Monday, December 30, 2013

Twinkle Twinkle Little Skirt

This is the skirt I made for my 20th birthday! After spending the day with family, I went out to dinner and ice skating with my friends. I love having my birthday near Christmas because there's no school!
The skirt is a self drafted pattern, based off this Burda Style skirt. Instead of spending the money, it was a pretty easy pattern to draft. Just a drop waist pleated skirt.
The waist/yoke section is just like an a-line skirt, only it stops at the hips. The pleats are 3" wide and 3" deep all the way around the bottom. So each pleat takes 9", so the calculation for how long to cut the panel is pretty simple.

Just measure the bottom of the yoke portion, and divide by 3 (this is how many pleats) and multiply by 9 (how much fabric each pleat takes) then add seam allowance. The length of the panel is 10".

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Knifty Gifting

~Gifts post part one!~
First up, a braided infinity scarf!

I used Patons Classic Wool Roving in Natural and Low Tide, and Sensations Beautiful in Off White.

To start, cast on 36 stitches in Low Tide. (Each set of twelve will be knit separately, in a stitch of your choice.)
Knit 6 rows in stockinette.
Then knit the first 12 stitches off onto another set of needles.

Knit in garter stitch for 34". Once braided, the scarf will be about 24 inches long.
At 34", place the stitches on a stitch holder to come back to later.

 Now choose your second yarn and knit the second twelve stitches to 34". I chose to do a drop stitch.
Leave the tail long, to weave in later.
Once you have knitted each set of 12 stitches, braid the sections together, and put all stitches back on the needle.
Knit 6 more stitches in stockinette, and cast off loosely, leaving a long tail.
Sew ends together to create an infinity loop.

I made this gift for my incredible and inspiring mentor, Courtney. I thought that a normal scarf wasn't good enough, and this felt a little more special :)