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Knitting: How to knit RSC | Tricotat: Cum să lucrezi RSC

RO: Să fie vreun an de când am tricotat bluza Taylor, după un model creat de Novel Reed. Am folosit fir de lână combinat cu poliamidă (așa numitul fir pentru șosete, „sock yarn”). Am folosit andrele de 4 mm și în jur de 220 gr.

Cu fiecare proiect învăț ceva nou, ceva ce mă ajută să-mi îmbunătățesc cunoștințele în materie de tricotat și fire. Ei bine, la bluza Taylor am învățat cum se lucrează tehnica RSC – Right Slanting Cross (ar fi echivalentul „Înclinare spre Dreapta„) și LSC – Left Slanting Cross („Înclinare spre Stânga”).

Ce presupune tehnica de tricotat RSC? Înseamnă că acolo unde apare în tutorial, se trec 2 ochiuri pe un ac de rezervă și se țin în spatele lucrului, se tricotează 1 ochi pe dos și apoi se aduc cele 2 ochiuri în față, se pun înapoi pe andreaua stângă și se lucrează normal pe față.

Uite un video cum am lucrat eu această tehnică:

Ce presupune tehnica de tricotat LSC? Înseamnă că 1 ochi se trece pe un ac de rezervă, se ține în fața lucrului, se lucrează 2 ochiuri pe față, apoi se pune înapoi pe andreaua stângă ochiul ținut deoparte și se tricotează pe față.

Rezultatul e un model interesant, unde ochiurile tricotate par trase unele peste altele, încrucișate.

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Și dacă tot am pomenit de bluza Taylor, modelul e foarte ușor de lucrat. Dar pentru că rareori pot urma un tutorial cap-coadă fără a improviza pe ici pe colo, nici aici n-am avut răbdare să urmez toți pașii. Așa că am improvizat finalul bluzei și mânecile.

Modificările mele pentru modelul Taylor:

Tutorialul lui Novel Reed prevedea înmulțiri în zona bustului, imediat după terminarea modelului cu RSC și LSC, pentru a avantaja femeile cu un bust generos. Am sărit cu grație peste această parte, nu e cazul. Pentru partea de jos a bluzei am ales să schimb cu alt fir, un merino turcoaz pentru o doză de contrast. Și am lucrat vreo 5 rânduri în tehnica herringbone, apoi am închis. Tehnica herringbone circular strânge bluza la bază, ceea ce înseamnă că o pot purta frumos peste fuste, ascunzând șoldurile.

În privința mânecilor, și pe acestea le-am lucrat circular, cu andrele scurte de 3 mm. La final am schimbat firul cu merino turcoaz, repetând tehnica herringbone circular și aici. Din păcate, modelul nu mai e disponibil pe Ravelry.

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EN: It must be more than a year since I finished knitting my Taylor blouse, after a pattern by Novel Reed. A wonderful designer, I have a few of her patterns and I love her work. For this knitted blouse, I used sock yarn, no brand – I bought it in bulk of Facebook. I used 4 mm needles and about 220 gr. of yarn.

With each knitting (and crochet) project I learn something new, something that helps me understand the fiber world. While I was knitting the Taylor blouse I learned about knitting RSC and LSC techniques.

What is RSC knitting, you ask?

Basically RSC = Right Slanting Cross and LSC = Left Slanting Cross. Easy, right? Yes, it is.

How to knit RSC?

For RSC you slip the first 2 stitches on a needle and hold those 2 stitches in the back of your work, then work P1 and bring those 2 stitches back on your working needle and work those 2 stitches by knitting them.

How to knit LSC?

This is even easier. You slip the first stitch on a needle and hold that needle in front of your work, then work k2 and put back the 1 stitch that was on hold and work it by knitting it.
Told you it’s easy!

Taylor blouse by Novel Reed is a wonderful pattern, I’m sorry it’s no longer available on Ravelry. Although I enjoyed making it, I am a restless soul. Which translates into: I cannot follow a pattern from top to bottom. I have to have a few alterations, to leave my mark on the project.

Here’s how I altered the Taylor blouse:

First, I skipped the increasing in the bust area. I have a small chest, those increasings were not necessary for me. Secondly, I switched to turquoise merino for the bottom of the blouse and worked 5 rows of herringbone stitch in the round and then cast off. Because of this stitch, the bottom is tight and I can hide my hips behind this top. Yay!

For the sleeves, I used a 3 mm short circular needle and finished them off with turquoise merino using herringbone stitch, this way the sleeves do not roll. I love this stitch!

Have you ever tried this pattern? 

