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The Prettiest Princess Coat EVER!

  • Or at least I think so 🙂

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It’s my ‘Snowflake Princess’, a modified version of the Snowflake Queen Pattern by Alison Stewart-Guinee. I used the free pattern excerpt available online

I modified it in several ways…

-used a smaller needle (4 mm)
-decreased to 97 sts (24,49(back),24)
-modified the cuff by working it in the contrast ‘carmen’ yarn as;
row 1 and 2 – knit
following 8 rows – k1,p1 ribbing
cast off firmly in knit

-my version of the button bands and collar, knitted in one piece using short rows (the collar and button band were omitted from the free pattern excerpt);

  • With right side facing and same yarn as used for coat, pick up 36 sts along (right) skirt, 24 sts along bodice, 11 sts front neckline, 19 held sts from back of neck (this takes into account my extra decreases, which may or may not be the amount you have), and, corresponding 11, 24, 36 on the left side.   I would place markers each side of the (19) back neck sts, to make the short rows easier to keep track of.  (161 sts)
  • purl one row

Begin short rows;

  • purl 98 (or 8 sts past second marker) w&t (wrap and turn)
  • knit 35 (or 8 sts past second marker) w&t
  • purl 36 w&t
  • knit 37 w&t
  • purl 38 w&t
  • knit 39 w&t
  • purl 40 w&t
  • knit 41 w&t
  • purl to end of row
  • knit one row
  • (buttonhole row) purl 108 sts, [(yo, p2tog, p3) 7x], p21.
  • knit one row, twisting yo’s as you knit them to prevent too large button holes
  • purl 98  w&t (wrap and turn)
  • knit 35  w&t
  • purl 36  w&t
  • knit 37 w&t
  • purl 38 w&t
  • knit 39 w&t
  • purl 41 w&t
  • knit 43 w&t
  • purl 45  w&t
  • knit 47 w&t
  • purl 49 w&t
  • knit 51 w&t
  • purl to end of row 

Join accent yarn (patons ‘carmen’ is what I used)

(worked in garter stitch – knit all rows)

  • knit one row
  • knit 108 w&t
  • knit 55 w&t
  • knit 57 w&t
  • knit 59 w&t
  • knit 61 w&t
  • knit 63 w&t
  • knit to end of row
  • cast off in knit

I crocheted the edging around the bottom in single crochet with a 4 mm hook.

I think this is one of my favorite projects ever!  Right now I’m working on a matching hat and mittens…

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Bats and Other Distractions

Yes, I know, it’s been ages since I’ve kept the blog in the fashion it has become accustomed to!

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(This is my ‘snowflake princess’ – on ravelry – from the snow queen pattern. It’s for the baby-to-be if the baby is a girl, if not it’s for a future baby-to-be 🙂 Who could help it? It’s adorable)

I have been busy and it’s been quite a summer. Some of it was excellent, some of it was extremely stressful and annoying.

I’ve been distracted from my knitting, and the blog by a thorough house sort and clean – not that it wasn’t a great idea, it really, really was! – but not on my timing, it was decided by a problem we have had here – BATS!!!! in our (rental) home.

I couldn’t bear the idea that they may be anywhere here so I spent about a week or two cleaning like a maniac and sorting everything we own. Basement included. What a job! So the second hand store now has about ten bags full of extra clothes, toys, and household goods and the garbage tag people are finally getting a little help from us, lol.

The house does look beautiful!

I *think* the problem is solved…we’ve had a company in who specializes in excluding bats. They’ve sealed the house and I’ve duct taped the hell out of the inside of the house to prevent them coming into the living space. Apparently they leave little ‘doors’ that work one way only and the bats may leave but they cannot get back in. Now I just have to get over the thought that there are some stuck in the house.

LOL – I seriously wish I had a nanny cam or some such thing to film over night. It’s really hard to know whats really going on…I suspect they’ve been here all summer and we only just noticed them because we usually sleep at night. Lately I’ve been unable to sleep and that’s how I discovered two of them flying through the house at 3 am-ish about two or three weeks ago. Not nice. They are known to carry rabies and are the leading cause of human rabies.

So – a little distracting, yes?

I’ll have to catch up on everything else in another post! May your day be fabulous and your home bat-free 🙂

Designing And Stuff

I’ve been searching the web, looking for lace designs/patterns/charts. I’ve found a couple of great resources!

One is Yarn Over. Another is Knitting Fool.

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I’m still working on the coat, sort of ‘off an on’ lol, but yes – working! I’m more than half way through the first sleeve and have, of course, to finish the upper body once the sleeves are done. It’s about now in the pattern where ALL the numbers are wrong, because of my different gauge, so there’s much more work to figuring it out. I’ll get there 🙂

I’m also dreaming of a pair of really fine lace socks. Hence the web search. I’ll likely use little tiny needles and lace weight yarn (I’m thinking the handspun rambouillet). I’m looking for an itsy bitsy lace pattern which fits…

Oh, yes – I made a little lace hat for myself, for when the weather gets cooler this fall. It was a free pattern (available at the canadian living site) but is from the book Runway Knits. Very cute! Sideways lace and cables…

The ‘Ingenue Hat’ (by Berta Karapetyan)

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The silk I used is ‘shire silk’ and it’s as light as air. I may have to find some time and make the matching scarf – also free on the site and also beautiful!