Saturday, 31 January 2015

Shawl Collar Vest/Shrug

The Anarchist, in one of her very rare sightings.
I seem to have surpassed my fear of knitting/crocheting adult clothing. :) It's not so much a fear, but rather a "ooohhh-this-is-taking-so-long" feeling... Well, hyperactive rants aside, I'm proud to show off my first ever knitted adult garment!

The pattern couldn't be another easier (seamless and in-the-round), but becomes quite tedious, due to the ribbing. It's also free and may be found on Ravelry (here). I made my gauge proposedly bigger, so it had more drape to it.

The yarn used was Ice Yarns Etno Alpaca, in grey/white/black, which has this cool thick-and-thin texture that I adore.

And that't it. One awesome vest/shrug thing done! 

Monday, 26 January 2015

And yet another baby kimono...


Ok, it's time to admit it: I am completely obsessed with baby/toddler/kid kimonos. Little A. has more kimonos and wraps that she can possibly wear and I promise this is the last one of the season (or maybe not, but we'll get to that when the time comes).

I love this particular pattern by Lion Brand (see here) and although I'm not crazy about seams and knitting flat, the end result is awesome and I've made 3 of them so far, one for each year...As you can see in the picture below, Little A. has what one could call a long record of kimono-wearing:
The first two were actually knitted using Super Bulky yarn (Drops Eskimo and Andes, respectively); this year's edition was actually knitted in bulky yarn (Ice Yarns Peru Alpaca Bulky), which I got on sale directly from Turkey for $0.75 a skein (each pack has 8 skeins). It's a very nice yarn, thick and "reliable", but I particularly like the colours; they remind me of wasps, which are very unpleasant creatures with rock-start outfits.
I knitted the borders in seed stitch, just to keep things interesting and to prevent curling up and that's it for my mods. Gauge was spot on with 6mm needles.
The doll was bought at this awesome store in downtown Porto and, let's be honest, makes the whole thing come alive with cuteness! :) I simply sew it on (after two very failed attempts) and that's it. Another one bites the dust!


Pronto, está na altura de o admitir: sou completamente obcecada por quimonos para bebés e crianças. A Little A. tem mais quimonos do que aquilo que é considerado saudável e prometo que este é o último da estação (ou talvez não, mas deixaremos isso para depois).
Adoro este modelo em particular da Lion Brand (see aqui) e embora não goste de ter de cozer ou de tricotar "a direito", o resultado final é brilhante e já fiz três até agora, um por cada ano... Na segunda imagem, conseguem ver a evolução dos quimonos. 
Os primeiros dois foram tricotados em fio super bulky (Drops Eskimo and Andes, respectivamente); a edição deste ano foi tricotada em fio bulky (Ice Yarns Peru Alpaca Bulky), que comprei em saldo directamente da Turquia, por €0.60/meada (cada pack tem 8 meadas). O fio até é muito agradável, grosso e "fiável", mas do que gosto mais é das cores; lembram-me as vespas, que são criaturas muito desagradáveis com fatiotas à estrelas de rock.
Tricotei os remates em ponto de arroz, só para manter as coisas interessantes e para impedir que as pontas enrolassem e quanto a modificações, chega. A amostra estava correcta em agulhas de 6mm. 

A boneca foi comprada na Casa Botónia em Cedofeita e, sejamos francos, é o que faz com que o quimono expluda de "cuteness". :) Simplesmente, cozi a boneca no quimono (depois de 2 tentativas muito falhadas) e pronto. Pelo menos, já está feito!



Friday, 9 January 2015

Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Leggings (February)


This is my take on Elizabeth Zimmermann's Baby Leggings (February). With a few mods, I managed to get the perfect 2T size! :) Made them last year and they still fit this year, YAY!

Please note that this is not my original pattern. This is Elizabeth Zimmermann's pattern, found in Knitter's Almanacand The Opinionated Knitter (links to Amazon.com). If you like knitting, please, please read her books and try her patterns! You will be a very happy knitter! :) 

My notes on the pattern:
The leggings are the perfect size for a 2 year-old.

Yarn:
Sport yarn held double; light worsted for ribbing.


