Through Thick and Thin

Finally, I got to finish my stripey top, block it, and click a picture of it!

Through Thick and Thin Top

Through Thick and Thin Top

I completed knitting the top last week, and though Nako Comfort Stretch yarn doesn’t really need much blocking, I’d wanted to block the neckline to see if it would fix the distortion of the yellow stripe near the neck join. And our heating iron broke just in time! (I need to steam block since this is not wool.) I got to the blocking only after the weekend ended.

The yellow stripe is not really fixed from the blocking — but it does look better than it did before blocking. Or is it just that I’ve gotten used to it? I couldn’t find the time to click photos earlier in the week, but I wore it to work already, and… I got no compliments, because it “looked store-bought, not handmade.” I guess that’s a compliment? πŸ™‚

I’d thought earlier that I’ll need to knit jogless stripes for the sleeves, but I ended the sleeves soon after the armhole because that suited the top, and no jogless technique was needed. Maybe in a different project!

I’d also tried adding a little heart on the chest using duplicate stitch, but it didn’t look very good, so of course I removed it.

A small but helpful thing that I do these days (as I did for this top too) is weaving in ends as I go. It makes a huge difference for me — my brain is done with sweater projects when the body is done, and even knitting sleeves is an effort of will, so I absolutely hate weaving in ends after I’m ‘officially’ done with the project. Tackling it then and there makes it so much easier! (Now, if only I tackle other things in my life then and there… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜› )

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Textured Blouse

Can you believe it, my mom’s blouse is ready! I think this is the quickest I’ve ever produced a garment. πŸ™‚

While the knit itself was pretty boring because (a) simple pattern and (b) this project occupied every free moment I had, I’m satisfied with how it turned out. The texture is just awesome!

Seed Stitch Textured Blouse

I used a slipped seed stitch variation for the body and sleeves, and garter stitch for all the borders. The slipped stitches give some denseness to the fabric, and I think that works well for the frogged yarn. The yarn obviously doesn’t feel the same as before, but it’s still soft and maintains a slight sheen, so that’s good.

The original seed stitch pattern is worked on the wrong side to avoid purling, but I changed it to right side since I was trying out combination knitting anyway. (I think I like combination knitting. I’ll probably use that in my next project as well.) So my 4-row pattern repeat is:

  1. [p1, sl1 wyib] to end of row. (RS)
  2. Purl.
  3. [sl1 wyib, p1] to end of row.
  4. Purl.

At the raglan seam, I used a (k1, p1, k1) on the RS and purls on the WS.

My mom has already worn it, and this time, I can tell she really likes it. Phew! (And hurrah! πŸ™‚ ) As for the design, however, I think the neck, again, needs to be even smaller for her next blouse — a tighter crew-neck, that is.

Seed Stitch Textured Blouse

I need a short break from the incessant knitting, and then, it’s time to finish those sleeves for my top!

My Fair Cardi

Yes! I do love how this cardigan turned out. Black outfit, wavy eyelets and little buttons — what’s not to like? πŸ˜‰

My Fair Cardi - back

And I think it’s awesome how the simple Old Shale pattern makes for this wavy, beautiful look. I’ve always liked this pattern (though I used to call it Feather and Fan pattern, like a lot of people do) and now, I like it more. πŸ™‚ I’d wanted to incorporate Old Shale into a different project before I started working on this one. I still want to use it in the other project, maybe I’ll think of a different way.

My Fair Cardi - Old Shale pattern

Back to this project, though. When I think raglan, I always think top-to-bottom construction, but in this bottom-to-top project, it was easier to fix the holes that invariably form at the armhole — the ones at the joins / splits of body and sleeves. The fixer stitches always look weird to me in top-to-bottom sweaters, and they were much better here. Or maybe it’s because it’s black. πŸ˜‰ I should try a bottom-to-top project with a lighter color to see if this experience repeats.

Overall, the general fit, the edgings, and the buttonholes all turned out fine, but as with all my projects, there’s always that something that doesn’t exactly match the expectations of the intended recipient. πŸ™‚ In this case, it’s the neck, which turned out larger than what my sister was hoping for.

If she didn’t want the sweater, I’d be too happy to snatch it away from her (though it won’t fit me exactly the same.) But turns out she does want it! 😐

Waves

It’s finished! πŸ™‚

Waves cardigan / blouse

Waves cardigan / blouse

I did finish the entire cardigan using just the yarn at hand, and didn’t have to resort to threads or other ‘binding’ materials to attach parts to other parts. Victory! There was even yarn available to sew on the buttons! I have a half a meter of yarn left when handing over the finished sweater to my mom.

