I spent some time yesterday on the border of Mountain Peaks. After a few trials and errors I think I've got it figured out:
I essentially just re-worked the border pattern to be shorter, but it still adds three inches. Each repeat uses 2 grams of yarn, and if my math is right, and the tip chart (which will also need to be re-worked, but I'm holding off until I'm there) uses less than 8 grams of yarn, I'll have just enough to finish it :)
There's not enough yarn left to do the border! Each border repeat takes 4 grams of yarn, I have 57 grams of yarn left, giving me 14 border repeats - and I need 22! (Thank goodness for my scale, otherwise I really would not have been a happy camper half way through the border portion). This was the chance I took in substituting the yarn and changing the needle size. I'm a bit bummed about it, but not heartbroken.
So, I decided to put the live stitches on waste yarn and pin it out to see what I have so far:
It is beautiful! Current dimensions are 59" wide and 24" long.
So I think I have a couple options:
#1 - The easy option would be to do a couple rows of garter stitch, bind off, and aggressively wet-block to get it to expand just a bit more and define those points.
#2 - The more complicated option would be to try and design a different border, one that doesn't require as much yarn per repeat, and therefore isn't as wide. The pattern brilliantly attached the border perpendicularly by casting on stitches and binding off the live stitches with a 'k2tog' every other row. I just love the look of that. I'm not sure if I have the mad skills to create/design my own lace pattern border. I may be asking for a disaster here, but the easy option just seems too easy....
First off, thank you for all the wonderful comments regarding my inspiration wrap dress! I decided to give myself a challenge on this one, and, as corny as it sounds, I couldn't be more proud of myself - I really love it!
So, my dilemma....
Just when I thought I had made up my mind about my next crochet project, I had to be tempted. Tempted by Adrienne Vittandini. Now I can't decide, I'm torn really. So, I've decided to put it up to a vote. Which do you like better, Dream (elongated of course) or the Wrap Top?
I finished up the back piece of Marcella on Sunday evening. Count those days - started on Wednesday, finished on Sunday - FOUR DAYS! That's a personal record, I don't think I've finished any kind of back piece to anything in four days - woohoo! I really knit much faster using combination continental.
I started the left front piece immediately, and quickly realized that there was something wrong with the pattern or something. I pulled out the last Vogue, the pattern was also published there, and noticed that the fronts are knit a little differently. I think I will go with the Vogue version for the front pieces.
Speaking of Vogue, they, along with Interweave Knits, have their fallpreviews up. The only thing catching my eye with Vogue thus far are a couple of the sock patterns. Interweave has grabbed my attention with the Gatsby Girl Pullover, the Wanderlust Hoodie, the Swallowtail Shawl, Coral Crossing (minus the front pockets), and the Sienna Cardigan (plus I just love Blue Sky Alpaca). I can't wait to dive into my issue, just waiting on the postman!
Pattern: My own, using Vogue 8233 as a muslin template and extremely alterted from there. The belt was inspired from the most recent Threads Magazine featuring obi-style belts.
Fabric: Three and one-quarter yard of Joann's "vintage" collection cotton, $3.99/yd; 2-1/2" black bias tape $8.80; 1-1/2 yard black cotton (belt). $1.99/yd; snap closures, from stash.
Alterations: Many, if compared to the original Vogue template. I was inspired by a dress seen on Anthropologie's website a couple of months ago. My creation has come close to that inspiration, yet has my own flare. Here's the original picture I have and mine on the dressform:
Cost: The main and belt fabric was purchased at Joann's; I had the snap closures in the stash; and I purchased the bias tape from Ready Bias. Total = $24.76. If I remember correctly, the dress from Anthropologie was originally $168 and on sale for $124 (it is now out of stock). A lot of time and effort went into my wrap dress - but for a savings of about $100, and the fact that I now have pattern pieces from which I can make another one or two - it was worth it.
Impressions: I love the cut of the pattern. I also like the weight of the vintage cotton fabric. I am thinking about adding one additional snap near the v-neckline... Since it's a bit deeper than I am used to, I'm a little self-concious when bending over that it will fold over just enough to expose myself! I love the obi-style belt. I think someone's request to have one may be granted, as well as making a simple black dress with a brocade one for myself!
Finished Dimensions: To fit me.
I need to find a nice, simple, yet stylish dress pattern for said black dress - any ideas?
KnitPicks has discounted their Main Line cotton/merino yarn! I, of course, already bought some because I think I'm in love with it in my usage thus far on Marcella. I think I even said I was going to want buy more - No time like the present, especially if it's 40% off (that makes it $1.97/skein!). Can't beat less than $30 for a sweater-type garment. Do I know what I will be making?? Of course not! But I have some Antique Rose and Red Velvet Cake on it's way to me anyway :)
I hope this doesn't mean they are discontinuing that line of yarn entirely, I can keep my fingers crossed that it's just these colors, right?
Pattern: The Short and Sweet Cardigan from The Happy Hooker, size medium.
Yarn: Cascade Pima Tencel, black. Used a little less than five skeins.
Needles: Crochet hook "I" for body, "H" for sleeves.
Alterations: The sizing on the pattern is a little funky. The medium is actually for a finished bust size of 32.5" and a 3.5" gap in the front for a total of 36". I needed it to be just a smidge larger, and going up to the next size (45") was just too big. So, after swatching with a couple different hook sizes, I decided to go up one hook size to get a finished bust (with the gap) of 39". Perfect fit! This transition to a larger hook size was not a good idea for the sleeves (remember?), so using the original hook size specified in the pattern was used.
Impressions: This is my first crochet project ever, and I have to say I'm pretty happy with it. The Cascade Pima Tencel sheds like crazy! I guess that's the price to pay for such a soft hand. But I think I'm willing to put up with it - that's what a small purse-size lint roller is for, right? On a serious note, I think the shedding might be short lived, time will tell. I threw it in the dryer (gasp!), on the no-heat, air fluff setting to see if it would help with loosening the little bits. Afterwards, I took the lint roller to the inside and outside of the garment. Sure it's still shedding, but it is getting progressively less. We'll see if this kind of treatment does the trick.
So, now I think I'm 'hooked' - I'm now thinking about my next crochet project: What do you think of "Dream", maybe just a tad bit longer?
After hitting another road-block on the pattern for Mountain Peaks (it's me, not the pattern), and having just one other current project (moc crock sock) that I really wasn't feeling last night, I decided to start something new.
Marcella!! The first inch and a half on the back piece. I'm using the combinationknitting method on this one because it's a lot of stockinette, and it's coming along quite quickly. On a side note, I am loving the yarn. It's Knit Pick's Mainline - 75% pima cotton and 25% merino - it's knitting up like a dream, and a perfect summer yarn because it's not heavy in the hands :) I think I might be ordering some more of this...