Escalator Ate My Dress!

I didn’t have the best day yesterday. I slept poorly and woke up too early. I decided to have a knitting day, but I didn’t have anything interesting on the needles. Leafing through Facebook, I noted that Eurokangas was having a flash sale on select items. As I didn’t have anything urgent planned, I deemed myself worthy of retail therapy. I had my coffee while playing Hearthstone, threw on my favorite long jersey dress, and headed out.

I met my spouse, whom I call Charming, in the city center and went to the fabric store while he ran an errand. I couldn’t find anything I liked, and after he came to collect me, we left empty-handed.

On the way out, the most terrifying thing happened. I wore a long dress, and stepped on an escalator like I’d done a hundred times before, without giving it a second thought. As the steps grew smaller and smaller, disappearing into a dark no-man’s-land, I realized, to my horror, that my dress followed!

I thought I screamed, but was later told that I let out the smallest sound, one little word.

help

Had I been alone, I would have just stood there on receding steps, desperately clinging on to my dress without the faintest idea of what else to do. Luckily, Charming was there to hit the emergency-button. That stopped the stairs from moving, but I was caught.

He ran back up, got scissors from a very startled clerk, and cut me loose. There was little else to do, and my dress came out horridly mutilated. I couldn’t believe that an escalator ate my dress! I thought this only happened in nightmares!

escalator ate my dress

A “normal” person would have just tossed the dress, but I’m crafty. I really like this dress, and wanted to save it.

I had a few options, but I decided to cut the hem at knee-length.

The surgery left me with some undamaged fabric which I decided to use to mod the sleeves. The original dress had short sleeves. I’m not that into the “short dress with short sleeves” -concept, so I went ahead to alter the sleeves.

I cut off the original cuffs…

and cut out two A-lined pieces to lengthen the sleeves with. This process would leave me with long trumpet sleeves with seams above the elbow.

The original dress is made with plain viscose jersey. I was working on turning the dress into a pattern, but I hadn’t taken product pictures of it before the accident. I’m thinking I might go ahead with the pattern, and wrap two styles into one, but who knows. I might even order viscose jersey on amazon, and make myself a new dress! I was looking through their selection, and found a lovely medium weight viscose jersey in various colors. This would be perfect for practically all of our Pretty Basics. If you purchase fabric through the links below, I might earn a little extra.
Black Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Eggplant Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric
Magenta DK Viscose Spandex Fabric, Casual Jersey Knit Fabric

I had elastic lace stashed for emergencies, and this was nothing short of one. I used the lace to bind the hem and sleeves.

The entire process to save the dress took about an hour, and I’m super-happy that I took the time to do it. The dress turned out cute and comfy, and the lace gives it a lovely detail. I’d completely forgotten how much I love trumpet sleeves!

The new and improved dress really likes the company of Lovelace and Lune, too!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this true story about the day when an escalator ate my dress.

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Purlace

Purlace, our new gloves knitting pattern, was launched on Friday. Today, I wanted to share a bit more info about these intricate gloves. I love this pattern, and I hope you will, too!

Purlace and its sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured products with Lune. I’m thinking about doing another outfit post on Friday, but today we’ll concentrate on Purlace.

I wear knit gloves, and knit gloves alone during the winter. Layers of wool keep my hands warm better than leather, and often hand-knit gloves are more unique than store-bought ones. I wanted Purlace to be beautiful but still comfortable. That’s why I chose to work them with reverse stockinette and lace. I wanted to make the outside lovely to look at, and the inside smooth against the hand. Reverse stockinette gave me just that: Purlace are super-pretty, and still soft to wear. They’ll be even softer if you use a yarn with a smooth finish. I worked the model gloves with Novita’s Nalle, and was rewarded with a nice and painful yarnburn on my finger. I would advice against using that! Leafing through amazon, I found an acrylic yarn that might be pretty perfect for this pattern. This Red Heart yarn is a bit lighter from Nalle, but the gauge is pretty close. If you purchase the yarn through the link below, I might earn a little extra.
Coats Yarn Red Heart Comfort Sport Yarn

Purlace have a lot of details. They’re embellished with cables and lace columns, and have a hidden thumb gusset.

