Monday, February 1, 2016

Hand Knit Boy's Scarf

Hello friends,
I knitted a scarf for my dear son and so glad that I managed to take picture of him wearing it :) The scarf is self-pattern and the size is 50" length x 5'' width.
I mentioned lately that I've been knitting and I agree that knitting is a great activity as well as sewing. And speaking about sewing, I am still in progress of pants making. I changed the pattern two times, two muslins, one unsuccessful pants and another pants waiting to finish. I will explain more in the next post.
Well, for now let's talk about the knit scarf. I visited my local yarn shop in the beginning of January and brought home three types of yarns in different colours and brands. Then I decided to use my first choice - Schachenmayr Bravo in dark grey to make my son scarf. I think it isn't the best yarn to make scarf because it is an acrylic yarn but still can pamper the neck in the cold winter weather :)

1.5 skeins of Schachenmayr Bravo  color 08319 - dark grey, 146 yards per skein.
Knitting needle 4 mm
Tapestry needle

Knitting Process:
This is based on my own pattern. I started with cast on 27 sts.
Then working on 2x2 ribbing until 12 rows, ending with WS row. The first ribbing have to be decreased in the last row.
Row 13 : K1, *P4, K1* in the right side.
Row 14:  P1, *K4, P1* in the wrong side.
Repeat until measured 38" from the beginning. Ending with WS row.
Worked with 2x2 ribbing until 12 rows.
Bind off loosely.
Then I iron the finished scarf even the yarn labels says I shouldn't iron. I did that because the scarf was crumple like a long roll :) I laid thick cotton cloth on top and spray with water and carefully steam the iron on it. I don't know if I did the right thing but I am happy with it, the final scarf turned out so soft :)
Also, the important note : the original scarf measures 40" length when I finished knit but turned out bigger 50" length after I iron it.

Here is the look of the finished ribbing, right and wrong side. But I think my son can use in both sides because they look nice.

That's it for my today post, hope everyone have a happy crafting and happy sewing!

Take care,


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hand Knit Bobble Hat

I have been very enthusiastic with knitting lately and so glad I managed to finish my first bobble hat right on time when the weather is getting cold :)
I found a free pattern and tutorial from Mollie Makes - Bobble Hat and it was easy to follow. The original hat is lovely, it comes with smaller width 2x2 ribbing and continue with stockinette stitch.
As I am learning new stitches and eager to try, I added different type of stitches for the body that I found in Creative Knitting magazine autumn 2015.

  • I used 150 yards of  Zarone - Filatura Di Crosa Italia - pure wool blend in shade 37. 
  • Circular needle 7 mm - 40 cm
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissor

Knitting process started from cast on 56 sts and join the round, continue with 2x2 ribbing, k2-p2 until the stitches measure 2.5".
After that, I did stockinette stitches 5 rounds, then added k1,p1 in one round and p1,k1 in another round. 
Back again to stockinette stitches 5 rounds and follow the same manner until the hat measure 9" from the beginning.
Then shape the crown until my hat measure 10" from the beginning, cast off, tighten the end and sew the pom-pom as Mollie did :)

That's it! Easy to make and I finished my hat in two days :)

Happy crafting and stay warm!


Thursday, January 7, 2016

V-neck Top With Tuck

Happy New Year 2016 to you all!

Today, I'd love to share my finished first project for MAGAM January with theme "Jump Into January". You can see my plans here in my facebook page. As usual the pattern is from BurdaStyle and the fabric is from my stash. I like how the top turned out, it is a girlish V-neck top with tuck which is perfect for casual wear in both day and night :)

2 yards of knit jersey in marsala and same colour of thread.

BurdaStyle V-neck Top With Tuck 08/2014 size 36 with following adjustment on the neckline, I raised 5 cm and changed the high low hem to the normal hem. For the neckband strip, I used 59 cm long and 3 cm width. Also, I used 0.75 cm seam allowances in all edges, 1 cm sleeve and hem allowances.

Here is my pattern after traced, I really like the look of it :)

The sewing process started from sew the sleeves pieces together using my serger and continue the usual process. The only difficult thing to figure out was the tuck, I laid the front piece and pin the tuck and sew. I did at least three times to get the same measurements in both shoulders.

After I did the last process, I tried the top and found out that the tuck didn't stay in place, it keeps moving and made the shoulder falling to the arm. The problem solved after I hand sew the tuck together 1 cm in the top of my bust :)
I am sure there is other solution than hand sew, the tuck suppose to be flowing down as it is. I am curious, any idea everyone?

Well, nothing more I can say about this top, let's take a look at the final top on my dress form, front and back.

And more pictures of me wearing it with my beloved jeans :) Front, back and side views.

Thank you for stopping by, wishing you a lovely day and happy sewing. After this, I will be tracing the pants pattern, making the muslin, fitting, etc.



Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

I wish all my lovely friends a warm and happy Christmas, filled with peace, joy and love. Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year!

We celebrated Christmas at home with a simple dinner cooked by my dear husband, delicious roasted turkey breast and Portuguese style duck rice followed by home made desserts made by me, chocolate mousse and Portuguese egg pudding.
Christmas is always full of sweets and goodies, I baked apple raisin bread, roasted peanuts and bought the rest in the local shops. Also, almost forget to mentioned that a friend send us home made broa as well.

Thank you all for being here and I look forward for your friendship and sewing and crafting with you in 2016.




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