Saturday, July 18, 2009
This poor little thing was sitting in my UFO box for an year and half.
I love how it pops out after adding the back.
Monday, July 13, 2009
I made these shoes as my friend's baby shower gift based on the pictures of FO's and the progress shots on Ravelry, since I couldn't get the original pattern anywhere.
After finishing this project, I found that I made a little less numbers of ridges at the toe than the original, but I like it as is.
Download the pattern in PDF format
Here is how I made my version of Babystøvler;
- Yarn: DK / 8 ply weight yarn in 2 different colors
- Needle: US5/ 3.75mm or size to get the gauge
- Gauge: 6sts x 12rows (1”sq) in garter st
- Finished size: New born size / 3.5 inches measured at seam of the sole
With main color, CO21sts.
Work 26 rows in garter st.
1st decrease row: k1, ssk, k to the end of the row
2nd decrease row: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
Rep the two dec rows once more, and 1st dec row one more time. (16sts left)
1st increase row: k to last 1 st, m1, k1.
2nd increase row: k1, m1, k to the end of the row
Rep the two inc rows once more, and 1st inc row one more time. (21sts left)
Work 25 rows in garter st.
Next row: BO 9sts, k to the end of the row.
With contrasting color, work 4 rows in st st.
With main color, work 4 rows in rev st st.
Rep these 8 rows 3 more times, and work the 4 rows of st st in contrasting colors once more.
This is how it should look like from the wrong side when it's done knitting.
Fold it where the lines are drawn.
Graft stitches on the needle and the cast-on edge using kitchener stitch technique.
Then you will have something like this.
Sew the top edge of toe part using running stitch.
Pull the stitch tight to gather the top edge.
Sew the bottom edge of the toe part same way.
Graft the bottom edge of the bootie. Sew half stitch from each side to make the seam allowance as narrow as possible.
Sew couple of stitches at the bottom of the opening to make the ankle part stand up better.
Now you are done! :) Repeat the other side and admire the cuteness!
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- Needle: US 8 / 5.0 mm
- Yarn: Reynolds Soft Sea Wool 3 skeins (486.0 yds)
I started this with only 3 skeins of Reynold’s Soft Sea Wool I had in my stash. I did some research and found handy 1/5 rules of Clapotis. I blindly followed and the rule, thinking I would have a clap-o-scarf(I made up that name :P).
By the time I finished knitting 2 skeins, I realized that my clapotis wouldl be too short! I didn’t think it through that the original clapotis was a SHAWL, which meant the ratio of the width to the length would be bigger than a scarf! :(
Since I overdyed light blue yarn into lavender with KoolAid, there was no way I could get more of the same colored yarn! I considered many different options to solve the issue, such as buying more Soft Sea Wool in a different color and connecting by alternating the two colors as if I intentionally put stripes. However, another problem I ran into was that I couldn’t easily find more of Soft Sea Wool in the LYS close to my office or home (I bought them at The Yarn Connection right before they closed the store.)
Totally frogging and starting it over with a different yarn was not an option for me. Though I love wearing simple designs, I hate knitting one. It’s unbearable to me! Still I wanted to have a clapotis so bad!
So I kept on knitting, hoping that wet blocking will make it a little bit longer…and it worked like a magic! Even though it’s a little bit shorter that I initially hoped for, it’s still a wearable clapotis!
I’m so glad to be a proud owner of a clapotis! :D
The mods that I did other than making it smaller were purling sts that would be dropped instead of using stitch markers, and purling the sts tbl on the WS if it was k tbl on the RS.