I chose coin cables for these gloves. Both the wrist and the back of the glove bear a similar pattern. The cables on the wrist end to leave the palm smooth, but the ones on the back of the hand continue to reach the fingers.

Lace columns climb all the way to the tops of the forefinger and pinkie on both sides.

These gloves have a lot going on. That’s why I recommend using solid colors for Purlace. Self-striping yarns are beautiful, but they tend to make intricate styles a bit busy. With cables and lace, one color is better than many.

Purlace look challenging to work, and they do require a bit of knitting skills. I wouldn’t call this an overwhelming project, though. Purlace is an intermediate pattern, tops! Lace and cables aren’t that difficult if you know the basics, but the pattern requires you to know how to read charts.

I hope you’ll love our Purlace Gloves Knitting Pattern as much as I do!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Fall Looks

On Tuesday, I promised to launch The Purlace today. Here they are! I love these gloves, and can’t wait to wear them out again. Purlace along with their sister-pattern Lovelace are this week’s featured product. I also added Lune to the bunch, since it’s pretty difficult to create outfits based on gloves alone! Today, I wanted to show you a few outfits I really like to wear during the autumn. All of them feature Lune which is my second favorite scarf. It’s perfect for creating fall looks!

Out? But It’s Cold!

It’s too early for winter coats, but too cold for cardigans. I like to sort out the coat-problem with light layers and blazers. This one is my favorite one. It’s a basic H&M corduroy blazer. I got it from a flea market at least ten years ago for one €. I expected it to fall apart the next day, but it held on.

It held on long enough to “shrink in the wash a bit” so to make it more comfortable, I added a lacing in the back. I’ll feature the blazer at a later time, I promise!

For this look, I paired it with a pencil skirt, a few tops beneath, and my black and green Lune. The Purlace Gloves look fab with this style, adding a super-feminine detail to the androgynous lines. This outfit is pretty perfect for shopping and running errands in, and I really love this kinds of looks in the fall.

You can’t see the gloves that well in the outfit photo, so here’s a close-up on them!

… Chilly Indoors, Too

Wearing light layers is an easy way to stay warm. This is what I wore under the blazer!

For some reason, I have an H&M lace top in green. I’m not that nuts about the color, but it goes perfectly with my Lune. Pairing these two up was a natural choice. I wore a mesh tee under the top because it’s far too cold for spaghetti straps alone. The top combo is pretty girly. I wore them with a pencil skirt to make the outfit look more grown-up.

Lune is designed to worn around the neck. It loves to be thrown over the shoulder, and stays put really well. It can be worn as a shawl, too, though it is a bit on the narrow side.

Mmm Purple

The Pretty Basic Jersey Dress has quickly become The Dress I Love The Most. After taking photos of this look I thought “oh I’ll just leave this on to go out in later” only to realize I wore it last weekend, too… That just goes to show you how often I wear this one!

For this look, I paired The Jersey Dress with my black and purple Lune and fingerless Lovelace. I used the same yarn for both, so the scarf and gloves go perfectly together. I used to live in a really cold house, and my hands hurt all the time. To keep them warm, I wore fingerless gloves. They really did the trick. Nowadays I only “have to” be cold outside, and fingerless gloves are reserved for fall outings. The Lovelace Gloves are so pretty I often choose them.

This look is my favorite of the bunch just because it’s so comfy and features that pretty shade of purple.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our fall looks! Don’t forget, Lovelace, Purlace, and Lune are our featured products until October 2nd. They’re on sale for all VIPs, so if you want 15% off on them, go ahead and subscribe for our newsletter!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Lovelace and Purlace

Temperatures have dropped drastically here in Finland. Leaves are starting to turn yellow, and it smells like frost outside. It’s not yet cold enough to switch to winter clothes, but chilly enough to dig out scarves and gloves. This time of year I go for blazers, warm scarves, and fingerless gloves. Today, I wanted to show you some of my favorites, and an upcoming pattern for super-pretty gloves!

