Monday, July 20, 2009

A new pattern!

I finished a new skirt today (Neta Wechsler's Hypotenuse):

But what's probably more interesting to all of you is that I decided to channel Monty Python with the leftovers and knit exciting undergarments. The pics can be seen on Ravelry (redraveler) - don't worry; they're not modeled! But here's the pattern:

by Christina Felde


1 par US #5 needles

less than 1 skein (50 grams/136 yards) DK weight cotton blend yarn

darning needle


20 sts x 28 rows in 4 inches, stockinette


As the sides in this pattern are simple ties, the sizes are really a matter of desired coverage in front. Don't feel tied to your usual size.

CO 25 (31, 35, 41)

Row 1-25: (K 8 for large, 5 for medium, 3 for small, 0 for extra small) Work chart, (K 8 for large, 5 for medium, 3 for small, 0 for extra small). Decrease 1 st at each end every 4th row. --13 (19, 23, 29) sts

Row 26-27: Work in stockinette

Row 28: Knit, decreasing once at each end –11 (17, 21, 27) sts remain

Row 29-44: Work in stockinette, continuing to decrease 1 st at each end every 4 rows – 3

(9, 13, 19) sts

(S, M, L) ONLY:

Work in stockinette, decreasing 1 st at each end every row (3, 5, 8) times – 3 sts all sizes


Knit even for 44 rows; place on holder.

CO 16 sts, then pick up and knit 25 (31, 35, 41) stitches along top of panty triangle, CO 16 more sts. Knit 1 row. -- 57 (63, 67, 73) sts

Bind off.

CO 27 (32, 37, 42) sts, pick up the 3 from the panty back, CO 27 (32, 37, 42) more sts. Knit 1 row. --57 (63, 67, 73) sts

Bind off.

Loop a strand (or two for extra security) of yarn into the front and back of each side; tie together.

Click the chart to see the ginormous version.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Swallowtail Bandwagon!

This is the longest I’ve ever knitting exclusively on one project. I don’t know what came over me; I just couldn’t bear to start anything else!

My summary of the project:

I don’t really get why everyone’s so excited about nupps. They're just not that exciting.

I can’t believe I stuck to the pattern too the letter. I ALWAYS mod. Something’s wrong with me, I know. But for whatever reason, I didn't alter this pattern in any way. And that's weird.

...and I am ridiculously excited by how much yarn I have leftover.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

It's tank season

I finished not one but two projects this weekend; go me! The first is Coquette, from the book Fitted Knits, and the other is a heavy modification of the Anna pattern in Knitty.

I used the recommended yarn for Coquette, and while it knit up all right, it bled like whoa in the wash. It's also taken an insane amount of time to dry. That could well be normal with cotton; I'm not really sure. I used Patton's Silk Bamboo for Anna, and oooh is it luscious. I love the way it feels. I'm so ready for summer break!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

So nice

Every now and then I get a stretch of time where I have no knitting obligations. For the first few days I completely panic. I look at every pattern and every scrap of yarn I've ever considered and go absolutely crazy with the inability to make a decision without a deadline looming over me. Most recently, this happened when I finished my Mother's Day knitting:

I queued and unqueued, I started and ripped, and I pretty much went crazy. My bedroom became pretty much impossible to walk in, as there were bit and piles of fiber everywhere. Then there was almost a lightbulb moment where my logic-resistant knitter's brain realized - I don't have to make it all right now. None of this lovely yarn or these awesome patterns are going to disappear if I don't get to them NOW RIGHT NOW!!! And in fact, it doesn't even matter what order I knit them in. They will all. still. be. there. If I don't get to them in time to wear them this summer - guess what. There's another summer next year! So now, I have these two lovelies on the needles:
The first is the Coquette top from Fitted Knits, and the second is Anna from Knitty, only turned into a tank top. They're both moving pretty quickly, although it doesn't really seem like it from the pictures. And they both feel INCREDIBLE next to my skin. Now I find myself looking around for other excuses to use pima and bamboo.

