Armhole Depth

I picked up the Freddy Krueger sweater again.  It’s a very basic raglan shaped, stockinette stitch sweater.  I’m not following a pattern, just making it up as I go.  It should be a no brainer.  Naturally, this means I’m over-thinking it.  Or am I?

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It looks okay at first glance.  Upon closer inspection though, I think the armholes need to be deeper?

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I know for myself, a 9″ raglan line gives me a comfortable armhole depth.  I, also, know, that given my gauge, I typically have to work a few rows even before I divide for the sleeves, when working from a pattern.  I’m wondering if I should have done the same thing here.

I have no idea what the proper measurements should be for children’s sizes though?  This particular measurement doesn’t appear in many patterns.  I tried to do some research.  I found one pattern with a schematic that went as far as indicating the measurement, labeling it with an abbreviation for easy reference and then failed to give any actual measurements??  Seriously? Why do all that work and not follow through?

Anyone have suggestions?  I’d love some sort of size chart to refer to but a quick eyeball from toddler parents is just as good.  I’m aiming to fit a 2 year old.  I think that armhole is too short.  I think I need to rip back and add at least an inch before the sleeve divide.  I don’t think I can mess it up by making it larger.  I wouldn’t want a baggy armpit on an adult sweater but given the mechanics of dressing a child, a bit extra is even a good thing.

What do you say, knitting blog hive mind?  Are we in agreement?  I’d rather rip back and get it right than have a cute sweater that doesn’t fit.  :)

Know Your Audience

I’m betting a San Francisco craft fair crowd will be heavily nerd.  These latest hats were created for them, or rather, their children! These are baby sized hats because who doesn’t love a nerdy baby?


I tried to go with something more classic…an elephant or a heart.  I couldn’t do it. I needed more personality.

The Space Invaders have been in the queue for a long time.  There are definitely more of them to come!

Friday Photo Dump

Here’s all the random photos I’ve been collecting on my desktop.  I’m cleaning up and getting rid of this clutter!  (because digital cleaning is so much nicer than actual cleaning!)


This is from the short row hat binge two weeks back.  I like the colors, I like the shaping, I like the fit, I like all the wedges, I like the stockinette texture!  I do wish the short rows were just a bit less harsh.  I used the standard wrap and turn for the short rows.  My intention is to try YO short rows and/or German short rows to improve it.  I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  It’s on the list.  Soon come.


I’m really putting the hiker into this Hitchhiker.  It’s been on the go and making good progress.  This was a particularly photogenic day in Golden Gate Park.  It’s had me wishing I was back in Iceland.  I stood in front of a lot of waterfalls taking selfies wearing that hat in Iceland!

Several days later, the sun came out briefly.  I had to run and hide in the nearest bar I could find.  And this happened…

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What you don’t see is the Golden State Warriors logo, painted on the window next to the Warriors graphic you do see.  The whole Warriors mashup has always tickled my fancy, so shadows and the garter ridges lining up just right and then there’s that weird green dot?  It must be a fairy.  I don’t think there could be any other explanation for it?


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and then, my mom painted me a sock blank!  I can’t wait to get started!  I’m trying to talk myself into socks but it’s not going well.  I think it needs to become something that will be seen!  I want to see these colors!


And then, Rocky didn’t get mad when I forced him to be a pom pom photo prop.  He didn’t help much though.


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And then, Trillium Sequoia’s birth announcement showed up with this photo.  Trillium is the white flower on the hat, the pinecones are from a Sequoia.  The whole thing is just so sweet!  I find it irresistible.  And they did a very nice job of hiding just how huge the hat really it.  I don’t really know how big babies are?  She’ll be growing into it soon enough.  Perhaps a dress to match?  (this is how I end up with 10 projects on the needles…)


I have done a little de-cluttering around the house.  I came across a bag of stuff from my cross stitching days.  I always wanted the back to be clean.  Looking at it now, I’m completely impressed with myself.  I don’t have the patience or focus for it anymore.  Every time I try to cross stitch now, I fling it down out of total boredom and disinterest in about 9 minutes.  I loved it once upon a time though. How else do I explain that pheasant??

And with that, my desktop is clear and it’s time to start the weekend!  Hope you have a good one :)

High Fashion Knitting

I’ve got another hat to share today.  I’ll admit, it’s not terribly creative.  I didn’t create a mood board, sketch it out or make a single swatch.  NO, I just stole it.  And that’s not really cool.  So let me at least share my inspiration and give credit to the amazing folks who’s brilliant design work brought me to this place.

