with no shaping at all. That made it look like a big ol' sack. So I ripped it back to about 7" from the armhole, did some rough and ready deceases at the side seams, and then did the rib on much smaller needles to cinch it in.
The sleeves are supposed to have a panel of garter stitch along the outside but I didn't go for that. They are knit plain and a great length. Hoorah.
Actually, let me tell you a story about me and knitted sleeves.
I used to knit sleeves to 44cm because I decided that's how I liked them. But all of my sleeves were a bit too short. Where did I get 44cm from? Why did I commit to that number? So I kept knitting to 44cm because that's how I thought liked them. Turns out, I've been knitting them 6cm too short this whole time. I like a sleeve to be 50cm. Who knew? Not me. ... ... I know now.
If you want more notes about all the tech stuff have a look at my Ravelry page.
Jumper: Flax by TinCanKnits
Trousers: Simplicity 7584 (see blog post here)
Mum and I decided that we were going to move away from jeans as our go-to casual pant. It turns out we were having similar thoughts about jeans for a while. We wanted a casual-appropriate tailored trouser. Mum found some good trouser options for her from local fancy shops, and I dove into my pattern stash.
The pattern that solved my problem was Simplicity 7584, circa 1984. View A tickled my fancy. No fly zipper, no back zipper, no side zipper, and POCKETS. Yeah, these pants have no zip! The left pocket is only sewn partially and the waistband closes with a skirt / trouser hook. That's it. That's the closure done. Incredible! The pants can be made in less than 1 day and have already been in heavy rotation.
The pattern is for a size 30" waist which is perfect. The only mod I made was to add 4cm in the back rise (ie, not messing around with the crotch curve, but adding the length just below the bottom of the lowest dart point). I came to 4cm by measuring the back length of a pair of trousers I liked the fit of and comparing that to the Simplicity pattern. It was a fly by the seat of my pants (get it? rofl) adjustment and I didn't make a toile. Super glad that is worked out well in the end.
The trousers are slightly tapered at the knee-to-ankle, but there is so much width through the hips that it's barely noticeable. I suspect they will be easy to cut straight down to 40s-er-ise the style.
I am so chuffed with these trousers, I can't even explain it. They are easy to make, easy to wear, comfortable, AND I can stash stuff in the pocket! I was so delighted that on their first outing, I had to do a "I Made These Pants Dance". Please see images below as proof.
These trousers definitely fill the brief for me: a casual pant that is not made from denim, but are still very practical. So much win.
After the success of these trousers, I immediately shopped my stash and found a mystery beige/black woven something as well as a herringbone stripe brown drapey blend something. I have already finished (and worn) the beige/black woven pair. The brown herringbone pair will hopefully have a wider 40s leg and will be made soon!
Jumper: Knitted by me from a 1970s pattern
Trousers: Simplicity 7584 with wool blend from Spotlight
Warm squishy socks: Somewhere in New York, c. 2013/14 ish
Shoes: Ziera from eBay
Making my 40s blouse dreams come true!
This is the wonderful Smooth Sailing Blouse by Wearing History. I've made this shirt twice before, both times in a linen with the standard short sleeve.
I've always loved bishop sleeves with drama. As I've said before, they are the sleeves that you wear when the private detective turns up at your door with the news your husband is dead. You start crying, quickly drawing one hand to your forehead and the other to your heart. It can't be! What a surprise! Who would do something like this? The PI comes inside, you go to the drinks cart and make yourself a whisky sour. So on and so forth, with lots of sleeve flipping. The dramatic sleeves are from Simplicity 8736 View B/C which I have also made before. There is a lot of possibility in sleeve-mix-and-matching when the sleeves have a gathered cap. I made sure the top gathers sat in the same place as the original Smooth Sailing sleeves - in line with the front and back yoke sections.
The sleeves could cope with being longer - I think about 2" would suffice - and with a much wider film noir style sweep. Rest assured I will make those changes on the next blouse. And there WILL be a next one!
The fabric is a rayon from Spotlight which was nice enough to work with. You know, it's a rayon. It's slippery and annoying and frays. But that's to be expected! Buttons are from the stash and not a perfect match. Even though the base colour is an off white / cream colour I had to use white thread. This is definitely a self isolation project!
At the end of the day I love this blouse, I love this pattern. Even though I have no where to wear it (I'm unemployed) it's nice to be slowly building the wardrobe of my dreams!
Blouse: Smooth Sailing by Wearing History
Trousers: Vivien of Holloway
Sunnies: Local Supply
Bangles: Splendette & Etsy
Lipstick Notes: Rimmel - Kate - Retro Red
A new knit has been finished! This whole project was started and completed in less than a month, and that included a few days off while I waited for new yarn to arrive. It's a fast knit but there has been a lot of 'down time' where I have been in my house, listening to music or watching Star Wars to help pass the time. Knitting makes me happy so of course I have been doing a lot of it.
I was short of yarn by 3 rounds of decreases, 10 stockinette rows, 13 rows of ribbing, and a stretchy cast off. So.... yeah, that's a bit short! I'm not sure if the pattern underestimated the amount required, or if there wasn't the correct amount in the skien. Perhaps both? More yarn was ordered, and it turned up a few days later. Imagine how relieved I was to discover it was the same dye lot as the original ball! :D
This gorgeous yarn is by Bendigo Woollen Mills, Luxury 4ply Sweetheart in the colour Sienna Kiss. It's such a rich and warm colour perfect for autumn and winter. If you are a fellow Aussie knitter, you should know and use Bendigo Woollen Mills. Seriously, their yarn is an absolute dream to knit.
If you want more tech notes then have a look at my Ravelry page for the project.
Here, it has been styled with some old faithfuls from my wardrobe on an overcast day.
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