Posts tagged Shrug/Sweater/Shawl

A couple of FO’s.

Shall I do this in chronological order?  Methinks I shall… 😉

Not So Much With the Capelet

Not So Much With the Capelet

I finished this on December 13 – just in time to put it on and get ready for my SIL’s 13th birthday.  Yes, I have a SIL young enough to be my own child.  What can I say?  My MIL lost her mind a long time ago.  😉

I used the crochet version of the Anthropologie Inspired Capelet pattern – I just extended the length of both the body and the sleeves.  So no, the sides are not supposed to meet in the front, and yes, it does fit correctly.  I used approximately 1250 meters of DK weight yarn to make it.  I had a little bit left over of each color and approximately half a skein left of the gray when I was done, I just don’t know how to calculate the EXACT meterage of what I used.

Blue Skies Smilin at Me

Blue Skies Smilin' at Me

I just finished this one today, actually.  It’s the Chevron Lace Cardigan pattern by milobo.  I bought 4 skeins of yarn but used only 3 of them, 984 meters’ worth.  There was a little bit left over, but not much.

I had a little bit of a problem at first, but that had to do with my not reading clearly enough, not the pattern itself.

I’m seriously considering seeing if I can find some “fancy” yarn and doing another one to use when I go out drinking with my friends.  Maybe something with some sparkle to it, in a fairly neutral color so I can wear it with different outfits.

And it was a quick crochet, too – if I hadn’t had to frog almost an entire sweater and redo it (I was almost done with the body before I realized I’d made a mistake and then had to frog all the way back to row 6), I probably would have had this done yesterday, if not the day before.  That’s a plus!  *two thumbs up*

Syrina’s been checking it out today, and I’m seriously considering doing one for her, too – one of the smaller sizes should fit her perfectly.  I’d just have to make sure I make the sleeves 3/4 or shorter – she likes to chew on the cuffs of her clothing, and she’d rip holes in a crocheted sweater in a heartbeat.  I think Caitlin wants one, too.

I’ve finished a few other things as well, but don’t have pictures done of them just yet.  I’ve taken SOME pictures, but they’re on the old camera, and it’s upstairs, and I simply don’t feel like doing it right now.

And yes, I said “old camera” as in I have a NEW one!  😀  Hubby got me one for Christmas – a Kodak Easy Share C813.  The picture quality is MILES better than my old camera, and it has features that my old camera couldn’t even dream of having.  I’m in love with this thing, can ya tell?  😉

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Why yes, I DO have shrug on the brain. Why do you ask?

But to be honest, I started this one before either of the Beatrice shrugs.  I’ve been wanting to make one of these for the longest time, I just didn’t believe that it would look good on me and I had to think of the perfect yarn to make it with once I decided fuck it, I’m going to try anyway.

I can’t remember exactly why, but I went looking through my stash and found this yarn that I’ve had in there for about 2 years now.  I actually bought it at my local Wilkinson’s, of all places.  It’s not exactly what you’d think of when you think “buy yarn,” but they actually have some pretty nice novelty yarns (for only 99p per 50g skein), as well as a few colors of the basic acrylic staple (for 89p per 100g skein).

I’m using the “Fluffy Pink Shrug Schematics” (also known as a Mrs Who shrug) to make it.  I was actually an active member of Crochetville when it was first posted, so I’ve been loving on this pattern for a long time now.  I’m not sure if you can tell from the pic, but I’m making it half-sleeved.  If this comes out as well as I’m hoping, I’m considering doing another one in the same type of yarn but different color (it comes in three colorways: brown, green, and purple; all have the metallic thread woven throughout to give it the shimmer).  I might make the next one full-sleeved, since it’s going to be getting cold soon anyway, and it gets FREEZING in this house (it’s very drafty).

Because I’m obsessed with ripples lately, I’m doing the collar/back in a round ripple.  I’ve done a round ripple blanket before, so I’m basically following what I remember from the instructions for that.  I’ve only done one full round and part of another, but it looks good so far!

