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Lacey Wrap Cardigan

I’m a busty sort of girl. And I hate it.

Pretty ridiculous and slightly hilarious when you consider that many women are willing to undergo painful and costly surgery to get what I have naturally occuring.

I think all women have body issues and this is just one of mine. So while some girls complain about not being able to fill tops out properly, I complain about filling them out far too much. The grass is always greener, isn’t it?

I’m a pretty modest girl, you see, and so I don’t really want to go out into public with several inches of cavernous cleavage spilling out and begging to be stared at. It’s embarassing to me.

Button up shirts and sweaters, in particular, are Enemy No. 1 around here. They aren’t designed with girls like me in mind. The results are pulling and gaping that just isn’t pretty.

As such, I’ve been thrilled to bits with all these lacey, flowy, wrap-style open front cardigans that have been cropping up everywhere.

Anthropologie’s Cold Rush Cardigan

Anthropologie’s Jet Stream Cardigan

Target’s Mossimo Black Drape Front Cardigan 

Urban Outfitters’ Kimchi Blue Floral Bouquet Cardigan

I’ve already got three in my closet. They are so versitile and can easily be paired with belts and ties to flatter your figure or worn loosely to cover up the parts of you that need some forgiveness.

The thing with stuff like this is you can never have too many. I decided I wanted to design and knit one myself that would be just the right color with just the right details.

I’m so pleased with the results and hope you are too. The pattern is included below the pictures if you would like to create one for yourself. Hopefully you can understand me, if not leave a comment and I’ll try to help you out. Happy knitting!

Lacey Wrap Cardigan Pattern
Size: One size fits most
Needles: US 5
Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in color 1214, I used 2 skeins, but if you want to make this longer or wider you may need more.

Sleeves and Body Upper
Cast on 89 stitches

Work in seed stitch for 7 rows.
Row 8 (WS): Purl across
Row 9 (RS): K1, work row 1 of lace pattern across

Row 10 (WS): Work row 2 of lace pattern to last stitch, p1

Work the 10 rows of the lace pattern 5 times, keeping the first stitch on the right side in stocking stitch.

Rows 59-63: Work in stocking stitch.

Row 64: BO 44 sts, purl to end.

Continue working in stocking stitch over remaining stitches until piece measures 8 inches from cast off edge, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): Knit to end, cast on 44 sts using the thumb loop method.

Work 5 rows in stocking stitch.

Next row (RS): K1, knit row one of lace pattern across repeating to end.

Work 10 rows of lace pattern 5 times total as for other sleeve.

Work 6 rows seed stitch, BO all stitches in pattern.

Fold over sleeves and seam 4 inches in from cast on/off edges. You should have a little bit of a flap leftover on both sides which make up the right and left fronts of the piece.

With right side facing, pick up a stitch along the bottom of left front, back, and right front. Work in stocking stitch until desired length (mine was 12 inches from the pick up).

Next work lace pattern across bottom. Do five repeats of the rows of lace just as for sleeves. Work 6 rows in seed stitch, BO all stitches in pattern.

Pick up desired number of stitches along the fronts and neck (I am not providing a number because I hate when patterns specify a number on a section like this and it makes my collar either ruffly or too tight, you’ve got to figure out what looks best for you) and work in seed stitch to desired width (I did it until I ran out of yarn) then BO all stitches in pattern.


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Oh yeah, I knit some stuff and I have a blog where I sometimes talk about crafts…

So there were a few Christmas knitting projects that I almost forgot to talk about on here. And since I still haven’t had a baby, I’ve managed to completely reorganize our upstairs and do every scrap of laundry around here, I figured I’d better get on it with this posting about my projects business. Excuse the terrible photos, I wasn’t quite as good about documenting these projects because I was just trying to get them done in time.

First up is the “Piper Purse” from Knitting Little Luxuries by Lucinda Guy.

I made this one for my sister, Andrea. She was super excited about it when she saw it. It’s nice and roomy and it is reversable. I used the yarn leftover from this project to make Bean’s cabled skirt.

Then, with the leftover fabric and some red sock yarn I had on hand I made another creation for Bean.

I worked the top part of the Shalom Cardigan that I had wanted to make for myself when we did or photoshoot, except on size 2 needles with sock yarn and I added more buttons. It came out the perfect size for Bean. Then I just measured out about 12 inches along a yard of the fabric, worked a gathering stitch along the top and attached it to the knitting. Hemmed the bottom and I had this cute little dress. This idea wasn’t exactly original. I have seen a few similar dresses on the web from the Jane Austen dress to la robe caresse (I originally wanted to make this exact dress, but I don’t speak French, unfortunately).

