Monday, August 13, 2012
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11-11-11 bought the yarn. here goes nothing. I’ve made a few test runs for the shape, and taught my friend Marissa how to rib knit so she can help me with the long expanses of tedious tiny knitting. can’t wait.
For reference, here's the color debate image I was using:
I posted this on a dozen forums, and my facebook just to get opinions. My family said French Blue, and the foruns said Aquamarine. Don't like the aquamarine. it's really pretty, if I have a spare $50 I'd just keep it and use it for something else, but I don't.
1/2/12 SO CLOSE to casting on. Lolz. I have a scarf I’m making for my brother, and as soon as I finish that I’m starting this. On the bright side, due to various Christmas gifts, I have the rest of Rinoa’s outfit almost completely done. I’m just redoing the shorts entirely (for the third time) and the color of the denim for her skirt may finally be right after this current round of dye. I have the boots, and Marissa bought me a replica of her necklace for Christmas. I used our Christmas tradition of new Christmas jammies every year as an excuse to get a black v neck tank.
soon. very soon…..
incidentally, when I’m done I will clean it up and try to create an actual pattern here.
3/1/12 well, progress ground to a halt. I am having a heck of a time trying to finish my husband’s socks, and I won’t work on anything else until they’re done, or they’ll never get done. so this is waiting. in the meantime, I thought I’d put up my notes and plans.
this is the information I have so far. first of all, I was inspired by leradny’s Rinoa:
and I’ve based a lot of my information on her posts in various threads in the forums here: http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=129189
also her ravelry.com post:
She has great info for both sewing and knitting, and that was the basis for my plans. she also has a fantastic pattern for the shape of the duster if you were able to just buy fabric and you’re not knitting it yourself.
I am using sport weight yarn, Sky color, ordered online from knitpicks.com, and size 2 (2.75 mm) needles. The fabric for Rinoa is a 2x2 rib knit, so I’m doing knit 2 purl 2 pattern. It’s being done in two front panels and one back panel and I will seam them together when done.
Based on close studying of her pictures and my own measurements, I figure the straps should be about 4-5 ribs wide, about 2” wide. While knitting, my plan is to purl front and back the last two stitches at the end of a row (or knit front and back, if the row ends on a knit stitch), do next row without increases, then same increases next row, and so on, alternating, making sure increases are always on the same site of the piece. that creates a curving increase on one side while leaving the other side straight. the straight side is what goes down the front. I figured you would knit the straps about 6” before starting the increases for the body. I did do a test run with larger needles and yarn to practice, but I don’t know if it will work the same with the smaller needles and yarn. I worked the increases for about 6 1/2” on the practice run.
the back panel appears to be about 27 ribs wide at the widest part, decreasing to about 15 or so at the top for shaping. I haven’t worked out exactly how I’m doing that yet.
IMPORTANT: ALL THESE NUMBERS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON MEASUREMENTS AS I GO ALONG. I HAVE NOT DONE THIS WITH MY ACTUAL YARN AND NEEDLES. THESE ARE ONLY PLANS. I will post official numbers once I’m done.
The armwarmers I’m just planning to knit a tube on double pointed needles, same 2x2 rib knit. basically for that I’m just going to measure my arms and figure out the number of stitches based on my gauge. Make sure to make it a little smaller than measurements to make sure of a snug fit, and to hopefully avoid issues with slipping. I did buy some thin elastic in case I need to tighten the ends to keep them from slipping. Gauge with the sport yarn and size 2 needles in stockinette is 7 sts per inch, 10 rows per inch.
7/17/12 (FIRST UPDATE IN AGES) Well, kinda took a vacation from all yarn crafts. Unfortunately, I’ve seen this happen with me before. I go in stages. And when something like Caleb’s socks comes up where I’m forcing myself to do it, it burns me out for a bit. But I’m finally coming back. started working on this again. I’ve finished the shaping of the first front panel, and now I’m to the tedious bit of knitting straight down until it reaches my feet.