Short Row Bust Shaping for Knit or Crochet Garments

Short Row Bust Shaping for Knit or Crochet Garments

Short Row Bust Shaping for Knit or Crochet Garments to get a better fit

Short Row Bust Shaping for Knit or Crochet Garments can help immensely in giving a better fitting garment for those of us with curves. Emma and I discussed this in August and explained how the short rows work.

How to measure for Bust Shaping for Knit or Crochet garments

We covered how to measure your body for short rows, basic calculations based on those results and how to work that in a cardigan or a sweater. After our initial chat and hello, the info you want is a couple of minutes from the start.

See more about this project on my Ravelry project page here.

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing

The Diamonds and Lace Hat is ready for testing, available in four sizes, Child, Teen/Adult S, Adult M and Adult L to fit most of the family.

Diamonds and Lace Hat Yarn Choices

The Diamonds and lace hat is knitted with DK weight yarn, I used two yarns for the samples so far. For the Teen/Adult S size I knitted this with light grey coloured Austermann Merino Silk worsted. It’s a super soft merino yarn blended with silk and gives amazing stitch definition with all the bounce you’d expect of a merino yarn.

For a more affordable yarn choice, and partly because I fell in love with the colour called Mellow Yellow, I used Stylecraft Bellissima DK yarn.

The smallest size used less than 45g of yarn, approximately 140 yards of yarn. The Teen/Adult Small size used approximately 66g or 165 yards of the Austermann Merino Silk yarn in the light grey. The Adult M should use (with a 10% allowance just in case) 240-280 yards and the Adult L should use around 300-340 yards or so.

Diamonds and Lace Hat ready for testing – Gallery

What comes next in the Diamonds and Lace pattern family?

Do I knit a shawl or wrap to match the hat and cowl, or should I design some fingerless mittens? Let me know what you think.

What yarns are suitable for testing the Diamonds and Lace Hat?

Lanas Stop Alpaca, Austermann Merino Silk, Stylecraft Bellissima DK. Link to my project page so you can see the hat in more detail.

Link to my group on Ravelry if you’re interested in signing up to test the pattern.

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress Updated

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress Updated

Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern in progress

I’ve been working on a couple of new designs, Diamonds and Lace Cowl pattern and also a matching hat to go with it. I used some Stylecraft Bellissima DK in Mellow Yellow for the first sample and am planning to use some Lanas Stop York Merino for the next size. The hat was knitted with Austermann Merino Silk Worsted in light grey.

Test knitting will start very soon in our Ravelry Group or you can contribute in our Knitting Across The Pennines Facebook group if you prefer.

Diamond Lace Cowl
Diamond Lace Cowl
Diamonds and Lace Hat prototype
crown of the Diamonds and Lace Hat
Diamond and Lace Cowl
Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss it

Enchanting Evergreen Cowl Pattern Released, don’t miss the launch discount which runs out at midnight on 30th October. You can get 25% off the pattern and also the matching hat with code evergreen

You can purchase here in our online shop, our Ravelry Store or our Payhip Store.

Have a look at our fabulous Test Knitters projects here on Ravelry.

The diamond cable pattern features cables, a texture pattern in the centre of the diamonds and a reverse stocking stitch background to make the cables pop. It matches our Evergreen Hat pattern. It’s a quick knit worked in the round from the bottom up.

A note on sizing:
The cable pattern itself is VERY stretchy, as is the ribbing with this yarn. It will easily fit between a 17 inch neck circumference and up to a 23 inches, you can add pattern repeats to make the cowl wider and I have included instructions for that. The smallest size will be a neat fit on my Dad who has a 25 inch head circumference but the 2nd or 3rd sizes worked very well on him.

Tension/Gauge:
Lightly Stretched Ribbing: 20sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Ribbing Unstretched: 32 sts x 32 rows = 4in/10cm sq
Body of Cowl using larger needles in cable pattern unstretched: 16sts x 27 rows = 2.25in x 4in/5.5cm x 10cm
20st x 28 rows using 4mm needles and dk yarn in stocking stitch

Measurements
Size 1 18-22 inches, 46-59cm
Size 2 22-26 inches, 56-66cm
Size 3 26-30 inches, 56-76
Body Circumference
Unstretched 18 inches/43cm 22.5 inches/57cm 27 inches/68.5cm
Rib Circumference
Unstretched 17.5 inches/33cm 22 inches/56cm 26.5 inches/67cm
Height of cowl 11 inches/28cm or 7 inches/18cm for shorter cowl for all sizes

Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines

Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines

Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines 22/10/2020

Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines aired last night, we had a lovely natter in our Facebook group and the video is now on YouTube.

I can’t believe this is our 100th live craft and natter. We chat about WIPs, FOs and Emma prepared a bundle of patterns based on parties, celebrations, 100 and anything that made her laugh. The knitting Octopus was super cute.

