KNITTING UPDATE #32 | DESIGNING KNITWEAR LIKE A PRO

Sorrynotsorry for skipping last week’s knitting update! As I had anticipated, I had zero knitting time while in The Netherlands. Actually, I didn’t even take projects with me, because I knew it would be a waste of my limited hand luggage space. And even though I returned to Gran Canaria last Tuesday, I haven’t got much to show you this time either. All my crafty time primarily went to designing knitwear and testing ideas that I’ve ripped out again for the most part. However, there is lots of fun stuff coming up, so I decided to write an update anywayz!

CASTING ON MY MAE TUNIC

Finished objects

San Agústin facecloth test knit

Before writing up the pattern, I wanted to make some construction changes to my San Agústin facecloth design. So I knit up another example which turned out perrrfect! There’s a small mistake at the beginning, so I’ll keep this one for myself (not at all complaining though). While knitting, I took notes and transformed those notes into a pattern that is almost ready to be test knit! On another note: this FO counts as 1 skein out of stash. 😀 #alwaysagoodthing

designing knitwear

YARN: DROPS PARIS // COLOR: WHITE (#16)
PATTERN: SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTH BY CHAIN TWENTY (SOON AVAILABLE ON ETSY)
FINISHED SAN AGÚSTIN FACECLOTHS AVAILABLE ON ETSY

Twisted headband test knit #3

I re-knit the headband I showed you in my previous knitting update, making changes to the increases and decreases. But when I was past the halfway point I realized I just didn’t like the design anymore. ‘:-) The knit-purl-knit-purl thing slowed me down considerably, I couldn’t get the shaping as invisible as I wanted it to, the twist wouldn’t lay flat well enough… Considering this was gonna be a shop item I’ll potentially make over and over again I knew it was not what I wanted. So I frogged the whole thing and started a completely different headband design.

Herringbone headband test knit

Honestly, I have no idea where my herringbone-urge / inspiration-flow came from, but I knitted a swatch and found this to be the perfect texture for a headband. It’s made with bigger needles and therefore knits up quicker. It’s easier and simpler. It’s very suitable for color changes / stripes. And it’s just less romantic and more minimal than the twisted headband could ever be. In short, it fits Chain Twenty’s aesthetics way better. I still have to wash and block this test knit to see how much it grows and adjust the amount of rows accordingly. Plus I’ll have to figure out the seaming at the end, because how I did it on this sample did not turn out as neat as I would like it to be. But other than that, I see no reason why my next version shouldn’t be totally perfect and ready to be listed in the shop! I’m not counting this FO as skeins out, because I’ll probably reuse the yarn for future test knits.

designing knitwear Chain Twenty

YARN: DROPS BIG MERINO UNI // COLOR: OLIVE (#13)
PATTERN: HERRINGBONE HEADBAND BY CHAIN TWENTY (IN THE WORKS)

Works in progress

Mae tunic

This project received no love for almost two weeks! Shame on me. Since the previous knitting update, I picked up stitches for the sleeves that I’ll design myself. I want to make long sleeves, so I’ll use the same needles as for the body and knit them in the same stitch pattern. I thought I figured out how to do that, but after a few rows I realized I should do it differently after all. So technically, there’s no progress on this project, since I have to redo that sleeve beginning. The fact that I can’t work from the pattern anymore is, I think, what makes this project linger. I really want to have it finished now though, so I hope to be able to do that this week.

Mae Andrea Mowry

YARN: DROPS ALASKA MIX // COLORS: DARK GREY (#05), LIGHT GREY (#03)
PATTERN: MAE BY ANDREA MOWRY

San Agústin faceloth pattern

I’m just waiting for new yarn to arrive, to test knit my own pattern myself and take illustrative photos. Once that’s done, I’ll send the pattern to a selection (I still need to select) of you lovely peepz who signed up for pattern testing via Instagram. <3 This is so exciting and kinda scary!

Zigzag blanket

Yaassss, the zigzag scarf I quitted on two weeks ago served it’s purpose! I put my ass down and figured out the maths to turn it into a blanket. That actually took quite some time, because I have a more intricate pattern in mind than the simple stripes and zigzags of the scarf, but I think the whole thing has potential! Too bad though, I calculated everything in order to make a 130 x 150 cm blanket, but then I started knitting and ran out of the first ball of yarn really quickly… And then I calculated how much yarn I would need to finish it, which is way more than I currently have, and worse, it turns out it would cost me a whopping €214,20. Ha! That doesn’t sound as something I can sell profitably, does it? The yarn is so perfect though, I don’t wanna go for something else.

So, I calculated that a 100 x 120 cm blanket would cost me a maximum of €130, which sounds more like it. I still wanna bring that number down though. So I’ll redo my design calculations, sigh, and knit one or two balls. Then I’ll probably be able to make an accurate cost-calculation. This will take a while!

designing knitwear

YARN: LANA GROSSA LINEA PURA CASHSILK // COLOR: WHITE (#07)
PATTERN: ZIGZAG BLANKET BY CHAIN TWENTY (IN THE WORKS)

Future projects

San Agústin facecloth #9, #10, #11, #12

I’m planning on making four new San Agústin facecloths for the shop. And one of them will serve as the model for the photos in the pattern. I may or may not bundle them in two sets of two and list them like that, but we’ll see!

Herringbone headband #1, #2

The seaming-together-part needs a small test swatch first, but then it’s time for two headbands for the shop! I’ll probably be making those in dark grey instead of olive, because you know… dark grey. <3

One Stop crop top

Ordered yarn for this!

YARN: PROBABLY DROPS COTTON LIGHT UNI // COLOR: JEANS BLUE (#26)
PATTERN: ONE STOP CROP TOP BY EMILY MANASC

Zigzag blanket

Less big, less costly. Cheers to that!

Classic vest

Ordered yarn for this too!

YARN: PROBABLY RICO BABY COTTON SOFT DK PRINT // NAVY BLUE MOULINÉ (#36)
PATTERN: CLASSIC VEST BY JESS JOHNSON (KNITS PLEASE)

Acquisitions

Yes, I failed my yarn diet. Oh well, no, it doesn’t really feel like failing. It was a conscious decision to fail, yes. I needed new Drops Paris yarn in grey for the photos for my pattern (because I only have black and white and that doesn’t photograph well) and some 3mm circulars. And since shipping at Wolplein (Yarnplaza) is only free over €40,-… you know how it works. 😉 However, as you may have noticed, I did order yarn with specific projects in mind. I hope that’s gonna prevent it from lingering in my stash. I’ll share all the details of my order next week (and don’t as yet count it in the stats below), when I actually have it here in Gran Canaria. The boyfriend will bring it over from The Netherlands soon!

In: 0
Out: 1 // 1x Drops Paris

In since week #26: 0
Out since week #26: 6 // 6x Drops Paris

I’m pretty sure the amount of projects-going-on at the moment is due to the fact that I didn’t update last week. Writing posts like this really help me stay focused on only a few projects and finish them first before toying with new ideas. I wanted to do a shop update with the facecloths, the facecloth pattern, and the headbands on the 20th, but there’s no way I’m gonna reach that deadline. And besides, I think it’s more important to get that Mae tunic off the needles first. So I guess I’ll postpone the shop update to September 20th, even though I do hope to publish the San Agústin facecloth pattern somewhat earlier. First, it’s time to get organized again!

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