Then, just as I was calming down, we got to the highlight of my knitting week. The lovely and generous Jan, of Jant's Art, sent me this lusciousness:

...and now the possibilities are dancing in my head all over again.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A few goodies

Just a quick update - In the past 2 weeks I've been quite the stash buster, and produced this:
and this:
without buying ANY new yarn! So, to reward myself, I went out and bought yarn for 3 new projects. 0:-)

Friday, April 17, 2009

It's been a while...

But I've been a busy girl! This is going to be a picture-heavy post; apologies to anyone with dial-up! I finished the skirt during Spring Break and wore it to work when I came back. The kids are all fascinated and demand that I teach them to "make stuff".Over the course of the break I also made a little dressmaker's dummy for trying on WIPs...
...finished the Spaghetti Monster that Sean's been asking for...
...and dyed this loveliness, which I'm calling Iris. I think I'll make a few squares for a blanket from it.
Since break ended I've also started two new projects:
The first is based on the Anna pattern from Knitty, but I'm turning it into a tank, because it seems like a waste of pretty yarn to make something I'll never wear in public! The other is a hobo bag I stumbled across on Ravelry. I'm itching to get them finished and take advantage of this burst of inspiration while it lasts...

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Things have been super busy lately between state testing and midterms and my immune system having apparently gone on vacation, but now it is Spring Break and the worst of the state tests is over, so I'm finally getting a little down time! I've spent most of it so far convincing myself that I should be enjoying this time off and not feeling guilty about not getting caught up/ahead on all the work and grad school stuff. I did, however, finish this:
It's currently being test-knit, then I'll publish it on Ravelry for the interested. I'm calling it Sea Spray, cuz I think the color and the nautical-themed lace patterns demand it.

I've also started the Dance Skirt from Interweave Crochet in a lovely dark green CotLin. It's not really big enough to warrant pictures yet though...

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Gotta keep this quick cuz I've got a midterm to work on, but here's a free pattern for you!

DNA Marker Socks:

Happy Feet color 10, (sock weight, superwash merino/nylon), less than 2 skeins

26.5 sts/40 rows per 4 inches

set of five US #2 needles


CO 60 sts

Round 1: *P2, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1* repeat to end

Repeat this round for 5 inches or to desired length

Heel Flap

Knit N1 onto already worked N4, continuing ribbed pattern (30 sts)

Continue ribbed pattern across N4 for 2.5 inches, slipping the first stitch of every row (22 rows)

End with a WS row.

Turn Heel

Switch to stockinette stitch.

Row 1: K16, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 2: Sl 1, P5, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 3: Sl 1, K6, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 4: Sl 1, P7, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 5: Sl 1, K8, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 6: Sl 1, P9, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 7: Sl 1, K10, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 8: Sl 1, P11, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 9: Sl 1, K12, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 10: Sl 1, P13, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 11: Sl 1, K14, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 12: Sl 1, P15, P2tog, P1, turn

18 sts remain


Knit to middle of heel

On a new needle, k across the remaining 9 heel stitches, placing marker. This is the new beginning of the round. Pick up and k 11 more on same needle

Knit across the 2 instep needles in ribbing pattern

On new needle, pick up and k 11 stitches, then knit the 9 remaining heel stitches

20 sts on N1 and N4; 15 sts on N2 and N3

Knit one round.

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1: K to last 3 sts of N1, K2tog, K1; work in pattern across instep; on N4, K1, ssk, K to end

Round 2: Knit N1 and N4; work in pattern across instep needles


Work to joint of big toe or desired length, ribbing the instep and knitting the sole.


Round 1

N1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

N2: K1, ssk, k to end

N3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1

N4: K1, ssk, k to end

Round 2


Repeat these two rounds 10 times

Knit across to last decrease point; kitchener toe.

