Thursday, September 27, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
First I printed out the pdf file, enlarging the whole thing. I pulled up each page on the screen to fit the width & chose "print current view". I now have my pattern on 2 landscape pages, each page of the pattern split over the front & back of one page. I printed it on cardstock paper.
I colour coded the Stitch Key. I then coloured in the Panels according to the Stitch Key. As I am not very familiar with reading charts like this, having never done it before, I found I was refering back to the Stitch Glossary way too much. So, I typed out the Stitch Glossary in a Word document, typing it into the footer. I colour coded it according to the stitch key & printed it out on the bottom of the page that has my charts on it. I now have my charts & my Stitch Glossary all on the same page.
I then laminated the pages so that they will stand up to the wear & tear of constantly being used!
Having done all that, I'm actually finding that the knitting of this is not as bad as I thought it would be. Parts of it I have gotten into a rythmn with. But I do need to constantly check back to the chart for the cable section.
Hope this helps someone. Certainly makes it a lot easier to read for me! :)
Friday, September 21, 2007
to take a look.
Monday, September 17, 2007
*more photos posted on my blog.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Check them out by clicking Here
This is wonderful to hear that an international KAL is going on as well!!
Here is the exactly e-mail message:
My english is so bad (and few of us dont speak english) so we cant join your blog.
Happy knitting and congratulations for all your Silver Belle.
Kokolat.(sorry for my english)
Isn't that just wonderful !!I love it! :o)
Thanks so much for stopping by to leave us a message Kokolat!
You can actually Translate the Webpage by copying blog web address and Clicking Here and where it says "Translate a web page" page the web address.
"Select from French to English" language option. Then click on 'Translate'! Viola!! :o)
Thursday, September 13, 2007
My name is Jura, I am a Lithuanian currently living in Sweden (my blog is lacking anything crafty). I’ve been binge-knitting since the age of 5 (to illustrate, I had a 2 year long hiatus recently after I failed a similar to Silver Belle project – it made me so upset!). Yet the biggest needles I ever used before are 3mm. So, even if I cannot commit lots of time for it, I hope for a (relatively) Quick Belle! I am starting today in the evening.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Also, instead of two buttons, I made buttonholes for three. That was something I got from others that have made it. The model appears to have NO chest. Therefore, it works on her. For those that have something there, I recommend three buttons.
I am leaving on a trip tomorrow and didn't have time for photos. However, I will post some when I return.
Monday, September 10, 2007
I am going to try Rowan All-Seasons cotton in the smallest size: the slightly larger gauge I'm going to guess will make it a perfect size for me.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Knitted in Rowan RYC Cashsoft Aran. Smallest size knitted, gauge of yarn 19 not 18, but still too big. The pictures show this...Anne made me try it on and as you can see, even though I am 36" bust and have a long sleeve top on underneath it is close to fitting me.
On Anne: Front:
Trying this on was certainly an educational experience for me...I was thinking of knitting it in Rowan All-seasons cotton at the medium size thinking that at 17" instead of the called for 18" this would give me just the right size...now I'm thinking knit the smallest size and it should come out about perfect!
One more of Anne: she thinks it is way too big for her, but I think it is perfect:
Saturday, September 08, 2007
One busy knitter from Estonian craft forum has finished her 'Blue Belle' .
She used 3mm needles and made size small.
But because her daughter stole (good way) her cardigan, she has to start other one soon... ;)
I also made few tutorials:
'How to knit cable without a cable needle' and 'How to do knitted cast on'
Maybe it's helpful for some knitters. ;)
I finished her last night!
Frankly speaking, sewing it together wasn't as difficult as I thought, when I got to know the technique, mattress stitch became my best friend! I put some links at the end of this post that show stitching methods.
I knitted the collar a bit wider than the patterns says, about 8 cm, because it didn't work well when it was thiner. I also recommend very loose bind-off of the collar.
I'm very happy with the length of the cardigan, although as you can see, I had to knit quite a long part of the single cable in the upper part of the peplum (and my torso is normal length) - I have no idea how the model in the photo can have such short peplum, she must be a child, not a grown up woman.
I'm glad I added some rows to the sleeves, because they fit just fine, if I sticked to the recommended length they'd be 3/4 which is no good in the sweater.
On the other hand, I wanted the sweater to be snug around the bust, which resulted in the ugly front part of the button band, opening itself. I definitely must change it, I've been thinking about two solutions: 1. several clasps or press-studs instead of 2 buttons, or 2. turning the cardi into a pullover, sewing it up at the front. I'll check if I can buy some nice clasps and then decided what to do.
pattern: Vogue Knitting Anniversary edition - online free pattern
yarn: "Zorza" by Anilux, wool/acrylic blend
needles: 4 mm circulars, 60 cm long
started: 3rd August
finished: 7th September
I absolutely was able to knit this quicker, I just got distracted by other things, well... But it turned out that knitting a sweater doesn't take as long as I thought (= ages!...). And it wasn't some stockinette mindless job, it was looking-at-the-charts-all-the-time project, but it was relatively easy and intuitive.
