Smoking Hot Round-Up of Comp Knitting, Crochet Patterns from Ravelry, Berroco Yarns

 

Collier, a top-down comp hat pattern, Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Collier, a top-down comp hat pattern, Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Close up, Lace Pattern, Collier, a comp hat pattern, Berroco Yarns, Image Used with Permission

Close up, Lace Pattern, Collier, a comp hat pattern, Berroco Yarns, Image Used with Permission

1. Taiyo Lace Color Block Top. For those of you who live in Chicago, there’s a gorgeous sample hanging at Windy Knitty, stop in when the Yarn Crawl starts next Saturday, August 2.

2. To answer Whit’s question on the Purl Bee, no, knitters don’t take up smoking when the weather warms up … They do other things! But for those who continue to knit when the temperature hits the high two digits and low three digits (Farenheit), here’s another comp pattern: Silken Straw Top, perfect over a tank top. Made in the round for your knitting pleasure.

3. For those who crochet: Red Heart’s Delectable Tee top. So pretty in purple.

4. Golden Sun, a seamless vest pattern, comp pattern only downloadable at Ravelry. Great way to use a stash of DK weight yarn.

5. Last but not least, Collier, the Berroco Yarns comp hat pattern designed by Norah Gaughan. Worked from the top down, this slouchy hat pattern is easy with some lace thrown so you don’t fall asleep while knitting.

That’s it, friends. Over and out to enjoy the summer fun, perhaps finish a worsted weight vest this weekend, just in time to buy some goodies at the crawl beginning next weekend.

 

DIY Knitting Pattern Review: Norah Gaughan’s Currer

 

Norah Gaughan''s Currer, Berroco Yarns, Volume 2

Norah Gaughan”s Currer, Berroco Yarns, Volume 2

NorahGaughanCurrerPeplum

Peplum detail, Norah Gaughan’s Currer, volume 2, Berroco Yarns

NorahGaughanCurrerbuttons

Vintage Rhinestone Buttons, Antique and Resale Shoppe, Chicago, IL

The Take-Away: This is a DIY knitting pattern review. If this kind of minutia interests you, read on, if not, enter this week’s book give-away, wait for the round-up of comp knitting patterns or something else. 

The pattern: Currer, from Norah Gaughan Collection’s “Three for All” collection, vol. 2

My version: smallest size (bust 30). I figured the smallest size would have stretch since this is cotton yarn. Yep, I was right.

Yarn: Takhi’s Chait (now discontinued)

Observations:

  1. The peplum is the hardest part of the pattern to make. You might even do that part first because the rest – the sleeves, back and front will be piece of cake. I’m certain this could be made in the round, but I don’t know how to figure it out.
  2. Use a yarn that closely matches the fiber content of what was used in the pattern to get the right fit. I used a 100 percent cotton tape yarn, but the original yarn (also discontinued) had a blend of cotton/acrylic/polyester that probably gives the garment more shaping, my sweater kind of hangs there.
  3. The ribbing seems to be shorter than it appears in the photo, I personally like a deeper ribbing.
  4. Stay tape in the shoulders. There isn’t any called for in the pattern, but as a sewer, I know it’s essential especially with stretchy fabrics. Otherwise, your shoulders will grow. So I sewed a thin cotton ribbon in the shoulder seams on my sewing machine. Worked better than charm!
  5. Pattern doesn’t call for rhinestone buttons, but if you look closely at the version published in the booklet, the red version has rhinestone buttons. They really pop out. I got my vintage ones at the Harlem Avenue Antique and Resale Shoppe in Chicago. One broke, so I need to make a swift return to the shop. The buttons, because they are vintage, are not an exact match, but pretty close. My guess is that my replacement button will be a close match too.

Modifications:

  1. There aren’t too many, but maybe after I block it I’ll have some more ideas.

Would I make it Again Factor?: I just might. I was looking up stashes of the discontinued yarn called for in the pattern, Love It, in will trade/sell stashes on Ravelry. There isn’t my exact color, but somehow I really want this sweater to closely match the sample published in the booklet: red with with rhinestone buttons. But these other color combos would be cool too:

  1. Indigo…with rhinestone buttons.
  2. Black…with rhinestone buttons.

So it’s entirely possible. I could queue this pattern up soon in my Ravelry project list. I do like to repeat patterns, just like I do in the sewing world. Hopefully, I’d get it done a lot faster than a year (I started this one last summer, and just completed this past weekend. )

Has anyone made this pattern?

