Resizing T-Shirts

Ages ago I grabbed a heap of these little crop tops for $2 a piece at a sale. They didn’t have my size in a lot of them though so I just took the next size up. They are perfect for Summer or for wearing underneath dresses that don’t have sleeves though so I got my overlocker together and finally took them in a bit.

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This was a super easy fix because they are made of stretchy tshirt fabric. All I had to do was find one that did fit and then trace around it.
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Pinning is useful for this kind of thing.

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So helpful.

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Then overlock down the side seam from the sleeve down.
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Rinse and repeat for the bajillion others!

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This also works for long sleeve!

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And depending on the kind of knit sweaters too!

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A Green Leaf Cardigan

Knitting break!

Continuing on in my adventures of cardigan making, I decided to try something a little more on the complicated side.  I chose Spice Trail from the East, a free pattern from Knitty which uses a few different stitch patterns. I did mine with some cotton from Bendigo Woollen Mills and switched to a short sleeve version so it was a bit more suited for Summer.
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This was my first time doing a bottom up cardigan in pieces which was seamed together afterwards. I hated seaming it all together so much that I think I will convert all of my patterns to either top down or in the round to avoid ever having to do it again hahaha!

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That said, the pattern was fun and easy to memorize quickly and while I didn’t love the leaves while I was working on them, they turned out to be a very striking pattern when completed.

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It helps to have a good model.

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My favourite part of the pattern was the eyelet cable rib. I want to use this on other projects because it’s stretchy but it lays really flat.
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Omg so many seams:

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I love the V pattern on the back!

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Bee Mittens

After we went to Bendigo to look for yarn and the not-so-pink cliffs last year, Celina and I discussed in great detail the need for mittens. I mean it’s Melbourne and they’re only needed like once a year… but can’t hurt to have nice ones for that once a year?

I decided for mine I wanted to practice some colour work so I drew up a basic flip top and flip thumb mitten shape and added a honey comb pattern with a bee/wheat/crown motif on the front. I loved doing the colour work but I didn’t consider my colours well enough so the bee pattern is too pale. I’m considering embroidering over it… but I guess I’ll think about it when I need mittens again that one time next year haha!

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Crochet Autumn Leaves Scarf

My love for my red entrelac hat required a matching scarf. I wanted to use up the rest of the yarn as well as continue the theme of Autumn leaves. It was kind of successful? I combined a few different knitted patterns for the leaves but nothing worked quite well enough so I decided to crochet it… and while I like the results of the leaves individually I didn’t really like the end result so much because it’s hard to tell they’re leaves >_< Oh well maybe I’ll reuse them as some kind of crochet leaf bunting or something? Who knows!

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A Knitted Alpaca!

This little guy was a great project to use up some left over yarn and he made a lovely gift! I made it up as I went along so there aren’t really any instructions but enjoy the photos!

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Striped Flip Top Mittens

Last year I went on a mitten binge. I made like 4 pairs of flip top mittens in a month. The first pair I made was a going away present for Stef and I based them roughly off this pattern.

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