Submitted by YarnGuy716 on Fri, 2006-06-16 03:34
Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on. Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.
I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year. I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books. Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.
This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye. It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.
The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.
Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P. I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures. It is twice as long as shown in the picture.
Submitted by Jeff1201PA on Fri, 2006-06-16 00:12
I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak. While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern. Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess.
I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart. So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right.
Submitted by Hugh_Mannity on Thu, 2006-06-15 23:40
I'm almost done with the second of the Fibonnaci socks. (Pictures tomorrow, I'm having technical difficulties!) I'm also about to turn the heel of the second blue/multi sock. That will leave me with lots of leftovers for a pair of random striped socks.
One of my friend's best friends has just had a baby girl. He summoned me to rescue this poor, but well-loved, little girl from being smothered in pink. So I have a skein of hand-dyed green/yellow cotton rayon yarn and am planning to make EZ's Baby Surprise Jacket.
After all it's never too late for a Fashion Intervention. Just call me Queer Eye for the Cute Baby! I will post pictures of the
mutant alien dishcloth jacket when it's done. I'll have a working camera by then I hope -- I've just ordered a new one.
Submitted by Jeff1201PA on Thu, 2006-06-15 15:38
Stripes were easy to learn, once I got the tension right at the yarn switch. I must've forgotten something very basic, as I somehow lost a stitch at the end of a row twice.
Submitted by bendbarr on Thu, 2006-06-15 11:46
Hi guys nice to find a site of other men who knit. I learned to knit about a dozen years ago. I put down my needles for a few years but started to knit again last year when my daughter was pregnant. The pics are of one of my recent projects - it is an all seed-stich sweater I made for my granddaughter Sadie Mae.
Its made from a debbie bliss pattern. I made it out of a really funky novelty yarn I found at a Joann's craft store. The yarn has a metalic thread that runs through it so it is all sparkly. This jacket is my homage to the one Judy Garland wore at her ' 61 Carnegie Hall concert (I figure what fun is it having a gay grandpa if you don't flaunt it a bit).
Submitted by YarnGuy716 on Wed, 2006-06-14 21:05
I finished this up last week and gave it the wash and block over the weekend. I finally got around to taking a picture to post on it. The sweater is the Sampler Sweater from Simply Beautiful Sweater For Men. The grey yarn I purchased last year at our knitting guild's annual yarn auction. It came in 2 very large skeins and was unmarked. It is a single ply, loosely spun worsted weight wool.