If every stitch says “I love you”, then every knit item is a cloak of my love that I drape over my children on a regular basis. And none so special as the first sweater that I ever knit. I … Continue reading
It is just so fun to knit for little, tiny people. Especially when one has amazingly beautiful yarn, reliable patterns and techniques, and the cutest little model. Continue reading
This morning The Fraggle is wearing her newly hand-me-downed sweater dress that The Munchkin never got to wear. But that’s okay… Continue reading
I finished it! And wrote up a free pattern so you can make one too! Continue reading
…. all of the drawings that your children make of you depict you with knitting in your hands, knitting needles sticking out of your hair, and/or yarn all around you.
Most recently, this one by The Bookworm:
and this one by The Munchkin:
(That is me from right to left – winding yarn, knitting, and showing off my finished scarf!)
and this one by The Princess:
The Princess perused sweater patterns on Ravelry for hours before finally landing on one she liked. But she didn’t really like it. That is, she liked a part of it. So, I took the inspiration from that one single element … Continue reading
I couldn’t decide what to name this post because all three of the titles I had in mind fit perfectly, so I mashed them together and now you know where I am going with this one. I started with this … Continue reading
Knitting for kids is tricky and I defied the odds by taking a full 8 months to complete a sweater for a child… Continue reading
While I may have recently extolled the virtues of knitting the same pattern over and over again, I must confess that I still like variety in my knitting. So when I decided that The Blessing needed a closet full of handknit sweater dresses for the coming winter, I knew there would be some serious alterations happening to some of my favorite patterns.
Case in point: Elena Nodel’s Maxi Top/Dress for babies
I knit it the first time following the directions.
Well, I mostly followed the pattern. I had to space out the increases in the skirt differently to minimize the pooling, and I used the trim color differently. But other than that, this one was by the book.
I like the pattern so much that I cast on a second dress almost immediatly after binding off the last one.
This time I used Mosaic Moon “Bollywood” on Mountain Meadow Worsted
Rav project page here
For this second dress, I eliminated the increasing trouble that I had in the first dress by putting pleats in right under the waist band. I figured that if I could hit on that perfect “pooling free” stitch count at the top, I would avoid trouble later on. This meant that I used more yarn because the skirt is full from the top. I like it.
By now, I was getting pretty tired of the almost identical knitting, so I went crazy with the mods on the third in this series of dresses for The Blessing.
Mosaic Moon “Dreamcatcher” on Mountain Meadow Aran
Rav project page here
This time was using an aran weight in a DK pattern, so I went down a size. Then I made the following modifcations:
– After the collar was knit, I split for sleeves and worked the front and back separate for the appropriate length; did not bind off sleeves at this point, but left the stitches live until I could come back to them.
– Instead of garter waist at the arm pit, I began the waist band under the arm pit, and I worked a 1×1 rib waist with an eyelet round in the middle for a drawstring
– I worked increases only on the sides of the skirt, 2 increases each side every 1.5 inches.
– I made ruffles at the shoulder to bind off the sleeve stitches.
I love this incarnation. Although in retrospect I should have made the arm holes smaller and I should have knit the 18 month size. I assumed my gauge would be hugely different from my DK and worsted gauges, but it wasn’t. It fits fine, but probably not for terribly long.
I love a good pattern, and I love it even more when I find it inspiring me and enabling me to let my own creativity into the process so that I can not only create an exact replica of the designers project, but also create something new and all my own! This pattern did just that. Not bad for a free Ravelry pattern, huh?