Sunday, September 25, 2011

Butterick B5613 View A

September is National Sewing Month and in keeping with my previous sewing project, I present finished sewing project #2!  I was inspired by Gertie's Sew Along via or her blog here.

Butterick B5613 - View A, yoke from View C
Featured in this project were batik from Quilt et Textilkunst (a local fabric shop).
The contrasting pockets were made with fabric by Kokka, purchased from Quilt et Textilkunst.
The zipper was purchased from

the invisible zipper

I thoroughly loved making this project and it was quite simple!  The instructions were really clear, although I did fuss about with the pockets for a bit (which side should face out?!).  The pattern was adapted from View A which has a straight waist detail.  I chose, instead, to do the yoke waist from View C.  I used the main batik fabric as facing.

pockets with contrasting fabric
Happy September: National Sewing Month!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Simplicity New Look 6557

Finished this summer dress... in time for fall! It's too cold these days to wear it outside, but I'll hopefully get a chance if the weather decides to be unseasonably warm. You never know!

Simplicity New Look 6557, View B
I used a lapped zipper for the back, but it still needed a hook and eye closure which I added after the photo was taken.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Published: Hopi Mittens

Hopi Mittens: Now Available
Just published this one via Ravelry!
Hopi Mittens are a pair of fair-isle mittens knitted with only 2 colors throughout.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Recommendation: These are a good second project for the fair-isle beginner.  Why second project?  Usually, if this is your first fair-isle project, your first mitten will be a different size than your second.  As your gauge relaxes and you get better at knitting in fair-isle, the difference in tension will show between the two mittens. Tee hee.  Ask me how I know.


Boys, Women, Men, Girls

Skill Level:


Basic Skills Necessary:

  • flexible cast on (i.e. cable cast-on)
  • fair isle knitting
  • knitting in the round
  • picking up stitches

Pattern Description:

These mittens were inspired by patterns I had seen on the pottery of the Hopi people of the Southwestern United States. The mittens begin with a two-color ribbed cuff and transition into a Fair-isle motif. The thumb gusset is steadily increased and then left open with stitches held on scrap yarn or a holder while the main mitten is knitted to completion. Stitches are then picked up around the thumb opening and knitted to create the thumb.

The way the sizes are made is via thicker yarn and larger needles.  So the smallest size is made with sock weight yarn and around 2.5mm needles.  The larger sizes are made with sport weight and DK weight yarns and various needle sizes.

So, the needle sizes vary from US Size 1 / 2.25mm to US Size 8 / 5mm depending on size desired and gauge with yarn.

Sizes Available: 7 (7.5, 8.25, 8.5, 9)" palm width.  Sizes are achieved using different weights of yarn and needle size.  These sizes are calculated using the gauges below.


The various sizes are calculated using these gauge/tension
For example, 33 stitches = 4 inches in fair-isle pattern for size 7" palm...

33 (31, 28, 27, 26) sts = 4" in fairisle pattern for sizes 7 (7.5, 8.25, 8.5, 9)" or 18 (19, 21, 22, 23) cm palm width measured around thickest part of palm.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • 7 (7.5, 8.25, 8.5, 9)" palm width (don't count your thumb)
  • 18 (19, 21, 22, 23) cm palm width (see note above on sizing)


  • 2 colors of yarn in same or similar gauge
  • ~ 135 yards of each of the 2 colors
  • needle size varies depending on size

You Will Also Need:

  • tapestry needle