I’m keeping this in the laundry basket that I carry around the house with me.  I work on stuff first thing in the morning, while sitting at the computer desk, in the living room at the end of the night when all of my daily chores are done… pretty much whenever I have a spare moment, really.  Right now I’m all gung-ho on Syrina’s Beatrice, but I figure if I keep it in my basket, then whenever I get the urge, I can pull it out and work on it a bit.  It’s going to take a lot longer than the Beatrice did, simply because the yarn is so thin and I have to use a small hook (3 mm).  But it’ll be worth it in the end.  🙂

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I wasn’t kidding…

… when I said that my crochet creativity has been kicked into high gear.  I’ve already started on a “Sort of” Beatrice Shrug for my daughter.  I’ve had yarn in my stash to make her a sweater for a couple of years now.  I keep starting one and then putting it down, only to forget what I was doing once I picked it back up again.

I’m using her measurements as a guide to figure out how many stitches, how many rows, etc., and it’s looking good so far.  Because it’s going to be so much smaller than mine (my daughter is quite thin, as well as a little short for her age), I think it’s going to go a lot faster than mine did.

Syrinas Sort of Beatrice Shrug, day 1

Syrina's "Sort of" Beatrice Shrug, day 1

This is what I had finished as of late last night (technically early this morning, but let’s not quibble with semantics, shall we? 😉 ).  I’ve done just as much again (IOW, I have twice this much done altogether) and I’m sure I’ll have well more than that done by the time I go to bed tonight (tomorrow?).

I love this.  The ripples give it a nice effect, but since it’s mainly just dc, so I can be watching TV or listening to something without worrying that I’m going to do some major fuck-up.  And I find that when I’m watching or listening to something that really interests me, I can get a ton of work done, because my hands just go while my attention is occupied.

It makes me feel really productive.  🙂

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So where’s my medal?

The Sort of Beatrice Shrug

The "Sort of" Beatrice Shrug

The “Sort of” Beatrice Shrug is now finished!

Hip hip hooray! Hip hop hooray! Hip hip hooray!

Seriously, folks, I’m not just cheering for my own ego simply because I got it finished before the deadline (also, one thing I’ve never mentioned: I didn’t actually start this until August 10. So I got this done in a week).  Yeah, I’m happy about that, but it’s not the only reason I’m happy.  It’s also the first wearable that I’ve ever made for myself that actually looks good on me.  And it was so easy that I’m giving serious thought to making a bunch for Christmas presents for some of the women in my family.

Side View

Side View

Honestly, I didn’t change it all that much.  As I mentioned before, I had a hard time following the stitch pattern, but it was just a more intricate ripple pattern.  And as I was using an F hook, my gauge didn’t exactly match the pattern, but things seemed to even themselves out.

As it turned out, the starting chain as written was the exact number of stitches I needed to do just a simple double crochet ripple.  Then I followed the schematic guidelines of the pattern (see them here).  Oddly enough, the measurements I wanted to duplicate?  Lying flat, this thing is exactly what I wanted it to be.  On the other hand, though, it also matches the schematic measurements almost exactly (I think I might have been off by 1/2 an inch).  And yet, as you can see from the picture, it fits me perfectly.  So either I was wrong in thinking a 34″ bust measurement would be too small for my own 38F/FF bust, or something is off here.  Whatever it is, I don’t really care.  It looks good, it fits, and I will definitely be able to wear it the next time I go out.

Back View

Back View

I do believe it’ll fall better once it’s washed and tumble-dried.  For acrylics – which this is – I always wash and tumble-dry it at least once.  It softens up the yarn and makes it drape on the body beautifully.  Also, the Spritz is a bit scratchy – though I expected that – and I’m hoping washing & tumble-drying it will help with that.

The only modification I might have to do in order to make this as a gift is to do a few less half-rows for the back.  The women in my family whom I think might like something like this are all smaller than me, and that seems to be the only real difference in the pattern’s sizes (of which there are only 2).  Come to think of it… my 13 year old would like something like this, I think.

Oh, the ideas that are going through my head right now!  I could extend this from the bottom of the tie to make it a full-length cardigan!  It would be easy to modify the sleeves to make them longer!

My crochet creativity has been well and fully kicked into high gear.  I love it.  🙂

Edit:

HERE are my medals!!! 🙂

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