I’m making all these hats in preparation for the fall and holiday craft fair season.  I’m hoping to find customers who appreciate quality hand crafted goods and are willing to pay for it.  As such, I’m looking for inspiration in high end places, like Barney’s.  You know, the luxury department store out of New York City.  Much of Barney’s knitwear is hand knit and they love luxury fibers like cashmere just as much as I do.  Me & Barney’s, we’re a match made in heaven.  I think you’ll agree.

Without further ado, my Barney’s inspiration…

 

I hope you weren’t drinking anything just now, I feel bad if you’re now cleaning your screen :)  But really, this is actually something you can buy, right now, today.  It’s only $1700.   You might think I misplaced a decimal point but no, I’ve checked several times.  It’s not $17.00, it really is $1700.  Clearly, you see why I’d want to knock this off.  (by which I mean stop it, Barney’s, you’re adding fuel to the crazy knitter lady with no taste fire.)

But still, in actual crazy knitter lady style, I knit this…

I figure I should be able to get $300-$350 for it?!?!!  Although, I should probably give myself a little bit of credit…I was smart enough keep the back flat.  No weird pom-pom bulge on the back of my hat.  $1700 for a sweater that’s uncomfortable to sit down in??

I’m keeping my price so low for a couple reasons, the stolen design is one of them but I didn’t even make my own pom poms.  They’re set right into the yarn — Ella Rae Pompe.  It doesn’t get easier than that!

And now, I need to cleanse my palate a bit.  I’m thinking cables?  I don’t have any cabled hats in my stock pile yet!  I’d love to hear your thoughts & craft fair experiences.   I have plenty of thoughts & ideas of my own, but they aren’t based in reality…(yet!)

WIP Wednesday — A Rhinebeck Sweater

I didn’t expect to have a Rhinebeck Sweater this year because I didn’t expect to go to Rhinebeck again but…img_0007

I’ve already got a sweater on the needles, so might as well dub it a Rhinebeck Sweater and head east!  :)  No, actually, I just found a deal on airfare I couldn’t pass up…$317, non-stop, round trip on Virgin!  I haven’t flown coast to coast that cheap in years!  It was just too good to pass up, so Rhinebeck…here I come!

As for the sweater, I’m making progress on the raglan increases!  The pattern is Sabine from CoCoKnits.  A repeat of this sweater I made last year…

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It’s got all sort of details I like…top down raglan with YO increases (we can pretend they’re decorative but mostly, I’m lazy when it comes to M1R & M1L), half sleeves, light as a feather.   And I was happy with the mods I made, the original has a bell sleeve that I eliminated.  Also left out some eyelet detailing on the back.

It should be an easy knit!  I’m not usually one for repeating things but this is just the perfect little sweater!  It was a natural match when I saw the yarn (Lace Lux from Lana Grossa).   So now, just keep knitting, which is never a problem for me!

More New Hats!

Time marches on, so does my knitting!  One long weekend = two new hats!

First a simple striped beanie with a fun twist…I randomly placed YOs and then embroidered them with a contrast color.   If that’s really embroidery.  Whatever you call it, it was a fun idea and I even like the outcome but I hated doing it.  Many ends to weave and the sewing was a complete pain in the butt.  I have no idea what makes the repetition of knitting pleasant to me but the repetition of other tasks a chore.  This falls easily into the chore category.

So to cleanse my palate, a no brainer.

A square baby hat, with a roll brim, no shaping, just finished off with a three needle bind off and a couple of knotted i-cords.  Easy Peasy!  And now, I’m going to work on one of my languishing WIPs.  Maybe :)

Muh-Muhs FO Re-Do

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The Muh-Muhs Shawl is getting another FO post!  It’s off the blocking board so the photos improved and I forgot to tell you the most exciting part on Friday!

Here’s the details:

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The Pattern:  Muh-Muhs by Isabell Kraemer

The Yarn:  Taria Tweed by Plymouth, a soft tweed blend of merino, silk and llama, sadly discontinued.

The Mods:  Yes, there were mods!  I don’t know how I forgot about my modification, I was so pleased with it at the time!  As written, the bind off was not in a contrast color and the specific type of bind off wasn’t specified.  I didn’t have enough white yarn left though.  I did have a bit of the green left and if I was going for a contrast bind off, I thought the Icelandic Bind Off would highlight the color change without looking like an after thought!

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It’s not just decorative though!  It’s also a functional choice…the Icelandic Bind Off is slightly stretchy, perfect for a shawl edge.  It’s not Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off, which I’ve been finding to be a bit too stretchy lately.  It’s on par with a K2Tog tbl Bind Off, each stitch is worked twice, resulting is a little bit of extra give.  AND, if that’s not enough, the front & back are symmetric, perfect for garter stitch, which is what I had on my final couple rows!  This was the perfect storm of right idea at the right time!

Tomorrow…it’s back to hats!  Consider yourself warned!  Winter really is coming!