I gave a lot of background in my blog that I won’t repeat here. The upshot of it is that this was my first design project for knitting, and only my second knitting project ever. I’m proud of the way it turned out, but don’t expect anything incredibly elaborate.
The design uses the same yarn and stitch as the wallet in Michael del Vecchio’s “Knitting with Balls” book. Basically every dimension has been changed and I’ve thrown in some new techniques, so I’m willing to call this my own design that is inspired by his.
For experienced knitters, I hope you chime in and tell me what I could have done better. For less experienced knitters, I’ve tried to spell out some of the details that I wish I would have known when I started.
Yarn: Berroco Suede 100% nylon, Shade 3717. 1 ball should be sufficient, but buy a second one to play with.
Suggested needles: US size-7 straight.
Embroidery floss, “Dark Coffee” shade. (this is a bit too dark, but it was the closest I could find)
Plastic freezer bag, any size.
Gauge: 16 stitches and 28 rows is 4”x4” in stockinette stitch. 20 stitches and 32 rows is 4” x4” in linen stitch.
I've been on a bit of a forced break from knitting lately because of hand & wrist pain, and this has forced my energies into other areas. One of those other areas was setting up the QueerKnits group on Flickr for lgbt & friendly folks with Flickr accounts to share photos of their work. I certainly don't see it as a substitute for this site - it's not specific to men, and it's not the same sort of forum - just another venue. Anyone who might be interested is welcome to visit the group page here.
I've been lurking around for a few weeks, and I suppose now is as good a time as any to start contributing to the interesting community here.
My first knitting project was the wallet from Michael del Vecchio's "Knitting with Balls." I learned a lot from working through it, but about halfway through, I came to a realization: even if I did everything completely perfectly, I would never actually use the wallet I was working on.
The problem was simple. The wallet design was too basic. There are features that I like to have in a wallet that the del Vecchio pattern just didn't have. I like to have tiered credit card pockets, so I can see what I'm reaching for. The del Vecchio wallet seemed too tall and too narrow for my tastes. Finally, I figured that if I were going to go through the trouble to knit up something like this, I'd want to show it
off a bit, and so I wanted an id-card window to force the wallet into shopkeepers' hands when they ask to see identification.
After considering it for a bit, I decided to bite the bullet and jump into the world of design. I know that most people don't design anything until after they actually know what they are doing, but I try not to let
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Here is a pic of my second scarf-- if the photo will upload properly. It's a simple seeded rib design and the yarn is a buttery-soft merino wool. My wooden needles have become very smooth from working with this yarn.
Scarf #3 is already completed. Last night I learned how to make fringe and finished it off. Pic may be coming soon. Thanks to all of you for your help and encouragement.