Saturday, October 14, 2017

Made: So Faded Sweater

Hi guys, I finished knitting my So Faded Sweater! 

Ta da!

Originally, I only planned to use white, black, and grey yarns, but I found a skein of Electric Rainbow in my stash and knew I had to add it in. I love how it turned out!

I used all Madelinetosh yarn. The colors, from top to bottom, are:
Night Fell
Electric Rainbow
Smokestack Optic (just the grey ribbed hem and cuffs)

I think I'll be wearing this a lot this winter. I have several other knitting projects on the needles and in my queue, but it would be fun to make another one of these someday in a different color scheme. I wonder if either of my kids would wear one. A children's version might knit up pretty quickly!

Here's the So Faded pattern on Ravelry
And here's the children's pattern on Ravelry

I'm using the leftover yarn to make a pair of socks (one down, one to go). I think I might make a habit of using up extra sweater yarn to make matching socks - could I be any knit-nerdier??

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Shirt No. 1 With Lizzy House Lawn

Hey guys, don't you love Sonya Philip's patterns? They're so straightforward, you can make very simple garments or use them as starting points for all kinds of embellishments and variations. The creator herself often layers multiple bright colors and prints to create fun outfits. You can see some of her cheery, creative combinations on her website, or on Instagram.

I bought my Shirt No. 1 pattern a while ago through her Etsy site, here. If I were you, though, I'd join Creative Bug for the free trial and get the pattern and video instruction by Sonya! She even includes a couple of variations to try.

I didn't change or embellish this one at all. I'm just letting the fabric shine, along with the nice, boxy shape of the top. I used this lawn from the Lizzy House Printmaking line. There are so many good prints in this line!

This shirt is the standard length, and it feels a leetle bit cropped on me (I'm 5'10"). Sometimes I add an inch or two to the length of this pattern. 

An interesting and potentially intimidating aspect of this pattern is that she has you determine the neckline for yourself. You are instructed to put the shirt on and then decide how low, how wide, or how scooped to cut the neck. Instead of going purely on your own, you could compare to another shirt or pattern that you like. 

I like this little push to make a design decision for yourself. I think it builds confidence for those of us who always just follow the pattern instructions and don't make many modifications or personalizations. It can be really freeing to be reminded that you are allowed to customize! 

This semi-crisp, lightweight lawn doesn't cling or stick; it was perfect for the heat of the summer. As I'm typing, it's October and it's only 39 degrees Farenhiet tonight. Of course that means that this shirt just became a layering piece. It will look great under any cardigan or hoodie.

I love making tops that are as easy to wear as t-shirts, but that look a whole lot nicer. If I had a longer attention span, I'd churn out a dozen of these!

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