And then probably my most suicidal knit yet, the Men’s Zipped Vest from Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery. I think I started this thing about two weeks before Christmas. It is knit on size five needles and I had to add in a bunch of extra length because my father-in-law is a very tall man (he has to bend almost completely in half just to be able to give my 5’2″ self a hug).

Now I know where my husband gets his cheeseball in front of the camera tendencies. Stephen said I shouldn’t have expected anything less from a man that staged his own pirate themed profile picture on Facebook.

Anyway, that about sums up my knitting for the year, I think. I have no plans to start anything new within the next couple days. I’m currently burried in a mound of new books as well as several that I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time.


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Autumn Sweater

So, yesterday was our photo shoot. Hopefully John doesn’t get mad at me for posting this first proof, but he put it on my Facebook page so I figure it is fair game….

I know it doesn’t show off the wardrobe or my belly or anything like that, but I am in love with this photo. I can’t wait to see more!

I pretty much agonized about what to wear up until the last minute. I actually made a trip to the mall and Target about two hours beforehand and made a couple purchases, one for me and one for Bean. I wound up wearing what I bought for myself and went with the original gameplan for Bean.

Remember how I said I was going to buy the Old Navy sweater? Well I did. It got here and it was huge and hideous and nothing like it looked in the picture online. I tried it on then immediately took it off and went straight to UPS to return it.

So on Wednesday afternoon I decided I was going to knit myself a little cardigan instead. I found some surprisingly soft, bulky wool at JoAnn’s and went home to cast on for this sweater. I got about 3/5 of the way done on Thursday afternoon and since it was knit in one piece from the top down I was able to try it on. It was very apparent that this sweater was not at all designed for someone with my bust size. They aren’t even that huge! I usually wear a small to medium, which is what this pattern said it was for. I was totally bummed and began ripping.

I was very frustrated and was seriously almost going to chicken out of the whole photo thing. I know I have nice clothes and had plenty of options to choose from, but I don’t know. When I’m pregnant it just feels like nothing looks good on me or quite the way I want it to at least.

Anyway, a few hours later I decided another attempt was in order, but this time I decided to design my own sweater so that it would be exactly what I wanted.

I ripped back a few times during the design process, but eventually came up with something I actually liked.

I know, I know… terrible photos. This is what happens when you try to do the photoshoot of your own sweater yourself. You guys will just have to wait not so patiently along with me while John works his magic.

In the meantime, here are the specs and the pattern:

Pattern: Autumn Sweater, by me (below).
Yarn: 5 skeins Lion Brand Alpine Wool in Cinnamon
Needles: US 10 bamboo circs
Size: Medium-ish ?
Made for: Me
Modifications: none
Started: 4 p.m. November 5, 2009
Completed: 1 a.m. November 6, 2009

CO 115 sts
Work in seed stitch until work measures 9 1/4 inches (or desired length, if you make it longer you will need to compensate with more yarn).
Change to garter stitch and knit 6 rows.
Next row (RS): Knit
Next row (WS): K4, purl to last 4 sts, K4
Rep for 3 inches more, ending with a WS row.

Next row (RS): K27 sts, BO 4 sts, K53 sts, BO 4 sts, K 27 sts.
Next row (WS): K4 sts, p23 sts, CO 29 sts, p53 sts, CO 29 sts, p23sts, K4 sts
Next row (RS) K27 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K 53 sts, pm, p29 sts, pm, K to end
Continue working as estabilished, purling all rows between markers for a total of six rows, ending with a WS row.

Next Row (RS): Knit to 3 sts before marker (K2tog, K1, sm, k1, ssk) continue knitting across row repeating decreases at each marker.
Next Row (WS): K4, purl to last four sts, K4
Repeat last two rows 10 more times, for a total of 11 decreases before and after each marker.

Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): K2, BO2, K to end
Next Row (WS): K until two sts remain, CO 2 sts, K2
Next Row (RS): Knit
Next Row (WS): Knit
Next Row (RS): BO all sts
Weave in ends and attach a button.

Since it rarely gets super chilly here in Southern California, I think this is the perfect sweater for Autumn because of the short sleeves and the open front. Also, the one button at the top means preggos like me can wear it too.


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Little tweed coat

I don’t know how many of you have little boys or have tried shopping for little boys, but they get jacked when it comes to the clothes.

First, in the clothing stores their section is usually disproportionately smaller compared to the little girls section. Then, a lot of the stuff is just, well, blah.

Bean does not need any clothing. She is generously supplied by doting aunts and TONS of cute hand-me-downs from her cousins. However, I cannot help but gravitate towards the girls section of the stores because I just have a hard time getting into most of the stuff for boys.

