Monday, January 25, 2010

Knitting Pattern: Pullip T-shirt

As promised (if a day late), here is the pattern of the week.

Pullip Raglan T-shirt
Revised 10/4/11

  • Size 10 crochet thread.  Used for example:  J&P Coats Royale Crochet Thread (100% mercerized cotton, 350 yd/320m) in 493 French Rose.
  • Size 1-US needles, straight, circular, or a pair of DPN's
  • One long stitch holder, three safety pins, or two double-pointed needles (in addition to needles above)
  • 2 stitch markers
  • Scissors, ruler, darning needle
  • Yarn bobbin (not crucial)
You will need to know:
  • How to knit, purl, and work in both garter stitch and stockinette stitch
  • How to ssk, k2tog, and m1
Gauge: 11 sts/per inch in stockinette stitch on size 1-US needles.  To ensure accurate sizing, be sure to check your gauge.
    Note: wind about 5 yd of thread onto a bobbin for sleeves before beginning.

    CO 33 sts.
    K 2 rows.  P 1 row.

    Begin raglan increases.
    K according to chart below, working (m1, k1, m1) between each set of numbers:

    Click the image to view a larger version.

    I am going to include instructions for a baggier sweater as well (the second set up numbers, in parentheses).  This might fit Barbie; if you have a chance to try it, please let me know.

    Once you have 73(81) sts on the needles, p 1 row.

    Divide for sleeves: slip 11(13) sts onto holder, set 15(17) sts aside on a DPN or another holder, slip 21(23) sts onto holder, set aside 15(17) sts, slip 11(13) sts onto holder.

    Work sleeves: join yarn from bobbin to each set of 15(17) sts, k 1 row, p 1 row, k 2 rows, BO in k.

    Continue where you left off from the body sts: k10, k2tog, k19, k2tog, k10.  41 sts.*

    For a classic t-shirt shape (as shown), continue straight for the length desired, k 2 rows, and BO.

    For a shaped t-shirt, continue as follows:
    Set-up row (after row marked with *): p10, place marker, p21, place marker, p10.  Work 2 rows even.

    Row 1: K to marker, slip marker, ssk, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, slip marker, k to end.
    Row 2: P all sts.
    Row 3: K to 2 sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, k to next marker, slip marker, k2tog, k to end.
    Row 4: P all sts.

    Rep above 4 rows once more.  33 sts.

    K 1 row, p 1 row.  (Leave markers in place.)

    Begin increases for hips: *K to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1, rep from * once, k to end.
    P next row.

    Repeat this row until you have 45 sts (three repeats of the above two rows).  K 2 rows.  BO.  Sew sleeve seams.  Weave in all ends.  Sew snaps onto the back (or, be like me, and pin the shirt on so that you can quickly photograph it!).

    Thursday, January 21, 2010

    New Pullip: Meet Eve

    Hello all!
    Just a quick update.  I've actually gotten two Pullips since the beginning of the year, but Lillian (Neo Noir) is shy and doesn't want her pictures up until she has a respectable goth wardrobe.  Here is Eva, my rewigged Celsiy!  (I'm not sure if she will be keeping her type 3 body, though.  We'll see.)

    Patterns are coming soon; I'm just waiting on a couple of designers to give permission for me to post miniature versions of their patterns, and of course there will be a few originals too.  I also have some sewing patterns that I'm working on finishing up, including a modified version of PuchiCollective's pants, an original kimono, a pleated skirt, an A-line Lolita skirt, and a couple of blouses.  I have a few knit pieces to finish up and then I will be posting pictures AND patterns at the same time! Expect a post by this weekend!

    Monday, January 11, 2010

    Update on Plans for Spring


    It's been a while since I've posted, and for good reason: I'm entering my last semester of grad school, and finals through December were pretty brutal since I took 17 hours.  Mark my words: DO. NOT. DO. THAT.

    Anyway, I have big plans for this blog in the coming months.  I've ordered a good bit of supplies from Knitpicks (including new needles to replace the ones I have used into tarnish and even destroyed).  Even using what I have around the house, I have knitted a fair number of pieces that sit next to me in various states of finish: a red and white striped minidress, a bra top, shrug, cardi's... lots of ends to weave in!  What I intend to do is this: knit Pullip-sized versions of popular Ravelry and Knitty designs, kindly ask for permission to post the Pullip patterns from designers, and then release the patterns on here.  At the very least, I think I can post pictures of the finished products, even without permission (since presumably the designer would allow me to post a picture of their design on a human), so at least there will be pictures as soon as I go on the massive finishing spree required to get these pieces (including the older, already-posted pieces that have yet to be finished) photo-ready.

    Good news too: Christmas (or rather, New Year's) yielded a fantastic new friend - Neo Noir, who I've named Lillian.  I LOVE this doll - I was a little Gothy in high school and she is unmistakably Goth with that cat-eye makeup and deep red eyes.  Lillian opens up all kinds of opportunities for me to knit: where Lenore is usually bright and sunny but sometimes conservative (a kind of amalgam of my sister's and my styles), Lillian is dark, demure, (dare I say sexy?) and certainly not afraid to show a little skin.  Where it feels strange dressing Lenore in revealing styles, it feels natural with Lillian.  So the plans are to post some patterns in that direction - lingerie, micro-miniskirts, corset styling, and deep jewel tones.

    Finally, I have a great modified pattern that the Puchi Collective has graciously given me permission to post: Pullip pants.  Since school is starting soon, I should be able to get access to a scanner (when the lab isn't busy, which it shouldn't be early on in the semester) and post that as a .pdf (no resizing needed).

    So please, stay tuned and bear with me!