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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Introducing Shelby- A handknit tie for little boys

Remember that pattern submission that I sent in to Knitty for their First Fall 2011 edition?  Well, I finally heard back, and although I didn't make it into the issue, they were very excited about the pattern, loved the photo selection (thanks again Heather!), and I was encouraged to submit another design in the future.  It was quite possibly the nicest rejection I've ever experienced in my entire life, lol.  I came away feeling totally jazzed about my effort and validated that the editors of Knitty liked my first effort and want to see more from me.  So, with all of that positivity flowing through my veins I decided to go ahead and self-publish Shelby through my Ravelry shop. 

Shelby is a hand-knit tie that blends the best features of a traditional adult tie with those of a child’s tie. I replaced the clip-on feature with a button collar to more closely resemble the look of an adult tie. It features two slip-stitch faux-seams that create a natural “fold”, allowing the tie to lie flat once it is seamed closed, and it is knit in three separate pieces that combine to look like a tie with a Shelby knot. The button collar can be lengthened and extra buttons can be added to allow the child some room to grow, and the tie can be lengthened by adjusting it so that the back is higher than the front. 

Special note: If you substitute yarn, I highly recommend that you choose a yarn with rayon, silk, bamboo or sugar cane fibers that have high shine and drape, or the tie will not behave like a silk tie would.

Project Details:
Sizes: 18 months-3 years [4-6 years]
Finished Length: 18 [20] inches
Gauge: 28 sts/36 rows = 4: in stockinette stitch
  • 1 [1] skein of Berroco Seduce (47% Rayon, 25% Linen, 17% Silk, 11% Nylon; 100yd92m per 40g skein); sample knit in Hardy Fuchsia.
  • 1 set US #4(3.5mm) straight needles
  • Notions: 2 stitch markers; one 1/2" button; darning needle
The PDF features schematics on the last page, which can be printed or omitted if you decide that you don't need them. 

Price: $3.99

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rhodes and Crescent Park are now available for PDF download

Rhodes Sock:
The pattern is written for the two-circular method, and includes charts and written instructions. It fits an 8” foot circumference but can easily be sized up an inch at a time by adding another pattern repeat.  The sole is knit through the back loops to provide additional cushion and durability, and the toe is worked in a slip-stitch pattern to match the heel.  To knit the pattern, you will need to be comfortable with stranding, following a chart, and basic sock construction. You will also need:

  • two 50g skeins of ONline Linie Supersocke Silk (included in the kit)
  • two sets of US 2 (2.75mm) circular needles (for knitting with two circulars at a time; or one set of US2 (2.75mm) DPN; or one US 2 (2.75mm) circular, at least 24” long, for using magic loop
  • stitch markers
  • darning needle
individual PDF download is now available online for $5.99 (Ravelry account not required)

Crescent Park Beret & Hand-warmer:
The beret is a chevron-striped hat with garter stitch accents and eyelet details. It’s knit with three colors of Cascade Heritage yarn worked at a sport weight gauge to make it light and airy.  The matching hand-warmer is knit at a gauge of 8 sts per inch, and can carry you through three seasons of wear.  You will need:

  • 3 skeins of Cascade Heritage sock yarn
  • Needles: Beret- one pair of 16" US 4 (3.5mm) circular needles and one set of US 4 (3.5mm) DPN, or size necessary to obtain gauge.  Hand-warmer - one set of US 2 (2.75mm) DPN, or two sets of US 2 (2.75mm) circulars, or size necessary to obtain gauge.
  • Stitch markers
  • Darning needle
  • Scrap yarn
individual PDF download is now available online for $7.99 (Ravelry account not required).

Beret and Hand-warmer patterns will also be available for separate purchase soon.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Well, we found the computer...

I am exhausted!  I had some really great people come over yesterday to help move us into the 3-bedroom apartment.  I spent the entire time packing up the rest of the apartment that wasn't in boxes yet, and they all loaded up the U-haul and brought it all over to the new place.  There's still some odds & ends that I need to bring over, and my old apartment is an absolute mess (which I'll spend a few days cleaning), but it's basically done and we spent the night here in the new place.  Alex has a new bed with a new Thomas The Tank Engine comforter, and a floor rug.  He's pumped.  Slept the entire night in his room alone and didn't have any problems.  Dante's room is a work in progress, and our room is basically set up.  My friend Denise came over after she got out of work, and she helped me move some of the boxes to the rooms that they belong to so that we could dig the couch out and finally sit down at 10pm.  The tv isn't picking up any signal at all so we weren't able to use it.  We did, however, locate and set up the computer so I could let my instructors know that my homework isn't going to be on time this week... what with the husband spending two days in the emergency room, and then having to move my family.  I lost my pantry and some cabinet space in the move, so I'm not sure how things are going to fit into my new kitchen.  I also have no earthly idea where I'm going to store my sizable stash.  It's huge.  I'm a little embarrassed.  I may have to have a stash sale if I can't find room for it all.  Check back...I'll let you know.