As such, I have not yet bought a single thing for Sprout. He has no clothes people.

A few weeks ago I bought some chunky tweed yarn because I wanted to make some convertable man mitts out of them (fingerless gloves that have a flap that converts them to a mitten). I made one and it was UGLY! So then I had these two balls of chunky yarn and no ideas.

The nice thing about knitting for babies is that their clothes don’t require much yarn. When I was flipping through my baby knits books to decide on a project for my friend, I also spotted the perfect thing to knit up that tweed yarn into…

Pattern: Chunky Knit Cardigan from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies by Erika Knight
Yarn: Less than two skeins Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Earthy Brown
Needles: US 6 and 7 bamboo straights and US 6 bamboo circ
Size: 0-3 months
Made for: Sprout
Modifications: None
Started: October 25, 2009
Completed: October 27, 2009

I am really loving these designs by Erika Knight. They are so simple and classic. The other thing I like about her stuff is that the sizing seems really right on. I wish I’d had these books when I was pregnant with Bean because a lot of the other patterns I knit up for her are STILL too big and were way off on the sizing.

So anyway, my knitting frenzy continues… I’m sure I’ll have something new to share on here in the next week or so.


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Not so dark and twisty.

A friend is having a baby girl and I wanted to make something. I did not want to buy more yarn though. So I’m pretty happy with the fact that I was able to do this entire project without spending any money. I used scrap yarn leftover from other projects, but it turned out really cute!

Pattern: Garter Stitch Wrap Top by Erika Knight from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies. For the embroidery motif, I used another Erika Knight design, this one from the Short Sleeved Sweater in her Simple Knits for Little Cherubs book.
Yarn: Less than one skein Sirdar Snuggly DK in Lilac (LOVE this yarn! it is so, so, so soft and definitely does not feel like acrylic at all), less than one skein Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK in Willow and remnants of Knit Picks Telemark in Cilantro Heather and Sirdar Snuggly DK in Clover for the embroidery.
Needles: US 2 bamboo straights
Size: 0-3 months
Made for: Baby girl Miller
Modifications: I accidentally ran out of the lilac yarn before I could do the other side of the wrap top so I did the other side in the light green color. So, because of the random one side of green I decided to add in the embroidery motif to tie it all in together. I was sort of afraid it wouldn’t look good, but I think I like it better this way than a single solid color.
Started: October 24, 2009
Completed: October 25, 2009


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Dark and twisties…

This weekend pretty much our whole family is at Disneyland celebrating this little lady’s birthday. We are not there. Why? Because I’m pregnant, we have colds, pregnancy and giving birth is expensive (even when you do it the cheap way with a midwife at home), and Stephen thinks Bean might freak out like she does when a certain dancing hamster does its thing.

I’m still quite bummed about the whole ordeal, actually, and trying to come to terms with the fact that this was probably my one last chance to get out of the house and do something big and fun for at least the next six months and we didn’t do it.

Instead, Stephen took long naps, Bean made a mess of the livingroom and I did some knitting. Basically, this weekend ranks right up there with Mother’s Day 2009 as one of the real low points of the year.

Appropriately enough, my project was also quite boring. I didn’t take the advice of other knitters that have attempted it and thought the point of interest that really makes this sweater would be enough to keep me going. But oh, all that stocking stitch. And this thing is knit in the round too so it was even less exciting.

Pattern: Gathered Pullover by Hana Jason from Interweave Knits Winter 2007 issue
Yarn: 9 skeins Knit Picks Telemark in Cilantro Heather (I’m not sure the color name is appropriate, the only cilantro I’ve ever seen this shade of green has been rotting)
Needles: US 6 Bamboo circs and DPNs
Made For: Will probably wind up being another Christmas gift, but I might keep it for myself too. Not sure.
Size: 36″ bust
Modifications: I’m not a fan of the rolled hem, so instead I did a 1×1 rib for 2.5″ at the sleeve cuffs and bottom of the sweater, and I did it for 4 rows around the neck.
Started: October 17, 2009
Completed: October 24, 2009

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Within the knitting world, the Central Park Hoodie is somewhat of a legend.

Since it first appeared in the Fall 2006 edition of KnitScene magazine, there have been countless blog/Internet based knit-a-longs (where people all over the world knit the same pattern at the same time and post pictures of their progress or pose questions about any problems they run into). On Ravelry (a social networking site for knitters and crocheters), the pattern boasts nearly 3,000 completed projects and the entry for the pattern says it single handedly made KnitScene famous.

