Keeping Warm in Festive Knitted Fashion
Several years ago I revisited the art of knitting after a 30 year hiatus. I learned to knit before I could write. My grandmothers and aunts were all avid knitters… it was all around me all the time and soon I became interested in learning myself. Much like riding a bicycle, once learned one never really forgets how to do it. Not having as much time for complicated and time consuming creative projects, I find knitting to be a very convenient creative activity; it is the kind of work that can easily be taken from place to place and worked on in short intervals without losing track of one’s progress.
This year I decided to make several knitted gifts. This is the hat and scarf I made for my favorite 3 year old to wear during the cold wintery days of December made in festive green and red… an early gift just in time for the holidays. I hope she likes it!
Unique Hand-Crafted Gifts
Learning to finger knit was my entre` into the realm of using yarn to create . Knitting along with a variety of other creative pursuits was part of the cultural landscape I was born into … hands were always busy making interesting and beautiful things. With that level of industry and interest modeled before me, it was most natural I, too, would learn to thread the needle.
I well remember the project in which I was allowed to use knitting needles for the first time; it was a yellow pot holder with a little loop knitted in one corner used for hanging. From there I moved onto to slipper making; they had pompom embellished toes… in the same yellow yarn. To this day, I could make those slippers in my sleep; I was so proud slip-sliding around the house in them. I eventually moved on to knitting hats and mittens and sweaters, but that was long ago. My knitting work was eventually was set aside to make way for my primary focus on sewing and tailoring.
It was during this past Christmas season that I had a challenging gift selection to make for someone special. I gave it good thought, but nothing seemed particularly fitting. It was only after considering making a gift that I was knew I was on track as it is in the making of something that the true gift resides, the gift of time and thought and effort. And so it was that I reached into my bag of tricks, dusted off my number 9’s and knitted a beautiful, one of a kind, Christmas scarf.
Considering her smile, I think she likes.
I’m knitting again. Since making this scarf I knitted two more and have yarn for number three and four. I’ll keep you posted.
Creating A Unique CHANEL-style trim
Last year I made my first Chanel-style jacket. Finding a suitable trim, a hallmark of a Chanel, proved to be challenging. I decided to try making my own.
I began with a skein of ribbon yarn and number 9 knitting needles. Four stitches provided a nice width and using a basic stockinette stitch I created a long strip. Stockinette stitches tend to curl at the edges which works to advantage for hiding hand stitching when applying the trim to the garment.
Creating a trim from ribbon yarn
I would recommend making individual strips for each pocket and a continuous length for the center front and neckline. By doing this it will reduce the chance of the trim unraveling at the edges during application and can more easily be tucked in at seam lines or pocket edges. Otherwise, apply Fray Check or a fabric glue to secure the edges.
Once the trim is completed it can be attached by hand-stitching into position along the pockets, center front,neckline and sleeve edges.
trim applied to sleeve edge