Modification Monday: Wallpaper Jumper


Original Pattern: Wallpaper Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Annika (Rav ID, blog)

Mods: Used the wallpaper hat pattern for the body of the sweater, and Elizabeth Zimmermann percentage system for the yoke and created this lovely children’s pullover.

What Makes This Awesome:  I love how she gave her creativity free rein and reinterpreted a hat pattern into a sweater by using EZ’s top down method, and she didn’t stop there- the stripes are such a playful and sweet addition. I love this kiddie sweater! It’s pretty and fresh. Project page with details can be found here.

Some Thoughts on Seamed vs. In the Round

 First off, I should tell you that I’ve joined Pinterest, and have become completely obsessed. If you’d like to check out my boards, you can find me here.

I’ve been thinking about seamed vs. in the round lately. I’m working on a top secret sweater for my mother (Hi mom! Stop snooping!) that was written to be seamed, but I changed to be knit in the round. And even though I’ve done it dozens of times before, it got me
thinking about the aversion to seams that is out there in the knitting
world, and my personal reasons for avoiding seams.

I’ve got nothing against seamed or in the round knits. I often knit sweaters in the round, and I’ll admit it’s out of sheer laziness. I know perfectly well that the garment often looks more professional and avoids the dreaded bagging around the waist (and riding up to become a much shorter sweater) if it had the structure and support of seams. I think of seams as a good bra: a well done seam can support the knit and make the wearer look leaner and the knit look more polished. Whether or not this is a goal for your knits is definitely a personal choice. What I can’t quite figure out is why, feeling the way I do about seams, I often choose to knit in the round. Is it laziness? Doing it because it’s easier doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to me. The best I can come up with is that the idea of having a sweater in several pieces make me wonder if I’ll misplace a portion of it (front left side of cardigan, where did you?! etc.). But those feel like pretty flimsy reasons. Whenever I knit toys, there are tonnes of small parts and as much seaming as there is knitting, so… I’m not buying my own excuses.

What are your thoughts? Why do you prefer in the round or seaming your knits?

Modification Monday: Ms. Bennett-Darcy

Original Pattern: Mr. Darcy

Knitter Extraordinaire: Cheryl (Rav ID, website)

Mods: Altered this men’s pullover to fit and flatter a feminine shape, using her hip measurement as a basis for her calculations.

What Makes This Awesome:  I loved this sweater when I first saw it. The texture and classic shape (along with the prefect sweater name!) were so attractive, but I never stopped to think if I could change it up to suit me. I’m so impressed that Cheryl took the pattern and modified it to make a gorgeous, flattering sweater for herself.  It looks beautiful! It’s so chilly here today, and I’d love to slip into a cozy sweater just like this.  Awesome project guidelines on how to modify any men’s sweater into a smaller woman’s sweater can be found here.

WIP: Fiddlehead Mitts

It recently became abundantly clear that I needed a new pair of mittens. For those that are sensitive to horrible scenes of mitten tragedy, please avert your eyes:

dead mittens

 They are store-bought mittens that my grandmother gave me years ago. When she passed in 2008, and I couldn’t bring myself to use any other mittens than these, the last ones she ever gave me. But as you can plainly see, they are done. They fought the good fight, but they are ready to go to that great mitten cupboard in the sky. 

The Fiddlehead Mittens were on my knitting hit list. I have a Tanis Fiber Arts Mitten kit, but the yarn colours were perfect for another project I want to work on so I substituted the yarns. I have now have one completed mitt:

fiddlehead 2
fiddlehead inside

 These mittens really came about because of Turtlegirl, who had originally got the lovely skein of  Lollipop Cabin Sock Yarn, and then generously gave it to me! Thank you!!

The colourway is called ‘Laughing in the Autumn Leaves along the Pacific Crest Trail’. I love the colours, it has knitted up beautifully against the Tanis Fiber Arts DK weight, which is the contrasting colour. The lining is knitting up in Knitpicks Suri Dream, which is so buttery soft, fuzzy, and warm.I don’t usually knit colourwork items, so this was a nice change of knitting pace. It was so interesting to watch the pattern develop, and I think this project has given me more confidence with my stranded knitting.

G says is looks like an oven mitt, it’s so thick. But I don’t care- I love it. I can’t wait to finish the second one.

Modification Monday: Antler Audrey

Original Pattern: Audrey in Unst

Knitter Extraordinaire: Nikki (Rav ID)

Modifications: Charted out and inserted lace panels from two Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries, modifying the cardigan to accomodate the lace inserts. Project details can be found on the project page.

What Makes This Awesome: Nikki notes that she has a long history with gauge issues, and found
that lace in garments provides a more forgiving fit. She loved the
Audrey in Unst pattern, but after receving the wonderful gift of the
Barbara Walker Stitch Dictionaries (all 4 of them!) she decided to
trying something more adventurous. And her adventure paid off- the cardigan is beautiful. I love the lace she chose, and I’m also really impressed with how she recognized a trouble point with her knitting and figured out a wonderfully creative solution. What an amazing cardi!