I like accessories with little detail. Lace shawls aren’t really my thing, though they are beautiful to look at. Simple things with interesting texture are more to my personal taste. I created Lune last winter, and it quickly became my second favorite scarf. Lune’s easy to wear, stripy, and so basic it goes with almost any outfit. I love the pattern so much I made two!

Lune is a knitting pattern for a crescent shawl

The original Lune is black and green. My second one is made with black and purple stripes with Novita’s Nalle. It’s a Finnish wool blend that is available in any store and in any color and at an affordable price. It would be a really good deal, if the yarn didn’t love my forefinger so much. Two hours of knitting, and it’s dug its way inside no matter how much tape I hide it under. The yarn is warm, though, and somehow makes its way into Christmas presents. Right now I only have one ball stashed, and I’m hoping Nalle hasn’t found out where I live now.

Anyway, I used black and purple Nalle for a Lune last winter. I really like this scarf, and a long soak in fabric softener took away some of the hardness. I’d really like to know how Novita has managed to make it so rough and painful to work…

My black and purple Lune has a crochet shell edge to give it a more feminine vibe. The original version is unisex, but this one fits a lady’s wardrobe better. After casting off, I still had some purple yarn left. I divided to ball in two, and used to work fingerless Lovelace gloves.

The Lovelace pattern came out last spring. I had horrible timing in launching the pattern: Lovelace came out just when everyone wanted to start working on light cotton garments for the summer! The Lovelace pattern will be our featured product through next week along with its sister-pattern, Purlace, and Lune.

I worked the original Lovelace Gloves in an unusual color. I found a ball of yellow mystery yarn (it loved to burrow its way into my finger, so it must have been Nalle), and it wanted really badly to become a pair of intricate lace gloves. The Lovelace pattern took its sweet time to come out, but the gloves are beautiful.

After casting off Lovelace, I cast on another pair of lace gloves with the same general idea of lace columns continuing from wrist to hand to fingers. I worked these in black Nalle, and decided to wait until fall to launch the pattern. Now’s the time, and Purlace will come out on Friday!

I hope you’ll enjoy our Lovelace and Purlace patterns!

Until Friday!

Love,

Heather

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Cabled Wristlets and Gloves

When a coat’s sleeves aren’t quite long enough, there’s only one solution.

No, it’s not called “buy a new coat”. It’s “wear long gloves”

The green coat I showed you on Tuesday sports just that issue. Me arms are pretty long, and patterns always have too short sleeves. The coat’s cute and pretty perfect for spring and fall, but it leaves my wrists feeling a bit left out. I’ve solved the problem by wearing with gloves that are a bit longer than usual, namely my Cabled Gloves.

To me, long gloves have always felt like they came straight out of a fairy-tale. Disney’s princesses wear opera gloves on their perfect night, and I associate the accessory to glamour and magic. When I first started designing knits, my initial thoughts were “yay, now I get to create all sorts of long gloves!”

The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves are, to date, my only long glove style. To tell you the truth, they’re not the most practical thing to wear with ordinary coats… With loose cape-like coats long gloves work wonderfully, though!

The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves Knitting Pattern was originally designed as a longer style. The pattern is versatile, though, and can easily be modded for a shorter version. My shortest Cabled Wristlets are made with a gray mohair-blend. Though they clash with my green coat, they go beautifully with dark outfits. As a shorter style, they’re nice to wear indoors as well. I’ve made two long pairs for myself, fingerless ones in lioness-yellow and full gloves in black, and a short version in subtle gray. I’ve also made a few pairs as presents.

Though this pattern features cables, it’s still a pretty easy pattern. Working this style requires basic skills in glove construction and basic knowledge of cabling, but I’d label it as not-too-challenging-intermediate.

