Do you ever find yourself getting confused when you’re trying to cast on a large number of stitches? I inevitably lose count when I’m casting on for a cardi body or hat brim, and only realise my mistake when the ribbing ends with the wrong stitch!
This is a quick tip for making sure you cast on exactly the number of stitches you intend to. There’s not much to it: just cast on 20 sts (or your multiple of choice), add a stitch marker, and start casting on your lot of 20 again. It is so much easier to keep track of 7 lots of 20 than 140 sts, and doing a quick check is easier too when you’re working in small sections at a time. Continue reading “An easier way to cast on”
As a child of the 90s, I am equal parts thrilled and amused to see 90s styles come back in fashion. I feel it cements my status as a “real adult” to see clothes I wore as a kid being sold in everywhere from KMart and Cotton On to higher end stores. This particular sewing project was based on a style that my mum would have more likely worn than me*- a simple, sleeveless shift-to-a line dress in cool cotton for summer.
After a few successfulgarments, I’m back to sharing one of those creations which I love but will likely never wear. I really should have known better – I overheat easily over summer, and tend to spend my days inside in cool cotton and viscose, huddled near the air con. Yet after extolling the virtues of wool fibres and seeing Amanda’s gorgeous merino Plantain tee, I couldn’t resist making myself a merino knit t-shirt.
You’d be right in thinking I spent most of this summer knitting hats. I tend to knit all year round, and hats are so much easier to manage when a full jumper swelters in your lap and even the thought of wearing wool makes you feel overheated.
One thing I love about the knitting community is how its members unabashedly embrace pop culture. Ravelry forum groups, designs and challenges revolve around Harry Potter, Star Trek and Totoro. And of course, there are a pleasing number of designs in tribute to my favourite TV show, Doctor Who.
I’m still catching up on blogging everything I sewed and knitted over the past few months. Today I’m sharing a couple of Sew Over It Kimono Jackets, sewn in print rayon I bought on sale at Spotlight. These jackets have been one of the most frequently worn additions to my closet I think I’ve ever made.
I better start this post with a disclaimer that this is no way a polished full tutorial. These instructions began as an add-on to my review of the In the Folds Peplum Top, demonstrating how I achieved a mitred v-neck using a bias facing that was not cut to pattern dimensions (ie, just one long strip). But as the review ended up being so long, I separated it into two posts, to save endless scrolling and allow easier access if you want to use this technique on another project.
If you want to know why I think it’s a good idea to cut your own strips of bias tape and apply them as you sew, check out my review. If you want to know how to do it, keep reading!