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Outfit Along Outfit Take 2!

4 Aug

Woah, guys, it’s been like a year! I’m not going to do a massive lengthy ‘sorry I’ve been gone’ post- I got a job as a teacher, I think that says it all. I have now quit said teacher job so life can resume as normal! In the year I was teaching I sewed a total of one dress and knitted some socks- that’s it! Teaching is time consuming.

So, on with the show!

This year I entered the Outfit Along again. Here’s last year’s entry (which was only like 3 posts ago!) If you need reminding or are thinking what the bloody hell is an Outfit Along then the idea is to knit a piece and sew a piece which can be worn together-an ‘outfit’ if you will.

I purchased the yarn for an apple green Hetty a long time ago but no knitting was happening so it sat and sat. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it. Finding fabric, however, was another kettle of fish. I had almost finished the cardigan by the end of June but still hadn’t ordered any fabric! I found this one on eBay and wasn’t in love with it but had nothing better so ordered it anyway. When it came I liked it even less so I put it off until the deadline day and sewed the whole thing just before cutoff.

Since I hadn’t sewn in ages I returned to the good ole Simplicity 1803. Unfortunately(?) I think I’ve lost a bit of weight since I last sewed it up so the bodice is a bit baggy which means this week will be filled with muslin-y goodness. (Did I really just say muslin-y goodness? Since when has making a muslin been fun?!) Other than that though it’s cotton lawn so it’s lovely and light which is perfect for summer and it floats around my legs nicely. Despite not initially liking the fabric, now it’s been sewn I love it!

Unfortunately I can’t count so I screwed up my button placement and have to redo them but it ain’t happening any time soon- I’ve got too much to catch up on!

Did anyone else join in the OAL?


Miette: the Cardigan.

4 Jun

If from this post you guessed that I was knitting Andi Satterlund’s Miette then you were correct!

Regular readers will know that I love, love, love Andi’s patterns. Of all the garments I’ve knitted, only 2 have not been Andi’s. However, I never really considered Miette.

I saw Agatha and started knitting it that day. I even knit Chuck pretty promptly despite not wearing jumpers but Miette just never grabbed my attention. Perhaps it’s because I enjoy things that change constantly (like the cables and lacework in the above patterns) so the idea of knitting an almost solid cardigan seemed kind of dull.

Guys, I was so wrong! I love this cardigan so much!

The bust darts are amazing. I did an extra repeat of the section before the dart so it was a little bigger and it fits perfectly. I knit the 42″ bust and it didn’t take that long to knit, even in DK- I think a few weeks? Despite me thinking it would be boring to knit all of that plain section it really wasn’t, there’s always something going on or to look forward to because there’s at least lace work at each end and often shaping in the middle too.

I used James C Brett’s Top Value DK on 5mm needles to knit this. I bought 3 balls but only needed 1.5 so with buttons included (which were on sale!) this cardigan cost me about £4. I told you I wasn’t a yarn snob- this cardigan is soft and cosy and fits perfectly. It’s also made entirely from acrylic so it’s hardwearing too!

The simple lace design around the edges is beautiful. I’m adjusting myself in this photo but I think you can see the detail!

The more observant among you may have noticed  large flaw- I am missing the top button. I could’ve sworn the pattern needed 7 buttons so I happily asked for 7 at the counter only to find I had 8 buttonholes when I got home. I’m going to go back and see if I can get another but if not then I’ll leave it. I love the buttons too much and I never do cardigans up anyway- just why did this have to happen again?!

In my baby cardigan post I mentioned a style of knitting I hadn’t come across before by provisionally knitting the sleeves and top all in one and then putting the sleeve stitches on hold. I thoroughly enjoyed knitting in that style and just by chance this pattern used the same method! It’s a very comfortable fit, (almost) cured the second sleeve syndrome and didn’t require picking up a certain number of stitches in the armhole (which I can never seem to get right 1st time- is there some magic math to this?!)

I’ve definitely got plans for more of these- I need a red cardigan so even though I’d totally be copying Andi’s I’ll probably do it…



Me-Made-May week 2

17 May

It’s definitely getting harder now. I want to wear my polka dot dress all the time and if I wasn’t doing MMM I definitely would. This is good though because it’s pushing me to pull out things I wouldn’t usually wear.

I did fail a little on photos this week- I forgot to take 3 of them!


Saturday 10/5/14: Aurora Dress

We went to see Jimmy Carr that night and I thought it would be so awesome to get a photo of me in my handmade clothing with Jimmy to post on the blog. Unfortunately it was quite late and he announced he wasn’t going to do any photos 😦


Monday 12/5/14

Kind of difficult to see what I’m actually wearing!

Cardigan: Peacocks

Shirt: New Look

Skirt: The ‘failed’ pencil skirt

Actually, I’m glad I wore this. I’ve lost a little bit of weight, all of which has come off my bum and hips and I think it’s helped me like this skirt more. Now I’m on the lookout for a nice black textured fabric to make a black version!