When I first saw another blogger’s version of this pattern a few year’s back, I knew I was eventually going to knit this thing. I was pleased to find that my then LYS had a bunch of back issues of KnitScene including Fall 2006. So I purchased it, but didn’t really do anything about the pattern for about a year. Last November, I decided I was finally going to knit this as part of the ambitious, but way over my new mom head, plan for handmaking all of my Christmas gifts. I found some great yarn for cheap on KnitPicks and purchased it, but the yarn and the pattern have been sitting in a basket in my craft room, then in a box, then in a box on a moving truck, and then in the new craft room ever since.

Of course since then several projects have caught my fancy, but I am slowly working through the stash of yarn and projects I purchased last November. Once I finally got through the blue yarn that took on three or four different forms before arriving at Cherry and the baby blanket that was originally for my sister’s friend, but she now says I can keep for Sprout, the CPH was ready to have a turn.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The pattern was quick, easy to follow and knits up beautifully. All pluses in my world. No wonder it is so popular.

Project: Central Park Hoodie by Heather Lodinsky from KnitScene Fall 2006
Made for: Not sure yet. It actually stretches quite a bit because of all the ribbing and even fits me with the preggo belly, but to avoid renditions of “fat [girl] in a little coat” there will be no pictures of that here. It will certainly fit me after the baby is born, but I’m sure it would also make a good Christmas gift.
Size made: To fit a 32″ bust (but like I said it stretches quite a bit)
Yarn: 9 skeins Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather
Needles: US 6 and 8 bamboo circs
Modifications: I used the Kitchner Stitch for the hood instead of binding off all the stitches and sewing them together, I added a zipper, and I picked up all the ribbed edging around the front in one long row instead of doing it in two halves.
Started: Sept. 27, 2009
Completed: Oct. 15, 2009

And OK, no pictures of me in said hoodie, but Bean has been having so much fun playing with this sweater and pulling on all the strings as I knit it. So here’s a cute, though slightly blurry and out of focus, picture of her with it (she has a thing for hoods):


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And… another one!

I’ve been wanting to knit the Men’s Zipped Raglan from Last Minute Knitted Gifts for quite some time now. Basically, ever since I bought the book a couple years ago. I have to say that the main thing that attracted me to this pattern was the fact that it is knit in the round with minimal seaming. I hate seaming. Ugh!

However, the yarn called for is a tad on the expensive yarn snob side. It would have cost me a fortune to knit the sweater out of the yarn they used in the book. So I’ve been keeping my eye out for something that would be similar in coloring and weight. I finally spotted it at JoAnn’s of all places. They have this new line of yarns called “Debbie Mumm for JoAnn”. I’m not sure who Debbie Mumm is, but the yarn is pretty cool.

Anyway, finished product:

Stephen thinks he has a gut in this picture. Ummm… whatever.

Now that I’ve knit the thing, I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it.

Pattern: Men’s Zipped Raglan from Last Minute Knitted Gifts
Needles: US 8 Circs
Yarn: Debbie Mumm for JoAnn Traditions in Adirondack
Started: I think May
Completed: August 7, 2009
For: Not quite sure. I think the right indie kid with a cool hair cut and appropriately witty Urban Outfitters tee could pull it off. My husband doesn’t like it, the red zipper is “questionable”. So I am currently mulling over who it would make an appropriate gift for.


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What I’m working on…

Today Bean decided to nurse for 2.5 hours straight. She would have gone for longer, but I was starving and thirsty. So I cut things off and headed to Trader Joe’s to get some lunch goods. Then it was back to feeding her because she was still whinning and I guess hungry.

Lucky for me I didn’t get stressed or even really realize how long it was taking because I had a project.

This sweater has taken on about three different forms prior to the current state it is in. I was actually really close to finishing it last week, but decided that I really didn’t like the outcome.

Knitting lately is all for me. If I’m not going to love the finished product and want to wear it, then I don’t care if I have to rip it out and start all over. I want to love it.

I have a shrug type sweater that I bought at Target awhile back and wear at least a 2-3 times a week. So I decided that I would try to come up with my own pattern that followed the shaping of that sweater while still being unique.

I’ve found that I tend to be attracted to the clothes at Anthro because of all their cute details. I once almost bought a shirt that was size XS (ie really too small for me) just because it had cute buttons. So since this current project is all about me loving it, I decided that I would take a cue from my Anthro favorites and have cute details.

Last week on Etsy I found the cutest little button shop and of course the perfect buttons for my sweater. As soon as I saw them I whipped out the credit card and noted the cost in my personal column on our budget spreadsheet.

They came in the mail today. Even though I’m no where near finished with the sweater I started sewing on the buttons on the portion I do have finished. I’m thinking this will be great motivation to actually finish the project.

Anyway, if you need some cute buttons check out www.buttonsbyrobin.com.


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