Tuesday, June 24, 2008

I hate laundry...

...but surprisingly it can be very productive. I made a cute new bracelet and earrings today while waiting for the dryer! I love them and plan to make more with all the beads I have lying around. Here are pictures!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Beginner's Lace Scarf

The scarf in the photos is done in a bulky weight yarn.
This zig-zag scarf works well in all weights of yarn, looking intricate and delicate in a laceweight and warm and decorative in a bulky weight.

The lace pattern is really easy to memorize and looks impressive!

Beginner's lace scarf

CO 17 stitches (3 lace repeats and 2 edge stitches).

Row 1(RS): K1, *ssk, K2, YO, K1,* repeat from * to * until last st, K1.
Row 2 and all even rows: Purl.
Row 3-7 : Repeat Row 1.
Row 9: K1, *K1, YO, K2, k2tog,* repeat from * to * until last st, K1.
Rows 11-15: Repeat Row 9.
Repeat rows 1-15 until desired length. BO.

To make the zig zag more or less pronounced, simply repeat Row 1 and Row 9 more times or less times.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Dress details

The top is based off of knitty's tempting. I started mine from the top down though because I really wanted to be able to tell how long the skirt would be. The ribbon ties on the inside, mostly because I can't tie a pretty bow on the outside, but also because I didn't want the bow to show. I'm weird like that sometimes.

The skirt I simply divided up into 10 sections and increased one stitch every other row until it was as long as I wanted. It took a long time and I got so impatient, but I'm glad I did it that way because I really like it.The edge I knitted on and it took longer then the entire skirt!! I got the edge out of Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge (I love that book!).

I added ribbing along the sides for a more fitted/ stretchier look, but it turned out kind of sloppy. The waist shaping worked out but because I added the ribbing it kind of stretched it out and made it completely pointless. You can see in in this picture a little bit.

Some crazy picture my mom took. Please disregard if you think I'm too crazy.All in all, I'm very pleased with it. It's a very heavy piece of work, but I'm happy with how it turned out. I'm going to try to do another one, this time without the ribbing down the sides and maybe in a finer yarn so it's not so heavy. I might try writing out a pattern for this if anyone expresses any interest.

I can't wait to wear it again!!!