Monday, 27 February 2012

Cape success

I posted about the short-row knitting I was trying out on my Bond knitting machine - well it turned out really well!

The cape/poncho for my daughter is now finished. It's a big hit as she's worn it every day, and loves swooshing around the house dramatically in it!

I had created the pattern quickly and easily using my Knitware software. Once the machine knitting was done I handknitted a few rows of double rib around the neckline; I have always preferred handknit ribs.

The short-rowing was far easier than I'd ever thought. My trusty Bond, as ever, worked like a dream despite being unused for many months before.

I finished off the cape with simple single crochet edgings around the hem and fronts, with a couple of rows of (dc, ch1) along the hem for a little interest.

Daughter insisted on a fringe, so that last hour of the project saw that come into being too.

This project has cost me nothing to make. The yarn has been in my stash for many years, as have the buttons. They were exactly what my daughter wanted, and as she is into vintage at the moment it's gone down a storm!

Now what else can I short-row on the Bond..?!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Short-rowing on the Bond

My eldest has been asking me to knit a poncho/cape since Christmas as she couldn't find one in the shops that she liked.

She wants a round rather than rectangular design, in brown.

After much yarn browsing we came up with the one she wanted - from my stash, woohoo! It's Sirdar Richmond Chunky - years old, but still a great yarn. I knew it would come in useful one day.. ;)

I designed a pattern using my Knitware software, which was based around short-row shaping. I've done this in hand-knitting but never on the knitting machine before.

So I got some hints from You Tube videos and made a start yesterday. I should have known - it's easy!

I finished it off today, and now just need to handknit the neck, fronts, & hem edging. Shouldn't take long!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012