23.7.14

A Snood wearing dude

Today I pose a question...should dudes wear snoods?

On observing my knitting a discussion with my friend Tom about the benefits of snood wearing ensued.  In the play The Bacchae, the character Penthius unsuccessfully disguises himself as woman by putting on a snood and pulling it up over his head.  

  Driven by his desire to witness the Bacchic rites, orgies of sex and violence that only women were allowed to attend, he is duped by their cheeky God Bacchus into thinking that dressed in woman's clothes he could slip in unnoticed.  Of course Bacchus knows the outcome of this useless charade, the women in their Bacchic frenzy tore him apart limb from limb.  Perhaps the moral of this story suggests the answer is a firm no however I'm not so sure. 



My version of a snood, equally good on girls and guys, is actually a snood scarf combo and the instructions are given below... 

The Snarf

You will need... 
40 grams Kidsilk Haze (Rowan) approx. 1 1/2 balls
I set 3 3/4mm (60cm length) circular needles

Cast on 154 stitches
Row 1: (RS) K2,*P3,K4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts K2
This row forms rib, continue knitting in the round until work measures 22.5cm ending the last round with K2

Form Split as follows...
Turn and work in the opposite direction
Row 1: (WS) P2,*K3,P4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts P2, turn
Row 2: (RS) K2,*P3,K4* rep from *to* to last 2 sts K2
Continue as set above until split measures 8.5cm ending with a WS row.

With right side facing and keeping rib pattern correct con't as follows
Row 1: rib 30, K94, rib to end.
Repeat the above row once more.
Row 3: With RS facing rib 30, P94, rib to end (30sts).
Row 4: Rib 30, K94, rib to end.
Rib 30, cast off 94 sts purlwise, rib to end.
This forms the top edge and establishes the start and position of the two scarf sections.

Turn and keeping rib correct work until the first scarf measures 51cm ending with a wrong side row.
Knit 2 rows.
Next row purl to end
Next row knit to end
Cast off 30sts purlwise.

Rejoin yarn to the other side and work to match so you have two identical scarf sections as shown above right


A special thank you to Tom who bravely agreed to demonstrate three ways with Snarf.  This is my first attempt at writing down one of my knitting patterns for others to use.  Any questions or feedback please feel free to email me.

sts - stitches
K - knit
P - purl
RS - right side
WS - wrong side
rep - repeat

10.7.14

...that other thing I do

Wondering what I've been up to?  


Head across to Collezione Alessandro or check out the Spring Summer 2014 accessory look book.  



New patterns and my first solo attempt at movie making coming soon.

7.6.14

HOW TO hem jersey using a twin needle

When sewing jersey tops my personal preference is to leave the hems raw and let them roll however for a more polished look you can also use a twin needle.  It's actually really easy, here's how you do it...

1. First buy yourself a twin needle, I'm using a Schmetz with the needles set 4mm apart.  If you're sewing jersey make sure the pack says stretch.


2. Twin needle attachments can be expensive so threading the machine correctly is really important.  Thread your bobbin as normal.  For the top however you need two spools of thread.  Place the left spool so the thread comes off in an anti-clockwise direction and the right spool so it comes off in a clockwise direction.


3. Thread the left spool first keeping the thread to the left where you have the option and finally threading it through the left needle.  Thread the right spool keeping the thread to the right where you have the option and finally threading it through the right needle.


Notice below that the right thread is not caught through the thread guard directly above the needles.  Of course every machine will look slightly different but leave the right thread free at this point only.
  

With caution test the threading by turning the machine by hand and then slowly through some fabric.  Consult your manual for any additional instructions.

4. Turn up your hem, in my case it's 2.5cm and press.




5. It's a good idea to test your stitch on some scrap fabric first.  For example, I find with my machine (my loyal 25 year old clunker) that I need to relax the foot pressure so as to not stretch the fabric as I stitch.  Once you're happy, with the right side up, stitch evenly around your hem.


Give it a press and you're all done.


24.5.14

Teeny-Weeny String Bikini

The pattern for the TEENY-WEENY STRING BIKINI is suitable for A to C cup busts and apart from the top also includes both a narrow and wide side pant.  Happily both pants can be adjusted via the side ties making them suitable for a variety of body types and sizes.



The swimsuit fabric used for the bikini shown was found at Tessuti in Melbourne and the pattern is now available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 6-14


As well as the step by step instructions included with your pattern there are two HOW TO tutorials to help you along...HOW TO make narrow swimwear straps and HOW TO attach swimwear elastic.

17.5.14

Winter Layering

THE LONG SKINNY has many virtues not least of which is it's chameleon like adaptability.  For this version I used a lightweight jersey in a soft floral print.  To give my top a casual weekend look the cuffs, hem and neck binding were all left raw and encouraged to roll. 


Add denim jeans, contrast DRESS-ME-UP COLLAR plus a chunky cardigan and VoilĂ ...out you go!


The pattern for the highly addictive LONG SKINNY (so far I've made 6) is scheduled for release in mid July; the DRESS-ME-UP COLLAR pattern is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 8-16; both of the fabrics used were found at Tessuti in Melbourne.  My cardigan is called WANDERER, it was designed by Martin Storey for Rowan and can be found in book 48.  I did make a couple of changes; I made my cardigan slightly longer, changed the sleeves to be moss stitch and also left the underarm seams open at the cuff for 7cm.