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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Two Pockets no waiting

Pockets we have pockets 
I thought that this was going to be more difficult.  It wasn't, because I thought about it.  I wanted to cut into the fabric and then pick up stitches.  That was a good idea, but not the best idea.  I was afraid that there was going to be a lot of unraveling and I was not going to put myself through that.

You see, the main issue and challenge is where to put the pocket.  Given the fact that I had to select three rows, I had a very hard time trying to decide which 3.  The fact that the ones I wanted were not the best ones got me to decide that it would be better to create another strategy.  I guess the easiest one was to pick part of the pattern in smaller needles and create a swatch that I would be using as the pocket cover.  

I picked 36 sts, and 6 of those were kind of as selvedge.  I have to say that I am very proud of myself.  I can make afterthought pockets anytime without fear of failure.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 06, 2017

After thought pockets indeed

Pocket afterthought 
This is my right side after thought pocket.  I am working on the other side as we speak.  The decision to make a pocket after the fact was kind of difficult.  This pattern has a cable on every other row.  It is extremely difficult to just cut and pick up the stitches.  Honestly too difficult for me to think about the fact that I could lose the whole sweater pattern if I make a mistake.

I decided to use the same yarn and create a duplicate of the pattern, but in smaller needles.  I allowed for 3 stitches on each side of the pattern to be on reverse stockinette, like the pattern.  I slipped the first and the last stitch of every right side row.  I left a long enough tail to do a duplicate stitch at the bottom.  It was a job well done.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bythos a Lace Cowl

Bythos_Collage

Bythos is one of the Ichthyocentaurs. He is a god of sea-depths. He along with his his brother Aphros were called the Ichthyocentaurs.  Aphros and Bythos were present at the birth of Aphrodite.  They pulled in the shell she rose from the ocean.

This cowl was inspired by the pattern drooping Elm Leaf, page 217 Treasury of Knitting Patterns Barbara walker. The cowls above are done in bold colors.  The blue cowl is extra-long in dk weight.  The Orange  one is smaller and wider in fingering weight, the border was done twice at the beginning and at the end.  This pattern can be modified in many ways, be creative and do a different edge border at the beginning and at the end, make it wider, skip it. 

Here you have a cowl in my series of Men lace attire. It is easily a unisex item and a timeless piece. Embrace the divine spark within you and wear it with pride.


Materials:

Yarn:      1)  Blend by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise| All Inclusive Colorway |  Sport / 5 ply| 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere goat, 10% Nylon | 546 yards / 150 grams| Blue Cowl at 208 sts , 80 grams, 294 yards, blocked to 26.5” flat,  57” round.
2)  Sockenwolle 80/20 Twin by Rohrspatz & Wollmeise   Morchen Colorway | Fingering / 4 ply| 80% Merino, 20% Nylon | 510 yards / 150 grams| Orange Cowl 160 sts, 60 grams, 205 yards, blocked to 16” flat , 32” round. 

Needles:
     
US 7  or 4.5  mm, circulars or dpns for Sport/DK weight 
Gauge:  about 11 sts and 12 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette .  

US 6  or 4  mm, circulars or dpns for fingering weight
Gauge:  about 12.5  sts and 14 Rows = 2 inches in stockinette.;           

              
Stitch markers (recommended). Stitch markers help with your stitch count and repetitions.  Blocking boards and (stainless) pins.



 Pattern Notes
This Cowl comes in different sizes for two types of yarn.  You may make the top and bottom edges wider, or you may make one between the suggested sizes; multiples of 16.
For Fingering weight yarn (S)mall at 160 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge at 224 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.
For Dk yarn (S)mall at 176 sts, (M)edium at 192 sts, (L)arge  at 208 sts These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or bigger.
These are just suggested lengths you may make one that is smaller or larger.  This pattern has negative ease of about 4 to 6 inches before blocking, depending on the yarn.
Bythos Lace Cowl (33)
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 2016 Crafty is being crafty

WIP Oct2016 
Just in case you were wondering, I have been very busy.  I have also taken my Facebook account offline.  It gives me more time to do more of what I really want to do.

I have been very creative this month and have published one pattern and I am on the way of publishing a second pattern  and maybe a third, before the year ends.  Facebook has taken a lot of my valuable time, or rather I have given Facebook a lot of my time willingly.

One of the thing that I want to do is get back my blogging and get back more of my creativity.  I have been back to the main workforce for about 1.5 years and life has to be modified to accomplish things.

I have made new friends and truly love my job.     In the end I will be happier and enjoying the company of the people I really love and enjoy around me.   Well I finished organizing my yarn cabinet and that was a big deal.  Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chiron Cowl

This is my first published pattern for 2016.  It has been a challenging year, yet a fantastic year.

This cowl is done with two colors, but using one color at a time.  It has texture and is completely reversible.  I have made it with Wollemeisse, Kauni, Kenzie and even handspun.  You have to modify the amount of stitches that you want it to be.  The smaller the gauge the more stitches you will need.

Chiron Cowl (1)

Chiron is a completely reversible cowl, done with two colors. It creates a nice vertical lines illusion while using one color at a time in the round.

Always use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round and to hold your live stitch when not crocheting. The Cowl Pictured above used 9 reps of the main pattern and 1 skein of each color. You can try a Main solid color and a variegated as contrast color.

Materials:
Main Color (MC) 160-320 yards and Contrasting color (CC) 160-320 yards as well.
• Suggested yarn “Kenzie” by HiKoo | Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) | 160 yards - 50 grams
• 2 or 3 Stitch markers
• 5.5 mm or I hook
• Blocking pins and mat

Gauge unblocked 7 sts = 2 inches | 7.5 Rnds = 2 inches in pattern, (Rnd 3 and Rnd 4 repeats)

43 inches for Small 150 sts ; 48 inches for Medium 170 sts; 54 inches for Large 190 sts.

You can extend the sizes by increasing in multiples of two, depending on the yarn weight and your desired gauge. The above sizes are mainly a guide. If you are using Dk , Fingering or lace weight, you will need more stitches and more yarn to create your desired size.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

TImberline Finished

Ionian Timberline 
1 year and 10 months!  That 's how long it took me to finish this Cardigan.  It is a great knit, but too many cables.  The instructions are pretty good, 99.9 %.  This will be a project that I would make again.  I am in the workings and thinking about adding pockets to the Cardigan, but I have to see if I have the time to add pockets . I like it just as it is.

I do have some new patterns that I want to publish, and will have the time now to work on the patterns.  Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Tmberline Cardigan in the last stages of knitting

Ionian timberline right collar 
Having knitted a lot of thing, we learn from experience.  We learn that sometimes things have to be modified.  I have had to modify some of the knitting for this Cardigan, specially the Collar Bands.  I do have the sleeves for the cardigan already done, I am almost at the point of finishing this baby.


I will finish the right side collar band.  In the picture is on the left.  This is actually the buttonhole band.  At any rate this is my latest work and I will be trying this new technique using this video  for doing a grafting on a ribbed piece.  It should be very interesting.  This below is a great video to help you out.   This will be a video that I will use and review many times.
 

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