Tuesday 13/5/14:

Dress: Minnie Mouse Dress

Cardigan: Probably Primark, could be New Look. I have more black cardigans than a normal person should! (And yet I can never find one to wear!!)

Belt: Came with a dress. I think it was possibly a Tesco one.

Wednesday 14/5/14:

Er, sorry for the lollipop and the mess! We had a sweet buffet at our wedding and we’re still making our way through the lollipops!

Cardigan: Primark

Belt: Probably also Primark

Dress: Rushed Rat

Thursday 15/5/14

I forgot to take a photo… Again I wore the Aurora Dress.  I know I just talked about not wearing the same thing twice…. The way I see it, I didn’t see anybody I know on Saturday so why not wear it again on a Thursday?! I did change it up though and also wore my Agatha with it.

Friday 16/5/14

Another non-photo day! I wore my Simple Daisy dress, provisionally with my Hiro cardigan but the weather has been Be-A-utiful so it was off for most of the day and now I’ve left it at work 😦

Saturday 17/5/14 Today!

Cardigan: Miette (unblogged)

Dress: Saltspring (still unblogged!)

I know I wore this dress last week but 2 things. 1- it is HOT and I really need to create some more summery outfits. 2. I wore a different cardigan and honestly I think this looks like a completely different outfit compared to last week’s version:


Not a bad week but I really need to get my butt into gear and finish some things I’ve started otherwise we’re going to be on repeat for the rest of the month!

How have you found week 2?

My Hiro.

12 Apr

As mentioned in my Hollywood Sew Along- part 2 post, I usually see things I like and then make a direct copy of them. With Ravelry, this is now getting worse. If I see a pattern I like I usually just make it in the colour it’s shown in. I’m trying hard to pick other colours but most of what’s drawn me to the pattern is how it looks in that colour so…

Anyway, before I knew Ravelry existed I found a pin of the most gorgeous jumper- beautiful colour work and the colours worked really well together. Somehow I wanted to make something like that but I put it aside to get some experience in knitting jumpers in the first place before I decided to go and make my own pattern.

Then I found the pattern on Ravelry! And better yet, it came in a cardigan version too!

I added it to my ever-growing list of items to make and quickly worked my way through to get there. It was so much fun to knit!


As you can see there’s a lot of solid navy which usually I would moan about knitting- I didn’t even moan about the sleeves this time! It’s all done in DK but it knit up surprisingly quickly. I finished this cardigan in 13 days.

13 DAYS!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed doing the colour work at the top and I even perfected my kitchener stitch to graft those armholes.


I’m kind of pissed with it though- it just kind of hangs there, there’s no shape to it. I don’t get what happened- there was shaping in the pattern.

What you see here is a modified version- it was much worse than this. I wish I’d taken a photo so you could see, but I added some darts to try and create some shape. Literal darts, like you would do with fabric: two fisheye ones in the back and regular ones in the sides. They’re really bulky but I’m too chicken to steek!

Here’s the inside: admire the colour work and then mock the darts.

I think what I’ve learned form my last two knitting projects are:

1) Don’t use acrylic yarn

Honestly, I’m not a yarn snob and I didn’t care whether my yarn was wool or not but wool blocks so you can create shape better. It also seems to meld together to make one ‘fabric’ but acrylic seems to leave little holes next to the increases and just does its own thing which is difficult to control.

2) I don’t think bottom up, yoked sweaters are for me. As I mentioned with my Owl jumper, the yoke just draws attention to an already quite prominent area and I feel like the rest of the cardigan is hanging off the yoke instead of working together.


One day I may remake this, in wool yarn and do some extra shaping around the waist to compensate for the coat hanger-yness of the yoke and my proportionately small waist but right now I’m going to stick with what I know and like- top down patterns! (Specficially Andi Satterlund’s! Any guesses on what I’m working on at the minute?!)

Baby project

28 Mar

No, don’t get ahead of yourselves, it’s not what you think. I am definitely not giving up my crafting evenings to a poop machine.

But apparently someone else is, so her Godmother, whom I happen to work with, asked me if I would knit her some cardigans she could give as a present.

Usually I’m not in the habit of taking on knitting projects for others. Sewing is a much quicker process so I don’t mind those so much (though I still accept most of them begrudgingly!) but knitting… that takes a lot of love and effort and much more time than sewing does so I usually laugh it off and hope they never mention it again.

However, I had seen some really cute baby patterns, plus they’re tiny so they wouldn’t take long to knit so I agreed. Sadly, her Goddaughter isn’t so into the girly girly so I had to tone it down and reluctantly put down the perfect white rabbit buttons I’d found but I think they’re still pretty cute.

The first one she picked is a hoodie/cardigan


This was a free pattern from Bernat which was knit in pieces and then seamed. I made a massive cock up at first and read all the pattern sizes as cm instead of inches (I swear, I checked them like 20 times!) and when I pinned it together I wasn’t sure. I mean I don’t have children so I don’t know how big babies are but this thing wouldn’t even fit a doll so I assumed it was wrong. So I basically started again and it was a pretty quick knit.

