Knit Corset. Or something similar...

20. Januar 2008
While still working on my mom's bedjacket, which freaks me out because it's plain stockinette stitch throughout, I relaxed with something cable-ish:

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It's a model from the current "Junghans-Wolle" catalogue. Every year they provide a pattern booklet, containing all models shown in their yarn catalogue.
I did not use the original yarn, but a cheaper one - a very fine and heavenly soft merino I had at hand.

The cablework is only on the front, the backside is knit in a plain and very stretchy 2x2 rib.
The chart for the cables contained some errors, so I ended up knitting it just the way I thought it was right, and I think the outcome is nice ^-^

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Unlike suggested in the pattern this bandeau top was knit completely in the round instead of working a sepereate front- and backside.
At this point I can literally see the jaws of all "real" knitters out there drop. Yes, I know what you think. And I tried to avoid getting a longer backside by using shortened rows, but it still puckers when I'm wearing it. Not much, but it somehow disturbs me. Any suggestions what I can do? A sewn horizontal dart is not the solution... I tried this already.
This leads me to a question I wanted to ask anyway: What do knitters do if the finished piece doesn't fit like wanted, if there's a tiny little pucker somewhere it doesn't belong? Rip it all? Or is there a kind of "emergency 101"?
Oh, it's so easy to adjust sewn things - even after finishing. But knits? ...

Hope you have a nice, puckerless sunday!

Rubblework rollup

4. Januar 2008
As said before, the Rubblework scarf by Kathy of Pink Chalk Studio is fun to make and a pretty quick sew - at least if you are not like me and spend about 2 hours just to find the "right" fabrics for every scarf (and recipient)...
I've made some versions for christmas, as I totally love how versatile the pattern comes out with different fabric choices. Time to show off a little...

Polka dotted quilting cotton, embossed velvet, black dupioni silk and pink kimono silk, backed with black wool flannel (you may now guess who got this one...):

Rubblework

Totally love this version! I have to admit that I almost wanted to keep it for myself. But you should always give away what you want most, right?!

Quilting cotton with a fairy theme and a tweed-like mixture of wool and silk for a special "Elfe". Isn't this fabric drop-dead gorgeous?

Rubblework

And another version from quilting cottons and a soft cotton bouclé fabric for my fave cousin. I really like how the turquoise and green contrasts the brown and white!

You can see some additional pictures of the scarfs on flickr, as usual...
Next up: Making my own rubblework scarf!

Go see other people's versions of these scarfs on flickr and then go ahead and make your own! ^-^

POINT of view: Transfer an idea from a japanese drafting book to any existing pattern!

3. Januar 2008
Inspired by Tinis goal to try at least six new things this year, I thought about doing something new too, plus I wanted to start the new year with something sewing-related anyways.
I hope you like this tutorial and feel inspired afterwards - it makes me proud to see that it really sometimes happens that my blog really makes people do something new... can you imagine that?!

Okay, let's start.
Actually I wanted to try this blouse from my "Pattern Magic" book since I bought it, but lately I was lazy. I just didn't want to draft anything more complicated than a skirt, so the blouse went down-down-down on my list.
But why now "use what you have"?!
Altering an existing pattern doesn't seem so much work to me comparing to drafting a completely new pattern, so I searched my magazines for a simple blouse. Not very easy, believe me!
Finally I found a basic pattern in an old Patrones fashion magazine (model no. 69 from issue #249). Of course the folloing alterations will work with any blouse pattern...