I hope you’ll enjoy The Cabled Wristlets and Gloves Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

yellow cabled mitts, image two

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Stripy Wrist Warmers

In the world of crafting, left-over yarn is a rule. It’s always around, and sometimes, it’s difficult to find a use for little balls and skeins. As I was given an opportunity to write a guest post for Craftic, I chose to create these cute, stripy wrist warmers to share. The wrist warmers require basic skills in both knitting and crocheting. Stitches used are very simple, so I would label this as a beginner level project. 

stripy wrist warmers worked in black and purple

Materials

  • sport weight yarn in two tones. The amount of yarn needed depends on how long you wish to make the wrist warmers. For the black and purple ones, I worked 10 contrast colored stripes and used 50 grams (142 yards) of yarn in total.

  • double-pointed needles size 3,5mm/US 4

  • crochet hook size 3,5mm/US 4 and 4mm/US 6

  • tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Notes

The wristwarmers come in three sizes, S (M), and L. Size S suits an arm of 20 cm/ 7.8 inches in diameter, size M 22 cm/ 8.6 inches, and size L 24 cm/ 9.45 inches. Gauge (taken from a wristwarmer while it’s worn) is 18 stitches and 24 rows in a 5 cm x 5 cm / 2” x 2” square.

Abbreviations

K – knit

P – purl

DC – double crochet

* * – repeat

Pattern

Cast on 40 (44) 48 stitches on DPNs with black yarn, divide them eavenly, and join to knit in the round. The wristwarmers are worked in *K2, P2* -rib up until the crochet cuff.

Counting in the foundation row, work four rows of rib with black yarn. Switch to purple, and work two rows. Alternating the stripe pattern of *four rows in black, two rows in purple*, work in the round until the wristwarmer is approx 15cm/ 6 inches long. Finish with a black stripe.

Switch to the smaller crochet hook. From the beginning of the first row, pick up two stitches onto your hook. Crochet them together with a slip stitch, and chain four. In between of the two stitches you just crocheted together, double crochet.

DC the next two stitches together, chain two, and DC in between the two stitches crocheted together. Continue like this through the row.

Switch to hook size 4mm/ US 6.

Row 1: Into each arch formed by two chain stitches, DC three times.

Row 2-5: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC twice. *DC three times into the middle stitch of the next group.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Row 6: Using slip stitches, move to the middle DC of the first group. Chain two, and DC four times. Single crochet in between groups. *DC five times into the middle stitch of the next group, single crochet in between groups.* Slip stitch to close the round.

Cast off, and weave in ends.

stripy wrist warmers worked in double rib and crochet lace

 I hope you’ll enjoy The Stripy Wrist Warmers Knit/Crochet Pattern!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Lovelace

This fall, I found yellow mystery yarn in my stash. I don’t usually go for yellow, but this wool blend Spoke to me. The yarn announced its will to become a pair of cabled gloves. It had a quite loud and very demanding voice, so I set out to fulfill its dream. After a few little mishaps, the yellow yarn turned into intricate gloves knitting pattern I named Lovelace.

Most knitting patterns I create are targeted for beginners. I like to keep things simple, and to make patterns that are quick and easy to knit.

This one, though, came out a bit more demanding. I labeled it under Intermediate, but I do believe it’s border-lining Advanced… This pattern features rib, lace columns, cables, reverse stockinette, and an Indian thumb gusset with a cable worked into it. The design is full of detail, which makes the gloves remarkably pretty.

This pattern demands some skills in knitting. In addition to basic stitches, decreases and increases, you’ll need to have knowledge of cabling and glove construction. If you do know the basics of both, the pattern in itself isn’t that hard create.

Lovelace are full of intricate detail on the outside, but the inside of the gloves is smooth. I wanted them to be a pleasure to wear, both in the aesthetic and practical sense. Reverse stockinette makes cables and lace pop out, and keeps the inside of the snug-fitting gloves smooth. Though it does take a bit more effort, I do believe it’s worth it.

The Lovelace Pattern was released in February. It was test knit right after, and now it has been approved by a community of knitters. You can find it also on Ravelry along with the beautiful projects my testers created. Before seeing The Lovelace Gloves worked in pink, I never believed how much the choice of color can affect the design!

Lovelace Gloves are designed for sport weight wool blend. You can use other materials, such as merino or alpaca blends, as long as the gauge matches. These gloves might look lovely worked with cotton, too. Winter’s starting to be almost over, and more breathable materials will make these gloves nice to wear as spring draws near.

