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Learning to Knit Cables – Wool Cabled Hat, Scarf and Mittens

One of my goals for 2018 is to knit more and learn new techniques.  Most of my knitting  has been focused on using the stockinette stitch, a row of knit and then a row of purl.  Recently I taught myself how to knit cable patterns.  This scarf, hat and mittens were my first foray into cable knitting.  I followed these projects by knitting a vest which is highlighted in a previous post.  The yarn used for these projects is Patons Classic Wool , a worsted weight, washable yarn that knits up beautifully, in a color I love called orchid.  The cable patterns on each of these pieces are different, but similar enough that when knitted with the same yarn, they go together well.  I finally finished these projects and  I wore them last weekend on a trip up to Sebastopol in Sonoma county.

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I knit the scarf first. I didn’t have a pattern for the scarf so I decided to use the scarf project as a way to learn how to knit cables and learn a few new stitches in the process.  A few years ago, I picked up this book, The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting, shown below, at an estate sale.  I used the instructions and two of the cable patterns in this book , organized symmetrically, to design and knit this scarf.  I loved knitting this scarf which is why it is so long.  This is a great learning and reference book for knitters.  I highly recommend it.

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For the mittens, I used a pattern I found on Ravelry called Eugenia’s Mittens by Mollie Woodworth.  The pattern is free and you can find the pattern here: Eugenia’s Mittens pattern.  I enjoy the process of shaping and so these mittens were a really fun project.

P1010029 (2)For the hat, I used another pattern that I found on Ravelry.  The free pattern is called Cabled Hat by Nancy Hand, and can be found here: Cabled Hat pattern

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I’d love to hear from you about how you learned new knitting techniques.  Did you have a reference book that you used, videos, a knitting teacher or classes?  Also, where do you find your knitting inspiration?  Do you have favorite knitting blogs?  If you are new to my blog, please let me know.  I’d love to see what you are doing!

As always, thank you for visiting my blog!  Merci et au revoir!

 

 

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Butterick #6446 – Blue Gingham Dress

After a summer of sewing for other people and for our new home, I decided it was time to make a dress for myself.  I love gingham and I thought that Butterick B6446, a dress with a large sash tied in a bow in the front, would be the perfect match for this lovely light blue gingham fabric that I bought recently at the Fabric Outlet in San Francisco.

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I made view B.   I made a muslin first and I am really glad I did because I made some enhancements to the fit.  I shortened the left panel of the bodice, lengthened the bodice and added curve to the bodice sides.  The muslin dress ensured fit before I cut the gingham and began construction.  The result is a dress that fits me really well and is very comfortable.   An added bonus to making a muslin is that I now I have fabric pattern pieces that I can use to make this dress again and they will hold up well for years. Making the muslin took time and thankfully I really enjoyed the process and the end result.

I lined the entire dress with a white cotton, also from the Fabric Outlet.  I followed the instructions to line the bodice.  This skirt is unlined, however it seemed odd to line just the bodice and not the skirt.  So I matched the pattern for the skirt lining exactly to that for gingham skirt.  Other sewists used the skirt pattern for view A (no pleats in the skirt of this version) to cut the skirt lining.  I may try this when I make this dress again.  In order to perfectly match the gingham at back zipper, I sewed in the zipper in by hand using a prickstitch.

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At the same time that I was making this dress, I bought a new camera!   Thanks to Gillian of  Crafting a Rainbow I learned that some sewing bloggers actually take their own pictures!   I don’t know why this was such an “ah ha” moment for me, but it was.  So I decided one day to play around with the camera and take a few pictures of my new dress.  Gillian has tons of great information on photography for sewists.  Visit her blog posts on photography at Better Pictures Project.

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It was a beautiful day yesterday, perfect for visiting a local park.

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This is a great dress pattern and one I will definitely make again.  But now it is time to focus on my next project.

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