On the prototype, I knit the fronts and back separately and sewed them together. But later realized I could knit the whole jacket seamlessly. Here is the new side panel, knit in the round up to the end decreases of the bottom miters. The remaining stitches, minus the sleeve stitches (60-65) are joined with a three needle bind off. Neat as a pin.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Note: This is not an exact pattern, more of an explanation of the plan of construction. Experienced knitters will get this certainly, and novices will roll their eyes. Mitered square tutorial available here.
Side panel update here.
When I made the prototype Diamond Panel Jacket, I did it in separate fronts and back, sewing up the shoulders, joining the side panels (3 needle bind off) and then knitting the sleeves last, in the round.
Later I realized that I could knit the jacket seamlessly, without slits. That sounded much better to me.
To get there, one makes the front diamond panels and the back diamond panel first and then joins them at the shoulder with a quarter square triangle, picked up from the edges of the front and back panels.
To knit this shape, decreases are made at the center and both edges of the front side rows only. When only 5 sts remain, bind off. This produces a straight edge at the top of the shoulder, and nicely joins the front and back.
The diamonds and half diamonds are knit in a specific order, and of course if you are familiar with mitered squares or domino squares, you will recall that consecutive shapes are knit from stitches picked up from the previous shape.
See this post for side panel update.
NOTE: after making several of these jackets I changed the neckline a bit.
The neckline was too small and high in the original version, so I extended it a bit by adding two more triangles, a half-triangle ( A) and (B) a quarter triangle. Also notice that the back has changed too, ending in half triangles. The shoulders are the only seams.
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
As promised, here are some choices for the New Diamond Panel Jacket in wools. Please refer to your preference by number. Email me at fibermania at g mail dot com.
1. Noro Silk Garden, Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool and Knit One, Crochet Too Paint Box, Aran: 100% wool. Spoken for by Katherine Mc.
40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Nylon, 15% Wool and Poems Silk Worsted: 75% Wool, 25% Silk
3. Noro Silk Garden, Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool and Knit One, Crochet Too Paint Box, Aran: 100% wool. Spoken for by Stepanie W.
4. Noro Silk Garden, Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool and Fibranatura Superwash 100% merino wool. No longer available.
5. Cascade Souk, Aran: 55% silk, 45% wool, and Knit One, Crochet Too Paint Box, Aran: 100% wool. Spoken for by Lee H.
6. Plymouth Kudo, Aran: 55% cotton, 40% rayon, 5% silk and Patons, Worsted, 100% wool. Spoken for by Judy P.
7. Noro Silk Garden, Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool and Poems Silk Worsted: 75% Wool, 25% Silk. Spoken for by Cristina B.
8. Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend: DK: 70% silk, 30% merino and Supreme Merino, Aran, 100% merino. Spoken for by Melanie G.
9. Jo Sharp DK Tweed, DK: 85% wool, 10/5/ silk, 5% cashmere (oooooo!) and Noro Silk Garden, Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool
Directions as follows. How to Knit a Mitered Square video. This video uses an even number of stitches, while I use an uneven number and do a triple decrease over the center 3 stitches. A triple decrease is as follows: slip 1, K2tog, psso. Easy peasy. My medium size design calls for a diamond built on 29 stitches and the side triangles are 14 stitches. Always slip the first stitch (knitwise) in each row and end each row with a yarn forward purl. After making diamond #1, do not cut yarn, but pick up 14 stitches along the edge of the diamond, k back and on the front, knit to within 3 stitches of the end of the row, k2tog, yarn forward purl. Advice: make a set of these in one color yarn to learn the technique.
Monday, September 14, 2015
Orders will be first come, first served, and be prepared with a second choice in case your first choice has been taken. In other words, I am not ordering MORE YARN. The idea is use up what I've got. (too much!!!) Once these are taken, I will be offering wool combos. To get an idea of what is in store go to my Pinterest Jacket Yarns page.
1. Tangier: Aran: 47% Silk, 19% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 17% Rayon combined with Berroco Weekend, 25% cotton, 75% acrylic. Spoken for by Judith W.
2. Tangier: Aran: 47% Silk, 19% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 17% Rayon combined with Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. Note: the sample shows a contrast in the gray-green combo but the skein is more gray, so it will be more subtle as it finishes. Spoken for by Judith P.
3. Tangier: Aran: 47% Silk, 19% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 17% Rayon combined with Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. Spoken for by Laura B.
4.Tangier: Aran: 47% Silk, 19% Acrylic, 17% Cotton, 17% Rayon combined with Cascade Avalon, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. Spoken for by Sue A.
5. Plymouth Kudo. Aran: 55% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% Silk and Cascade Avalon 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. Spoken for by Linda S.
6. Plymouth Kudo. Aran: 55% Cotton, 40% Rayon, 5% Silk and Cascade Avalon 50% cotton, 50% acrylic. Spoken for by Kathleen.
Sorry, I haven't knitted a sample swatch yet with this Kudo combo.
Sunday, September 13, 2015
For this model I used Noro Silk Garden, 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool and FibraNatura Sensational 100% merino wool superwash, making it easy care.
Since this is my prototype I am offering it for the price of the yarn including shipping. $120.00 SOLD
Size? the circumference is 50", 26" long and wrist to wrist is measures 54". Seven removable metal buttons provide for closure, which is also something I wanted to include in this new design.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
I've been busy making parts. Some of my fused fabrics here, waiting to be sliced up and formed into interesting mini compositions, for later use in larger works.
I put them together with other groups of analogous colors and see what it happens. I enjoy making the little bits, and keep thinking I need more and more, of other colors or other values.
Green and yellow, and then yellow and red are pretty hot and exciting so I have been making those, and still have pink and orange to use.