The cardigan was definitely different than what my mom expected, but that’s the reaction we’ve come to expect of her. πŸ™‚ She wears it early morning when it’s chilly, and she likes that it fits her and looks good on her and keeps her warm. πŸ™‚

The 1×1 cable stitches I used are:

c1b: sl 1 st to CN and hold in back, k1 from LH needle, p1 from CN.
c1f: sl 1 st to CN and hold in front, p1 from LH needle, k1 from CN.

The wavy pattern is a 16-row repeat, with multiples of 4 stitches.

Row 1 (RS): *p2, c1b. Repeat from *.
Row 2 and all even rows: knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts.
Row 3: *p1, c1b, p1. Repeat from *.
Row 5: *c1b, p2. Repeat from *.
Row 7: *k1, p3. Repeat from *.
Row 9: *c1f, p2. Repeat from *.
Row 11: *p1, c1f, p1. Repeat from *.
Row 13: *p2, c1f. Repeat from *.
Row 15: *p3, k1. Repeat from *.

I used seed stitch for the button band. No extra borders at the cuffs or hip, because they were tubular cast on stitches. I used mattress stitch to convert the flat-knitted sleeve to a tube, and used the same mattress stitch principles to attach the sleeve to the body.

Now I’m figuring out a pattern to use in a cardigan for my sis. She wants some eyelets / lace but not too much, and once we’ve decided on a design, it’s gonna be time to knit again. I’m hoping that this project will have better pacing than the one I just finished.

Cable City!

Finally, finally! My cabled top is ready. πŸ™‚

Cable City! Top

This was the most fun I’ve had with cables till now — never a boring row! I did work on it on and off, though, so that might have been a contributing factor to the not getting bored bit. πŸ˜›

The Nako Saten yarn that I used for this was really fun to knit with. (I’ve bought more skeins to knit something for my mom.) And I totally love the color. ❀ It’s too hot right now to wear this top, but fall or winter would be perfect.

I knit everything top-down. I made the front and back separately, sewed them together, then knit seamless set-in sleeves. I lined all the edges with i-cords.

These are the cable patterns that I used for this top:

Cable City! Top

To look up the pattern names, I referred to my old post which I’d written when I’d made just a little bit of progress on this one, and saw that I’d hoped this top would be epic when done. πŸ™‚ I do think it’s turned out pretty epic (it’s my latest favorite project πŸ˜€ ), and I can’t wait to wear it when I’m out and about! ❀

The Phoenix (My do-over pullover)

My pullover has risen again from its own ashes, and is now a beautiful sweater that I’m waiting for colder temperatures to wear! I absolutely adore this pullover! ❀

The Phoenix (my do-over pullover)

The Phoenix (my do-over pullover)

Of course, I did wear it to model it… Phew! The weather’s definitely way too hot for all this stuff. (Look at the glare from the sun seeping through the curtains!) I think I was fidgeting and the picture’s a bit blurry, but it’ll have to do.

The Phoenix pullover

So right now, the pullover’s neatly folded up, and is awaiting a ‘proper’ inauguration. Sleep well until winter, my pretty! πŸ™‚ (Did you know that’s called aestivation? The equivalent of hibernation, only, this happens in summer.)

Chill in the Air

This month is definitely colder than last month. There’s a chill in the air that’s not really noticeable when standing in the sun, but slowly seeps into your soul if you’re in the shade. The kind of cold weather that’s too hot for a sweater but perfect for a shawl! πŸ™‚

Chill in the Air shawl -- blocking

I knit this shawl for my sis — it looks like she prefers the rectangular ones. Lots of eyelets in this shawl, and I broke them up into repeating thick and thin sections between blocks of uniformly wide stockinette sections. So it’s not too warm and not too airy — it’s just right. (I’m so reminded of Goldilocks when I think that! πŸ™‚ )

The eyelets form a winding texture between them that I just love!

Chill in the Air shawl

Over some serial episodes, I added quite a few tassels and formed fringes at both ends. I’d love to see them fully frayed over time — and it looks like they’re as eager as I am to get there!

So how do you like the shawl? My sis loves it. πŸ™‚