Join in and crochet a Wool Eater Blanket with Sarah London

I had this on my list of to-do-projects since January but have finally started it 🙂

wool eater blanket crochet double knit oddment yarn

Link to Sarah London Wool Eater CAL 2012

It is another project for using up oddments of yarn. Where as the knitted squidgy hexipuffs use up oddments of 4 ply yarn, this crochet-along-with-Sarah project uses double knit yarn.

Click on the image above to link to her site and the Wool Eater Blanket instructions. Obviously I’m more than a little behind having just started!

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My dress is finished!

At last I can show you the finished dress!

It’s a shift dress but if I want a fitted look it can be worn with a belt. I decided not to make a belt in the pink fabric as planned but think it looks more interesting with a gold or tan belt.

making short sleeve shift dress with patch pocketsmaking block colour dress with peter pan collar patch pocketsdress opening on shoulder with press stud and collarThe shoulder opening is fastened simply with a press stud and the collar fixes over it with another press stud.

understitching facing on dress neckline

understitching on facing close to neckline seam

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

Some of the useful techniques I picked up while making the dress were:

1) understitching – sewing close to seam on facing to make the facing around the neckline sit flat. I found a good understitching video on YouTube.

2) invisible hand hemming – this is an old hand stitching method.

(Top of picture) Inside dress – the stitches sit close to the edge of the hem (should be hidden – I think I need more practice!)

(Bottom of picture) You shouldn’t be able to see the stitches on the right side of the dress.

Here is another useful You Tube video showing blind stitch hemming to help you understand how to sew a hem by hand.

I hope this has inspired you to take the plunge and start making a dress too! 🙂

Springtime cardigan

Now we are entering spring I thought I’d show you the cardigan I’m knitting. It’s still warm enough (using lovely soft alpaca wool!) to take me through the cooler pre-summer weather but the lacy cream look makes me feel like I’m leaving winter behind…

I have finished the first half which is knitted from the sleeve towards the centre of the body incorporating the front and back in one piece. It is the first time I’ve used a pattern using this construction. The cardigan will have batwing style sleeves and a tighter ribbed lower body section. If you have problems picturing this then you’ll just have to wait and see the finished item 😉

alpaca yarn lace wool knitted batwing cardigan no sleeve seamlace knit pattern for alpaca yarn cardigan

first half of batwing lace pattern alpaca wool knitted cardigan

My dress is coming together…

I have altered my dress to fit better. First I turned the dress inside out, then another friendly person attending the sewing class pinned it together along the seams to the altered shape, while I was wearing it. After tacking the altered seams together to check the fit, I machine sewed it together. It is still a ‘shift dress’ shape so not too fitted. I have also attached the patch style pockets and sleeves. The pockets are simple rectangle shapes with the edges turned under and hemmed before attaching to the dress. I’m going to add beige cuffs to the short sleeves for an extra bit of detail 🙂

The shoulder opening allows me to remove the dress over my head easily. I’m still trying to decide whether I should close it with cute little buttons, press studs or velcro? As I have decided to lower the neckline and add a ‘Peter Pan’ style beige collar detail, buttons may make it a bit too busy. The collar is in two halves – purely decorative and only attached to the front of the dress. The collar finishes over the left shoulder where it opens so will need to velcro onto this area to be pulled back when opening. I drew the collar shape freehand on tissue paper. When I had a shape I was happy with I added the allowance for a hem and cut two pieces – reversing one. Next step is to cut two pieces in fabric for each side of the collar

making shift dress with shoulder opening and patch style pocketsdress opening on shoulderpeter pan dress collar pattern