I’ve really been on a sewing kick lately. And I am not fighting it. Because sewing happens so infrequently in my life (I’m a knitter at heart), I don’t get much sewing done. So, I’m using this bout of inspiration to fill in some wardrobe gaps I noticed during Me Made May. At the conclusion of Me Made May, I really wanted more dresses and skirts in my wardrobe. So far, I have finished two dresses and a skirt. Today, we will talk about that skirt.
Years ago, I noticed this beautiful pattern when Tassadit created the most wonderful and elegant version of this skirt HERE. But, I wasn’t sewing at the time (didn’t even own a sewing machine), so I simply admired the beautiful work. This skirt pattern has been the pattern I’ve been searching for since I started sewing. It is Sewaholic’s Hollyburn skirt. I really like the high-waist fit and the flared bottom. This is the epitome of my style. And an extra bonus is the pockets! And the button tabs! I actually purchased this pattern over a year ago for the Outfit Along, but was unable to participate. So, this pattern just sat static for over a year.
The pattern worked up surprisingly quickly. I actually cut out the pieces, the fabric, and started sewing after church on Sunday. I finished at around 1am that morning. (Sewing always makes me pull late nighters. Lol). The fabric used is a salmon pink denim that I found at Joann’s Fabric store. I actually visited Joann’s fabric store the day before and bought a zipper. I noticed that fabric while there, but resisted purchasing it. Well, that night I couldn’t get it out of my mine. So, I woke up early the next day and went back to Joann’s to get the fabric (It helps that the Joann’s is literally down the street from my place.) Overall, I am very pleased with the flow of the fabric with the pattern. It is exactly how I envisioned it in my mind.
The button tabs are another favorite aspect to the skirt. I purchased the buttons at Joann’s also for only 50 cent! That was a deal for beautiful wooden buttons. In addition to that, the flowers on the buttons perfectly match the color of the skirt. They were made for each other.
I definitely see more Hollyburn skirts in my future.
Over a year ago, I saw an Instagrammer wearing the Sycamore Vest by Hannah Fettig and I immediately wanted to make myself a version. Therefore, I purchased the book and the yarn that was used for the pattern. I would’ve never thought that the yarn would sit in my stash for over a year before I cast on. So, this past March I decided it was now time for me to start my Sycamore Vest.
The shape of this vest is a departure from my typical knit clothing. I definitely prefer fitted and cropped clothing that has a vintage feel to it. However, I decided I wanted to try something new. I am pretty pleased with the effortless easy flow to the vest and I do think it will get regular rotation of wear. The color is one of my favorite aspects of the cardigan. I didn’t realize I flock to yellow tones so much until I added this vest to my knitwear stash. Yet, yellow works so well as a neutral which makes it match almost everything in my closet. Also, this is a great layering piece that can work year round.
I must admit that I did not enjoy working this vest up very much. I did like that it was an easy knit. So, I loved working on it while watching Netflix and reading. But, since it was worked from the bottom up, I couldn’t get a feel for how it was going to look. I just felt like I was knitting this block of fabric. It was very unexciting. Then, I made up in my mind that I was going to get this project off my needles. Especially, before the Outfit Along 2017. So, I did just that over the weekend. I’m pretty pleased with the finished object and I just love the feel and drape of Quince and Company’s yarn. I can’t wait to knit more things with this yarn. Will I make it again? As of now, I don’t think so simply because I did not enjoy knitting the garment that much. Also, while I like the fit and shape of the vest, it is still not my favorite shape of clothing items. Life’s too short to knit items that don’t fit into the favorite category.
I did shorten the collar portion by 5 rows because I was running out of yarn. I got gauge and the pattern stated that I would need 4 skeins, but I still was short. I had just enough yarn for the armholes, so shortening the collar was a good call. Playing yarn chicken stresses me out. Lol.
Yarn – Quince and Company Chickadee in Carrie’s Yellow
Needle – 3.75mm (US 5)
Level – Easy
I just realized that I never blogged about my finished Penelope cardigan from the KAL. The pattern is Penelope by Andi Satterlund. This project was super clear and quick. I enjoyed making and I’m actually working on a second version in my school colors.
From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use two colors that were in the same color family. My inspiration for colors was the Paris Cafe cardigan by Modcloth. Initially, I was thinking about going with the yellow color scheme. However, I don’t own a true blue cardigan. So, I went with Cascade 220 Superwash in hyacinth and baby denim. I really like the results.
