Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
When I was in the planning stages for my HANDCRAFT holiday collection, I had initially wanted to make some armwarmers or fingerless gloves. This is something I wear all the time, both inside and out since I’m always cold and you can sew, type and take photos without taking them off. I offered some in wool last year and they were quite popular.
In the end, I wasn’t completely happy with how these came out so they didn’t make it into the collection. The hemp + organic cotton jersey just isn’t as stretchy as the wool jersey was, so they don’t hold their shape as well.
I still like them though, and these will become gifts for family and friends. Armwarmers are really a great gift -they are ageless and can be unisex as well. If you leave out the thumb hole, they can be used as legwarmers, which would be perfect for those hard to shop for teenage girls. And legwarmers are adorable on babies.
Here are a few free patterns I found for making your own arm and legwarmers. Most of these can be made with thrifted t-shirts or sweaters for quick and inexpensive gifts:
A pattern using knee socks.
This one uses a felted sweater.
These are made from a t-shirt.
Leg and armwarmers for babies! Made from adult socks.
A knitting pattern for armwarmers with and without a thumbhole.
Friday, November 20th, 2009
ORIGAMI wrap sweater
Thank you all for your sweet comments and emails about HANDCRAFT and to those of you who purchased something in my shop yesterday. It was a fun collection to put together and I’m so glad you liked it.
And now, as promised, I have a gift for you. There were a few things I had planned on for the HANDCRAFT collection that didn’t get realized. One of them was this wrap you see here, which was inspired by origami folding and the cocoon poncho I made for my last holiday collection. Since it didn’t make it into the collection I thought as a gift to you I would offer it as a free pattern. That way you can make one for yourself or for gifts for the holidays. It is super simple to make, even if you don’t have many sewing skills or even a sewing machine. Really. There are 3 seams that are quite short and can be sewn by hand. The most complex thing is figuring out the folding – just like in origami:)
added: I have already had a few questions about fabric. This is for a knit fabric. I used a mid-weight knit that is very drapey without a whole lot of stretch. I think it would work with a variety of knits, from t-shirt weight to something as heavy as a fleece. The weight/thickness and also stretch of your fabric will effect the size so do pin it together before sewing and try it on. In a lighter fabric or more stretchy fabric will make the fit bigger and looser, heavier/less stretch will make it fit closer.
So here it is as a downloadable PDF file. There are two pages, one with photos and instructions and one with some diagrams. Just click on the pages below and it should start the download (each page has to be downloaded separately).
Please let me know if you have questions -I think the diagram looks complex at first, but once you start working with the fabric directly it will make sense. If you make it, I would love to see photos. Maybe if there are a few people who do, I’ll start a flickr group. Oh, and one more little thing: this is a free pattern, and you are welcome to give it out freely to anyone who might like it. But please don’t sell it, or make garments from it to sell.
Thank you all again and enjoy!
ORIGAMI wrap pattern – click on pattern to download
ORIGAMI wrap diagrams – click on diagrams to download
Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
I have bad associations with garments that combine sewn areas with knitting. I think it brings up memories of strange, shapeless shirts and jackets from the 70’s with tight knit cuffs and bottom bands – something not really attractive on any age or body type. Maybe it comes from growing up in the 70’s – when I mentioned this to Eireann she didn’t feel this way at all. (Her bad associations had more to do with 80’s tie neck blouses, but that’s another story…..)
Lately though, I have been thinking about this combination quite a bit. There is a strange attraction that I think comes partly from the challenge of overcoming the stereotype in my head and partly from loving all of the possibilities of construction and texture that combining knitting and sewing alludes to.
This is my first attempt and it is successful for me in that it allows me to see many other ways of moving forward with this idea. I really love the process of making, seeing, and making again.