Monday, December 15, 2014

Rudolph Applique

One sweater down and one to go!  This is Henry's sweater that I wrote about here.  I wanted to knit Christmas sweaters for Charlie and Henry, but that's a lot of work for a couple weeks of wear!  So I decided to knit sweaters and sew on an applique that can be removed when Christmas is over.  You don't have to knit a sweater for this applique - any bought one will do!  

*felted wool flannel - one plain tan, one patterned tan, one patterned red, and black
*size 5 perle cotton - tan, red, and black
*pattern found here

Cut one face from the solid tan, one muzzle from patterned tan, one nose from patterned red, two eyes from black, and two antlers from patterned tan.

Pin the eyes and muzzle to the face and the nose to the muzzle.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the nose and eyes and sew the muzzle as shown.  Using an outline stitch, sew a mouth.  

Pin the face to the sweater front and pin the antlers under the face.

Using a blanket stitch, sew around the face and around each antler.  If you'll be removing the applique, sew very loosely and don't pull the threads so tight that they stretch the sweater.

For those wondering, the yarn is Knitpicks City Tweed DK in Basil.  Charlie's colorway is Rhubarb.

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Inspiration - Kate Davies' New Book

I generally dislike making New Year's resolutions!  I feel like I'll either get to everything I'm planning to do/change in the new year or I won't - and it just makes me feel bad if I've made it a resolution and it doesn't happen.  However ..... I've been wanting to learn colorway/Fair Isle knitting. I covet all the gorgeous designs I see and can just picture myself cozying up on the couch in the evening and having a Fair Isle sweater on my needles.  Then I came across Kate Davies' new yoked sweater designs in her new book Yokes - wow!  I won't say it's my resolution for this coming year to learn enough so I can knit one of these, but maybe within the next two years?

So I ordered her book and it arrived this week.  And I discovered that it's not just an amazing book of patterns, but also has chapters on the origin of yokes and on interviews with designers.  Very interesting and enjoyable!

The book is available by order from Kate's website here - and she also has a post on each of the designs, complete with beautiful photos.  I can't wait to get started!

Happy Creating!  Deborah

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

How I Learned to Knit Sweaters

After a couple of years of knitting wash cloths, scarves, and other flat things, I finally got the courage up to try a sweater!  Following the advice of several sage knitters I know, I began with a baby sweater.  This turned out to be a very good idea - when something didn't go right, I didn't feel bad about taking it out since the sweater was so small.

For my first pattern, I chose one from an excellent book I came across, Knitting for the Absolute Beginner by Alison Dupernex.  The pattern was written in easy to understand terms and included a large number of photo tutorials.  There were a couple of places I got a little unsure, but a quick Google search of the term or technique got me back on track.

As you probably noticed, this sweater is not sewn together yet!  I knit this for Henry before he was born and he's turning out to be a pretty big boy.  The sleeves just don't look long enough to me, so I'm waiting to see him again and do some measuring - I'll probably be re-knitting them to be longer, but they go quickly so that's okay!

Now I'm busy with Christmas sweaters for Henry and Charlie!

Happy Creating!  Deborah