Saturday, March 31, 2012
What went wrong on this sweater:
1) My gague is off. On the swatch, I measured 2 sts per inch. On the actual sweater it was closer to 1 1/2 sts. When your sts are this big, 1/2 a stitch adds up to a lot of inches too big!!
2) It is way too big
3) It is too short
4) The neck opening is too big (this relates to the incorrect gauge)
Sounds like just about everything doesn't it!
What I learned from this sweater:
1) I like the colours that I put together
2) I don't mind knitting with 15mm needles
3) 4 skeins of Super 10 cotton will knit an extra large top
4) The next version will have some waist shaping
5) Determining your gauge with large needles and stretchy knitted fabric is difficult and the best way to determine the actual size is to take the time to take your work off the needle and measure it.
Version 2 is in the works. It's smaller. I checked 3 times :)
Friday, March 30, 2012
This knitter had a very busy month and finished the most of all of us! She earned the most points every week for the amount of knitting and the techniques she did. Amanda is the winner of our challenge! Take a look at the projects she finished this month.
Thanks to all the Knitters who took part in our challenge. It was so much fun to see everyone's progress each week. You all did such amazing knitting!!
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Great knitting ladies!! More finished project pictures tomorrow!
Thursday, March 22, 2012
These balls will now go live with the rest of my Lopi stash until it gets knit into this sweater.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Before yesterday, my crochet skills were pretty limited. Well, they still are but now I can somewhat read a crochet pattern, understand the charts, count my chain sts and make double crochet sts properly. Before I just kind of made up my own sts. I would wrap the hook, pull it through some sts, wrap it again and pull it through a stitch or two. I am not really sure what I was doing; a single, double, half double, treble.... (see, first reason why knitting is easier - knits and purls - that's it). But I did have lots of fun making these granny squares and there may even be an afghan in my future.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Originally started three years ago, this sweater got set aside so I could start a blanket (which I finished!) but then for some reason didn't get picked up again. It wasn't until I saw another knitter starting a February Lady Sweater for herself that I even thought about mine again.
So here it is, I finished the garter st cuff on the right sleeve yesterday so all it needs is a left sleeve and a few inches added to the body. My goal, to wear it Saturday.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thanks to Sarah for sharing her sweater with us! She cast on for this sweater a few years ago using an acrylic yarn in a bright shade of coral. The pattern is a wonderful sampler of lace, bobbles and another textured stitch that we decided looked like Christmas trees! The sweater is very well knit and the pattern would be a wonderful skill building exercise for a new knitter since it does contain so many techniques. The yarn isn't all that bad either if you like the colour orange and you are looking for something machine washable then this acrylic would be for you. Somehow though when it is all put together - orange acrylic with bobbles and textured bumps that of course land right across the chest - just didn't seem to work and actually had one knitter in tears from laughing so hard!
Thanks for being a good sport Sarah!!
Next week's challenge is to recyle an old project that is ready to be thrown away or ripped out and turn it into something other than what it was originally to be. Maybe we will see this sweater front return next week as a purse or a pillow cover
Monday, March 12, 2012
All three panels are knit but they are not joined together and I am assuming that the pattern must have called for a boarder to be added. This was one of my first projects and the knitting isn't all that bad. Only one accidental yarn over and only a few loose sts here and there.
Since I have held onto it all these years, I am going to try my best to find some blue or white baby yarn and finish it off. Then I will put it away again until my daughter needs a baby blanket for her babies and I will have a special blanket ready to give to her.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Well, so much for a quick project to finish! I have been working on ponchos for the last few days and have managed to finish the smaller one but I am still knitting away on the larger one. Somehow I thought since it was a child's size it would knit up a lot faster. The fact that it is knit from the top down increasing 4 sts every other round should have been a clue, lol!
Everyday I look at it and think I am almost there just a couple of more inches. Finally, I think I really am at the point were it really does just need another 2" and it will be finished. Hopefully tonight.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
As I was looking through all of my UFOs, I thought that I would grab somehting that would be quick to finish up so that I could move it from the UFO pile to the finished pile. I decided to work on theses two ponchos.
The small one in front just needs to be sewn together and it is done. But the botton edge does roll and the neck opening looks big. There is lots of yarn left over so I think I will add some extra rows to the bottom so it lays flat and then find someone that it will fit. The little girl that is was originally intended for is now WAY too big for this poncho!
The darker blue poncho is only partly knit. It has all the live sts on a waste yarn. The challenge with this project is that I'm not sure what size needle I had been using and I don't have a clue which pattern I was knitting from. What I do know is that it is being knit top down, with 2 yo increases at the center front and back every other row. It shouldn't be too difficult to continue on. I am going to leave my waste yarn in and use it as a life line until I am sure I have the right needle size and I have the pattern back on track.
Monday, March 5, 2012
This week's theme is the oldest unfinished project. I can't wait to see them all and hear the stories behind them! Here is a sneak peak of mine.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Since I knew that this week was going to be busy and not leave me with much knitting time until Friday, I kept my goal realistic. I wanted to have half a sleeve (10.5")knit by Monday night. I am already at 12". Being ahead of schedule is a great feeling!!
Lol, on second thought, it doesn't really seem right to say I am ahead of schedule when this sweater was to be a Christmas gift!