‘Dimple’ knitting stitch pattern

Design & ideas 26 March 2011
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I found this pattern in the Encyclopaedia of Knitting and Crochet for Techniques by Luise Roberts. It’s a reversible stitch pattern using just knit and purl stitches – might work well for a scarf in chunky wool. The stitch pattern repeats over 6 stitches and 10 rows. Rows 1 and 2: K3, P3 Row 3: [...]

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Fitted A-line dress – method for making up

Making clothes 22 March 2011
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I’ve finally finished the wintry dress of doom and, surprisingly, am quite pleased with it. I even wore it to work last week. Here’s the method I used to sew it. The stitch length was 2.5mm except for the darts which I sewed with a 1.8mm stitch (this was overkill really as 2.5mm would have [...]

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Spring flowers and the wintry dress of doom

Making clothes 14 February 2011
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I’m still sewing my winter dress though it definitely seems to be spring here. Snowdrops, crocuses, birds singing, that sort of thing… The dress has so far been an almighty pain in the arse to sew together, and it feels like it’s taking forever.  I’m trying to think of it as (another) learning experience. Things [...]

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Raglan increases or another knitting disaster

Knitting 2 February 2011
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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear… and other rather stronger phrases. This Leaf T-shirt (Ravelry link) has gone really, really wrong. Not a good moment when I realised that the arms are not where they’re supposed to be. What I find hardest to believe is that I managed to knit two whole balls of wool [...]

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Fitted A-line dress design and pattern

Design & ideas 26 January 2011
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Design I want to make a fitted winter dress to wear to work – a sort of grown-up pinafore dress really. The style I’ve got in mind is sleeveless and made in a medium-weight fabric, worn with a long-sleeve top underneath it and combined with tights and long boots. There’s a dress (pattern 17) in [...]

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