Stitchery on your Knitting

Posted March 7, 2014 by joanmm
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I love the look of intarsia, wherein pictures and motifs are knit right into the work.

However, though I know many people enjoy it, I personally hate the process. The bobbins, the weaving in of ends, the twisting of yarn to avoid holes. Ugh.

This is why I love duplicate stitch so very much. I can finish my garment, decide where and how many motifs it needs and where they should go, and spend a few relaxing hours stitching them on.

Duplicate stitch

Duplicate stitch

Here are two styles that I really enjoyed working on and employing this technique.

 

Frida is my take on a Mexican peasant blouse, and Gillian a curvy little tee with a front panel of stockinette that just begs to be embellished.Frida-Gillian

Patterns for both styles are downloadable, and kits contain yarn for garments and all colors for embroidery.

Try one of these pretty styles as a new addition to your Spring wardrobe.

 

 

 

Stitches West 2014

Posted February 13, 2014 by joanmm
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Looking for a discount card for this big yarn show?

Find it here.

Stitches show dates are Feb. 21 thru 23rd at the Santa Clara convention center.

See us (White Lies Designs) in booth 220 with some pretty new styles!

Hugshrug

Not able to make it to the show, but want this pretty knit shrug pattern?

Rockin’ the Stockings!!

Posted January 21, 2014 by joanmm
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Even though I’ve been a professional designer for going on 30 years (yes, really), I can’t help but have an eye-rolling moment every now and then over the looks I see on the runway and the absence of reality and/or common sense behind the look displayed.

Case in point: All of the shorts and minis seen on the runway for this, the winter of 2014, one of the coldest in recent memory.

However, some of the designers who showed this look were thinking realistically when they paired these tiny togs with lovely, long socks, over the knee and up to the thigh.

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They’re preaching to the choir here, because I’ve designed several of these hosiery styles for White Lies Designs, and now knitters can make their own over-the-knee beauties at home.

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From left to right, Anastasia, Marlaina, Gina and Monica.

All are knitted from the toe up and can be tried on as you knit. I’ve used Cascade Fixation which contains 3% elastic so it hugs the leg and stays up nicely. They’re sexy and they’re also smart.

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Knit to Fit Part 5: Unifying Two Sizes

Posted January 10, 2014 by joanmm
Categories: knit to fit, shaping knits

Unifying two sizes

For those of us who are not perfectly proportioned, choosing what size to knit can be a conundrum.

Do you go with a size to fit the upper body and hope that it will fit around the tummy/hips, or the size that fits the hips and let your bust/shoulders fend for themselves?

Happily, there is no need to take a chance at all as you can simply choose both sizes and make them meet in the middle.

As an example we’ll use a woman with a smaller upper body and bountiful hips. She wears a medium on top and an XL on the bottom. She finds that for the size garment to fit her hips, she must cast on 100 stitches for the front working from the bottom up.  The size front that will fit her bust asks that she cast on 80 stitches. 

So she casts on her 100 stitches then begins to decrease at the side edges, 1 stitch at each end of her needle every 6th row 10 times, until the 80 stitches she needs remain.  So, what she has done is gently decreased away the material needed to cover her hips until she reaches the number for her upper body, then she continues working as for the smaller size.

   This can work the same way in reverse for those with a larger bust/shoulders and small hips. Simply cast on for the smaller size and increase gently until the number of stitches for the top half of the garment is reached and continue to work as for the larger size.

http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com features many beautiful styles that lend themselves to this technique.

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Classes at Yarnosphere! October 12-13th, 2013

Posted October 2, 2013 by joanmm
Categories: class workshop, Fashion, knit to fit, shaping knits, vintage

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Join me at Yarnosphere!

Join me at Yarnosphere!

Join me, Joan McGowan Michael, at Yarnoshpere! Yarn show October 12-13, 2013.

I’ll be teaching my very popular Whip Your Knits into Shape workshops and my fun Bead Embroidery for Knits class!

-With Whip Your Knits  Part 1, students will work in teams to take complete measurements of your own bodies and I will show you how to apply that knowledge to getting the best fit possible in your knitted garments. Alterations, the application of short row shaping, ease, and marrying different sizes are all discussed in this class. We keep this class small enough for me to give everyone the personal attention they need, so sign up early to assure a spot.

-In Whip Your Knits Part 2, students will use the measurements taken in Part 1 and transfer them to brown paper to make a basic hard pattern of their body, then using this new pattern to easily design a custom sweater on graph paper. Again, small class size assures personal attention, so reserve early!

-Bead Embroidery for Knits is where I get to pull out my small but fantastic collection of 50’s beaded sweaters and we re-create one of the beaded motifs on a swatch which we later turn into a fancy eyeglass case! This technique is great for more than just knits; decorate a tee shirt or jean jacket or even Christmas ornaments

It’s going to be a great knitter’s weekend in Orange County and I can’t wait to see you all there!

Knit to Fit- Part 4- Gaping Bust/Front

Posted August 13, 2013 by joanmm
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4.- Gaping Bust/Front

  In the knitting industry it is common practice to draft the front and back of patterns the same width. If you are a difficult fit, some of that difficulty may come from your front and back being very different sizes.

   The stretch inherent in knit fabric accommodates some of the difference. However when we get into bigger cup sizes or protruding tummies it is simply asking too much of the stretch and the result is a cardigan whose buttons want to pop!

   The fix for this is to mark a point near each underarm at the level of the fullest part of the bust  and/or belly and take separate measurements across the front then across the back.

Now armed with those new measurements, chose the sizes from among those listed on your pattern’s schematics that most closely match yours. You may be choosing a Medium back and an XL front, but if you still go with the armhole depth and length of the smaller size it will assure that the front has enough width to close without gaping.

When knitting the length of the front and back, you will use the measurements for the smaller of the sizes, and you’ll still add short row shaping at the bust should you need it.

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Want to find out how to make this alteration in more detail?

I walk you through it in my Craftsy.com online class, “Feminine Fit”.

Here’s a discount code for 50% off. Come join me!

www.craftsy.com/feminine

 

 

Dress You Up at FashionKnit!–Saturday June 8th, 2013

Posted June 4, 2013 by joanmm
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Join me at FashionKnit in Walnut Creek, California on Saturday June 8th for my Dress You Up class!
 
Learn to combine fabric and knitting to make a pretty sundress like the one pictured as well as a baby dress and sexy nightie.
 
Call FashionKnit for details-(925)943-3994
 
Summer Getaway Sundress(resized)
 
 

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