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Crochet – Lost in Time shawl

I have a good crochet & knitting friend, Cati, who’s very talented and crafty (you may have seen some of her work on the blog). This past winter Cati has been crocheting a few shawls, but she fell in love with Lost in Time shawl, created by Johanna Lindahl. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry.

Last fall we both bought a few cakes of Scheepjes Whirl yarn, we both love how this yarn change colors so subtle and we were curious to see how this yarn feels like. This gradient yarn it’s not particularly cheap – about 21 pounds per 220 gr., but its worth every cent!

Because this particular yarn is not available in Romanian yarn stores, we bought it from WoolWarehouse.co.uk – I highly recommend this online store for yarn and needles as the prices are fair and there are so many brands to choose from. And from time to time, the sales campaigns are really good.

Anyway, as I said, my friend, Cati fell in love with the Lost in Time shawl, so as soon as we got the yarn, she made a shawl. And then another one. And another one. I think she made about 4 or 5 shawls using this pattern and various brands of yarn.

And because I’m a curious person, I’ve also started a Lost in Time shawl, using various skeins of yarn I have in my stash, hoping to downsize it. While mine is still a work in progress, Cati’s work is finished and looks amazing!

Here’s her Lost in Time shawl using Scheepjes Whirl yarn. It’s the softest shawl every, perhaps because it’s a blend of 60% cotton / 40% acrylic.

Have you ever made a Lost in Time Shawl? Or have you used Scheepjes Whirl yarn? Would love to read about your experiences with this yarn and/or this crochet pattern. Leave us a comment in the section below 🙂

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Amigurumi: Sleepy dog

Amigurumis are a child’s best friend, say mothers who asked me to make toys for their babies. If that’s the case, I wish I could make crochet toys all day, every day! Because there’s nothing I like more than working with colorful yarn to make the cutest toys for kids.

Here’s one of my latest crochet project, a sleepy dog. As usual with my toys, I used cotton yarn and hypoallergenic fiber to stuff it. My inspiration for this toy was Zefirka Room from Instagram, but because I love to improvise when I make toys, I did not follow a pattern. I did not even write it down.

But should you want to make a similar toy, you can find a free pattern here.

While I was making this toy I was also listening to The Outsider, the latest book from Stephen King. And let me tell you, one needs a colorful project when listening to this kind of book.

How much I enjoyed the project? 5 stars out of 5.

How much I loved the yarn? 5 stars out of 5.

Overall: 4,5 sars project!

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#bunnyalong 2018 – Spread the joy!

I love bunnies. I love making amigurumi bunnies and wearing bunny inspired crochet slippers. When I was a kid I was a huge, huge fan of Bugs Bunny, which probably explains why I love rabbits so much.

Because Easter is a few weeks away, I thought the best and easiest way to bring joy to my world is through good deeds and … bunnies.

So last night I started working on a very, very easy bunny pattern which I’m going to share with you in a few days. You can make these bunnies yourself and spread the joy in your own world.

But there are so many incredible and easy patterns for crochet rabbits out there. Two years ago I made these furries following a pattern by Joanne Jordan – free on Ravelry.

Why join the #bunnyalong18? Because it’s fun! And a little fun never hurt anyone. And it’s a wonderful opportunity to bring more joy to the people you love.

Will be back with my 2 new bunnies, stay tuned!

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Crochet Slippers: Fox

I love to crochet slippers! It’s such an easy and mindless project to make and, without a doubt, a great gift to make for a friend. Especially during winter time, when no matter how warm is inside, it always feels better to have a comfy pair of socks or slippers. I made this pair while listening to Priestdaddy, by Patricia Lockwood, which was an interesting journey through the life of a US Catholic family. So many differences between the Romanian culture and the US Catholic culture.

I made my very first pair of fox crochet slippers about 3 or 4 years ago. And with each new pair, I made progress. I made so many pairs in the last few years, that I could very well have written a pattern about making these slippers. Continue reading

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Knitted Cardigan: Caramel

Last year, in October I started working on this knitted cardigan. I believe I’m not the only one who’s wandering through Ravelry, looking for a new pattern to work on, when the library is full of projects waiting to be cast on. Well, I was like that until I remembered I really, really liked this Caramel cardigan, by Isabell Kraemer.

<rant>I have a thing for asymmetrical cardigans, I find them comfy and warm and suitable for skirts, dresses and jeans. And if there’s anything I love about clothing is the comfy factor. I don’t care if I don’t have the hottest piece of the year in fashion, I want my clothes to make me feel good when I’m wearing them. </rant over> :)))

And so begins my Caramel journey. For this project I used Katia Merino Effect, shade 605 and Katia Merino 100%, purple (thanks to a lovely lady who sent me this yarn all the way from Frankfurt!). Used the 3,25 mm carbon needles from Knit Pro. At one point the project grew so much and I was afraid the weigh of the yarn might break these needles or the cable, but these needles are strong.

