March 17, 2014
I feel like my sewing has gone through a similar evolution to the typical knitter’s relationship with garter stitch. As a new knitter garter stitch doesn’t really seem like proper knitting, something to leave behind in favour of complex cabling and lace. It takes a while to cycle back around to appreciating the simple beauty of garter stitch done well. In the same way, I feel like the more I sew the more I appreciate very simple projects.
Colette’s free Sorbetto pattern is a great example of this — just two pattern pieces, edges finished with bias binding and no fastenings — it would be a great first garment. I made this for much warmer weather than today, but it adds an unexpected pattern element that I like under warmer layers.
With such a basic style the simplest details become the focus so I tired to make them as perfect as possible. It was kind of annoying to work with silk satin for the bias binding (the Clover bias tape makers help!) but I love the result.
The main fabric is a vintage Liberty print (from the sixties?) that I inherited from my grandmother’s sister. I need to show you some of the amazing clothes they made when they were young — full of the most perfect details. In the interests of simplicity I didn’t bother making any changes to the pattern. Technically the darts could be a little higher (my shoulder to bust measurement is SUPER short, makes dress forms tricky) but I don’t think it’s very noticeable and otherwise fits well.
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Learn brioche with the free Daniel's Hat pattern
Tombreck - a free chevron beanie pattern
Working the brioche neck detail on the Polwarth sweater
Decorative Channel Island Cast-on
3 Easy Stretchy Bind-offs (p2tog bind-off; k2togtbl, k1 bind-off; Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind-off)
Tubular Bind-off for brioche stitch
Paired increase methods compared
How to work into double yarn overs
Brioche stitch double decreases
How to Knit in the round using Magic Loop
How to Knit in the round using DPNs
Avoiding ears when binding off
Tighter purl stitches for neater cables and ribbing
Cabling without a cable needle
Understanding "continue in pattern"
Joining the body and sleeves on a seamless bottom up sweater
How to pick a garment without a model for you (specifically addresses finding garment patterns when your gender identity isn't represented and the styles you want to knit might not be sized to fit your body)
How does ease affect inclusive size ranges?
Identifying and fixing mistakes in lace knitting
Getting started with stranded colourwork
Understanding colour dominance
Working stranded colourwork over small circumferences
Decreases in stranded colourwork
Holding the yarn for stranded colourwork
Ladderback Jacquard (a neat way to deal with long floats)
Cabling without a cable needle
Cabling without a cable needle on the wrong side
How to knit cabled decreases
Closed ring cable increases and decreases
How to work brioche stitch in the round
How to begin your first large cross stitch project
How to finish a cross stitch project with an embroidery hoop frame
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