Thursday, May 18, 2006

Principessa finished

Here is my new Principessa ---

Pattern: Principessa from VK Spring/Summer 2006
Designer: Gabriell Hamill
Yarn: Lion Brand Micro-Spun (100% micro-fiber acrylic; 70g/ 168 yds): 2 balls in mocha (#124), 1 ball each in purple (#147), lilac (#144) and french vanilla (#98)
Needle: US #4 (3.5mm)

Adjustment: almost none. I was unable to make the collar symmetric with the pattern, so I recalculate it. There were also some error in the diagram.

I love this picot edge ---

it is a very simple sc & chain combination, but came out great! i love it!

When I picked up stitches for the collar, it was not too bad along the purple and white part, as there were almost no decrease and the line was straight, but the blue part had lots of k2tog and was a bit hard for me to pick up stitches. Yet, it came out fine ---

This came out a bit small and tight, but I like the way it fits perfect... and it's machine washable & dryable!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Principeessa from VK spring/summer 2006

The other day, my sister-in-law asked me if I want to go to Michaels with her, so I went to find these yarns..

These are the yarns used for the Principeessa Sweater on VK spring/summer 2006. The original sweater uses pink and orange, but I am not a big fan of red colors, so I purchased blues and purples instead. And here is the back of this sweater:

It is not so difficult to knit, despite of the description which says " a cpmbination of intarsia and lace patterns". There is only one size (Small/Medium) and there is no way I can recalculate this to fit my size, so I just knitted as the pattern says.

I realized that I like patterns with lots of diagrams! Instead of reading k2tog, k2tog, yo, k... it's alot easier for me to see the symbols like //o ...

This yarn is 100% acrylic and is very easy to split, so I would say it's not my favorite... yet, it's very inexpensive and machine washable and dryable! I like easy-care yarns these days, as my little baby messes my sweater a lot.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I Do --- finished

I recently finished making this ---

Pattern: Ido from Knitty
Designer: Jody Prival
Yarn: Classic Elite Premiere (50% pima cotton, 50% tencel; 50g/108 yds; color#5275) 4 balls
Needle: US #8 (16" circular)
Adjustment: I omitted three repeat (27 rows) in each arm, as it was too long for me.
Here is the back of this shrug; it is sewn together in the middle, and it came out fine...

The yarn I used for this project is 50% cotton & 50% tencel, so it has a bit of sheen... and most of all, I love this color, and that's the reason to choose this yarn. Yet, I wish this yarn is a bit thinner... the shrug came out a bit too thick to me, especially when you compare it with the original.

The pattern was easy to knit, and this lace pattern was not that difficult as it looks. It took only a week or two to finish it!