Monday, April 18, 2005

New Duds for Girlfriend!

I am finished. And I loved just about every minute of it. This is a super-fun pattern and even though I made a lot of adjustments, the original pattern is fantastic.

This is what I did differently: I used variegated yarn in a cotton/nylon blend. I didn't make it dress length, either. I thought it would be more useable for Girlfriend in a shorter length that she can wear with jeans. I also did half of the increases for the skirt portion. Since this was to be a top, I thought it didn't need the extra gathering at the waist. Anyway, I will most likely knit another one, maybe even for myself. I'm wondering about the Fixation yarn...this is what I would use if I'm doing a grown-up (and strapless) version for myself.
crumpets

9 Comments:

At 9:37 PM, Blogger strangelittlemama said...

oooh, I like the ribbon straps! I may have to steal that idea. Looks cute-- now where's your supermodel grrl?

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

supermodel girl is in bed asleep. Couldn't wait to have her be in the mood to put it on with the proper pants, shoes and hairdo... : ) But will be sure to post a pic with her wearing it very soon!

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger KD said...

This looks amazing! I love the colors you chose! And it makes a really cute top. I agree, I think I would wear that myself too!

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger shetha said...

it's beautiful -- the colors meld together so well! It's an adorable top and I bet it will look GREAT with jeans. Great work!

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger leah said...

Love love love it! I'm making a lot of "adjustments" to mine too.

I have GOT to get a picture of mine. I used fixation on the bodice and love it. I also agree that I would wear it as a top with jeans!

 
At 11:18 AM, Blogger jackie said...

this is FABULOUS! my question is, for a 7-month knitter (i have made a LOT of rectangular things, a few baby hats, and a little lace, but have been afraid of shaping stuff), how hard would this be? nowhere on this or on the pattern's site does it really indicate what the difficulty level is. i REALLY want to try it, but i am scared! can you guys offer any advice?

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

Jackie, this is not a difficult pattern, but I would say it is appropriate for an advanced beginner or intermediate. It has beading, which is something you will have to deal with (no biggie, but it can be difficult to thread all them on and keep pushing the beads back as you knit), and you need to know how to knit in the round and use a cable needle. There is almost no shaping, except for a couple decreases and some increases at the waistline. There are yarnovers, too. If you have a supportive friend or a book to refer to, you should be fine. Or skip the beads at first. It's a really nice pattern and I'm probably going to start one for myself in the Fixation (without beads).

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger jackie said...

wendy help!!! i need to make an educated guess at the yardage i will need for a top similar the one you made--did you make the one or two year-old size? and how many yards did you end up using? my guess is that to make a two-year old top, i will need more like the one year old yardage, since i am not going to do all the increases and cut off some of the length--i just want a sanity check that i am not totally off before i start winding up these hanks i just bought... thanks!!!

 
At 1:00 AM, Blogger Linnea said...

If you use Fixation for the bodice, would you cast on the same number of stitches? I have swatched with Fixation and the gauge is much smaller, but I guess the stretch factor would make it fit?

 

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