Make 2

Saturday, March 21, 2009

I may have finished a good number of projects last week, but I've got just as many running again this week and it's taken an incredible amount of self-control to keep it to this few. All in all I'm proud of myself. :)

The first sock is now complete:
And I whipped these up for dear Angela's birthday dinner Sunday:And I also started a Flying Spaghetti Monster for the boy, but it's just a tiny little strand of spaghetti at this point. I've been really good about knitting from the stash lately instead of buying new yarn. I've actually gotten several projects done that way. Then...a coworker brought in a skirt. This sounds innocuous, but it was handmade. And pretty. And when I said as much, she helpfully added, "And it was really easy and fast! Here, you can have my copy of the pattern!"

And less than 2 hours later I was the owner of 6 new balls of yarn.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Stripey Goodness

I went to a wedding out on the Eastern Shore this weekend, which meant a total of 6 hours in the car, plus the usual evenings. On the drive out, I finished these:

And then crocheted this little scrunchie that night:

Then I proceeded to swatch pretty much all damn weekend while I tried to figure out a decent pattern for socks with the Happy Feet yarn I got in a trade a while back. I'm still not thrilled with the colors, but here's what I've got so far:

I was really feeling cables, but they just don't show well with this yarn, so I settled for a fun ribbing pattern.

For those interested in the spiral socks, here's the pattern:

“Blueberry Spirals”

Bernat Sox, 1 ball each in MC and CC

Gauge: 48 rows and 32 sts per 4 inches in stockinette

set of 5 DPNs, size 3 or size needed to obtain gauge

Spiral Pattern:

Round 1: *K4 in MC, K4 in CC*, repeat to end

Round 2: K1 in CC, *K4 in MC, K4 in CC* to 3 sts from end, K3 in CC

Round 3: K2 in CC, *K4 in MC, K4 in CC* to 2 sts from end, K2 in CC

Continue in a similar fashion indefinitely

CO 56 sts, join

Rounds 1-5

Work 2x2 ribbing in MC, on last st of last row k2tog (55 sts)

Then work 4 in (or desired length) in spiral pattern, about 38 rows

K N1 onto just-worked N4 (29 sts on 1 needle)

MAKE FLAP (in MC or continue spirals)

Row 1: Sl1 P1 to end

Row 2: K to end

Repeat for 11 rows, ending with a WS row


Row 1: (RS) Sl1, k to last 10, K2tog, K1, turn

Row 2: Sl 1, P til 10 remain, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 3:Sl 1, K to one st before gap, K2tog, K1, turn

Continue in this manner until only one st remains after the gap (19 sts)


Resume spirals on instep, carrying CC behind for heel sts if you've worked the heel in MC

If you are knitting the heel in MC:

N1: K 5 heel sts, M1, K 4 sts (10 sts)

If you are knitting the heel in spiral pattern:

N1: K

Pick up:

Use empty needle (N2) to k across remaining heel sts and pick up 14 side sts (24 sts)

K across instep sts as normal

Pick up and k 14 side sts plus remaining heel sts on 4th needle (24 sts)


Round 1:

N1: K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1

N2 and N3: knit

N4: K1, ssk, K to end of round

Round 2:


Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to 55 sts (if you are knitting the heel in MC, you will have to dec one extra stitch to maintain the spirals)


Resume spiral pattern all the way around if you have not already; K in pattern to first joint of big toe


If you are going to use only MC on the toe, begin now

Round 1:

N1 and N3: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1

N2 and N4: K1, ssk, K to end

Round 2:


Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 four times, then Round 1 only 5 times.

Kitchener remaining stitches together.

Make 2.

Thursday, March 12, 2009


No more baby stuff! AND I'm done before the baby makes his appearance. I'm so proud of myself. :-)

I was going to start the Flying Spaghetti Monster the Boy has been requesting next, but he's decided that it would be infinitely cooler if I only work on it when I've had a few too many drinks. Since I'm going to a family wedding this weekend, the FSM is not really an option. Which means *gasp* I'm gonna start something for myself. Maybe some socks? Or something with that yummy camel before it gets too warm to wear it...

