Archive for April, 2011

Sari Silk Beaded Necklace

Or bracelet. Or headband, or anything you can wrap it around. It’s the little things that make me happy, and accessories are definitely one of them. You can’t tell from the pictures, but if I loop it once around my neck, it reaches my thighs. Yep. It’s one of my new favorite things.

Strand some beads onto sari silk yarn. Grab a larger crochet hook and chain stitch away. Connect the ends as you see fit and wear in as many ways as you can think of.

I love the look of slightly tattered things. They’ve always been my favorites. Worn clothing, antique jewelry, dilapidated buildings. Sari silk has that lived in appearance that is perfect, has character, and shines in a myriad of colors. I made this is one night and am still marveling at it each time it gets worn. What’s better than that?

Maybe I can wear this with my castaway vest and look like a hobo. Hobo-chic is still in, right? And your update on the vest, since you asked so nicely: back is done, right front is done and left front is done from the neck to the armhole shaping, but I modified the pattern to make both front pieces one large piece. I hate seaming. So hopefully this will finish on time for my April challenge. However, I took up two more unexpected projects that are a bit more important. One is almost done, so expect that soon. Hopefully.


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Super Awesome Stretchy Bind Off, ect

Okay, the real reason for this post was to update you on my vest. Then it got the smackdown from my new favorite bind off. It’s super easy, super stretchy, and still looks good. Mom, pay attention.

Easy Peasy Stretch-tastic Bind Off:

At beginning of bind off row: k2tog, *slip stitch back on left needle, K2tog*, rep to end.

For those of you who need a bit more explanation, you’re decreasing one each time you knit two together. By slipping the stitch you just knit back to your left needle, you effectively bind off instead of just decreasing your stitches by half. Easy, yes?

Totally stolen.

Edit: Holy crap, I’m totally doing the same colorway. And what the HELL is she doing?

Back to the point. I forgot to add the vest pattern last time around. I’m using Berroco pattern Poitou, click here to go to the site. It’s in a booklet with a few other patterns, so you can browse the pretties.

Also, I was raving about the awesome stripe technique and how pretty it was on the back. Well, voila.

Front and Back Comparison

Impressive, I think.

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