Friday, May 18, 2018

Irregular Stripped Knitted Pullover

 Last winter I bought this sorted colours merino wool yarn in my nearest town, Lleida, at the Katia store. Unfortunately, they were closing it for good, and there was a 50% sale. They did not have 10 skeins of any colour, so I bought 2 deep red, 2 dusk pink, 2 green, 3 off white and 3 dark blue. I had seen an irregular stripped pullover in some add in the web, and I though it would be fun to reproduce it with different colours. 

Last january, when it was time to start the project, I could not find the add for the life of me, so I had to invent it! The only part I remebered was the white-blue even stripes at the top, so for the rest, I was changing colours whenever I felt  like it. That irregularity was much fun, everytime I changed colour I was happy and so the project went on very fast, hehe...

I followed the pattern of my other stripped merino wool pullover, (which I created following the grids in Ann Budd's The knitter Handy Book of Sweater Patterns) because I think it was perfect. I knitted on the round with cabled needles, a method I totaaaaaally love, becasue we do not have to purl, and becasue you get a seamless sweater at the end, which is perfect. 

For the sleeves, I reproduced the same stripes pattern, and then united it all to knit the yoke on the round. 
 When I finished knitting, I spent some time knotting and concealing the tails of all the colour changing, but thosw knots were only in one torno side and inside sleeves. 
I must confess I hate blocking sweaters. I do it, and it came out good, but it is a very scary moment when you take your 5-month-work out of the water totally mishaped. I am a new knitter, and I have never washed any of my sweaters yet, but I am quite scared of what will happen when a put them under water again.

I totally and absoultely love this pattern, and I think Ann Budd's book is a MUST for any knitter.
Here my Ravelry entry.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Black and Pink Organic Sweatshirt Cotton Robe

I am SO happy with my new robe! It's gorgeous!
This is a Burda Style pattern I have already used twice. It is perfect for jersey fabrics.

I bought this organic sweatshirt cotton at Ecological Textiles (amazing quality), and used some remains of pink organic sweatshirt left from my tracksuit, to give it some colour.
The result is gorgeous, soft to the skin and very warm.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Organic Cotton Stripped Jersey Top

It seems I was making a lot of organic jersey basics this winter final weeks! Probably the reason why is that they are much needed in my wardrobe, and much worn.

No big news about this one neither... My own pattern version of the Coco top, and a nice organic stropped cotton from The Village Haberdashery. 

Candy for my skin.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Organic Grey Ribbed Cotton Turtle Neck

Some projects are spectacular and glamorous, and some are practical and wearable, like this one. 

Another gorgeous fabric bought at Ecological Textiles, and another rendition of my "Universal T-shirt" pattern. This time, I took 1cm off all seams, and added a wide round band for the turtle neck. 
The result is perfect. I am embracing cotton for winter lately... I try to use only natural fibers, and for winter, we have wool or cotton. But wool is often itchy or too warm for interiors, whereas cotton can be really warm if it is woven in a dense manner, like in ribbed cotton, sweatshirt or thick interlock. They are warm but breathable and really sweet to the skin. 
And if it is colder, we can add layers!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Organic Pink Sweatshirt Cotton Tracksuit

I ordered this organic C. Pauli sweatshirt cotton at Ecological Textiles, in The Netherlands, a very nice online shop, with good products at good prices. I love my jersey organic, specially when it is not so expensive: the touch to the skin is soft and nice, and I like to know I am taking care of my planet. 
At the begining I only wanted to make the top, but I ended up having a lot of extra fabric becasue this piece is extrawide. I could have squeezed it in one metre if not for the hood, so I ended up ordering 2 metres (no partials possible), and when it was on the cutting table I realised I could also make me some pants. Note that I do not like the two pieces going together (I only put them on for these pictures), the top is to go with blue jeans or leggins and the pants are great with a basic black T-shirt.
For the top, I used again my Universal T-shirt pattern, because I wanted raglan sleeves. I added a hoodie (this is a personal addition to this originally Burda pattern), and a couple of centimetres in all the seams to make it bigger. 
As for the pants, this pattern is a rub-off from some old tracksuit pants of mine, and this is the second rendition I make out of it. I made them extra long, preventing some shrinking.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sweatshirt Jacket

I bought this black cotton sweatshirt in Ray Charles, London. It is in Islington, a lovely neighbourhood. I just bought 1 metre, but it was extra wide, so I could squeeze the patten in. 
I used a pattern in BurdaStyle, which again, proved to be perfect. Look at those sleeve-caps! Also, the bust sizing is perfect for my C cups, and the waist shaping... It just fitted me like a globe. 
I like creating my own patterns, drawing, draping or duplicating them, but if i find what I want in my Burda magazines, I know I have a sure bet. This model came with special very detailed instructions, but this is something Burda lacks. I don't need detailed instructions to follow though... I have my own method of sewing and all I need is a good pattern and some suggestions for how to cut the pieces is welcome too. 

The fabric is gorgeous and the final piece is going to be a classic in my wardrobe. I put a patch of my favourite Cinema Festival to break the blackness a bit...


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Organic Stripped Cotton Dress

This is a simple make with a result I am not quite sure about yet...
I bought this organic cotton in The Village Haberdashery, London. 

I used my Universal T-shirt pattern again, in its hooded, 3/4 raglan sleeves, variation. I gave some flare to the skirt sides too.

The fabric is wonderful, so sweet to the skin you do not want to take it off. But maybe it was too soft for this make... I feel it lacks some stiffness... although it is very comfortable to wear, it clinks to my body revealing too much in a non-flattering way. Comparing it to one on my favourites, The Blue Velvet Dress, you can see what I mean. It is not up to it.
I could always cut it into a top, but I am still doubtful about it, so I will wait to see if I use it or not, but this is a project between parenthesis.