Episode 100 of Knitting Across the Pennines
FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020

A quick round up of FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020. I had the chance to meet up with my knitting bestie yesterday, Jacqui, for a socially distanced coffee in town. We took our own drinks and sat on a bench people watching, knitting and nattering for a couple of hours.

Thankfully it was warm in the sun, but when the sun went it, the temperature dropped and I was glad to get in the car and warm up. It’s the first time we’ve got together since the start of lockdown in March and we had lots to catch up on.

I brought along a bag of FOs and WIPs to show Jacqui and thought I’d share some of them with you today.

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Evergreen Cowl

First up is version 2 of my Evergreen Cowl pattern, I just worked one repeat of the pattern for a shorter cowl, using just 34g of DK yarn from James C Brett called Aria. I’ll be launching the pattern tomorrow and newsletter subscribers will get an exclusive 25% discount, the launch discount for everyone else will be 15% for the first 48 hours only.

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Evergreen Cowl in James Brett Aria DK in Lavender
Evergreen Cowl in James Brett Aria DK in Lavender

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Cathedral Cowl

I’ve already used this cable pattern in my Cathedral Cable Hat design and love how it resembles Gothic arches, churches and the architectural lines of the cabling. It’s a fun knit with a resting row between each set of cable crosses, worked in the round, bottom up and a nice stash buster. It’d make a great gift too. As with all our patterns, these will be added to our Ravelry and Payhip Stores so you can purchase them there. The pattern will launch next week and newsletter subscribers get a code for 25% off. Don’t miss out.

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Cathedral Cowl knitted with Debble Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Stone.
Cathedral Cowl knitted with Debble Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Stone.

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Stillwater Cardigan by Marie Green

I had originally started knitting the Stillwater cardigan for myself, not sure when, a while ago when the designer was running a Knit your cardigan in four days challenge. I did more or less finish mine in five days, which is awesome other than the front bands. It was packed into a plastic crate and put away for a while. I found it a couple of weeks ago and decided to knit the band and try it on. The upper body and sleeves are perfect but for someone with rounded hips, there is no coverage for them or my belly in the lower body. It’s now wrapped and ready to go to my Mum, who it will fit much better and will love the cable details and simplicity of the design. The tweedy yarn does all the work on this one. I used Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK in the Stone colourway and close up it has tiny, tweedy flecks of yellow and blue it. It washes and wears beautifully but has quite a bit of vegetable matter in it that had to be picked out as I knitted.

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Stillwater Cardigan by Marie Green

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Ranunculus Sweater

I thoroughly enjoyed knitting the Ranunculus Sweater, it’s using Aran weight yarn (Sirdar Romance in Khaki with gold threads) and I went up to a larger needle to get tension/gauge, 8mm needles (I just checked). It’s comfy, pretty and the yoke is a fun but relaxing knit. I will definitely knit more of this sweater. Have you made Ranunculus?

Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020
Ranunculus Sweater FO September 2020

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Evergreen Loop

This might become a loop cowl, but is serving two purposes, as I want to design a sweater with the Evergreen cable and this will be a great swatch for that. I’m using some Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted in a pale turquoise or aqua colour, it’s fabulous and was a gift from the lovely Joan Dyer. Joan sent me 22 skeins in various colours just before she died and I treasure this yarn. Every pattern I’ve designed with it has been a joy to knit and I can’t thank her enough for that.

Evergreen Loop Cowl or swatch for a sweater using Lambs Pride Worsted in a pale Aqua

FOs and WIPs on my needles 15-10-2020, Garnered Test Knit

This is a cardigan pattern test for Alicia Plummer, very pretty lace, short sleeves, cropped body and destined for my Mum as a gift. It’s wide and boxy so I folded the back in half vertically to get a photo, it has short row shoulder shaping in garter stitch and features an all over lace pattern. Knitted in Aran yarn with 6mm needles, it’ll be a fast project for gifting.

Gardnered Cardigan test knit for Alicia Plummer, size 41".

Cathedral Cowl in Hollyock Stylecraft Special Aran with Wool

This is just to test the pattern and because I already knitted myself the Cracked Pepper Cardigan by Alicia Plummer in this yarn and it will make a really lovely set to wear together this Winter.

Cathedral cowl in Hollyhock special Aran with wool

Unnamed cardigan, suggestions welcome!

I cast on with the stone coloured Sublime Luxurious Tweed DK and am knitting a raglan cardigan, top down. I may add colourwork and you’ll see the other colours I have available in the gallery below. Do I go for stranded colourwork or mosaic knitting?

I probably have lots more on my needles but that’s enough for now, have I inspired you to knit something or pick up a project and show it some love?

See you soon

Loraine

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