Gauge:
4.5 st/inch

Mods:
  • Casted 88 stitches, based on another pattern;
  • Only did 12 rows, instead of 24;
  • Regarding the increases, I only did 8 increase rows, for a total of stitch count of 124.
  • Knit straight for 3 rows;
  • 5 stitches on the front and 5 stitches on the back;
  • 55 stitches for each leg;
  • Decreased every 4th round until 31 st remained;
  • Knit 2 additional rows - 50 rows. On the last round, decreased an additional stitch to reach 30.

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Hat-a-Neckwarmer - Modelo Gratuito de Tricot


É um gorro! É uma gola! É uma fita para o cabelo! É um pouco de tudo e o melhor de ambos os mundos! Já agora, precisamos mesmo de encontrar uma nova palavra para este tipo de gola/gorro convertível. Qual será? Gorrola? Golapéu?
Bem, deambulações linguísticas à parte, voltemos ao tópico de hoje. É o melhor presente em tricot (fiz tantos este Natal que lhes perdi a conta), já que é facilmente adaptável às nossas necessidades/desejos e irá mudar de função apenas apertando ou soltando o cordão. O tecido "elástico", criado pelo canelado 3x2, significa que um único modelo cria uma gola/gorro que serve a crianças, adolescentes, mulheres e homens! O que mais pode uma tricotadeira pedir, certo? É confortável, conversível e cool!

Tamanho
Circunferência de 48 cm (sem esticar), 25/30 cm de altura. 

Materiais:
  • 75 gr (150 metros) de fio dk/worsted leve, agulhas de 4, 4.5;
  • Agulhas de 4.5;
  • Para o cordão: agulhas de duas pontas de 4.5 ou boneca de tricotar ou agulha em crochet de 4.5 (darei instruções para fazer um cordão com cada método).
  • Marcador (se tricotar de forma circular).
  • Agulha.  
Amostra
O canelado é terrível para medir a amostra (mas é também MUITO "liberal"). Dito isto, a amostra é X pontos = 10 centímetros de canelado não esticado.

m = meia
l = liga
laç = laçada

Para tricotar de forma circular:
  • Montar 95 malhas, juntar, com o cuidado de não torcer, colocar marcador de início de carreira;
  • Todas as carreiras: 3m, 2l até a peça ter 20 centímetros (25 para homens);
  • Carreira dos ilhós:*3m, 1 laç, 2 malhas juntas como liga*, repetir até ao fim da carreira;
  • Continuar em canelado de 3m, 2l durante mais 5 cm.
  • Rematar.

Para tricotar com costura:
  • Montar 95 malhas;
  • Direito do trabalho: *3m, 2 l*
  • Avessas: *2m, 3l*
  • Continuar a repetir estas carreiras até a peça ter 20 centímetros (25 para homens);
  • Ilhós: *3m, 1 laç, 2 malhas juntas como liga*, repetir até ao fim da carreira;
  • Avessas: *2m, 3l*
  • Continuar com as duas primeiras carreiras durante mais 5 cm.  
  • Rematar e cozer a costura lateral.   
 Para o cordão:
  • Tricot: Com agulhas de 4.5mm, fazer um cordão de três malhas até medir 75 cm. A Purl Bee tem um tutorial excelente, que pode ser encontrado aqui
  • Crochet: Com uma agulha de 4.5mm, fazer uma corrente com 74 cm de comprimento e depois fazer um ponto baíxissimo em cada corrente até voltar ao início (se tiverem dúvidas, avisem).
  • Com a boneca: tecnicamente, não se faz um cordão, mas sim uma trança se utilizar este método mas, para mim, é o que produz melhores resultados. Se tiver dúvidas sobre esta técnica, vê este tutorial
  • Depois de acabar, é só fazer passar o cordão pelos ilhós!
E pronto, já está! Uma espectacular coisa-que-parece-um-gorro-e-uma-gola-ao-mesmo-tempo!


Não se esqueçam de adicionar este modelo aos vossos favoritos no Ravelry! Cliquem aqui!

 



 

Hat-a-Neckwarmer - Free Knitting Pattern


It's a hat! It's a neckwarmer! It's a cowl! It's a headband! It's something in between and the best of both worlds! By the way, we definitely need to have a new word for this type of convertible cowl/hat. What shall it be? Hatowl? Cowat?

