Saturday, April 13, 2013

When I'm Not Sewing....

Okay, so as I mentioned in my MorganAside blog, when I'm not sewing, I'm knitting. Here's what I've been working on and completed. 

This is the second Ladies' Knitted Petticoat I've done (and sold).  You can find the pattern here.  Someday, I might get around to making one for myself.  Someday!

Both of these sontags are made from the pattern I created (which you can purchase here.) The blue, white, & red one is made entirely from Brown Sheep NatureSpun sportweight yarn. The green, white, and pink one is made from Cascade 220 (green), Cascade 220 sport (pink) and NatureSpun sportweight (white).  The green was a custom order, while the blue one is for sale, here.

The Winter Cuffs in Double Knitting were made from left over white and pink yarn from the green sontag.

 I've also been busy working on the Sewing Sisters (Facebook page) Laurel Leaf Shawl knit-a-long and several Norwegian Morning/Bonnet Caps. I need to get back to sewing so I will have to comment on them in another blog.  Have a great day everyone.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Scarf in Crochet, Peterson's Magazine, May 1864

Scarf in Crochet
Mrs. Jane Weaver
Peterson's Magazine, May 1864
In the front of the number we give a new and pretty pattern, printed in colors, of this Scarf.
Materials.-- One oz. of black split zephyr; half oz. of orange or salmon color.
With the black wool make a chain of seven inches long. Work in dc, making three stitches in a group. Repeat this every row until you have a piece worked twelve inches in length: then tie on the orange wool and work eight rows; then six rows black, eight rows orange. Repeat until the piece of work is three-quarters of a yard in length. This completes on half of the Scarf. Begin with the black, as at first, and work a second piece exactly the same as the first piece. Join at the back, and finish the ends with fringe alternate black and orange.

NOTE: Modern Fingering weight would be the closest equivalent to Split Zephyr.

This is my first attempt at making this scarf. I used some leftover Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarn in Irish Shamrock & Mountain Purple. I used a size H ChiaoGoo bamboo crochet hook to make it. I made a 7" long chain with the green yarn, skipped the first two chains and made three double crochets in the next chain. I then skipped the next two chains and repeated the 3 double crochets until the last chain where I made only one double crochet. *I chained two, turn, then made three double crochets in the top of the middle double crochet in the previous row, repeat this until the end of the row, make one double crochet in the "space" between the last double crochet set and the "single" double crochet at the end. Continue from * until 12" long, break yarn, leave a 5" tail, tied on the purple and continued the pattern for 8 rows, then back to the green for 6. You can repeat these until the scarf is 27" long or your desired length. Remember this is half of the scarf.  I did three sets, alternating purple and green. Instead of making a second 7" chain, I crocheted into the opposite side of the original 7" chain and repeated everything I did for the first side. Once you have finished the last of the green rows (if you've made it 27" long on the other side you should have about 54" of scarf now). Break the yarn and weave in all ends. There are no measurements for how long to make the fringe, so I just wrapped the yarn around a hardcovered book. I used 4 strands of purple and 2 strands of the green folded in half and attached in the "spaces" at the end of the scarf.

Thank you to my friends, Marta & Kay for use of their original Peterson's Magazines. You can also find this pattern on Google Books, here.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Knitted Under-Sleeves Pattern - Peterson's Magazine, Jan. 1859

Here's the original pattern for the Knitted Under-Sleeves from Peterson's Magazine.  Knowing how horrible I am at seaming my knitted items, I chose to knit these in the round.  I realized after I finished the first one that I forgot to narrow the cuff, it doesn't seem to have made a difference in the end.  I will add a picture from the original Peterson's as soon as I find which photo file I put it in.  My notes follow the original pattern.

Knitted Under-Sleeves
by Jane Weaver
Peterson's Magazine
January 1859, pg 84
We have designed this Under-Sleeve for winter wear, and having knit a pair can testify to their comfort.
Materials Required: 2 oz. brown single zephyr, 1 oz. crimson single zephyr, 1 pair steel knitting needles, common size, 1 pair bone knitting needles, small.
With the crimson wool, and steel needles, cast on 70 stitches, knit 1 row plain, rib 30 rows like the top of a stocking.  Join the brown wool, and with the bone needles knit 50 rows plain. Join the crimson wool, use the steel needles, knit 30 rows, ribbed. Again the brown, knit with the bone needles 13 rows plain. With the crimson wool knit 30 rows as before. Brown, knit 13 rows plain, narrowing 1 stitch at the end of every row. Finish with the crimson wool, Knitting 30 rows ribbed. This last to fit the wrist.

 Knitting the undersleeves in the round.

I used one skein each of Brown Sheep NatureSpun fingering weight, black (pepper) & white (natural), Size 1 and Size 5 double pointed needles (you'll need 4 or 5 of each size). I ended up adding two stiches so that the K2, P2 ribbing came out even (otherwise you end up with 4 knit stitches at the end of the round). Because of the ribbing these are fairly stretchy, remember to cast on & cast off loosely. If you tend to cast on tightly try casting on over two Size 1 needles or over one of the size 5 needles.

CO 72 stitches with white wool.  Divide stitches on 3 ro 4 DPNs.

Join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

Knit one row with the Size 1 needles.

Next row, *K2, P2 to end. Repeat from * for 29 more rows.

Join the black wool and change to the larger needles.

Knit one row, purl the next. Repeat these two rows until you have 50 rows completed.

Join white wool and change to size 1 needles.

K2, P2 ribbing - 30 rows.

Join black wool and change to size 5 needles.

Knit one row, purl the next. Repeat these two rows until you have 13 rows.

Join white wool and change to size 1 needles.

K2, P2 ribbing - 30 rows.

Join black wool and change to size 5 needles.

Knit one row, purl the next. Repeat these two rows until you have 13 rows. *This is where I made my mistake. Your suppose to narrow at the end of every row (if your knitting them flat). If your knitting them in the round I think I would alternate doing them at the beginning on one row and the end on the next).

Join white wool and change to size 1 needles.

K2, P2 ribbing - 30 rows.  

Cast off loosely. Weave in all ends. Enjoy!