My Belle is not perfect but I love her anyway! *^v^*
Here is me wearing my Belle this morning:
Here are the sewing techniques:
several techniques (grafting, mattress, ect)
mattress stitch on stockinette pieces and garter pieces by Theresa from Bagatell::Knitting in Norway
I should have the other side finished after I drink my coffee!
Friday, September 07, 2007
I don't have a clue as to whether this will work...an expert knitter who was with us when the finished garment was formally unveiled suggested something like that could be done.
Anyway, perhaps it is food for thought.
I have both sleeves finished, and thought that I had the peplum finished. However, when I held all of the pieces up to me, I thought the peplum was too short. Therefore, the peplum went back onto the needles and I will add a couple of inches.
Also, from this point, I have used all 14 balls (recommended amount) of the cashmerino aran. I don't know what has happened, but it has been eating yarn like crazy. My gauge is correct, but for some reason I have been flying through this yarn. Thank goodness my sister was nice enough to give me hers and I have enough to finish. Therefore, I recommend buying a couple of extra balls, if you decide to use the cashmerino aran, just in case.
Have a wonderful weekend........and could some one PLEASE show us a finished photo! :)
But it is summer coming up here, so I like the idea of a non-wool base and Anne wants something lighter than the RYC Cashsoft Aran she used for the first one.
(1) Thinking cotton mix and Rowan All-seasons seems the obvious choice: does anybody approve or disapprove? It's the right gauge and nice stitch definition. The other option is straight pure cotton: but maybe it'll be harder to knit and have serious stretch issues. This is more based on my theory of cotton than my experience...I haven't knitted much with it.
(2) For something lighter: I've only come up with Rowan Kid Classic at the moment, same gauge and 150m compared with 100 for the Cashmerino Aran, so it has got to end up being lighter. But I've never knitted with it, so maybe somebody else has a different idea...
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
This is a view of the back -- you can see the gap where the middle cable panel will be continued. You can also see how I reversed the direction of the twist on the four-stitch cross cables so that the two halves of the back would mirror each other.
A couple of views of the front. Again, I changed the twist of the cable on the left yoke.
There is a lot of finishing on this sweater. I still need to seam the sleeves, knit the back cable panel, sew in the yokes, knit the front bands, sew on the buttons, and pick up and knit the collar. I think I'll work on something else tonight and save the finishing for tomorrow (not that I will have it finished in one day. I won't.)
If you want to see all of my posts on Silver Belle so far, and how I've modified the pattern, you can visit my blog.
I will get started as soon as I have finished the cardigan I am making in Sirdar Peru Naturals but it is knitting up quickly so I should be starting Silver Belle at the weekend.
I am Beverly and I live in London UK. I have two children, a girl aged 19 and a bay of 17 and my eldest is going away to university on Sunday which I'm not looking forward to, I'll miss her terribly.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino aran yarn for Silver belle.Yes,it is expensive but luxurious yarn. So soft and beautiful!
I'm knitting size small.
I'm so glad people keep joining this KAL, because Silver Belle is a great pattern and should be made and worn all over the world! *^v^*
My name is Joanna, I am a knitter from Poland, my blog is here: FriendSheep, and Silver Belle is my second ever sweater. ^^
Let me write a few words as an encouragement for those of you who just started this design or still hesitate to do this - it's a great piece!
How do I know?
Because I've almost finished mine! *^v^*
Here is the peplum - and here is the colour I've used, deep violet/purple, it depends on the light and it's rather difficult to take a good photo of.
I used Polish yarn called "Zorza" which is a wool/acrylic blend, and 4 mm circular needles (60 cm long). I knitted the peplum in size M and the sleeves in size S (I didn't want them to be too wide), but I added some repeats of the pattern because I'm tall and I have long hands. Btw, I was knitting both sleeves at the same time, because I wanted to avoid the "second sleeve syndrome", in this way it took me longer to finish them but I have both of them ready at the same time! ^^
Both sleeves and the peplum are blocking as we speak. No photos, because my camera does some strange things with the colour of my Belle, and pieces blocked are not that interesting after all - what's more interesting is the final result! ^^ I even bought the buttons today.
All what's left is to sew them into the sleeve form, sew them with the peplum, knit the missing parts of the peplum and the collar. Sounds like not much, right? But the sewing knitted pieces together is my biggest fear...
Can you recommend to me any good tutorial on-line, please?
And good luck with your Belles, I cannot wait to see all your colour choices! *^v^*
Monday, September 03, 2007
There are many of us who will not be able to get started this month and that is perfectly fine. You can start whenever it is best for you! We are just glad you are here!
But in the meantime, we would love to know who you are, as I am sure others that joined would like to know too! :o)
Please say "Hiya" and introduce yourself!
If you would so kindly reply in the *comment section* with your name, blog site (if you have one - no matter how often you update! :op), and if you have casted on yet for SB - if not when you hope to cast on!
See! Easy Peasy! 1-2-3 GO!!