Stitch surgery

Scrappy yarn sweater

I started this jumper after bring inspired by Danish knitwear designer Laerke Baeger, who started a series during Lockdown last year on her Instagram, showing how to make a scrappy yarn sweater, which she called the #alonetogethersweater.

The idea is to use two yarns, one of which gets cut at regular intervals and a scrap of coloured yarn tied in. I had alot of scrap yarn so I tied them together with grey used every third colour and white for my 2nd yarn.

At the time I also came across the pattern below from Ruke Knit – White Sheep Sweater.

I liked the raglan shape and the loose fit, so I decided to combine the two ideas.

White Sheep sweater by Ruke Official

Here’s where I went a little off plan… I felt like the ribbed section started too close to the underarms so I lengthened the top section before starting the ribbing.

I also realised I might run out of the grey yarn that I was using every third colour on the tied yarn. So I swapped this for navy every 3rd colour, still working along with the strand of white….. Still with me??!

This is how it looked:

I was trying it on as I went and it wasn’t looking good….. The ribbing would have been better higher / and the darker ribbing just made it look like two different jumpers!

That ribbing was a few hours in the making and I couldn’t bear to rip it back, so stitch surgery was needed!

I threaded 2 circular needles between the panels a couple of rows apart, cut the stitches between and continued them both separately.

2 for the price of one!

After that it was just a matter of carrying on and trying it as I went along:

The neckline felt better folded under:

I turned it to the inside and attached it with a crochet chain stitch so it kept its stretch :

Inner neckband
Centre back ‘label’

All the threads ends are just left as is… No weaving in, and so far only one or two have popped out! The original inspiration jumper leaves the ends to hang on any side but I deliberately kept mine to the inside.

Posing directed by my youngest!

And if you got this far….. the ribbing became a cushion cover:

Slán go fóill!

2020…

Happy New year everyone!! I hope it has started off well. 2020 was the strangest year, and I’ve been going through my photos to remind myself that there were lots of positives mixed in with all the negatives.

I realised that I’ve never looked back at a full year of making before. So I thought it might be interesting to share what I made in 2020, as I didn’t get to show everything on this blog.

Knitting wise I made less than I thought – just 5 handknits. I did cast on other projects, but they were all taken off the needles after a few rows…. I think I just found it hard to settle on anything this year.

My Caramel Cardigan is my favourite, and has been worn almost every week since I made it. I really think it was worth the time it took to figure it out, without using a pattern, and I’d like to try doing something similar this year (and maybe even writing out the pattern this time!)

My Caramel Cardigan
Soldotna
Fuss free baby Cardigan (free pattern on Ravelry)
My 2nd Sunday Cardigan by Petiteknit

I’d also like to make another Sunday Cardigan, it’s a shape that really suits me and works up quickly too.

I had wanted to try more crafts this year like embroidery, painting, or weaving. The May Bank Holiday weekend threw some weaving material my way, when my husband was clearing the garden and I used the flexible brambles to make a basket:

It dried out nicely and while it’s not as strong as a willow basket, it held its shape perfectly.

That led to me signing up for a one day, (group of 4) willow basketry course in August when restrictions had been lifted. (I had attended one of these classes a few years ago).

This time I came home with a very sturdy willow basket:

And now I’m dreaming of a Sally garden with my own willow… Some day!

I tried out some embroidery/applique on a RTW tee shirt:

I also tried needlepunch for the first time. I bought an Amy Oxford punch needle that works with dk/aran weight wool, so that I could use up my leftover Yarn:

This isn’t my original design, I saw a beautiful painting and free handed a drawing onto hessian, which I then filled in with yarn. It is now brightening up a wall on my house 😁

This was attached to the frame just a few days ago!

I was surprised by how little sewing I had done. I think outside of my day job, I spent alot more time outdoors, hiking, cycling or swimming depending on what restrictions were in place.

My Burda Dress, which is now Navy… I’ll update with a photo soon.

Grey and pink skirt

My grey and pink skirt was quickly followed by another version in a striped denim, it just need buttonholes to be done!

I also made a shirt around the same time from a fabric swap. It’s Mccalls M7575.

Mccalls 7575

I took a copy of a sweatshirt I owned and made it in a navy floral scuba, which I gave to my Mother for Christmas and she loved it. It reminded me that I’d like to make more things as gifts, especially for my Mother as she is always chuffed to have something I made. (A cross-stitch Xmas wall hanging that I made in 1992, was hanging by the tree again this year😂

And finally the most recent item I’ve sewn: this is McCalls M7694 and as soon as my silver snaps arrive it will be properly finished!

I hope it’s brought some inspiration, or even a distraction for now.

Cheers to 2021🥂

Bits and pieces..

