Welcome to Project Knitway or should I say Project Renottaway? It's my cyberspace place to post my favorite things...thoughts about family and creativity and design. One of my favorite things is making stuff, specifically clothing and accessories from fiber and metal. So you'll see a lot about that here. I also love spending time with my family, so there will be a bit about that too. When I'm not with my family or in my studio, I am most likely at nextdoor, my store. I have always had a store ever since I was a young woman. I started with a weaving store called the niddy noddy in Waukesha eons ago. I ended with nextdoor in Brookfield. It's my dream store filled with great clothing, especially denim. Really nice women work and shop there, it's a fun place to be. You can find us there every day and online at www.shopatnextdoor.com So come for a visit here and there.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

You'll Flip Over This or Let's Twist Again

 It's the calm before the storm and I'm enjoying an entire day in my studio creating and blogging. This little vest is one of my favorites to make. It's super easy and can be done in so many variations. Today's version is a nice little vest that looks great with, of course, jeans. Start by knitting a rectangle. About 2 inches before the halfway point, split the piece and knit the two sides separately. You can size this to fit you and plug in your gauge. (Refer back to my blog on gauge) My piece is knit at a gauge of 2.5 st/inch and 4.3 rows/inch and T8 on the bulky knitting machine. I cast on 50 stitches every other needle and knit 90 rows before putting half the stitches on hold. Then I knit 110 rows on the left side, bound those off and finished the right side the same way. For hand knitters this is simple thing to duplicate. Next fold the piece in half and here's the twist. Flip the left side clockwise and the right side counter clockwise. Then, using the mattress stitch, sew up the front seam till you get the desired neck opening. A dress form comes in handy for this part. Once you've sewn the front seam, sew up the side seams in the same manner. Work the ends in and if you like, finish the bottom edge with a row or two of crochet. If you checkout my Project a Day Blog at
http://www.shopatnextdoor.blogspot.com/ you'll find more variations on this vest. So enjoy the day, stay warm and stick to your knitting!  Renotta