Category Archives: Finished in 2009

Coachella

A couple of months ago I decided I wanted a new Coachella.  My previous one was stolen by gremlins in the laundry.  Cristi gifted me some aMAIZing yarn to do a Coachella KAL with her but I couldn’t wait for her to get done with her sock knitting mojo.  LOL  So I plunged ahead.

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We all know that one of the many complaints about Coachella is the fact that the cowl neckline hangs too low, usually exposing your boobs.  I remedied that by running some of the same yarn through the cast on edge and pulling it to create a gathered look.

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But my fave part about my new tank is the back.  I subbed the plain t-back for a wider, prettier lacy one.  Some of you may recognize this as the same stitch pattern used in my soon-to-be-published Corazon lace scarf.

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I started off the strip with more sts than what the pattern suggests and I worked more increases into the stitch pattern going down the back, resulting in the wider back AND armholes that aren’t as deep.

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The yarn was kind of weird to work with as it’s basically woven fabric strips.  But it does feel nice in the finished garment!  (Thanks Cristi!)

I do want yet another one of these maybe with an all-lace back.  Let’s see what I can come up with.  :o)

Coachella

  • Source: Knitty, Summer 2007
  • Size: 1X
  • Yarn: South West Trading Company aMAIZing (corn fiber), 4.4 skeins, approx. 630 yds used
  • Color: Pink #371
  • Total cost: approx. $23 (but yarn was a gift!!)
  • Needles: US 8
  • Gauge: 5 sts & 7 rows per inch in st st
  • Started: May 5, 2009
  • Finished: June 21, 2009
  • Mods: Read above for the biggest mods.  In addition to those mods, I only did two rows of short rows for the bust. I finished the bottom with 1×1 ribbing instead of the ktbl. BTW, I AM wearing a razor-back bra with a wide back piece under this tank.

Shaimani’s Blanket

Lately I find myself knitting more baby things than expected. My friends are popping out babies left and right.

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This particular blanket is dedicated to one of my bestest buddies. I do not need to tell her who she is. She knows how much her friendship means to me and how much I text her when I can’t find her online for my daily dose of BFF! Here’s to a healthy and wonderful baby, my friend. I love you, girl.

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Now don’t let the fact that the sample shown here is a blanket deter you from making a scarf or shawl out of this stitch pattern. I think it would make a beautiful stole! Just cast on any multiple of 15 stitches plus 11 and follow the pattern.

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I would say this pattern is intermediate since it has cables and lace. The pattern includes written instructions and a chart. You can use either.

Shaimani’s Blanket

  • Source: Rosi G. (Purchase it on Ravelry – $5.00)
  • Finished Size: 33″ x 36″
  • Yarn: worsted weight, 645 yds, (shown here in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 3 skeins)
  • Color: Antique Lace
  • Needles: US 7
  • Gauge: 4 sts and 6 rows in st st on US 7
  • Total Project Cost: $19.41
  • Started: May 29, 2009
  • Finished: June 28, 2009


Valkyrie

I wanted to use up some of my sock yarn for things other than socks.  Valkyrie is a one-skein scarf with an easy-to-follow cables and lace pattern.

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It can be made wider to make it more of a stole.  I can see this in some gorgeous hand-dyed silk laceweight with one or two extra pattern repeats.

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The combination of cables and lace with purled wrong-side rows makes for a nice pattern that goes smoothly and is easy and quick to knit.

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Valkyrie Scarf

  • Source: Rosi G.
  • Finished Size: 64” long x 9.5” wide after blocking and with fabric relaxed.
  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Mediumweight, 1 skein, 380 yds.
  • Color: Valkyrie
  • Needles: US 7
  • Gauge: 14 sts  = 3.5″ in cables and lace pattern
  • Started: May 12, 2009
  • Finished: May 18, 2009
  • Pattern cost: $5 (pattern includes both written and charted instructions)