Fix it Friday: pants to mini-skirt

Sherry of pattern~scissors~cloth had a “Fix-it-Friday” last week, and I love the idea! I definitely also have a pile of things that needs some fixing and refashioning, and seeing other people tackling their pile in a semi-organized way is a great inspiration to tackle my own!

Mmm, my Bayview Street Cardigan is back in action!

I don’t have any before pictures of these cropped, slightly wide-legged pants before they became a skirt. I rediscovered them while visiting my parents over Christmas, and while I’ve always loved the pinstripes and the soft fabric of the pants, I really wasn’t loving the pants anymore. I bought the pants on a trip to Dublin with my dear friend, so I’m sure the memories I’d attached to the pair made it hard to toss them out!

All the cars driving around was making me a bit nervous – look at my fist  clenched up in a ball!

It was a pretty easy refahion; I unpicked the inseams, and up to the bottom of the fly on the front, and the widest part of my hips on the back. I tried really hard to get a straight line down from those points – but the fly is set in on a curve, so there is some odd stuff going on in the front. It’s not super-noticable, and I’ve decided I’m happy. I mimicked the faux flat-felled seams that was already going on, which is just the seam allowance folded to one side and top-stitched ¼” apart. You can kind of make it out in the close-up above.

It’s a bit on the narrow side, and if I had more patience and/or time I would have put in a vent in the back, so I could stride along uninhibited! Nitpicking aside, I’m super-happy with having a mini-skirt I’ve used several times this week from something I never wore. I’m looking forward to tweaking and tackling more cast-offs from my wardrobe!

bayview street cardigan, finished

The day finally came – when I finished my Bayview Street Cardigan!

I’ve since steamed out that little “wing” on the side, and decided I’m not as much of an hourglass as the pattern seems to be written for!

I started back in September, and I now know that giving myself a month to make a cardigan, or any such large project is too much for me. I’m not the fastest of knitters! And that is ok (at leat, I tell myself that!).

For once, I really tried to follow the pattern, but I still goofed up. I realized my waist-shaping issues wasn’t from any error in the pattern, but from me all of a sudden following the numbers for a different size all together! Silly me.

I really did enjoy knitting this cardigan though. The stitch pattern is very easy to memorize, and Elinor has done a wonderful job with the pattern – I found it easy to follow, full of information, and a lot of nice little touches that made me appreciate her as a designer and pattern writer.

For example, she calls for the front edge, that will later be picked up for the button-bands, to be knit every row, so you end up with a purl-bump edge. It makes a great deal of difference when you do get to picking up those stitches! I’ve already done the same on several other things I’m knitting, and I love learning to become a better knitter through projects.

This is the first time I’ve done tubular cast on’s and cast off’s, and I’m completely in love! They are such a beautiful finish to a garment! I also learned a couple of other things: this particular stitch pattern; three needle bind-off;  and the kitchener grafting stitch.

The metal buttons are a bit of a hodge-podge collection. Some are from a good friends button-jar, and one is on loan from the boy. I rather like that there is some sense of story behind them.

So who cares that I should have knit this cardigan just a little bigger so I didn’t have to add those extra wide button-bands? It’s warm as nothing else, I love the color, and I am so proud of my first cardigan!

Ravelry link here.
All photos by the boy.

Bayview Street cardigan in progress

I mentioned a cardigan I was planning to knit in this post a couple of months ago (wow, already? How time flies!), and I’ve made progress! It’s the Bayview Street Cardigan, which I fell absolutely in love with, and had to make for myself.

I’ve knit the body up to the armholes, and now I’m working on all the shoulder parts. I’ve also gotten one sleeve done, with the other waiting patiently to be started. Now, I’ve been doing my very best to follow the pattern (for once), but it seems I’m uncapable of that. I haven’t done any major changes, but I messed up the sleeve a bit, starting the increasing way higher than I was supposed to. The only consequence is that the sleeve is now a little narrow, but I think I can live with that. Also, the waist shaping ended up wonky for me, so I fudged the position of that a little as well.

This is a lovely cardigan to knit, and I’m completely enamoured with my yarn as well – Cascade 220 Heathers. It is fairly soft, has a lovely heathered/tweedy character to it, and…. the color! I love this unclassifiable color! Is it yellow? Is it green? Is it brown? It is for sure perfectly suited to the lovely fall weather we’re having at the moment – welcome yellow leaves, rustling in the wind!

There is a knit-along for this cardigan on ravelry, and initially the goal was to spend the month of September making this. Clearly, I haven’t managed that (totally unofficial) goal, but I’m ok with that. I’m enjoying the knitting as it slowly grows, and I don’t think it’ll be that long before I can seam the cardigan up, block it, and wear it.

(my ravelry project page)