The Retail Method: Did you test me – THE RESULTS for “H”

So in each of my video’s I promised pictures and a pattern. So here is what happened with each of the videos….. knit along if you want to.

Here is what happened with H.
The measurements came in inches and had a shoulder width. So for this neckline I decided to do a wrap. Here are the measurements H gave me and the tension square at the top.
10 Sts = 3cm
10 Rows = 2.7cm

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

Testing Vicky to Create a Knitting Pattern in less than 10 minustes using the Retail Method

 

Here is the pattern written out properly with row numbers and standard information like cast on and off and with a full back pattern, that I usually don’t write in full as it mirrors the front. If you want to knit this, then please remember that I asked only for garment length, shoulder width, bust width, waist width and hem width only, so items such as armhole length have been approximated for the length of the garment based on standard retail measurements that would match the garments overall measurements. The pattern itself only tells you how many stitches and rows you need to create a shape. If you wanted to construct the garment differently, for example, keep the front as one piece and just attach a fake wrap front, then you would need to adjust the pattern accordingly based on your preferred method of construction.

However if you are interested in taking the course and discovering how to make a full pattern for yourself, you’ll be able to adjust any area of measurement you want to, add sleeves and any other detailing you want. Plus if you don’t want to knit clothes, maybe do some yarn bombing for a sofa……. then the same method still applies.

FRONT
R1. Cast on 199sts
R2. Decrease 1st each end of the row, every 8 Rs, for a total of 80 Rs

ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROW ONLY
R82. Knit 8 Rs
R90. Decrease 1st per Row for 142 Rs
R230. Knit 6 Rows.
R238. Cast off sts.

ON LEFT SIDE OF ROW ONLY
R82. Increase 1st every 26 Rs for a total of 78 Rs
R160. Cast off 3sts and decrease 1st every 2 Rs for a total of 6 Rs
R166. Knit 72 Rs
R238. Cast off sts

Then repeat. Swapping left and right instructions for the other side. This also creates two front panels so you have the option of creating a true wrap top. You do have the option as I mentioned above, only partially knitting the other front panel and linking or seaming.

BACK.
For back, follow front pattern and use the instructions  for LEFT SIDE OF ROW on both ends of each Row with one amendment. Back pattern is as follows:
R1. Cast on 199sts
R2. Decrease 1st each end of the row, every 8 Rs, for a total of 80 Rs
R82. Increase 1st every 26 Rs for a total of 78 Rs
R160. Cast off 3sts and decrease 1st every 2 Rs for a total of 6 Rs
*R166. Knit 60 Rs. Then at centre cast off 80sts, 40 either side of centre. This part will be partial knitting or short rows
*R226. Decrease 1 st, at centre, every Row for a total of 12Rs
R238. Cast off sts

Then repeat R226 onwards for other shoulder.

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CHART: Rose Trellis

Rose Trellis chart for hand or machine knitting. Free chart for rose trellisIn this guide I’ve included a full repeatable Rose Trellis from our Trends Book: Floral. A huge flora trend has been sweeping the fashion season, and here we’re no different. So here is a little free chart for a horizontal repeating rose trellis that can be done with 3 colours or just 2 for a more graphic look.

 

If you love floral graphics and you are a handor a machine knitter, you can find lots more floral repeats, kitsch florals and more in depth artworks in our E-Book, which you can find here: TRENDS: Floral

 

Feel free to use and abuse it in whatever way you like. Just make sure, that if you like it, that you share it……. come on don’t keep secrets from your knitting friends.

 

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A Fringe Cardi to end ALL fringe cardigans

Fringe fashion knit cardigan. This one will have tasselsThat’s right you heard it here first. Over the past few months and in redesigning the site, I realised that it had been a while since I had done something really huge. A really large, knitting all day every day, epic knitting project. I saw something a few weeks ago that just inspired the hell out of me and so the Epic Tassel Cardi was born.

Now I can’t say too much until I’m further down the line, but in the interest of making it truly epic, I’ve actually redone the lacy trim about 3 times now. It doesn’t help that I’m blocking it as I go and then ripping and knitting, just to get the trim perfect. It also doesn’t help that the trim (and only the trim) is knitted in a rayon based, small rope. But I have to say that the start is very promising.

So what will it be? What can I tell you? Well. there will be some colour work. I’m thinking at this point maybe a singular image rather than a repeat, but that may change. It will have a lacy trim with tassels as per the pictures and it will be a wonderfully bohemian, comfy cardigan, but of course with a modern fashion edge.

I honestly don’t think it will be done till after Christmas, unless I just knitted continuously and didn’t eat or sleep for the next 2 weeks and to be fair, I have done that on occasion, but this time I think it’s better to take more time with it. For the first time in a while now, I feel really inspired again by knitted fashion. It’s all been a little drab on the catwalks, which are meant to inspire a designer like me with amazing details and design and for the longest time, I don’t think I’ve gasped at anything. You know that feeling when something is so beautiful it literally takes your breath away.

Ok so enough teasing…… Here is a couple of pictures of the progress so far, and to give you an idea, there will also be some colour work involved later on, but it will be so worth it in the end. I will never take it off once it’s done. So here’s how the original trim was looking so far before I restarted it last night for the last time. Hopefully the bottom cast on edge looks much better now rather than the looser effect below. It does mean that I’ve had to cast on a few extra repeats of the design as of course the tighter knit cast on means that it’s not making such a wide starting point. But hey, the more tassels the better I say!

Of course I’ll keep the updates coming as I go, but I wanted this to be a really great surprise.

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RECYCLE: Applique Cardi

Applique-CardiI love a little bit of the 80’s, but then I also love a bit of leather, biker looks and a little bit of rock. Well I found this amazing cardigan, complete from the 80’s with dropped shoulders, oversized and huge batwong sleeves. Darn it, it’s amazing!

…….But a tad old and wearing a bit at the shoulders. Well let’s put a twist on those classic elbow patches with applique. I’ve reworked some fake leather and gold beads and stitching onto the shoulders to both save the cardigan, save the world and just bring it more up to date. I’ve worn this out so many times and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve had. Download the guide now and get some templates for shoulder patch designs

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RECYCLE: Patchwork Poncho

Patchwork-ponchoA few seasons ago, Chanel did a huge push in a collection, for hand crafted looking garments. There were loads of patchwork, loads of hand stitches, loads of ‘handmade’. To honour this and the aim to get crafters doing more to recycle, I’ve put together this really easy loose cape or poncho that is so easy to make.

Just get a collection of old jumpers, including one with a lovely large cowl, get cutting and put together this great patchwork item. It’s so easy to customise, and would look great in some brighter colours or with a mix of patterns.

Well it is so easy, you’ll be wearing it in less than an hour.

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RECYCLE: Slash and Knit Vest

Slask-knit-vestHave you seen our Slash and Knit How To guide? well if you haven’t I really suggest you having a look at our free guide in the How To section of resources.

This idea was a big feature in fashion design around 8 years ago and since we posted our guide, it’s exploded on blogs and social networks for crafty site.

Get ready to save the world and recycle some old vests and T-shirts bey with some definite style. Well here is an idea about how to use it and making something a little more delicate and draped.

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