The buttons came from Joann’s and I am surprised that I found such a perfect match. I didn’t want contrasting buttons because I wanted it to streamline with the button band.
Overall, this was one of those great and simple patterns for netflixing and relaxing.
Needle – 6 (4.0 mm) –sized down to get gauge with heavier weight yarn
Level – Easy
Yarn – Cascade 220 Superwash
Colors – hyacinth and baby denim
After almost 2 years, this sweater is finally complete! Originally, I started this as part of the Knit a Christmas Sweater in 2014 challenge hosted by Andi of Untangling Knots. Well, I didn’t finish it in 2014. But, it is ready for 2015.
What can I say about this sweater? What is my favorite part? First off, I really like the neckline with the button band. It gives the sweater an authentic vintage vibe. I am so very happy with my color choices. I pretty much stayed in the same color family as the modeled sweater. The yarn is so perfect, squishy and warm with the fair isle. The fit is really nice because it conforms to my shape and still has a relaxed fit.
Initially, I planned blocking then seaming the garment. This was suggested in the book. However, I just had to try on the garment first. So, I seamed using crochet slip stitch. I love how sturdy and super fast this seaming technique is. Then, I blocked the garment. Also, I finished the neckline with a single crochet row because it looked untidy to me. There is not much to say about this pattern. I did note a few errors in this pattern and made the following adjustments:
- I think the increase row should say (Rib 5, m1) 20 times, rib 3. This will give me the 123 sts. that is required. Also, the chart is a repeat of 24 sts. yet, I have 123 sts. So, I am going to do the following:
Row 1: Sl1 k-wise, follow chart, k2
Row 2: Sl-1 k-wise, P1, follow chart, P1
I will then repeat these 2 rows.
- The directions said to “shape armholes same as front”. Well, I did this up until the part where it says “continue working for 7.5 inches”. I think this was a mistake because the schematics says the armhole depth should be 6 inches. So, I moved on to the part that decrease 2 stitches for the next 5 rows. I continued working the armhole then after the final 3 rows of shaping, I worked 4 rows straight. I tested out the shaping of the armhole with the front and back. I also used the photo as a guide. My armhole depth is 6 inches, which is what it should be.
Yarn – Knit Picks Comfy in Fingering
Colors – Natural/Undyed, Holly Berry, Peapod, Celestial
Needles – US 3 (3.25mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 7 (4.5mm)
Level – Intermediate to Advanced
Andi hosted a little KAL for about a month. It came to an end September 10. I finished the vest five days before the KAL ended! Yay, me. The pattern can be found HERE or at the Knit Picks website.
Unfortunately, I was not able to participate in the OAL2015. I just had entirely too much on my plate this past summer and it just wasn’t possible. Therefore when this KAL was announced, I knew it was feasible. It’s simple, worsted weight, cropped, and no sleeves. I knew I could whip it up quickly.
Now, it didn’t go as smoothly as planned. I made an error in the pattern because I was supposed to work 2 rows after increasing. I didn’t do this. Also, I started doing stranded colorwork and it was a mess. It was bunched and lumpy. I hated it. So, I ripped back the flower and used intarsia (what I should have done, but I was being a lazy oaf).
Despite the drawbacks, everything worked out beautifully. And I now have a vest that is so lovely.
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Colors – Marble Heather, Jalapeno, Firecracker Heather, Blossom Heather, Golden Heather
Level – Beginner to Intermediate
Needle – 8 (5.0 mm)
This past Sunday, I completed my Henriette cardigan. I am pretty pleased with the end result. This is a pattern by Andi Satterlund that was released in Fall of 2014. When I saw her swatches and her WIP pics, I knew this cardigan had to be a part of my wardrobe. I do like the color, but I feel like I have to be extra careful not to stain it. Today was my first day wearing it. I must admit that I only brought it along for chilly buildings. I definitely shed it when outside. This cardigan is made with bulky weight alpaca and it is not conducive to the 80 degree weather we are having in North Carolina. And considering I walk everywhere, it’s just not a good idea to wear it outdoors.
This is not a mindless knit. It does take some concentration (and careful note taking). There were a couple of times that I had to rip back some rows due to mistakes. But, they were easily fixed. Also, I wasn’t sure how the cardigan was going to turn out. Everything was bunched when knitting it up. It was worked from the bottom up, so I couldn’t try it on until the very end. Also, the button band looked wonky because it stood up weirdly. Once I blocked it all out, everything came together beautifully.
