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How to Measure That Huge Piece of Knitting April 27, 2012


Even in the multiple WIP deadline reality over here at Studio Chic, we’ve had to make time lately to get our space ready to move.

One of our friends has been working with us to de-clutter the whole house and it’s kind of amazing what keeps surfacing.

In the middle of all this, because even a work horse has to occasionally stop moving so much and chew or flick, I’ve been making progress on my cotton/wool Vonica.

It’s at about 3″ after all the yoke pieces are joined together and now that there’s some fabric to work with, it seemed like the natural time to STOP and check the garment dimensions.

Here’s how I do it:

– I almost always knit things using circular needles, preferring them because they allow for a comfortable, flexible pile of fabric that can rest in one’s lap, even when something has lots of stitches.

– To get this ready to measure, I took another needle and knit half the row. Doing this allows the fabric to really spread out and not be all bunched up. Some folks like put their stitches on some scrap yarn to do the same thing, but since I had an extra needle, this saves that tedious task of putting the stitches back on the working needle later…

– Then, I spread it out on a cushion. Using my hands, I position and pat out the fabric so it’s as flat as I can make it, rolling the excess whose bulk rather anchors the fabric.

Chic Knits Vonica

– Now, the garment is secured at several points with one of my favorite tools: corsage pins.

– Then, using my trusty tape measure, I check the cross-back measurement.

This wonderful fabric tape measure popped up while I’ve been de-cluttering the studio. It was in a box I’d dragged home last year from my mother’s house and it had: my first communion purse (that had a little prayer book inside); my junior high school clarinet; my high school year books; and a wicker sewing box full of this and that.
What makes this sort of incredible is that it is actually from my sophomore year Sewing Class!

Mrs. Patten was my teacher and the class was in Room

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But I digress…

Back to my knitting: it was with great pleasure and relief to read the result on the tape.

Since I’m making a finished measurement of Size 36, the Back would be 1/2 of that or

Chic Knits Vonica Hand Knitting Pattern

Oh yeah…

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The more the merrier… April 12, 2012

Chic Knits Cinnie

One of the best feelings out there: finishing a project.

One of the worst feelings out there: ditto.

Que? When said project is in your face (photos, styling, detailing, etc) because that garment has been preordained to be a sample and You can’t wear it. (And it’s a good thing it’s not your size because, yea, it would be preempted. But so aggravating!)

Lucky for me losing that post-pro envy is as easy as picking up the needles and starting one for myself!

Here’s my CINNIE that I’m making using some Silky Wool in a gorgeous color they call: Verdigris.

Chic Knits Cinnie

I’m at about half done with this one, a cropped version, that is going to pair with a brown linen sheath-type dress I have…

The whole Cinnie adventure started because I, like many of you, live in a place that has incredibly schizophrenic weather (ie. the “Wait-10-Minutes-and-It-Will-Change Zones). I winced thinking of all the upcoming weddings, proms, garden dates, concerts, etc. all populated by lovely ladies shivering and bunched up trying to ward off the evil chill.

Who isn’t sick of goose fleshy upper arms (which, imho, might not be ready-for-prime-time on all occasions anyways); weary of being in a restaurant or at the movies when suddenly attacked by some rogue air conditioning; bored by having to guess which way the wind is going to turn (it’s Chicago! It’s everywhere and it’s going to smack you down (then snicker)!)!

Not this knitter. Get up with the needles and on with some style!

My fascination with no-sew construction led me down a newer path this time. CINNIE has some side-to-side knitting that is fast and fun to do. I’ve become a huge fan of what many refer to as a modular knitting where stitches are picked up on already worked areas then continued to make another area of the garment.

Picking up stitches is one of the most wonderful techniques to develop and master. It’s used on almost anything you can think of and once you get going, it is fast and neat. My friend Eden was over the other day and we were enjoying some tea and afternoon knitting and she asked me to show her how to do it.

If you’ve been visiting here before, you know I’m a huge fan of Hands On knitting lessons – and this was so satisfying! Within less than 5 minutes, Eden was picking up stitches as if she’d been doing it for years! Being her friend, I gave her the opportunity to practice on a sweater I was making (and, hee! saved myself a little time because I didn’t have to do it myself. Sneaky.)

I love it so much I’m tempted to start “sewing” my knitting together by combining that technique with a couple others.

But in the meantime, I’m really enjoying my Cinnie knitting with this to egg me on…

Chic Knits Cinnie Hand Knitting Pattern

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New Threads Tuesday April 10, 2012

When the warm breeze beckons and Spring invites you out…

Join nature’s party and capture the essence of this warmer season with a fresh new look!


a lovely, feminine cardigan design for Spring 2012 (click for more info & pictures!)

Its a love affair with lace in a beautiful contemporary design. Featuring easy-to-knit patterning and a a unique but simple no-sew construction, Cinnie is a great addition to your warmer weather wardrobe.

I was wishing for a little cardigan to throw over a cami or tee and decided to just come up with something new!

Versatile & Wearable
CINNIE Includes directions for a long version, perfect for day-to-day office wear & a sassy cropped version, ready to step out on the town or walk up the aisle!

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