Interweave Knits Book Give-away: 25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share

25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share/Interweave Favorites (image used with permission)

25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share/Interweave Favorites (image used with permission)

The Take-Away: Here’s a new book give-away Interested? Read on. if not come back another day for a DIY sewing or knitting pattern review or a round-up of comp knitting patterns.

Ok. Now for the low-down. This is 25 Knitted Accessories to Wear and Share, Interweave Favorites ($22.99). Think of it as a round-up, in book form, of some of the best knitting patterns to hit Interweave Knits in recent years. Socks, fingerless gloves, hats, purses, there’s all that and more. What are some of my favorites? The Sideaways Grande Hat, still sitting in my Ravelry favorites for what seems forever. I’m not into making hats, but this one? I like the architectural lines of it. It has a very strong 1920s vibe. And knitting it up in a chunky yarn, it will go lickety-split fast. That pattern is in this book. What else” The Echo Reversible drop-stitch moebius is in here too. I wasn’t my familiar with it until I saw this book, but now, shoot, it’s going in my Ravelry favorites. It too will knit up in no time flat in a chunky yarn.

So this book, I’m giving it away. Here are some basic rules. You must live in the continental U.S. and play by the rules. Leave a comment here at the end of this blog post about what’s your favorite accessory to knit and why by 12 p.m., CST, Monday, July 28. A winner will be selected from one of those blog posts. Be Be sure to leave an email address so I can contact you if you’re a winner.

DIY Sewing Pattern Review McCalls 6551: latest version

McCall6551, View A, Sleeve

McCall6551, View A, SleeveMcCall 6551, View A, Full Length

McCall 6551, View A, Neckline
McCall 6551, View A, Neckline

McCalls 6551, View A,hem

McCalls 6551, View A,hem

The Take-Away: This is a DIY sewing pattern review, specifically for McCall’s 6551, view A. If this topic interests you, read on. If not, come another day for a book give-away or a round-up of com knitting/crochet patterns. 

The Pattern: McCalls 6551, view A

Viva La Difference:  I’ve made this several times. It’s a great pattern. The most significant change? I combined the front and bottom panels in the main pattern of the dress. If you look closely at the pattern these are separate pieces. Not on my dress. I’ve got two pattern pieces, that’s it. I also used the backside of a twin-needle stitch on my coverstitch machine because it looks more ready to wear, and it’s much easier to fix if something goes awry on the backside of the stitch (I simply use one of the narrowest version of my zig-zag on my sewing machine to fix, it’s a close match the backside of the stitch on a twin-needle stitch on a coverstitch).

The Fabric: A cotton jersey, $8.99 a yard at Vogue Fabric’s Evanston. There isn’t more of the great fabric. I bought the last of it. Interestingly enough, this pattern doesn’t have knits in the list of suggested fabrics. I just thought it would work and it did.

Once More with Feeling: I like this dress to have made it multiple times, though each time I’ve made view A I’ve toyed with the idea of changing of the boatneck neckline and I’ve regretted. The boatneck neckline is intended for someone with broad shoulders. anyone with anything less with have exposed bra straps. What’s more, you’ll be fiddling with the neckline itself which seems to crumple up on a small frame. Better to modify the neckline to something with a ‘fuller’ strap if your build is on the petite or you’ve got small shoulders.

That’s it. This is a great summer dress, easy to layer with an assymetrical solid jersey knit skirt underneath, leggings or simply wear on its own. I definitely recommend this pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous Friday: Five Knitting, Crochet Patterns from Berroco & Lion Brand Yarns, Ravelry

Corsica, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Corsica, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Close up of Corsica, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Close up of Corsica, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

The Take-Away: This is a weekly round-up of knitting and crochet patterns from the Internet. If this round-up intrigues you, read on, otherwise, come back next week for a DIY sewing pattern review or a book giveaway.

The Fabulous Five:

1. Corsica is a Norah Gaughan long-sleeved beauty. In the right cotton blend yarn, this would be terrific to wear at night, on a cool summer day or in the office.

The following three are comp Ravelry downloads, so log on if you want any of these!

2. The Livia Adult cardigan is a lively cardigan with bobbles and cardigan.

3. Wings is a crochet shawl/vest, a great layering piece for summer.

4. Pearlie is a top-down raglan kniit cardigan. It’s pegged for teens, but if you’re a full-grown adult on the small size, go for it.

5. The Open Air Shrug looks like a quick weekend project. All in crochet.

That’s it for now, fiber friends. Over and out for summer fun.