Because I did not have enough yarn to finish the sleeves, I used some purple merino I had from my stash, the same thickness as Katia yarn. And made the sleeves only three quarters, I don’t want full sleeves for this cardigan, as I want to wear it when it’s warmer outside.

I followed the pattern to the letter for the body part, but improvised the sleeves. I used 3 mm short circular to work the sleeves, did not cast on more stitches. Worked in the round for 41 rows then started the last 42 rows of rib – K1, P1. And cast off.

Before I washed the cardigan (in the bad lit pictures below), the back was perfect, it suited me perfectly. But after washing, the merino stretched. And not where I wanted it to – length – but in the shoulders. Basically, the back was so huge, it would fall off my skinny shoulders.

So I put it in the washing machine, used the wool program and washed it. After it was all dry, I took a 3,5 mm crochet hook and made a row of slip stitches on the last row of the ribbing edge, then made another row of slip stitch on the first row of the project, the first row of the ribbing edge. And this way, the back stays put, not stretching too much.

You’ll see in the last picture, the one where I’m wearing the knitted cardigan, the subtle rows of slip stitches. The real color of the cardigan is the one in the „selfie”, the other pictures were made in my room, lit only by an energy saving light bulb, which does not show the true pretty color of the cardigan.

How much I enjoyed the pattern? 5 starts out of 5.

How much I loved the yarn? 5 starts out of 5.

Overall: 5 stars project!

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Squiggle Wiggle What?! Shawl – Șal Tricotat

RO: Parcă a trecut o veșnicie de cât n-am mai scris pe blog despre proiectele mele și despre ce mai puteți lucra în zilele când inspirația e sublimă, dar lipsește cu desăvârșire.

Anul trecut îmi promisesem să scriu cât mai mult despre proiecte, dar nu mi-a ieșit din diverse motive obiective și-mi pare tare rău. Așa că nu-mi mai promit nimic, sper doar să reușesc să descriu cât mai în detaliu toate provocările prin care trec în ceea ce privește tricotatul. Ha, cine-ar fi zis că o activitate atât de relaxantă poate avea provocări, așa-i? Nu e ca și cum ar fi fizică cuantică, dar matematica e foarte importantă chiar și-n joaca asta cu andrele.

Bun, azi vă povestesc despre eșarfa Squiggle Wiggle What?! de Stephen West. A fost primul model de la Stephen West pe care l-am încercat, mi-a făcut cu ochiul pentru că nu conține tehnica brioche, o tehnică ce m-a frustrat aproape un an (pe care, între timp, am învățat-o). Eșarfa aceasta am început-o în vara lui 2017, cu câteva zile înainte de ziua mea. Mi-a plăcut nespus de mult să lucrez modelul, l-am plimbat cu mine-n Berlin, la festivalul de fire, l-am plimbat prin Budapesta și l-am lucrat prin gări, trenuri și parcuri curate.

Am început proiectul cu gândul de a folosi fire diverse din stocul fără fund, un fel de „scrap project”, combinând acril, lână, mohair și lână cu mohair. Firul colorat e un degrade sock yarn, Plymouth Yarn neon. Se comportă foarte bine la spălat, iar eșarfa e preferata mea. Deși modelul presupunea lucrarea a 13 secțiuni, eu m-am oprit după a 8-a secțiune pentru că și așa eșarfa e luuungă. Și fiind o ființă mică, nu avea sens să-mi lucrez o eșarfă până la genunchi.

Rezultatul e minunat, ador să port eșarfa aceasta. O spăl manual, în apă călduță folosind Perwoll pentru lână. Nu e musai, se poate spăla și la mașină.

Sunt curioasă dacă voi ați încercat un model similar?

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EN: It feels like it’s been ages since I last wrote on the blog, not because I lack the subject, but because I lacked time to do so. Last year I promised myself I would write about each and every project I worked on, but for various reasons, I failed to do so. And I’m sorry. So this year I will make no more promises to myself, I will just go with the flow, try to take each day as it is. And write when I feel like the challenges of knitting and crocheting are helping someone other than myself – Ha, I bet that if someone who’s not into knitting reading this might wonder `knitting is challenging?! it’s not rocket science, after all`. And that’s true, knitting it’s not rocket science, but it has its challenges and uses math quite a lot.