On an only slightly related note, tell me WHY it was 70 degrees yesterday and there's snow in the forecast tonight. I hate March.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Big Boring Square of Doom

And may I never have to look at it again. I'm folding it up and putting it in a bag, and I will hand it to its new owner IN said bag, thus avoiding having to ever see it again.

I also bought myself some yummy baby camel as a reward for not burning said Square of Doom.

I think I might dye it purple. If I ever finish all the other projects I've got going.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fighting Start-itis

I generally have 3-4 projects going at any given time. You'd think that would be more than enough to keep me entertained. Yet, I'm not. I'm bored. And I want to start about 5 million projects right now.

The problem is, two of the projects I have going have deadlines, and one more (an Aran sweater) is not going to be much use if I don't get going on it before it gets warm. The main two I need to get done are for a co-worker though. She's having a baby in April (shower is in about 2 weeks though) and I've been making these for her:They're quick and mildly entertaining, and I'm making them in 3 different sizes so hopefully I won't get too bored. However, the real problem is the project I was HIRED to do. I really should have known better. Really really really. I hardly ever take orders, and that's no coincidence. Even worse, I hate knitting giant squares, and I'm well aware of that. I think they're impossibly boring, and they tend to lead to either pointed ignoring or throwing the WIP at the wall. Yet, somehow, I was talked into making a BABY BLANKET, the very definition of "big boring square", for said co-worker.

Now, the thing about big boring squares is that they're easy. So at least they should be fast, right? Except that this is me, and I'm reeeeally good at pointedly ignoring things I don't like. Even though I've been a diligent little knitter and picked up the blanket almost every day, it still doesn't have any apparent interest in being done. I've been working on it since friggin' Valentine's Day, and it's only half-way. Even though I've tried really hard to be good and get this sucker done, my poor bored subconcious is fighting it every step of the way. I've begun taking the blanket to work so that I can knit at lunch in a desperate attempt to get it DONE already. Unfortunately, my subconcious being the little stinker that it is, I've managed to forget the blanket at work 2 Fridays in a row. I swear my subconcious is doing it on purpose.

Hooray for Patterns!

I'm going to start this blog the way all knitters should...with free patterns! So to begin, here's a pattern I wrote for a sweater. The picture shown uses Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick, which looks pretty but unfortunately doesn't last very long and is a bit of a pain to work with. You might want to try a different yarn.

Chenille Sweater

8 sts + 16 rows = 4" worked in seed stitch

Needles size 11

Lion Brand Chenille Thick and Quick in Royal Blue (4 skeins)

With straight knitting needles, cast on 35 sts. Work back and forth in seed st for 40 rows.

Shape armholes: Keeping to pat, dec 1 st each end every other row 3 times - 29 sts. Continue in seed , slipping the first st of every row for 5 more rows.

Shape neck: Keeping to pattern, work 11 sts, join new ball of yarn and work center 7 sts and place on a holder for neck, work rem sts. Working both sides at the same time, bind off at each neck edge at beg of every other row 3 sts once, then 2 sts once, then 1 st once -- 5 sts rem each side. Bind off.

Work same as Back.


CO 18 sts, work in seed, inc by 8 sts over 52 rows (2 st every 14 rows). Then knit 4 more rows even to end with 26 sts and 56 rows

Shape cap:

BO 2 sts each end (2 times)

K2tog each end every row (5 times)

End, BO 8 sts


Weave in ends. Sew shoulder and side seams, then attach sleeves.


Beginning at left shoulder with a new skein, pick up and knit one st for every st along the neck, including those on holders. Working next round in seed, M2 every 10 sts. Work even until skein is used up. Bind off.