Sunday, July 20, 2008

FO: Great-4-Work

... and for taking a ride. Or at least for pretending to do so.

This is my first knit out of Fitted Knits book and I'm quite happy with the result. If you read the introduction in the book, you get a few suggestions how to make the knits fit. My first mistake was that I did not take that seriously. I knit about 70% of the vest (putting it into percentage is Ravelry influence) and tried it for the first time. The outcome of this was that it had to be frogged and started over. I learned my lesson and tried it on frequently while knitting the second time.

Despite the fact that I used the wool asked for in the pattern, the overall fit of the garment is rather loose. I had to knit the smallest size and did quite a few decreases around the waistline and then again while ribbing before the waffle stitch. Now it fits the way I like.

Details: I knit this in the round on 4.5mm (US 7) and 3.5mm (US 4) circulars in the smallest size - for the 86cm (34'') bust with a few adjustments. I used just a bit over 2 skeins of Cascade 220 Quattro in colour #9433 Fiji. This wool is great and I'll definitely use it again.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

new stuff

It's that time of the year. I adore the new Phildar magazine! There are so many great dresses, but I don't think I'm the one to pull off that style. These two tops, however, are sooooooooo totally me.
OK, the brown one is probably very boring to knit - just think of all those stockinette stitches. But it's such a classy look! And I think I can wear this style.
This sleevless cardi is just cute. There's nothing else to add. I love Phildar! I ordered one of their older magazines just a couple of weeks ago and I've got to get this one now!

And this is out of VK fall '08 preview. Now that's a bit more interesting to knit. I already want the upcoming winter to be cold so that I could wear something like this.

All of the other magazines that I've seen so far haven't convinced me to get the issues. But I have to admit that I quite like Riding to Avalon from Knitscene. I won't be buying the mag just for this one, though. I love the details, but the rest is again just stockinette on 3.75mm needles.