Designer status

Because I’m preparing to post another original design on Ravelry I was looking through my first and only pattern, my Cropped Boatneck Sweater and decided that other Ravelry users made it better than me.

Wow you guys are talented! I think my fit was a little off for my own body shape (because I’m too lazy to properly measure gauge) but there are some people that totally pull it off. I rarely wear my sweater, sadly, because I don’t have many outfits that would match it. Maybe wearing it more should be a 2014 resolutions, but I think it was one of my 2013 resolutions…

Anyway, I really loved how a lot of people took my basic pattern and ran with the idea, making modifications and changes to their personal liking! Here are some of my favorite projects:

by yunejune

by celiacummiskey. Check her out on tumblr.

by blacksprucehound

by Joaknits

by xCharlottex

I’ll be adding more photos as soon as I obtain permission from the owners. Check out the other takes on my pattern here!

2014 is looking like an exciting year for knitting! I’m taking on a HUGE project that I can’t wait to share with you guys. I’m super stoked. I can’t wait to write about it.

iPhone “Sweater” Case

I was looking around Etsy for a new iPhone case and I came across very cool and innovative designs.

by ArtizanWork (Etsy)

This case is hard and durable and it’s knitted by a robot using 3D printing to make it look like actual knitting.

The funny thing is, for a while I’ve had the idea to knit a similar kind of case (not a cozy/sock like most other knit cases) with a pocket for my student ID for when I didn’t want to lug around my clutch or a purse. The only problem I could not get around was finding a way for the case to stay on the iPhone without obstructing the screen, side buttons, or camera (much like the cases above do). The closest I came to was coming up with a design that would have a hole for the camera and light that would have to be sewed or glued onto another plastic case. Basically it would look exactly like the second design pictured above but it would actually knit from a fiber!

And here I thought I was being clever, but someone already beat me to it! Maybe if I actually find a way to attach it to my phone I could make the next big thing.

One Woman’s Trash Is a Thrifty Woman’s Treasure

Sometime over Thanksgiving break (I know this post has been a long time coming) my brother dragged me along to Goodwill to do some thrift shopping. Normally, I’d be all out but I had just bought a bunch of new clothes and wanted to clean out my wardrobe before buying anything else, but I found something I could not pass up.

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This vintage sweater is long enough to wear as a dress. I love the bow color work. It’s totally adorable! There were only two small problems. Two holes in the underarm seams, one on each side. I didn’t find them until I had made my purchase and sadly Goodwill changed their return policy so I couldn’t get refunded. I took it since it was only $5 and figured I could find a way to mend the two holes. I ment to do it once I returned to school from Thanksgiving break but it took all the way until now, after Winter break for me to get around to it.

This video tutorial is so helpful. Add it to your favorites or bookmark it for future reference! The results are amazing easy enough even for a newbie sewer like me.

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I didn’t have navy blue thread but black worked just fine.

before and after small hole

The smaller hole. It was barely noticeable so this was a pretty easy fix.

before and after big hole

The bigger hole. The method worked like magic!

The method works similar to the mattress stitch used for invisible seaming of knits. Of course, it’s not perfect but it’s as great as anything. Especially because of the location of the holes, I didn’t really care what it looked like but this method is definitely usably for more obvious holes.

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So here I have a perfectly functional, cute sweater dress! I can’t wait to wear it after I wash it. There are two lessons to be learned here: 1) Always check your purchases when buying second hand and 2) If there’s a ruined garment, there’s a thrifty girl to fix it.

Cropped Boatneck Sweater Pattern

Updated: December 25, 2012 with photos

Note: This pattern was adapted from the 1989 edition of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. No copyright infringement intended. Pattern for personal use only. Do not sell or redistribute.

This sweater is constructed with two identical rectangles (front and back) and two trapezoids (the sleeves). That makes it easily adaptable for a full-length sweater, ¾ sleeves, or any shape and size. There is no neck shaping or any really advanced techniques so it’s a perfect sweater for beginners.

Techniques you will need to know:

Rib stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1)
Stockinette stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row.
An increase technique (Make one, Knit front and back, etc.)
Blocking
Mattress stitch for seaming

Materials:

4 skeins of worsted weight yarn (approximately 850 yards)
Size 7 circular needles
Size 11 circular needles
Stitch markers or safety pins

(You will not be knitting in the round, but using circular needles as straight needles is helpful because the project gets pretty long.)

Gauge:

4” = 11 stitches x 16 rows

(Gauge is not particularly important since this is an oversized sweater. Do not worry if you do not have the right sized needles to get the right gauge.)

Approximate Finished Measurements:

Armpit to armpit: 24”
Length: 15”
Sleeve: 20”

Instructions:

For best results, keep track of how many rows/stitches it takes to knit each step so the front/back and left/right can be exactly the same.

Front and Back (make two):

With smaller needles cast on 80 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2.5”.
Change to larger needles.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 9” from beginning.
At 9” mark each end for beginning of armhole.
Continue stockinette stitch until piece measures 7” from marker.
Change to smaller needles.
Knit 1 row.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2”.
Bind off loosely in rib pattern.

Sleeves (make two):

With smaller needles cast on 38 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 3”.
Change to larger needles.
Continue in pattern as follows:
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across, increasing 1 stitch on each side.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 20” across.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 20” from beginning.
Bind off.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends.
Block all pieces.
Use mattress stitch to sew seams.
Sew shoulder seams together for 4.25”.
Sew top of sleeves to armholes between markers.
Sew sides and sleeve seams.

And you’re done!

As I mentioned earlier, the pattern is really easy to customize. You can make the length longer or shorter, make the sleeves longer or shorter, add some colorwork such as stripes or intarsia, or add some more complex knitting stitches like cables or bobbles. This simple sweater is a blank slate for your creativity!

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For more pictures please look here and here. And in case you were wondering I’m a petite little Asian girl and I usually wear size small.