Archive for June, 2011

FO: Vogue 8737

Vogue 8737

The detail in this little top is amazing.  Usually the vogue own patterns can be a little snoozy, but this one is worthy of designer status.

The top is exactly the same front and back.  So each front (or back) has an asymmetric neckline, waist gathering on one side, and a sleeve seam facing the front on one side only.

I made a 14 all over, merging into the 18 on the side seams. This worked really well.  The neckline is faced, which makes the whole thing much neater and cleaner than a bound neckline, and is much easier, given the corners.

I can’t wait to make this again, probably in wool knit for fall.

Two FO’s: Warm Weather Knits

What to knit on a 72 deg day:  Mohair Mittens!

Pattern:  Josephina, adorable fingerless gloves, elbow length, with just a touch of girly picot cast off.  Perfect.

Yarn: Louisa Harding Impression, Gold and Slate

I found a small cache of the slate at an online store and bought one, just to get to use up my one ball of gold in the stash.  Then I re-lived what lovely yarn this is and order the rest of the slate, in case of an impending mohair emergency.  There’s a plan for it.  There’s a plan for everything.

Obviously, my hand posing is very derivative.  Of Palmolive ads, I think.  But the tune in my head is “mild green, fairy liquid”.  My husband remembers every ad ditty from his childhood, even though he didn’t watch  a lot of TV.  Actually, he has an incredibly accurate ear for a non-musical person.  There was this music game show when I was kid.  The contestants would bid money on how many notes it would take to recognize a tune, “I’ll name that tune in one”.   Tom is gifted like that.  I just realised the show must have been called “Name That Tune”.  Sheeesh, my brain is bust.


What to knit on an 80 degree day: Mohair hat! Stranded!!

Pattern: Fair Isle Hat from the super fantastic new Knit Noro.   If you like the stuff, get the book.  It’s the best Noro book I’ve ever seen.  The book link goes to Knitting Fever, the publisher, with all the pattern pictures.

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden and Rowan Pure Wool Aran

Sulcoski, the designer, also designed the popular fake isle hat.  I bought these two yarns a while ago and this was perfect.  I added more patterning since I had a lot less color to play with.  The pattern uses a MC and a different colorway as two CC’s (either end of the ball) and it’s delicious.  Instead of I cord, I braided the ties (very cute, thank you very much) and placed the ear flaps more ergonomically (further back from the center).  Little details.

This is probably my most favorite colorway of Silk Garden, outside of #84.  It’s 282, and has big winey runs of purples and reds.  Delicious.

Can I just add, I generally find mohair uncomfortable.  I think the crazy may be over, at least with the mohair.

Anthropologie Knock Off

So, the kids at Apple have poked some life into the old girl (altho’ I was totally eyeing up a new 27″ screen) and I get to post.

This is my entry for the PR knock off contest and it was so much fun to get creative with patterns, although this one is super easy.  The original, Textural Paradise Top from Anthropologie:

My version:


  • My yoke ends higher on the front than on the original.
  • I used netting instead of lace and cotton jersey for the rest, all from stash and the netting tea dyed to soften the color and match the jersey.  The netting is very soft and oversewn with rough cut cotton floral shapes.  I didn’t have any lacey ribbon to straddle the front and back to the yoke, so skipped that detail.
  • My sleeves look shorter.

The original is Burda March 2010, 118 (size 42).  I used the back piece for the front also and re-traced a new front neckline.  I then added a shoulder yoke, by putting the front and back pieces together and filling in the gap (blue pencil).  And, two new cutting lines (green pencils) to create a back yoke (that extends a bit into the front).  Et, voila!

I made up my muslin from a very thin black flocked lace knit, using the fabric for all three pieces:

For the final top, I took in the Aline seams in by about 1″, giving it a more fitted look.

I think my top is a fairly honest interpretation and both my tops are really nice to wear in the summer heat.

More photos of the final piece:

I’ve been gathering more ideas for more knock offs.  I think this’ll become a rich new source of ideas to grow my sewing skills.