I made the XS size because Andi suggests 1-3 inches of negative ease for this cardigan.
Also, I did not use 3/4” buttons as recommended. My buttons are 1”. They were in my button stash and they worked out perfectly. I like them.
Yarn – Berocco Ultra Alpaca Chunky
Color – Winter White
Needle – Size 9 (5.5 mm)
Level – Intermediate
Size – XS (29)
OAN: Me Made May 2015 is underway. Expect a post tomorrow documenting my first week.
I wanted a cozy cardigan that would go with everything. This cardigan answered that call. The pattern is another Andi Satterlund design called Zinnia. I had planned on making this pattern in the future but, after I saw Rue Des Renard’s gorgeous version I put this at the top of my queue. The initial plan was to make this cardigan in a vivid color but, I went with a neutral color to make it very versatile.
This pattern was very fun to knit. I did not think I would finish this in 2.5 weeks but, I did. I thought it would be a pattern that I picked up when I had free time. But, snow days and spring break helped me to finish this. The textured pattern keeps things interesting and works up very fast. The textured pattern also gives the cardigan a nice cushy feel. Also, the diamonds added another fun factor to the project. I took Rue Des Renard’s advice and placed stitch markers between each diamond pattern repeat to ensure accuracy. It worked like a charm. Andi suggests about 0-3 inches of positive ease. I went with 0 inches of positive ease and I am very happy with the fit.
My final verdict: This cardigan is perfect. It’s cozy. It’s versatile. I know that I will get much use out of it. I will most likely cart it everywhere with me considering my cold nature.
Level – Intermediate
Yarn – Lion Brand Heartland
Color – Grand Canyon
Size – XS
Needle – Size 7 (4.5mm)
OAN: Many thanks to my wonderful nieces for being my photographers. That’s one of the perks of coming home.
I wanted a quick and mindless project and I got it. Maybe it was a little too quick. Lol. However, I am pleased with this finished sweater.
The pattern was very clear and simple as pie. I shortened the body by 7 rounds and I did the suggested 35 rounds for full length sleeves. Obviously, I should have completed more rounds for completely full length sleeves. If I should make this again, I would definitely go for longer sleeves. But, I do like 3/4 length sleeves so, I like this sweater.
I don’t have much to say about this pattern. It can be found HERE.
Since I have had my crochet fix, I am thinking about making Zinnia or Henriette next. Though I wonder if it is time to start thinking about spring knits. I don’t think there will be many days of winter left.
Yarn – Lion Brand Hearland
Color – Redwood
Hook – I/9 – 5.50mm
Level – Easy
I know, I know. Long time, no see. So, let’s get started.
I have been working on Andi’s Cropped Sweater for Winter since October of last year. This is actually a very quick knit but, I did not work on it consistently. It was a project I picked up when I need a mind break from school.
For the most part, I followed the pattern exactly as printed. I followed the advice of Tassadit and shortened the body, which I am very pleased with. I compared the sweater to the length of my Chuck (my favorite pullover) to get the same length. Therefore, I did only 12 rounds of the 1×1 ribbing.
Yesterday, I wore the cropped sweater and received a few compliments. While in the library last night, a girl asked me “Where did you find your cropped sweater?” I told her I made it and she asked how. I replied “I knitted it.” She was so amazed. LOL
This yarn was actually purchased last year and I am not sure why I chose purple hues but, I like it. It works with quite a few items in my closet so, it should get much wear.
Since this sweater didn’t have a name (like Andi’s other sweaters), I have named it after Jimi Hendrix’s song Purple Haze. It’s perfect because the main color is called “haze heather”.
Level – Easy
Needles – 8 (5.0 mm)
Yarn – Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
Color – Haze Heather and Indigo Heather
With my most recent failure in dress making, let’s talk about a successful finished dress.
When, I started the OAL2014 I didn’t know anything about the amount of fabric needed. So, I had quite a bit of fabric left over. I decided to make my niece a dress with the remaining fabric.
I bought this pattern from Wal-Mart because it was only 97 cent, simple, and too adorable. Unfortunately, I don’t have the pattern in front of me so, I don’t know the pattern number. I’ll update with that information later.
I really liked how this dress turned out. My favorite feature is the rick rack. Now, I want a dress with rick rack 😉
My niece loved it and we wore our matching dresses to church this past Sunday.
UPDATE: The pattern is Simplicity’s Sew Simple line in A1397.