However, since the ends aren’t in a true rib (they look slightly ribbed because they’re knit on a smaller needle) it kept rolling up which was pissing me off no end. I tried blocking it, even though it’s acrylic, and boy did that take some pins!

As that made no difference whatsoever I then crocheted the edges for a bit more stability. It worked on the arms but nothing else so I moved on to plan C.

I stabilised the bottom, hood and button bands with some bias binding and then decided to go the whole hog and bind all the seams, even the armholes!

That was a good few hours of hand stitching but I do think it was worth it.

The second one didn’t require nearly as much work and was a joy to knit.

The reason it was so lovely to knit was down to the construction.It has raglan sleeves which are provisionally knitted along with the top of the cardigan, with some clever increasing that leaves that lovely pattern, and then the stitches are put on hold whilst you finish the body and picked up afterwards to finish off the sleeve. I’m sure many of you have come across this before but it’s the first time I’ve knit this type of construction and it really makes the second sleeve syndrome much easier to deal with. I’m definitely going to be looking out for more of this type of pattern for my own cardigans- I really love the look of the increasing along the sleeve.

The pattern was well-written too and worth the couple of quid I spent on it.

(Also, I promise the button band isn’t wonky- I was just about to give them away when I remembered I hadn’t taken photos so had to do it quickly!)

The recipient seemed really pleased with them and to be honest I am too. It took me about 6 weeks to do both (and I finished one of my own cardigans in between!) -really quick knits. Maybe I should get on with the baby-making…!

Hetty’s here!

18 Feb

It’s half-term, it hasn’t rained for 6 hours and I’m watching Dexter’s laboratory, what a fantastic day!

To make it even better, The Great British Sewing Bee starts tonight!!!! I’m seriously pumped for it, I might even get in some popcorn!

In other news, since it hasn’t rained for 6 hours I decided to photograph some way overdue projects (as well as some new ones) so I’m happy to present



Yup, I tackled those sleeves like a boss and they’re much more flattering now. The left one is still tighter than the right one so either I have a particularly fat left arm or something went wrong but not so much I feel I need to reknit again again.


I lengthened it slightly: cropped cardigans work great for me because 99% of the time I wear dresses and it’s much more flattering to have one that sits at the waist, but my Agathas are just slightly too short.By the way the pattern was going I figured this would be the same length so I did either 1 or 2 more sets of the pattern (can’t remember because it was so long ago!) and I think it’s the perfect length. It’s not restricted just to dresses now and could equally be worn with skirts or trousers too.

All other construction was fairly straight forward- I’m pretty used to Andi’s patterns now and this one was super easy to remember so I didn’t even have to keep looking at my phone every 2 minutes. (Agatha was a bitch for that man. I remembered it eventually but sheesh. Talk about square eyes.)

I must also mention the buttonholes. My 2 Agathas do not have buttonholes. Both times I forgot to add them in and then could not be arsed to go back and add them. I don’t do cardigans up that often anyway so whatevs. This time  I totally remembered to knit in the buttonholes, all 7 of them, only to discover I only had 5 buttons. 😥


I bought these at Walthamstow, not for this particular project otherwise I definitely would’ve bought 7, but they were just so perfect I couldn’t see any other buttons taking their place. So I had to sew up 3 of the buttonholes and just sew on 4 (for balance due to the already-constructed buttonholes)

I honestly don’t know why I bothered with the buttonholes!

Regular readers will know that I constructed both the dress and the cardigan with the other in mind thanks to a pin on Pinterest. These two were always destined to be together. So imagine my reaction when Mark tells me  “I don’t like the cardigan with that dress. They don’t go.”


Agatha v 2.0

6 Dec

Wow.  According to my Ravelry notes I started this cardigan on the 18th August. That means it’s only taken me just over 2.5 months to finish this thing. I know people can knit things a lot quicker but we all know how I have several WIPs (some people like to call these UFOs but they’re definitely WIPs 😉 )

So considering in that time I’ve knitted 2 christmas gifts along with 1 sleeve from another WIP and I BLOODY HATE KNITTING SECOND SLEEVES I’m pretty darn pleased with it.



(Pahaha, this looks like a school photo!)

I just powered on through that second sleeve. I finished the first and thought to myself if I don’t cast on the second sleeve now it’ll sit for 6 months like the last one. So I bloomin’ did it. I cast on that second sleeve and knitted the cap. Then I just kept going. I remember actually sitting there moaning and cursing about the sleeve as I was knitting it and almost crying when I measured it against the other and still had another inch to go. Oh the woes of a modern life.

The wool is Drops Karisma and it’s lovely and soft. It’s a tiny bit thin for the Agatha so I had to fiddle about with needles and tension a bit to get the size right. It still knitted up a teeny bit small but I blocked the shit out of it (using my regular carpet method) and I think we’re good to go.



I don’t have much else to say about it really. Knitting it the second time was much easier although I’m struggling to find things to pair it with due to the colour so it’s not getting as much wear as I’d like.

Anyway, I’ve finished knitting Hetty! I’ve got to find some buttons for it, which is proving tricky, but then it’ll be up!

chinelo bally

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