This is a size medium, which is a kid’s size 7/8.
With the exception of the side seams, everything is done with the ladder stitching on the serger that I posted about here. The red thread is Pearl Crown Rayon in cranberry. The fabric is Polartec lightweight WindPro.
November. How in the world did that happen? It’s ridiculous how often I find myself surprised that another month has zoomed by.
In that spirit-
November’s Holiday Challenge
Last Minute Lucy!
This is me. If there is something that can be put off until the last possible moment, it will be. This month, your challenge is to do that one thing you were going to put off until later. Perhaps your youngest child still doesn’t have his own stocking?
Or maybe you keep telling yourself that you’ll make those holiday napkins later? That cute ornament you saw years ago and always run out of time to make? Do it this month! Get it done and you’ll feel better!
This is another very open challenge. Warm hats, scarves, mittens, socks, perhaps a sweater? How about a blanket? And if your family is fortunate not to need any of these things, I am absolutely positive someone in your community is in need of them. Someone you may not know and may never know.
Spread some warmth this month. You’ll be warmer, too.
Hope to see your work on our Runway!
Today I’m playing with decorative stitches on the serger. What? You thought the serger’s sole purpose was to make boring seams on things? No! Seams can be fun, too!
The stitch we are looking at is called the ladder stitch. It’s a two thread stitch, and is surprisingly strong. I stumbled across it while making fleece socks because I could not get my serger to do a nice flatlock. I was skeptical that it would be a strong enough stitch, after all, it’s called a decorative stitch. But, having used it on fleece socks that were then used by a teenage boy, I can tell you, this is a strong stitch!
Let’s take a look.
For this stitch, I’ve got Maxi-Lock in the lower looper and a heavyweight decorative thread in the needle. I’m also using a 90/14 topstitching needle. You’ll want the bigger needle eye to get the heavyweight thread through it. The needle is threaded by way of the upper looper. What? Right, that sounds pretty weird. But it looks like this:
Here’s a close up of where the needle thread is hopping out of the upper looper to go to the needle:
For the decorative thread to be on the outside of the garment, the fabrics are sewn right sides together as usual. I’m going to use this on a hoodie, so my samples are stitched on Polartec® WindPro® fleece. Now, I’ve also done this with MaxiLock in the needle and Wooly Nylon in the lower looper and sewn the fabrics wrong sides together so the Wooly Nylon makes a ladder on the right sides. When I do the MaxiLock/Wooly combination, I use my regular ball point needles.
Once it’s all set up, you can just run the fabric through. And then it looks like this on the top:
Here’s the bottom side:
When you first open up the two pieces that you’ve sewn, you can’t see much –
But when you start to pull the pieces you’ll see the decorative thread peek out.
Just pull the pieces until the seam flattens out. The front will look like this.
As long as you are using sturdy materials, go ahead and give your fabrics a tug, this is a strong stitch!
And the back will look like this.
Here are some samples I sewed up. I’m making a hoodie for the boy, so I wanted to give him some options.
Hopefully I’ll have the finished hoodie to share in a day or two!
Here’s my first scarf. This one is for my daughter.
The yarn is from premier yarns and it’s called Serenity Chunky Weight. It’s a bulky #5 yarn. This is an acrylic variegated yarn called Puppy Dog Tails. It’s basically like a really long dishcloth, since the stockinette stitch dishcloth was the first thing I learned to do and this was my second project. I’ve since learned that if I had done a purl stitch at the beginning and end of each row, it wouldn’t try to curl under.
This is my second scarf –
The yarn is super bulky Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in #149 Charcoal. It’s an 80/20 Acrylic/Wool blend, so it can be machine washed and dried. That’s important around here.
Equally important is that this is a simple pattern. I used size 17 needles, cast on 14 and then it’s a simple pattern with just two rows alternating. The first row is K2 P2, repeating both the knit and purl stitches until there are only 2 stitches left on the row. Knit the last two stitches in the row and then knit the entire next row. I just repeated until I had just enough yarn left to bind off. :)
Kind of looks like a big blob, but hopefully you can see the pattern in there. It’s nice. My husband said, “Oh, I think I would actually wear that.” Ummm, thanks? I’m still trying to figure out what that means in terms of the other things I make, though…
This knitting thing is working out pretty well for hockey practice!
This could have an alternate title of “Things that seemed like a good idea at the time (but really weren’t)”.
Let me start by saying that there are no problems with the pattern itself. In fact, I’m planning to use the pattern again soon.
Actually, in that picture, it mostly looks okay. But, when Jack has it on, you can see the problem. Try not to notice the mess I’m making playing in Photoshop this morning…
The color block stripe is HUGE! It’s like “HELLO! I have a GINORMOUS green stripe on today!” Doh. Usually when I color block, I start it at about the armpit. This one started about an inch too high.
Oh, well. Now he has a shirt that he can wear on the weekends. And spill stuff all over. :)
Here are some of the other pics from this morning:
I think I’ll do this pattern again in a solid. Maybe with stripes down the sleeves? That could work…