Sunday, April 08, 2007

a busy day

You'd think I wasn't in grad school, for all the stuff going on in my life today! I need to make notes on the dolly underwear while I still remember what I did. I was using microspun yarn, and a size 3 Addi Turbo. For the sports bra: Cast on 44 stitches. Join without twisting, knit in seed stitch for 5 rows. Bind off 22 stitches (I used the knit 2 together, put stitch back on left needle, knit 2 together, including the stitch that you just got finished with, put the stitch back on the left needle, repeat...). With 22 stiches bound off, and the last stitch completed counting as the first knit stitch, I do each row as k1, ssk, knit to 3 stitches from end, k2tog, k1. next row purl. repeat these 2 rows until 12 stitches remain, ending with the purl row. Cast off until 1 stitch remains. Put that stitch on a crochet hook and start to chain. Put the bra on the dollie so you can see just how long the strap needs to be to go over her shoulder and meet the back of the strap. Attach the strap to the back by inserting the hook into the 11th stitch of the cast, chaining the 2 together. Then chain into the 12th stitch, and start chaining a new strap that goes back up and over her shoulder. When it reaches the top of the bra, chain it into the first stitch. You may need to chain it in to two stitches to make it connect nicely. Break yarn, weave in ends.
The panties start very similar: Cast on 44 stitches, join, knit in seed stitch for 4 rows. Knit 2 rows in stockinette stitch. Knit 17 stitches. Cast off 7 stitches. Knit 16 stitches. Cast off 7 stitches. (by now you've gone all the way around once and have started the next row, and you have 16 live stitches sitting on the back cable of the circular needle, and they're just going to sit there.) K1, ssk, k8, k2tog, k1. Turn. p1. p2tog. p6. p2tog like a backwards ssk. (I don't even know how to explain how to do this. something like: put next 2 stitches on right needle. return to left needle, turning the stitch mounts. put your right needle into these two stitches from the back left to front right. purl. I may be totally wrong, that's just what I came up with.) p1. Repeat these two rows, decreasing at the start and end until you're down to 6 stiches. k 1 row. p 1 row. For the next several rows, on the knit row, m1 at each end, just after the first stitch and before the last stitch. then purl back. Increase until you have 16 stitches. Then kitchener this to the live stitches sitting on the cable. Weave in ends. By decreasing on both knit and purl rows in the front, and by increasing only on the knit rows in the back, it makes these nicely shaped like most panties, with a bigger rear.

This pattern is really crude. I don't know if it would be helpful to any one, but it's a start.

Here's a few other photos from a busy day that involved very little studying.

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