DIY Yarn Ball Winder from Scraps

My attempt to have a yarn ball winder .

Yarn ball wider revisited - specifications-part 1

Some specifications about my yarn ball winder.

DIY entryway table

A place to put your keys, phone and mail.

Legwarmers/ Boot Cuff

Beginner's cable knitting project

Friday, January 13, 2012

Finished birthday present- vest

Hi everyone,
Although I have finished the vest on the 9th of January, I’ve been a little busy and just got the time to upload the final result.
 I finished the 500 grams of yarn I had I don’t have enough for the belt and the store will bring it to order but it will take a while. Luckily I still have time.
For the neckband  I choose to make it  different again : I did a separate band of 1x1 ribbing and  without casting off, I used a crochet to join the neckband  to the vest because I wanted to give it a feel of store –bought .

I thought at first to leave it without the belt but it looks too loose ( maybe because I tried it on me –I am  2 sizes smaller).
I will update the post as soon as the gift recipient will try it on.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Quick birthday present -knitted vest

With the new year's eve, I completely forgot that my mother's in law birthday it's just days away and since I don't want to spend a fortune on a present, I decided to knit her something that she'll enjoy wearing.

 Since my time was limited, I decided to make her a vest . The original pattern is free to download from Tahki Stacy Charles.

 You can go straight  to this pattern by clicking here

 As for the yarn used, I never buy what the patterns says because it's impossible for me to find that type of yarn here in Romania not to mention that I think it's also very expansive.

 In this case I went and bought Schachenmayr -SMC -Trachtenwolle -63% wool and 37% Polyacryl -color  054 -100 g per bobbin

For this Large size woman vest I used 500g yarn .

I started the pattern differently because I skipped the 2x2 long jersey band ( I figured since my mother in law is 55 , she doesn't have a model body and she wouldn't like the vest to be showing all her curves )

In the image you can see one repetition of the side panel pattern. Since the yarn is a 4 ply  to be worked with 4mm needles, the vest grows fast .

When I first read the pattern, it said to work separately back and front and then join by sewing together.

It didn't seemed very nice to have a seam running on the shoulder line , especially when there is also a short sleeve.

By the end of the day , I had already made the front of the vest and decided to continue with the back side without casting off and starting up a new piece.

In this case the vest would require only 2 side seams and would look much better.

The pattern said also to knit a simple back but since I'm doing it continuously, I think it is interesting to look the same on the back as well so I'll continue with the pattern .

Regarding the final shape , I still intend to keep the belt so it would give her the possibility to accentuate the waistline .

That's it for the day. I'll keep you posted with the progress.