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Bombshell Skirt

I want to start today’s post with a lesson about gauging.

The two skirts on the left were created with the same pattern (found in the book Punk Knits). However, I was too lazy when I started making the black one to do the gauge swatch. As you can see, it ended up much smaller than the blue one. So for those of you out there who are too lazy to follow the gauging suggestions, take this post as an example of why it’s important. Each of the skirts took me the better part of two months to create, it was very disappointing to finish up the first one I made only to find it was too small.

Great! Now that’s out of my system I can go on to comment about the actual skirt.

First off, this is a lovely pattern. The original pattern called for the use of yarn containing elastic. I chose instead to use Red Heart Classic yarn for the black skirt and baby yarn for the blue one. This was the source for the gauging issue, as these yarns don’t stretch in the intended way.

This project was my first time working with the baby yarn. I must admit that I really like it. The baby yarn skirt was so much softer than the one created with classic yarn! I’m definitely going to be incorporating baby yarn into more of my projects, even if they are for adults.

As one can see in the close up detail, the patter called for dropping stitches. That was such an imaginative way to give the skirt an A-line shape, and I must admit, a much better way than by having to decrease stitches every given number of rows. Anything that reduces the amount of counting I have to do is a great idea in my book.


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Knit Tank Top

Knitting, its not just for winter anymore.

When flipping through my copy of Punk Knits, I was ecstatic to find a pattern for a fun top that was designed to be worn in the summer time (what a concept!).

In the creation of this shirt, I combined Lion Brand Trellis yarn, which (as I mentioned in a previous post) I absolutely adore working with, but has been sadly discontinued, with Bernat Satin yarn. The combination of the two gave a silky feel, as the satin yarn texture was able to peak through the untextured blocks in the Trellis yarn. Avid blog readers may recognize this yarn combination from a tie mentioned in a previous post. The shirt was actually created first, but I made the tie before I was able to get the ribbon to finish off the shirt. The pattern actually called for the use of these two yarn types, and I liked how they looked so much I used the combination in different projects.

I think my favorite part of this project is that the completed product looks far more complicated than it actually was to make. The shirt is created in three pieces which are a basic 2×2 rib stitch. The pieces were laced together using ribbon (yay for no sew projects) using holes created by dropping stitches.

Many of the patterns in this book call for the use of dropped stitches. I absolutely love it! Most books focus on how to save the project from the horrors of dropped stitches, while this one is encouraging it. I must say it’s quite refreshing. It’s also a really creative way of creating holes for lacing. I wish I was that creative when coming up with designs.

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Sassy Scarf

I made this scarf as a gift for my sister last year. I found it hanging on a chair this morning, and it seemed to be just calling for a post. I was feeling a little artsy, so I decided to pull out an old stuffed animal to be my model today.

Meet Princess. Princess is modeling a sassy scarf ensemble created using a pattern found in Punk Knits. This scarf was created using Red Heart Classic yarn (which sounds much more classy then the “normal yarn” title I originally had), and Lyon Brand Fun Fetti Yarn (which always makes me want cupcakes whenever I work with it, possibly an evil ploy devised by Pillsbury and the yarn company).

This scarf was created using size thirteen needles, which I have to admit are starting to grow on me. I’ve always felt awkward and clunky using them because they are so big, opting instead for size nine needles, which are my favorite size, but after working with them for several projects I can appreciate the loose stitching they create as well as the speed at which projects can be completed while using them. This scarf only took me about half an hour.

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Infant Beanie

I’ve been in a beanie mood lately. They are quick, easy, and donating them to a local children’s hospital makes me all warm and fuzzy inside.

Today’s post is this cute little infant beanie I created using one of Bev’s free patterns. I absolutely adore this pattern, it’s so easy to follow and the results are so cute!

This beanie took me about an hour to create, not bad for a beanie.