I just bought some LanaKnits AllHemp 6 with which I plan to knit a top. I'm designing this top, and I know what I want it to look like, but I can't figure out how big to make it.
The issues are twofold. First of all, I'm really curvy. I just took my measurements for the first time in years, and here they are:
Fullest part of bust: 42" Rib cage under bust: 36" Waist: 33" Hips: 44"
I wear a G cup. So I know I definitely need short row bust shaping as well as side seam waist shaping.
Secondly, I've never worked with hemp before, and I'm not familiar with how it behaves. I've knit a swatch, and I know that I need to wash it and then measure my gauge. But I don't know how stretchy the finished garment will be, and I don't know how it will behave over time. Will it stretch out permanently like silk, or will each wash tighten it up like cotton?
I remember reading somewhere (sorry, no idea where) that if you have a very large bust, you should make the finished size smaller than your bust size and add short rows to compensate.
I could always go with the old "measure a garment that fits well and recreate it" technique, but I don't have any tops made out of hemp or linen to compare it with. I do have tank tops knitted from both Cascade Pima Tencel and Karabella Aurora 8 that are knit at similar gauges to the AllHemp 6, and both fit well. Should I base my pattern on those?
I would really appreciate any advice, especially from people who are used to designing for super-curvy bodies, or people who have used this yarn before.
Good news: There are only a few "oops" spots that I can easily pick out. There are a few others that are harder to see, but I know they are there.
Bad News: It's too big for me. (and I'm just a wee bit devastated) I made the medium size based on the recommendation that this would fit a 37" bust, I wanted it a *little* loose. My gauge was right for my swatch, but I'm not sure what went wrong on the sweater. argh!
...sigh... Last night I briefly considered ripping it all out and starting over.....but decided that I'm crazy but I'm not insane. Honestly, I think it was karma. When I bought the yarn, I only got that colour because it was the only color our LYS had enough of for the pattern and I'm impatient. I'm not a blue person, I really wanted the green and said so a number of times when I first cast on. This sweater was not destined for me.
The pattern was very easy and I loved the yarn (Berroco Touche).
Hi There, I am working on choosing a stitch pattern for a Möbius scarf (a gift for a friend of mine). I think I have chosen this one so it would look nice on the reverse side but is still an open enough stitch. My problem (as noted above) is it states that it is a multiple of 7 sts plus 2. Do I need to cast on for example 5 sts at either end for a garter stitch border, in the center panel do 49 st(7 repeats) plus 2 sts. This sounds silly, but I haven't tried just choosing a stitch and doing the pattern. Please help with my first ever post. I do hope to get photos of this one before it is mailed to Namibia. Thank you. *C*
Edit:If I add 5 sts at the begining, center panel 49, 5 sts at the end. Would that suffice for the 7+2 issue? Because I would be adding a border of my own.
My Secret Pal sent me one skein of Isis yarn-Lilac, from her trip to Scotland. I LOVE it, but have no idea what I can knit with it. The feel of the yarn tells me I want it close to my skin. Its only about 100 yards, and is about worsted weight. Does anyone have any ideas. Washing instructions say dry clean is recommended. I don't really wear Scarves, I live in the DEEP South...hats my kids would pick up....anything that i could use for me that would be awesome. If i add a yarn to it, it would have to be something really soft.... Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Just been too busy with work, and working about the house. But boy, is it good to be knitting up a storm again!
So I'm just about half way done with the tank I've been working on, and I may just finish the baby blanket tonight that I've been working on for a couple months. It's the blue basketweave with a seed border. Since I may finish it tonight or make it a couple inches bigger, I'm not sure if I should block it or not. I find the pattern and it says "block if desired". Would it be best if I blocked it or not? What difference does it make? I have not blocked anything before so I don't know... *heh* Thanks for all your help, and I will post pictures soon.
Edit: Okay...now I'm starting on a very skinny scarf that I can wear in the summer...it's going to be knit in all seed stitch (I'm addicted to that stitch), and it's an awesome orange color. Too bad I don't remember the name of it. But I've been working on the blanket a little off and on through the night...just because I don't know how to block. I know it involves some water(?) pinning to a mattress or an ironing board. I've tried googling it but it's only coming up with patterns to make blocks in blankets or so. Help? *knits frantically* Thank you all once again.
I've just attempted to begin a lace shawl in Knitpicks Alpaca Cloud (Midnight). I was attempting to make one of their patterns, the hanging garden lace stole, but after several days and two inches and many mistakes I ripped it back out. Has anyone any advice of some pattern that will look complicated but not be completely insanity inducing, preferably in a book or for free? Or some way of actually making headway on my initial pattern? I don't want to do something completely brainless, I can do feather and fan and fishtail and a bunch of simple patterns but there doesn't seem to be any middle ground. And it grows so SLOWLY.
My work is being eaten by a black hole of knitting. On the plus side, my other project is a summer top of my own design in something cooperative & green.
i finished this in about a day and a half. altogether, hmm.... about 8 hours or so? i'm pretty happy with it (it'll be my beach bag), but i made the handle longer than i thought, as the cotton fleece stretches a LOT and i forgot to take into account the weight of actual things inside the bag. i kind of made it to where i wanted it when i stretched it. so i tied a knot at the top of my shoulder and it's fine.