Classic Elite Yarns, the distributor of the Twinkle line of yarn, has put out a pamphlet with most of the handknits from her Fall 2010 fashion show. What a great opportunity for handknitters to recreate a current high fashion garment! I wish other fashion houses would do the same.
I know that I've been gone from the blog-o-sphere for quite some time. I think I've been hesitant to post because I'm starting a new chapter in my knitting life. For a long time I've thought about doing some design work. I have the skills to do it, just not the confidence. Sheryl convinced me that I should stop hem-hawing about it and just do it. It doesn't matter if no one else likes it. If it's not 100% perfect, that's OK too (Lord knows I find mistakes in patterns all the time!) Part of my problem is that I don't feel like I'm very creative. I can look at things and think "that's super cool", but it's hard for me to come up with something out of my own imagination.
I finished a loose fitting lace summer pullover that I love. I made it out of Classic Elite Katydid (aran cotton tape) that works up perfectly for the look I was going for. I've written up the pattern, but I'm still missing the photo. One of my other confidence issues it having photographs taken of me. That is why a lot of my sweaters are on mannequins or my head is cut out of the picture. Anyway, I wanted a really good picture taken for this being my first design. Sheryl is a really good photographer, but it is hard to work out a time where we can have a location shoot. I may have to get my daughter R to take the picture. She has a great eye for a nine year old.
Notes: Cilantro is a cotton/poly yarn that is very stretchy. The pattern is written to be fitted, thus the yarn is perfect for this project. If using another yarn, you may want to add extra stitches (in a multiple of 4) when casting on to allow for “room to grow”, and adjust pattern accordingly.
Also, the length of the halter is generous so that your little one can wear it for more than one season.
With circ needles, CO 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts, PM, CO 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) st, PM to idicate beginning of row. 88 (96, 104, 112, 120) sts total.
Round 1 - *k2, p2* repeat ** until end of round Repeat round 1 until you have 1” of ribbing
Next round – K all sts (stockinette st)
Continue in stockinette st, changing color every 3 (3.5, 4, 4.5, 5) inches. Begin 4th color And knit 4 (5, 6, 7, 8) rows.
BO half of the total sts (the sts between the markers). You should have 44 (48, 52, 56, 60) sts remaining.
You will now be knitting flat.
Row 1: SSK, K to 2 sts before end, K2tog Row 2: Purl all sts
Repeat rows one & two 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) times more. You will have 22 (24, 26, 28, 30) sts remaining. End with a WS row facing.
Slip 1st 3 sts onto st holder or waste yarn.
BO purlwise all by 3 sts (2 on LH needle, 1 on RH needle). Purl to end.
Begin I-cord: Put remaining 3 sts on DPN. With remaining 3 sts, work a 14 (16, 18, 20, 22) inch i-cord. BO all sts.
Put the 3 live stitches that are on the stitch holder onto a DPN. Re-attach yarn and begin knitting 2nd i-cord the same length as the 1st. BO all sts.
Weave in ends.
Abbreviations: DPN – double point needle Sts – stitches PM – place marker CO – cast on BO – bind off SSK – slip, slip, knit K2tog – knit two together WS – wrong side LH – left hand RH – right hand`