 

 

Five Comp Knitting and Crochet Patterns from Knitty, Ravelry and Takhi Stacy Charles

Indigo Cones, Knitty.com, First Fall 2014

Indigo Cones, Knitty.com, First Fall 2014

The Take-Away: The round-of comp knitting patterns, most summer-related continues. If that interests you, read on. If not, come back for a book giveaway, a DIY sewing or knitting pattern review.

Still interested? Here are five great comp knitting that have come across my browser in the last week or so.

1. Indigo Cones from Knitty.com (see above). This looks like a great short-sleeve summer cardigan to have in your wardrobe. Throw it on for chilly days in the air-conditioned office, cool nights outside.

2. Named after a parrokeep named Bella, the Bella Shrug, is a comp crochet Ravelry download. If you’re a knitter, this pattern might be worth digging out the crochet hook for.

3. The Iris Shell from Stacy Takhi Charles. The nubby yarn makes for an interesting textured shell, ideal over a cotton or silk tank top underneath.

4. KnitRowan always has the prettiest patterns, photography and models and this UnWind wrap is no exception. Comp to you if you log in.

5. Eryn Lasgalen Glovettes. Pretty comp download also from Ravelry. These have a romantic feel, something you might wear for a wedding or just because!

That’s it, friends, Summer and the rest of Friday beckons. Catch you later.

 

 

New Book Give Away: Interweave Knits’ New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past

Interweave Knits' New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past

Interweave Knits’ New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past

The Take-Away: A new book give-away. If this interests you and you want this book on your shelf badly, read on. If not, come back another day for a DIY sewing or knitting pattern review.

The Book: Interweave Knits’ New Vintage Lace: Knits Inspired By the Past ($24.99)

The Details: Author Andrea Jurgrau digs into the past – namely doily and tablecloth patterns from the first half of the 20th century for her delightful collection of shawls and capelets, all made in contemporary yarns in trendy colors. They’re so beautiful you wouldn’t think they were inspired by doilies, but they are. What’s more, since most projects in the book take less than 800 yards, you could make yourself a luxurious accessory with a skein or two of yarn. Now the projects look complex, at some of them, but I’m certain if you take it slow, throw in a life line, you could start and finish a shawl quickly.

How to Win the Book?: Just leave a comment below. Answer the following question: What’s your favorite doily memory? Did your grandmother perhaps knit them, put them on her TV or adorn the dining table on holidays with a special knitted tablecloth? Leave your answer by Wednesday, June 18 at 12 p.m. CST. You must live in the continental U.S. to enter (publisher’s rules, sorry).

So let the comments begin!

 

5 New Comp Knitting, Crochet Patterns from Berroco Yarns, Ravelry

Close Up, Admit, a Berroco Yarns comp knitting pattern, image used with permission

Close Up, Admit, a Berroco Yarns comp knitting pattern, image used with permission

Admit, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

Admit, a comp knitting pattern from Berroco Yarns, image used with permission

The Take-Away: Some interesting new knitting patterns, all compliments of designers worldwide. Yawn? Come back another day. For a DIY sewing pattern, a book give-away or something. Still interested? Read on.

The five knitting patterns that I found most interesting in the past week:

1. Admit, is a beautiful eyelet pattern, most definitely meant for summer. And Berroco yarns is giving away this pattern on their site.

2. Over at Ravelry are two knitting patterns, Surry Hills, a bottom-up cardigan. Sea Glass Cardi is also available at a comp download until the end of June.

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DIY Sewing Pattern Review: Simplicity 1621A, View B

Simplicity 1621A, View B, Sleeve

Simplicity 1621A, View B, Sleeve

Simplicity 1621A, View B, Main View, Vogue Fabrics ITY knit

Simplicity 1621A, View B, Main View, Vogue Fabrics ITY knit

 

SImplicity 1621A, View B, hem

SImplicity 1621A, View B, hem

The Take-Away: A new sewing pattern review. Want to look at the pretty pics and take notes? Read on. Not so interesting? Come back another day for a book give-away or a round up of comp knitting patterns.

Still reading? Cool. Here are DIY details.

The pattern: Simplicity 1621, bought largely for View D, a sheer lightweight jacket. However, there are three other patterns that useful but nearly as soon. Had some left over fabric from my latest Vogue sewing dress, enough to make a top, so I cut out View B, a sleeveless top gathered at the waist. Takes a 7/8 of a yard!