I hope all is well in your part of the world… Things are OK for now, but alot can happen in a few weeks and I’m wondering when life will feel predictable again.. I know it never really is! But there would be a comfort in knowing plans could be made and friends could be gathered….. in the meantime we find a distraction….

The best distraction is a bracing swim in open water…!

I’m trying to get as many ‘last’ swims in before the weather changes drastically… Each one gets savoured in case it is the actual last, but maybe I’ll be able to brace the cold for another while!

Otherwise I spend alot of time thinking about making, but not enough time actually making (for myself at least)…

Some things I’m enjoying making – like this teeny tiny Cardigan for a baby gift:

Its the fuss free baby Cardigan (pattern available on Ravelry).

Other items I dread sewing.. (why did I agree to alter a dress?)… I forget how little sewing time there is and then regret using it up doing sewing that’s not for me! 🤣 (update: the dress is done, and gratefully received… and I’ve reminded myself how to say no, and to stop worrying about causing offence😆).

My cardi is getting lots of wear!

I also have a new finished object that’s almost ready to share, it’s a Punch needle picture that I started in March, using leftover yarn. I just need to get a frame to pin it onto, and I can hang it up.

Fluffy detail of the Punch needle picture!

Other than that I hope to get some sewing cut out and some more knitting cast on, in the hope that it’ll kick start my motivation again!

Soldotna – colourful knit

I hope everyone is doing ok, given the circumstances x. This week restrictions here have lifted a little, in terms of increasing to a 5k distance from home for exercise, which has been very welcome. We have lots of nice beaches less than 5km from home and we made the most of them at the weekend. I’m working normal office hours during the week and keeping busy with cycling or making in the evenings.

One edge of a local beach, which we had to ourselves on our cycle Sunday morning.

I have a few different projects on the go at the minute, a caramel knitted cardigan and I’ve been working on a needlepunch picture, neither of which is finished. So here’s an in-progress look:

And heres something I finished a little while ago.

The Soldotna crop top pattern has been a big hit on Ravelry.

It ticks so many boxes – knit in one piece, great way to use colourful scraps, no sleeves, and cropped – a quick knit even though it’s colourwork.

Just some of the beautiful sweaters made from this pattern.

I saved alot of finished tops as inspiration for mine – but when I shopped for yarn I went with very different colours than originally planned.

Pinks and Blues

In order to substitute the colours – I printed the colour chart and took a photo which I altered to greyscale. And then arranged my yarn to see if I could get the same tonal difference:

Using grayscale this way makes it easier to compare the tones of different coloured yarn.

After knitting some of the yoke, I realised I wasn’t too keen on the colours, so tried it on a passing child … and she liked it, so she became the new owner.

Someone else liked it more than I did 🙂

I used hair clips (grips!) To mark the divide for armholes and continued on :

I thought it might look nice as a dress so I kept knitting until I was happy with the length and then added some colourwork at the hem – but it just didn’t sit right- the shape was just odd. The colourwork narrowed the hem of the dress so it took on a balloon/lantern shape.

Instead of unravelling it all – I cut off the unwanted length and thought about making a two-piece outfit but neither of us liked it on!

After separating.

I kept the extra piece and might make it into a cowl at a later stage. The top was finished with a 2×2 rib, and looks great worn with jeans:

I would still like to make one for myself, so I might return to the inspiration pics once the shops reopen and pick out some new colours:)

Mind yourselves. Slán xc

Sunday Cardigans – PetiteKnit pattern

This post contains 2 cardigans for the price of one (It’s a Black Friday special!)

I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve finished making something and told myself that I need to make another version. It rarely happens though, instead I get distracted by the next new shiny pattern and forget all about it. Except this time…

Sunday Cardigan – I’m showing off the cuffs here – not just the lovely nail colour!

The picture above is actually the second version I made of the Sunday Cardigan by PetiteKnit. I made my coral one below first, I used a bulky wool and made it close fitting rather than having any extra ease in it.

I love the shaping lines and the doubled-over neckband

I love the shaping on the yoke and pictured a looser, snuggly version, in a longer length. I had a large ball of black acrylic in DK weight and mixed it with a light brown sock yarn to give it a marled effect. I went up a size from the 1st one (maybe 2 sizes actually – I can’t be certain now without counting the stitches!) .

Both cardigans needed a bit of added structure along the front bands. So on the coral one I added a strip of lace binding at the back:

lace binding

And on the longer cardigan, I decided against any closures and handstitched black tape to stabilise the edges which were stretching out.

You can see the before and after below:

Left edge without tape – right after tape was added

I have gotten so much wear out of these, that I might even make another one…… just as soon as the other 40 things on my knitting wish list are done 😉

Marled Sunday Cardigan