Friday, August 21, 2009

Trouble with BSJ....

I was doing great with my first BSJ until I found the increases for the buttonholes.... I do not know how to do the yarn over to then k2tog....

I mean, it's my first pattern in English (I'm argentinian) and even though I'm a teacher of the language (primary and high school), knitting patterns in English (or spanish lol) sometimes confuse me....

Here are 2 pix of my BSJ meant for my 2 months old baby

beginning to work the 90 stiches

Is this the way the increases should look like in the WS?

Finally, for those who are wondering... no, I'm not knitting it in circular needles... I found it extremely difficult... stichtes find trouble going from the cable into the needle (not the other way round...) someone told me national circular needles are not of good quality... anyway.... the left needle is getting heavier and heavier....

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The back of the sweater

Meg mentioned in her comment (and yes, I can testify that it's enough to make you tear up when Meg Swansen comments on your knitting, even after she's said lovely things about it in person) that there's a back detail to my Daisy Daisy sweater. I was so busy thinking about showing you how well EZ's set-in sleeves work that I totally forgot to show the rear view. This was a major omission, because the decreases for the waist shaping are accomplished via Amy Detjen's genius centered eyelet decreases. (If you don't know Amy, you're missing out. She's Meg's right-hand girl, and you'll never meet anyone who can exhibit such combination of knitting smarts, humor, sense, and purple.)

Those are Amy's decreases, followed by a decorative increase I threw together to sort of match (a yarnover with the stitches on either side crossed). There's no pattern for this yet, but I'm working on it. I'm bluegarter on Ravelry and the sweater is called Daisy Daisy; I'll post updates there when it's close to being ready.

Thanks so much for all the interest!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Little knittings

I like to knit for my son. This little hoodie is made from cotton stash. I followed the instructions for the seamless raglan sweater from "Knitting Without Tears", then left a gap for the neck opening, working back-and-forth from that point on. I worked the hood by increasing some stitches in the center back. Later I closed the hood by weaving the sides together (a skill I have taught myself from EZ's books, and I love to use it). For the border I picked up the stitches around neck opening and hood and worked a few rows in garter stitch. As you can see, it puckers quite uncomfortably.

That didn't please me too much, so I went back to look at my books.

For the next sweater, I intended to make a hood at first, too. But then I found and followed the instructions for the open collared shirt in " Knitters Almanac". The placket neck opening is nice and tidy and not difficult to work. And I loved the built-in I-cord border.
I also applied an I-cord border to my latest finished object. I have made quite a few tomtens (from "Knitting Without Tears") so far. This pattern is wonderful and easy to work. This time I used a thick wool I inherited from my grandmother. As I went along, I feared it would not be enough for the hood, which I always like to make a little wider and longer than the instructions suggest.The collar from the open collared shirt also fits, I think. I applied a contrasting I-cord border, and knitted extra little cuffs inside the sleeves in ribbing.

Sorry for my long haul. Have a good week, everyone!

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Tomten and BSJ

This one took a long time. I kept stopping to make baby stuff for pregnant people. The buttons are from Yarn Diva in Hillsdale, NJ and the buttons matched perfectly.

I made it to match Griffin's (Sophia is my friend's neice and Griffin is my friend's son)

This one was for Grif...

The two are made of Jarbo Garn yarn.

My co worker, Mrs. B, who I adore is preparing for another grandbaby (number 3) so I started a baby surprise for that child.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

EZ's seamless set-in sleeves

I just tried the set-in sleeves from Knitting Workshop... now I'm wondering why I waited so long!

This is a little jacket of my own design, knit from Louet MerLin Worsted (lovely stuff). The shoulders fit so well I don't know if I'll ever work a flat sleeve again. Another triumph for Madame Zimmermann!