Nightmare on Knit Street & the Awakening

28. Juli 2007
Problems FIXED! Please scroll down to see the final result :)

Isabella - Front Isabella - Back

Pattern: Isabella by Knitty
Yarn: Austermann "Algarve" in black (obviously) - 100% cotton.
This yarn knits up like a dream, I surely will use it again!
Knit on 3 mm circs.

If this were a pattern review I would have to say "pattern did not work for me" - with accentuation on "for ME".
Let me say it: It's a beautiful tank top! I fell in love with it the moment this Knitty issue came out. Some time later I went to the shop and really got some yarn that would work. I made a gauge, adjusted needle sizes and off I went:

Pretty satisfied with the built-in picot edge hemline. Yes, I think that would have been the way to go.
I *love* the lace pattern!
The picking up stitches around the armhole went well. I dare to say it even looks good if you just look at the pick-up-line, not at the picot!
The latter turned out to be the "nightmare factor" of this project. I wanted a picot edge, not wings! (Have those already ^.^)

Afterwards, I just can say it's my personal knitting nightmare.
The knitting itself went well and it was fun (though I would change the pattern now), but the outcome ist just.... *sigh*
I still don't know if to frog the armhole edging or not. If I do, I know exactly that I won't be in the mood to reknit them and Isabella will finally die, buried in my big black box of UFOs.
If you have a solution that doesn't contain the words "frogging" or "ripping", tell me!

Things I would improve if I would do this again / hints I would give to others:

  • Knit the main body in the round. No seaming, no bulk, no fuss.
  • Pick up less stitches around the armhole for the picot edging!
    The pattern calls for 1 st in each bound off st plus 3 st for every 4 rows. Too much, believe me. Don't trust me? Well, then have a look at my "wings"...
  • Adjust neckline to be "finished". The neckline is left with raw edges and some curious points at the upper front V-neck. Nope. Definitely.

Yes, I will wear Isabella.
Maybe I will also take her to town, but I'm not sure of it right now.
At the moment she sleeps in my wardrobe, waiting for better weather and a better mood of "someone who randomly knits".

EDIT #1 (29.07.07): RIP IT!

Rip it!

Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate your help. Of course I know that you were right about the ripping. I knew it from the start, but... well... one tries. I knew I wouldn't wear this the way it was. Maybe all I needed was you kicking my lazy "lower backside" ;)The wings have been ripped and one side is reknitted already, using a smaller (2.5 mm) needle and only the bound off stitches were picked up (and I even omitted some of those!).
Until now it looks good to me, but it isn't sewn yet. I'll keep you updated with the results.

EDIT #2 (31.07.2007): FIXED! 

Isabella by Knitty - fixed!

After ripping those odd looking picot edges I reknit them on smaller needles (2.5 mm) and only used the bound off stitches.
Now... doesn't she look wonderful?!
I really ove her and can't wait for better weather to take her out!
Guess who's happy!?!


(Still - If you want to knit this, have a look at my hints above...)

Cuff, cuff ... ;)

24. Juli 2007

Lately I'm in love with cuffs, it seems.
Pirate cuffs, gothic lolita cuffs, colorful cuffs.

Inspired by some japanese lifestyle magazines I decided to make some pairs for the shop - and maybe they will be followed by some for prrrrrecious little self?!

Accidentally on purpose

21. Juli 2007
Remember me dyeing this fabric?
As mentioned, it came out a bit "shabbier" than I wanted it to be for the planned project, but after thinking about it once or twice it was EXACTLY what I was looking for without knowing it - hence the title of this post.

This time I drafted a pattern from Mrs. Stylebook (issue #145, early summer 2007) - some of you might remember that I was in love with this beautiful jacket. Well, now it's MINE!

MSB Jacket

It took me *days* to finish the basic sloper.
Until this point I always used one of the other slopers, but for this pattern I needed the complete bandwidth of flexibility.
This meant I had to draft a new sloper and had to alter it from A to Z, due to recent measurements change.
Pattern drafting took several hours, but it was worth the effort. The sewing went on astonishingly quick because...

... in the magazine the Jacket isn't lined (they have many unlined clothes!), and though I'm usually not a big fan of unlined things, I sticked to the original as I wanted the jacket to be lightweight. The pieces are interlined completely with woven iron-on interfacing (cotton), and thanks to french seams the inside is looking clean and nice (even unlined!).

After finishing the sewing I added a little special to my "shabby" tussah silk fabric - it was treated with melting powder and gold foil, both used in patchwork for surface design.
I went for a "starry" look which really came out nicely on my testing scrap, but on the actual piece it came out more like "Bob Ross' happy little accident" (again: hence the title of this post).
Now I think it can be called "Shabby Chic", no?!
Anyways, it added a bit of "me" to the otherwise pretty plain jacket.

And as I know you want to see yours truly sporting the jacket: here you are.

Have a nice sunday! ^^