Well, linguistic shenanigans aside, back to today's topic. It's the ultimate knitting gift (I've made so many I actually lost count this Xmas), since it was designed to adapt to your needs/desire and this hat/neckwarmer will change function only by loosening or tightening the cord. The stretchy fabric created by the 3x2 ribbing means that pattern will produce a hat/cowl that will fit children, teens, women and men alike. What more can a knitter ask, right? It's cozy, convertible, and cool! Enjoy!


Hat-a-Neckwarmer - Free Knitting Pattern for Convertible Cowl

Finished measurements

Circumference of 48cm/19 inches (unstretched), 25cm/10 inches tall.


Materials:

  • 75 gr. (app. 164 yards/150 meters) of any light worsted/dk yarn (shown above in Magic Design, by Ice Yarns, and Drops Garnstudio Lima. Other options include Lion Brand's Baby Solids and Vanna Sequins, for instance, Noro Silk Garden Light, Malabrigo Silky Merino and so on and so on);
  • 4.5 mm/US 7 knitting needles;
  • For i-cord: 4.5mm/US 7 DPNs or spool for French knitting or 4.5mm crochet hook (I will provide instructions for each method);
  • Stitch marker (if knitting in the round);
  • Darning needle. 




Gauge: 

Ribbing is absolutely terrible for measuring gauge (but, it's also VERY forgiving). That being said, gauge is 16 stitches = 4 inches in unstretched ribbing.

Pattern for knitting in the round: 

  • CO 95 sts, join in the round being careful not to twist, place marker at beginning of round.  
  • Work in K3, P2 ribbing for 8 (10 for men) inches.
  • Eyelet row: *K3, YO, p2tog*, continue until end of round;
  • Work in K3, P2 ribbing for 2 inches.
  • BO in pattern loosely. 


Pattern for knitting flat: 

  • CO 95 sts.
  • RS: *K3, P2*;
  • WS: *K2, P3*.
  • Continue repeating these two rows until piece measures 8 inches.
  • Eyelet row: *K3, YO, p2tog*, continue until end of round;
  • WS: *K2, P3*.
  • Work in K3, P2 ribbing for 2 inches.
  • BO in pattern loosely. Sew seam.

  
Making an I-cord:
  • Knitting: Using 4.5mm DPNs, work a 3-stitch I-cord for 30'/75cm; thread through eyelet row and knot at each end. If you need further help, The Purl Bee has an awesome tutorial that may be found here.
  • Crochet: Using a 4.5mm hook, chain a 30'/75cm chain, skip one chain, slip stitch in every st until you're back in the beginning (you have any doubts, let me know).
  • French knitting: technically, you'll be making a braid if you're using this method, but, for me, it's the one that produces the best results. If you're not sure on how to use this technique, watch this cool tutorial.
  • After you finish, threat cord through eyelet row! 
And that's it. One cool-looking hat-neckwarmer-cowl-thingy!

Don't forget to add this pattern to your Ravelry queue and favourites! Click here!

The Portuguese version may be found here!

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You have permission to sell any finished item(s) you make using this copyrighted pattern. However, you may not reproduce, sell, adapt, modify, communicate to the public, reproduce or otherwise use any part of this pattern, because that would be super uncool! However, it would be kind of nice to mention the pattern's author at your finished products' description. Any other questions or doubts, please let me know @ theanarchistknitter@gmail.com!


Friday, 2 January 2015

Top Blogger at FaveCrafts in 2014!

2014 was an awesome year. It was the first true year of the Anarchist as a blog and I couldn't be happier with the "results". The blog had thousands of visitors and pageviews and I also got tons of messages thank me for my designs - which kind of was the best part of it all! So, it's very nice to end/begin the year by being "nominated" a Top Blogger for FaveCrafts.com. Apparently, my project, Granny, Meet the Stripes, which is called The Only Crocheted Granny Square You'll Ever Need on their website, was one of the most popular craft tutorials on FaveCrafts in 2014.

This means I won this awesome badge, which I can now proudly rock here! YAY!