So today I’ll write a bit about one of my all time favorite projects. The Squiggle Wiggle What?! shawl by Stephen West. It’s my first pattern from Stephen West and I chose it specifically because it’s not brioche. I had a hard time last year trying to understand how to knit the brioche stitch – especially hard time because I’m a continental knitter, it’s not easy to understand the stitch when watching British knitting videos. But I did learn that stitch eventually, at the beginning of this year. So yey!

Anyway, I really liked working on this project, I used various yarns I had in my stash, hoping somehow to make my stash smaller. But I’m not there yet. I used acrylic, wool, wool with mohair and sock yarn – the colorful one is the sock yarn, Plymouth neon. It’s a wonderful combination, for myself at least. I love the scarf and I try my best not to wear it quite all the time.

The only change I made was not working the whole 13 sections, I stopped after the 8th section. It’s a long scarf, I’m a small girl, I want a scarf I can wear and doesn’t reach my knees.

I usually wash this scarf every couple of weeks, by hand in warm water and Perwoll. Of course I could throw it in the machine, but I love it too much.

Have you ever tried a similar project?

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Knitted cashmere dress – Rochie tricotata din cașmir

RO: Aveam un fir de cașmir (probabil ceva combinație de cașmir cu vâscoză sau bambus) și nu știam în ce să-l transform. Așa începe povestea rochiei mele aniversare. Trebuia să fie gata pentru aniversarea celor 31 de veri pe care le-am trăit. Apoi am dat de-un model de la Red Heart, Layered Lace Dress creat de Lorna Miser. Mi-a picat drag modelul, am căutat andrelele de 8 mm și-am început modelul. Fiind un fir mult mai subțire decât cel recomandat în model, mi-a fost ușor teamă să nu obțin o rochie prea strâmtă. Dar apoi mi-am amintit că fiind lucrat cu andrele atât de mari, firul are o flexibilitate mai mare și rochia va avea o ținută bună.

Modelul e simplu: sunt 6 rânduri care se repetă pentru a obține valurile (partea de jos a rochiei), și 4 rânduri care se repetă pentru a obține partea de sus. Am început-o în iunie și-am terminat-o în august. Sigur că de lucram doar la acest proiect, ar fi fost gata într-o săptămână, dar mie-mi place tare mult să jonglez cu proiectele.

Inițial voiam să-i cos o jupă, pentru a o coase pe ici, pe colo, pe sub rochie. Dar apoi mi-am amintit că-n copilărie mami purta furouri la rochiile transparente. Și avantajul furourilor e că oricând pot alterna culorile. Că se găsesc foarte greu furouri, e partea a doua.

Iaca și rezultatul. Cât sunt de mulțumită de rochia mea? Extrem de mulțumită! Chiar dacă după spălare s-a mai întins nițel, tot arată bine și se așază bine pe trup.

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EN: I had a bunch of cashmere yarn and did not have a pattern for it. This is how my 31 year old dress story begins. Because I wanted this dress as a present for myself for turning 31 this year. The I found the Layered Lace Dress by Lorna Miser, published on the Red Hearts website. And I fell in love with the pattern. I searched through my stash for the yarn and 8 mm needles and cast on quickly. Followed the smallest size pattern. I was a bit afraid my dress would be too tight, because my yarn is a lot thinner than the yarn recommended in the pattern, but then I remembered it will be very flexible because I am working with such huge needles. And I was right, the dress is lovely, drapes well.

The pattern itself it’s very easy, for the skirt part you have to follow a pattern of 6 rows until desired length and for the upper part you have to follow 4 rows of repeats. I started this project in June and finished it in August. Of course this could have been done in a week, but I get bored of working the same project on an on and I love to juggle between projects.

Initially I thought about sewing an underdress, because it’s quite see through, but then I remembered women used to wear satin or silk undergarments for dresses. At least that’s what my mom used to wear under see through dresses. And the advantage of these undergarments is that I can always change the color. So instead of sewing something, I decided to buy some silky undergarments. And I love the result.

The dress is gorgeous, feels soft and fine, drapes well and even though it became a little longer after washing, I still find it wonderful.

How do you like my dress?

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Căciuli tricotate cu oi – Baa Ble knit hat

RO: Pare o veșnicie de când n-am mai scris pe blog. Dar am fost mereu pe aici, verificând mesajele și adăugând noi articole care încă nu-s complete pentru a fi citite. În tot acest timp am terminat o serie de proiecte dragi mie. Și unul dintre ele e căciula tricotată cu oi. Ador modelul creat de Donna Smith din UK. Și căciula e atât de ușor de tricotat, chiar și pentru un începător într-ale tricotatului.