After the hassle of testing and editing was over, I was both much smarter about writing patterns for gloves, and left to wonder whether this style would work as a fingerless version. The gloves are so pretty it’s a shame to take them off when coming indoors!

I had a bit of purple yarn left over from my second Lune, and I decided to use it to test fingerless Lovelace. It took around 10 episodes of Salem to finish the project, and I was super-happy with the result! Lovelace Gloves look and feel really nice even as fingerless gloves, and I took the time to add instructions for the short style into the original pattern.

I hope you’ll like The Lovelace Pattern as much I as enjoyed creating it!

Until next time.

Love,

Heather

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Fishnet Gloves

Once upon a time, I had pretty basic black cotton stashed. I wanted to turn it into something simple, something easy to create. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves, and the process turned into a knitting pattern. Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern combines fishnet with twisted rib, and is beginner-friendly.

made with cotton, these fishnet gloves are cool to wear during the summer

Knitting and crocheting are fun, productive ways to unwind. Repetive motion allows the mind to calm down, and seeing items created feels rewarding. Personally, I believe there are far too few beginner-level knitting patterns around. Simple projects are quick to master, and the satisfaction gained from being able to make something beautiful is pretty close to the best thing in the world. That’s why I like to offer knitting patterns for beginners as well.

Our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern features elements of Dark fashion. Fishnet armwarmers have been around since the birth of Punk, and still enjoy the love of those darkly inclined. Knit in black, the Fishnet Gloves make the perfect Gothic accessory. In brighter colours, the style can work for more ordinary styles as well. Try self-striping yarn for an interesting, multi-toned look. Yarns with metallic shimmer add a futuristic element to the mix, and soft pastels make gloves that even Lolis can rock.

our fishnet gloves knitting pattern is beginner-friendly

The model gloves are knit to a moderate length. Modifying the length is easy, and you can knit the rib as long or as short as you choose. These gloves are versatile in nature, and can be shaped to a knitter’s whim.

The pattern includes written instructions on how to knit the gloves, along with charts for both rib and fishnet. These gloves come in size Medium, and the pattern has tips on how to adjust the size to fit larger arms. Note, that this pattern can work for both him and her, especially for androgynous styles.

I hope you’ll enjoy our Fishnet Gloves Knitting Pattern!

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

Fishnet gloves combine elements of dark fashion

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The NightSky Set

A while back, I found a yarn that wanted desperately to come home with me. It was a simple, sport-weight acrylic with a touch of lurex. I bought it, took it home, and knit it in two weeks. The yarn turned into fingerless gloves and a hat to match. Since they both sparkled like starts, I called it the NightSky Set.

Set of hat and fingerless gloves featuring seed stitch and cables

As you may have noticed, I have a lot of hair. To make life easier, I wanted a hat that can house all of that. Also, I wanted a hat that can be changed to a warmer style. Knitting up a hat that can go from slouchy beanie to regular beanie seemed a bit daunting, but with a little bit of thought, I got what I wanted.

The set is knit in seed stitch, and sprayed with a cable pattern. Together, these two surfaces create an elegant look. Since seed stitch looks the same on both sides, the set is easy to alter. The fingerless gloves have a long edge. It can be worn long for warmth, and turned down when you need to use your phone. And the beanie… thanks to invisible decreases, it can be turned inside out for easy manipulation. Wear it long when you want a slouchy beanie. When you need a regular one, flip it over, and fold the edge to show off the cable pattern. Quick, simple, and practical.

NightSkySet2

This set has quickly become my favourite one. The sparkle of the yarn brings happiness to dark nights, and the practicality of the set is a delight. I’m super-happy to have been able to publish it before Christmas, since it has an added bonus hidden inside. The cable pattern works in fingerless gloves, and hats. And scarves! In the knitting pattern, you’ll find a chart for a scarf to complete the set.

I hope you’ll enjoy the NightSky Set -knitting pattern! It’s also available on Ravelry along with the rest of my knitting patterns.

Until next Wednesday.

Love,

Heather

NightSkySet3

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