Wednesday, April 22, 2009

How Could I Resist?

He is the perfect inspiration and the perfect model.

I present to you....Harper Heath Williams Labelle is his new spring cotton ensemble.
The sweater is the Seamless Kimono Sweater from the Complete Fabrication.

The Circus Knit Bits is an original work, and you can get the pattern here. It is a great pattern that can be done in the round or on straight needles and is actually written for three colours. Its difficult to see the knotted i-cord at the top, but that is the cutest part of the hat!
My next project is to start the Christmas gifts. I'd really like to make something for everyone and the first on the list is my mom. I want to do a shawl, preferably from Victorian Lace Today. I complicated and challenging design is what my brain really needs right now. And if I get that done before Christmas, I'll have accomplished something!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Seamless Kimono Sweater

I have wanted to do a sweater like this for some time and finally found exactly the pattern that I wanted in the Seamless Kimono Sweater at the Complete Fabrication. You can check out my Ravelry page to see my progress, but here are some pictures so far...
I am almost done the first sleeve, and as much as I hate using DPNs I am finding this a little better than my sock endeavour. I'm pulling tight on the first and last stitch of each needle to erase the ladders and that's helping. I am the most excited because when I'm done I won't have to sew anything up! Ah, the seamlessness!I wanted to have a roomier sweater and one that had a bit of a tunic feel, so I made a 2stitch increase at each side, every 9 rows. Then, when I got to the hem part, I divided the sweater onto 2 separate circular needles, knitting the front and back separately, so that there was a side slit...making it more tunic-like.The hem is a little different than the original pattern...I knit & purled so that the purl stitches showed on the outside for 2 stitches on the first row, 4 for the next 4 rows, then all the way across for 4 rows, then a knit row, then cast off.Can't wait to be finished!