Prima căciulă, lucrată din acril cu andrele de 4 mm, a ajuns deja la proprietar. Pe-a doua am lucrat-o cu fir merino în 2 (fiind un fir mult mai subțire) și andrele de 3,5 mm. Știind că firul de merino se întinde la spălat, am tricotat căciula pt a fi mai strâmtă, potrivită unui om cu capul mic. Și bine-am făcut, întrucât după spălat s-a întins cât să fie potrivită unui bărbat adult.

Eu tricotez în stilul continental combinat (ochiurile pe dos le fac diferit), iar dacă vrei să vezi cum tricotez cu mai multe culori, iacă și-un foarte scurt exemplu video:

Și mai jos poți vedea cum arată căciula finală, după spălare și uscare.

Ai tricotat până acum în tehnica fair isle? (cu mai multe culori deodată)

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EN: It seems like its been ages since my last post, and I’m sorry about this. But I’ve always been here, checking and approving comments, making sure the blog is up to date to run smoothly. I’ve also added a few more blog posts, but I have yet to finish each new blog post before it’s ready to be visible on your end. Meanwhile my hands have been quite busy. I’ve finished quite a bunch of projects, many from the May challenge (actually, with one exception, all are done, and of course I’ve started a few more, to keep me busy and anxious about my WIPS).

One of my newest project is the fair isle Baa Ble knit hat. I just love Donna Smith’s pattern, because it’s easy to follow and the hat is wonderful. Highly recommend it!

My first Baa Ble hat was my first fair isle project, a challenge for myself. I worked it with acrylic yarn from my stash and 4 mm needles. But on this second hat I’ve used merino in 2 strands and 3,5 mm needles. That’s because merino yarn tends to stretch quite a lot after washing and I really wanted this hat to fit the person who got it. And I was right to work a smaller hat, because after washing and drying, the hat turned out perfect for the head of an adult man.

Above you can see an example of how I knit combined continental in fair isle, in case you want to know. And here’s my finished hat. I love, love, love it!

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Crochet Tunisian Scarf – Eșarfă croșetată stil tunisian

ROCroșetatul tunisian nu-mi e străin, ba chiar îndrăznesc să spun că m-a vrăjit rapid, de la prima încercare. Fiind un stil care se lucrează pe o singură parte, nu-i nimic complicat. În urmă cu vreo 2 săptămâni scriam pe Facebook că 2017 va fi anul croșetatului tunisian și-mi bazez „previziunea” pe zecile de modele pe care le-am tot văzut pe diverse rețele de socializare, mult mai multe decât în anii precedenți.

Și pentru că voiam să fiu în pas cu trendul (nu chiar, dar aveam nevoie de-un pretext), săptămâna trecută am început o eșarfă în stil tunisian, din fir Alize Diva în 2 culori degrade. Folosesc croșeta de 7 mm. În croșetatul tunisian se recomandă folosirea unei croșete cu 2-3 numere mai mari decât se folosește pentru un anumit fir, pentru a-i da flexibilitate proiectului.

Momentan eșarfa mea se conturează frumos, cresc la fiecare rând cu câte un ochi. După ce ajung în punctul suficient de lat al eșarfei, voi începe descreșterile. Teoretic ar trebui să fie gata prin iunie eșarfa, practic nu i-am setat niciun termen limită.

De vrei să încerci să croșetezi o eșarfă în stilul tunisian, îți recomand să urmărești tutorialul lui Kim Guzman (e doar în engleză!), are inclusiv clipuri despre cum să lucrezi ochiul simplu tunisian atât pentru dreptaci, cât și pentru stângaci.

Și dacă ai început proiectul, laudă-te aici în comentarii sau pe Facebook.

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EN: Tunisian crochet is a technique I came to love soon after I learned it. This technique requires to work on one single side, no need to turn sides. Which is something very different from regular crochet. Two weeks ago I was writing down on Facebook that 2017 will be Tunisian Crochet year and I based my assumption on the many, many patterns and beautiful projects worked in this technique I’ve seen since this year has started.

And because I try to keep up with the trends (nope, not really! I really just needed an excuse), last week I started working on a Tunisian crochet scarf. I am using Alize Diva yarn in 2 variegated colors and 7 mm hook. In Tunisian crochet it is best to use a hook that’s 2-3 sizes larger than what is recommended for that particular yarn. This way the project is more flexible.

For now my scarf is shaped very nice, I am increasing every row. After my scarf will be wide enough, I will start decreasing. In theory this should be finished by June, in practice I cannot really say for sure, who knows what the future might bring?!

If you want to learn how to crochet a Tunisian scarf, I recommend you read Kim Guzman’s article – she even has videos explaining how to make the Tunisian Full Stitch for left hand and right hand.

And if you’re into this challenge, show me your progress here in the comments or on Facebook.

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