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New Threads Thursday May 16, 2013

Chic Knits BRYNNA

SPRING is here and it’s time to knit pretty…

We’ve celebrating New Threads Thursday here at Chic Knits!

Here’s a BRYNNA design with a slight twist: this version has 3/4 length sleeves and is a standard hip length.

This made us so happy, we’ve updated the pattern to include these mods…

For those knitters with a BRYNNA pattern, you’ve been sent an update!

For the rest of us with a Prom, Wedding or Bash coming up – this is the perfect icing on your party cake!

Chic Knits BRYNNA – click HERE to get yours…

love the loop May 15, 2013

journaling: making progress on sleeve #1 of my CINNIE

i love me some magic loop!

Chic Knits CINNIE hand knitting pattern

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flexie stretchy cast-off May 9, 2013

As long as I was re-knitting the bottom part of my cotton/alpaca BRYNNA, it made sense to explore some new options for finishing the bottom of the garment better than before as well.

One of my pet peeves with top-down knitting (or toe-up for socks) is the bind-off never seems organic to the piece being made. This is the area that would be the cast-on from the bottom in a traditionally pieced sweater and I’ve never really been satistfied with the edge at the very last when knitting from the top. Other knitters seem to struggle with this as well – I get a lot of emails about hem trouble – too tight, flipping, generally misbehaving…

So, while I had the opportunity, I reached out to my fab knitting friends on Facebook and got some great solutions for a stretchy ending — SOS: hey lace knitters – what’s the best non-tight bind-off for curvy lace?

I ended up using a Knitted Lace Bind-off as demonstrated in this video by the lovely Miriam Felton:

This produces a nice stretchy edge – but too stretchy at first due to the inelasticity of the cotton/alpaca blend yarn I was using. So, I went down a needle size and VOILA!

A very nice finish – rather organic, methinks – the bind-off now flexibly follows the natural curve the lace wants to make and maintains the proper dimension of the hem itself.

To make sure, it was time for another fit session on the my new adjustable mannequin.

This time however, I’ve dressed the form to give it a neat base-appearance. The exposed dials (and gaps) were driving me crazy! My measurements cusp the largest dial settings available on this model. The mannequins are offered in two ranges – medium or large – and I bought one from the medium range.

Chic Knits Brynna

So, when it was fully set to match my dimensions, there was significant space at all adjustable points. This actually doesn’t interfer with the performance of the mannequin but really was a visual distraction for me.

Using a thin-gauge knit tank top and skirt, the fit mannequin now has a smoooooth “shell” that also is approximately what I might be wearing when I slip on my new sweater. :)

Emboldened by my success with the hem bind-off, I decided to go for broke when I was finishing the neckband.

But the Knitted Lace Bind-off I used on the bottom edge was too stretchy for this area —

Taking a cue from other cardigan finishing I’ve done when working on a horizontal band, I bound off my edge ribwise: K1, p1, pass first stitch over second, across.

It was lovely! And just stretchy enough! Not sure how this would work on other yarns but it blended in really well with the established pattern of the band itself.

Chic Knits Brynna

And there’s something about two wins – made me go crazy fast on the first sleeve – and now am about 1/3 done with the second.

Chic Knits Brynna

Using a Magic Loop on this one – teflon coated 29″ needles with a skinny, skinny cable. zoom

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