Sunday, April 29, 2012

Pattern, Size and Yarn before you start a project

Now that my Lace Scarf is done Life happened and put the next project right in front of me. I did not even have to wait a day.

A new Girl was born on April 12. and there is only one thing I could think of:
Knitting a dress for miss PERFECT.
After looking just a few days on-line I found the pattern I wanted to use.
LEA by drops

I have decided to use a 100% silk yarn, Mulberry by Luisa Harding

It feels cool on the skin and it's texture is very luxurious.
My idea was to make this pink dress out of multiple colors. And I must say it really worked out.
The ruffled edge starts with a row of very dark red (color number 028), then the lavender ruffles (color number 06). The pink main body (color number 04) leads into a pink and beige (color number 02) waistline. The upper part has a seed stitch pattern und after the next pink and beige breakline the upper portion of the dress is solid beige, continuing the seed stitch pattern.
It is really fun to knitt this.

Here, I need to share what I have learned over time:
You can use any similar yarn you like,
you are not bound by the pattern to use the exact yarn as the pattern calls for.

To do that is actually simple.
Knit a test 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4") piece, or a little larger, as I do most of the time.

For example: the dress pattern called for a yarn that leads to
24 sts x 32 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4")
The yarn I chose to use provided a test pattern
22 sts x 30 rows in stockinette st = 10 x 10 cm ( 4" by 4")

This is very close, don't you agree?
the difference in stitches (2) = less then 10% of 24 (2.4) but more than 5% (1.2)
the difference in rows (2) also = less then 10% of 32 (3.2) but more 5% (1.6)

What I looked at next was the given pattern per size:
What is the stitch difference per size?
Cast on recommendation for size 1 to 3 months and size 6 to 9 months is 366 and 394
the difference in stitches (28) = less then 10% of 366 (36.6) but mor then 5% (18.3)

VOALA, hier is was my answer:
Use the instructions for the 1 to 3 months and  I will end up with a dress that is somewhere between 5 % to 10% bigger than what the pattern describes.
That would make this dress fit a 3 to 6 months old girl, which is just fine with me.

I do measure while I am knitting to confirm that I am not knitting to loose or to tight and still have time to adjust the garment if the calculation was misleading.
So far though, 50 years into doing this, this appraximating of the sizing has never been wrong.

If you are reading this and struggling with sizing your trial knit with the pattern, e-mail me at I will help.

I am already looking forward to tonight knitting the arms. Finishing will happen during the week.

Most likely I will also make a little beanie to go with it. I thought it should be like the dress, but the color combination in reverse.

I can't wait to see little miss Allison next Sunday, if all goes well!

Monday, April 23, 2012

My other Art

Today I was suprised by an Advertisement e-mail from a Quilt Photo Compter Program.
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The really wonderful part of the e-mail was that the last picture of the sample quilts is a quilt that was done by me. It is a wedding photo quilt I had made of one of my very best friends and her husband.
I will always remember the class where I had made a portrait quilt of myself and than travelled home to Germany to give it to my mother.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Market Bag

While I am busy with knitting the Lotus pattern lace scarf I thought I could tell you about my last christmas present I have made.
People around me know that christmas for me always includes sharing my talent, or gift by making things out of yarn.


 For the 2011 give away present I selected a Market Bag.

The Pattern for the bag is free
on the Lion Brand website,
it is called

Al Fresco Market Tote.

I think I did crochet 5 or 6 of them and used up many of my cotton scraps. What I liked about the entire experience was that I also had to go shop for the main color after the third bag was done. That turned out to be really good because I have found a store in Old Town San Diego that I did not know existed. The Shepherdess is basically a beads and knick knack store but has the most inventive buttons, and some yarns. I had no troubles finding what I was looking for.
Since the Chevron Pattern is made out of different colors and all the bags were made out of scrap yarn, none of the bags were the same. There were orange, violet and beige main bodies with a multitude of bright and different strength yarns.
Since there was still a few days until christmas when the bags were done and I had yarn left-over (there always is yarn left over) I made a bag for myself. It's in the car right under the passenger seat now and gets pulled out und used every time I need to stop at the store on the way home from work.

I think the Farmers Market season has begun and family and friends are ready for it with the Al Fresco Market Bag.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

What is a scarf

As I have not grown-up in the english speaking world I am always looking for answers. This blog is also making me look for details that were not really important before. It did not really matter what I call my current project because it was just for me, but sharing it with you makes me wonder:
Is it a scarf, a shawl, a wrap, a stole, a shawlette, a capelet, WHAT!!!
Anxiously searching, I think I found the answer I was looking for today in a newletter about crocheting:
  • Scarf is a long narrow rectangular shape usually wrapped around the neck.
  • Shawls are traditionally triangle in shape.
  • Shawlettes are shorter and smaller than shawls but are similar in shape and design
  • Wraps and stoles are generally rectangular in shape as opposed to their triangular-shaped shawl cousins.
  • Most capelets are no longer than your elbow and provide extra warmth and coverage. Capelets fasten at the neck, perfect for those times when you want to make sure your accessory stays in place. Show off a piece of jewelry or handmade craft to fasten the caplet.
So, I am knitting a scarf. No more guessing.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Photograph your work

Finally the sun came out today and I tried the tip (see my blog titled: Knitting links ) about taking pictures of your work outside.
To show how dramatic the differnce is, take a look at the lace shawl picture ( see my blog Rainy Sunday )

Shadows everywhere

The Lotus pattern is clearly visible

After that beautiful experience, my work is always photographed
in the great outdoors, from now on.

I did get carried away though and made more pictures.

Hi, my name is Maxy or Maxeline or Maxylicious and I am always
watching knitting