The basics: This is an easy pattern, really didn’t need to follow the instructions

The mods: Two big mods – I skipped the darts, I’m a A cup besides I was using a stretch knit so I didn’t think the darts were necessary. I simplicity folded the darts away on the front parts of the part. Second mod? I used stretch underwear elastic to gather the waistband (the pattern has you making a casing and thread elastic through the casing with a bodkin. Too much work in my opinion.

What I’d do differently next time around:

  • I’d use my binding attachment or a hand tool that help me to get the ITY fabric on the neckline and the armholes into between the fold over picot-edged elastic. As it is, even now there are some gaps between the elastic and the fashion fabric on the neckline and the armholes. I’ll need to go back to fill those in on the sewing machine. (I sewed the elastic on my Viking Husqvarna using the lightening stitch.)
  • I’d skip using the underwear elastic at the waist. It looks bunchy and homemade. I’d use a pretty lace and thread a ribbon through it for gathering. There are a lot of Cluny laces that work well for this purpose. Eyelet lace too. Just a yard with do the trick and look so much more professional.

The fabric:  This ITY fabric, from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, is really nice, I think it’s nice although it can be warm on a humid day. Still great for a project like this, although this pattern calls for laundered cotton, batiks, lightweight sateen, challis, laundered silks, rayons, silk linen, soft lightweight linenen and linen blends. B can also be made in a lightweight knits.

Future variations:

  • White eyelet with matching trim, gingham bias tape on the armholes, neckline with gingham ribbon and eyelet trim at the waist.
  • Colorblock. Since both the back and the front and sewed using two pieces you could have a lot of fun here. You could even use the reverse (wrong side) as part of your front.
  • Silk – a great summer and winter option (Silk keeps you cool during the summer, warm during winter) You could sew this so it’s a vest. Simply just sew the back and the side seams, finish the raw edges, and just belt it or wear it open.
  • Make bindings from the fashion fabric. Easier to sew generally since it’s wider, and it hides makes easier.

Make It Again factor: High since I just outlined above ideas. Besides, it’s hard to beat since View B takes less than a yard to make.

That’s it for now. Over and out for some sewing fun!

 

DIY Sewing Pattern Review: Vogue 8904, Version 2.0

Vogue 8904, Version 3.0, Vogue Fabrics ITY fabric

Vogue 8904, Version 2.0, Vogue Fabrics ITY fabric

Vogue 8904, Version 3.0, Main View

Vogue 8904, Version 2.0, Main View

 

Vogue 8904, Version 3.0, Close Up, Vogue Fabrics ITY Fabric

Vogue 8904, Version 2.0, Close Up, Vogue Fabrics ITY Fabric

The Take-Away: This is another view of Vogue 8904. If this is up your alley down your sewing lane, read on. If it doesn’t intrigue you, come back another day for a book give-away or a round-up of comp knitting patterns.

The Low-Down: Vogue 8904, basic shell pattern

What Makes it Different From Other Versions of This Pattern?: Not much. I did peg this one just at the knee. I would tighten the tension on the serger next time around since the stitching seems to be loose with the white thread showing up the on right side. Other than that, this dress is exactly the same as the other Vogue 8904. It’s time to make the tiered version soon.

The fabric?: This is another ITY fabric from Vogue Fabrics in Evanston. I thought it was going to sell out, but it appears that there’s still plenty of it left last time I was in the shop. This rose print would even be pretty with the “wrong” on the outside, a sort of faded Shabby Chic look. ITY fabric is a great stretchy fabric, terrific for pullover dresses and tops.

Other variations?: The collar or the binding. I inadvertently messed it up the first time sewing it, so I cut another strip of fabric (which should always be longer than what the pattern piece because the pattern has no way of ‘knowing’ how stretchy (or not) your fabric will be. When I sewed on neckline piece no. 2, I think it may have shifted, twisting as I serged it on. Fortunately, the twisted neckline collar look is in, so I’ve left it alone.

Anything You’d Do Differently Next Time Around?: I’d try the tiered version (View A or B), I’m bored with the basic after two versions. I’d try to find an ITY fabric with a diagonal print so I wouldn’t have a straight up and down piece on the final  bottom piece. I don’t see that in RTW versions of this pattern, so I’d try to avoid it on my own.

Recommend It to Others?: For sure. It’s a great basic pattern as others have said. I love the two that I have in wardrobe now. Neither’s perfect, but as long as I wear them both, I consider them both winners.

What’s Up Next?: I’ve already cut out a sleeveless tank top that’s gathered at the waist. Same exact fabric. With luck (the nice weather outside is calling me big-time) I’ll sew that up this weekend.