Koolsheep’s knit blog

1/31/2008

It’s a learning experience, right?

Filed under: General — Karen @ 5:31 pm

I’ve been working (and re-working) on the Chanel-like jacket for a week or two now, and I have learned a ton (i.e., knit, frogged, swore, knit, frogged, early gave up, knit, etc.) So, for those of you who are interested in embarking on this same journey, I will list out what I now know:

  1. When you slip a knit stitch, you slip as if to purl. I used to know this, but I forgot. This little error of mine made my swatch look totally weird. It was basically black and white stripes rather than a herringbone pattern. Not that attractive unless you want to look like a recent escapee from Sing-sing. I almost didn’t knit this whole project because I didn’t like how the swatch looked. Then it finally occurred to me what my error was.

    This is what an incorrect swatch looks like:

    And this is more like it:

    Yay! Herringbone, and it looks great 🙂

  2. When you knit the pocket flaps, the pattern says just knit them until they measure 1 1/2″. Unless you want your pocket flaps to be totally off-pattern in a very noticeable spot, you need to be much more specific than that. You need to end after row 1 of the honeycomb tweed pattern. I.e., you should be knitting with the CC, and the stitches on your needle should be alternating in color.
  3. The instructions for “Insert pocket flap” were very confusing to me. It says “With WS of Pocket Flat in front of WS of Garment…” Mmmm…. “in front” to me means towards me, right? As in “with yarn in front, blah blah.” Well, that is not where you want the pocket flap. You should be knitting a WS row. You want the pocket flap away from you, against the RS of the garment, with the RS facing away from you. In other words, it should be laying on the piece exactly as it will when you’re finished, with the WS of the flap laying directly against the RS of the garment. I would have taken a pic of the correct way to do this, but I was way too pissed at the time to be taking photos. Plus, it was the third time I had knit those damn flaps in and I didn’t want to jinx it by stopping to photograph it.

    Here’s how far I am now:

I splurged on the Filatura di Crosa Zara Plus yarn and it is sooo nice. Very soft, very pleasant to knit with. And now that I’m over those darn pockets, I can just relax and knit 🙂

1/20/2008

Another FO — new record!

Filed under: General — Karen @ 9:13 pm

I’m just a knittin’ fool lately. I finished up the circular shrug:

I took a bunch of pics because I had such a hard time picturing how it would fit, and now that it’s done, it is so interesting, I want to be sure to capture it. It’s very cool, very flattering and amazing how it goes from a flat piece to one that has so much personality when worn. Thanks so much to Julia Allen for putting this pattern together 🙂

I knit this on 8’s, and at this gauge, it was 180 stitches across in the ribbed sections. This was a whole lot more knitting than I bargained for when I started out. I think I mentioned I was a few skeins short, but I managed to snag the last two skeins in-stock at Knit Happens (they seem awfully nice there — I wish I lived closer). So all in all, it took about 4 1/2 skeins to finish up. I had Julia model it for me, and now she wants one. Well, at least it would be a heckuva lot smaller. I told her I needed a break from this pattern, though and wouldn’t be getting to it right away. This ggh Solitaire is wonderful stuff. It’s soft and stretchy and gives a marvelous drape to the whole thing. Plus, it is super warm. I’ll definitely be wearing this baby to work next week!

Oh, one thing to keep in mind when knitting this up — when you start the second rib section, make sure it’s opposite of what you did in the top section. In other words, if you’ve got a knit 2 up top, match it with a purl 2 down below. I neglected to do this, so when I sewed it up, I got 4 purls in a row and 4 knits in a row along the seam. It’s not super-noticeable, but would have been easy to arrange differently if I’d been thinking ahead.

So now I’ll be working more on Todd’s sweater. And I’ve purchased the yarn and done a swatch for the Chanel-ish jacket from Greetings. I’m just hesitating because I’m not 100% convinced I’ll like / wear it when I’m done. It looks great in the pics (as do all the ravelry FO’s), but maybe it’s not really my style? At this point, I’m leaning towards knitting it anyway. What the heck — I’ve got the yarn and it is sooo nice to knit with. Besides, I’m on a roll!

1/2/2008

All right, now I’m on a roll ;)

Filed under: General — Karen @ 10:08 pm

First, here are some finished pics of Cherie Amour:

I have to admit, when it was first finished, I didn’t like it. It seemed too bulky. But I’ve worn it a few times now and it’s growing on me. I need sweaters, so it’s made it’s way into my rotation by default.

Then I was so inspired by this notion of simple knits (maybe I’ll never finish St. Brigid *sigh*) that I cast on two more projects.

One is a circular shrug:

and the other is a Classic Sweater for Guys from Greetings From Knit Cafe (can you tell I like this book. A lot?)

Does that yarn from the Classic Guy look familiar? It’s been my stash for at least 8 years and was supposed to be for Irish Moss. While that would have been admittedly very handsome, it may not have gotten finished in this lifetime. Now it has the potential to be worn this season. Back’s done and I’ll be casting on for the front in the near future. It’s a DK yarn, so I’m knitting it doubled and hitting gauge just right.

The Circular Shrug may see some difficulties soon, because I didn’t buy enough yarn from the get-go. It’s this really nice GGH Solitaire. Very soft and nice drape. But it’s hard to find it anywhere! I got it at our local yarn store, Fiber Naturel, but it was their last 3 skeins. I’ll need two more, so we’ll have to see what turns up.

And can I just say, Ravelry is an amazing site. I got to play around with it quite a bit right at the beginning of the holidays, and I *love* it!