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ArtLady1981
11-25-2007, 05:28 AM
Hi'ya! :waving:

I finished my third (and I think FINAL) bed jacket! This one is knit with Tahki TORINO Extra Fine Merino Wool. Reeeeallly nice yarn!

I tweaked this pattern a bit, to make it into a bed jacket.
First: I made it shorter than called for. You don't want to sit on your bed jacket. It should end before your caboose.
Second: the sleeves are picked up around the armhole and worked top-to-bottom: I picked up 19 additional stitches around so that the sleeves would be roomy. Don't want snug bed jacket sleeves!
Third: I added 4" seed stitch borders on the body of the jacket and on the cuffs. I think the 4" seed stitch looks more bed jackety.
Fourth: I worked double moss stitch in the 5 stitch wide ribbing. The pattern called for a weird stitch that was poorly explained, so I changed it to double moss. Why not?

The pattern was worked all in one piece...up to the armpits, of course. Then, each piece (left front, right front, and back are worked separately). So there is no side-seaming. As I said earlier, after the shoulders are seamed, then the sleeves are picked up around the armhole that is created...so there is no sleeve seaming either. The buttonhole is really just a button loop...that was also easy.

All in all, this was a well written pattern.

I blocked the body before picking up the 106 st for "knit in the round" sleeves. I have the sleeves pinned down now to block them with a misting.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/100_3620.jpg


The model sweater: Knit'n'Style April 2007 issue.

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/100_3621.jpg


My yarn.
http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t186/ArtLadyDMB/TahkiTORINOcolor130.jpg

ritaw
11-25-2007, 06:23 AM
Beautiful work :)

ArtLady1981
11-25-2007, 06:33 AM
Beautiful work :)

Thanks Rita! I added you in MY FRIENDS over at the Ravelry Ranch!
I think of Knitting Help as Home, and Ravelry as summer camp!

Maria2009
11-25-2007, 07:27 AM
very beautiful,i love the color and the yarn seams so yummy:)

iwouldratherbeknitting
11-25-2007, 09:08 AM
I love the color..

I think that I have that knitting magazine and didn't even notice it in the magazine.. you did a great job- making the pattern look much nicer than it did in the magazine.

sue in canada
11-25-2007, 09:18 AM
Beautiful but then all your work is wonderful. You seem to get things done so quickly too.

flyingfingers
11-25-2007, 09:20 AM
Artlady that is a very beautiful bed jacket and kudos to you for changing a pattern to the way you want it :)

Samsam
11-25-2007, 09:44 AM
So pretty!!

GiddyKnitter
11-25-2007, 10:24 AM
That is one very pretty bed jacket. The color is lovely and the yarns looks really soft just what you need for a bed jacket x

dustinac
11-25-2007, 11:05 AM
Very pretty!! :happydance:

Kime
11-25-2007, 11:21 AM
I like the seed stitch boarders. Does it just end with the seed stitch or is there a facing?

momwolf
11-25-2007, 12:13 PM
http://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_2_84.gif as always

ArtLady1981
11-25-2007, 02:56 PM
I like the seed stitch boarders. Does it just end with the seed stitch or is there a facing?

No facing. The cuffs just end. The seed borders look identical on both sides. That is what is nice about seed stitch. There is no wrong side! I can also turn up the cuffs and they stay put. The cuffs hit my arm "mid-forearm"...so I can swash around in the kitchen sink if needs be!

KnittingNat
11-25-2007, 03:08 PM
That is one lovely bed jacket there! Is that double moss stitch - K2. P2. Next row - P2 K2? I think it's a very nice colour for bed jacket, kinda tells you "go to sleep" :sleepy:We don't have any heating in our apartment, beside a radiator, so I'll need a few of these on together to keep warm :teehee:

ArtLady1981
11-25-2007, 03:59 PM
That is one lovely bed jacket there! Is that double moss stitch - K2. P2. Next row - P2 K2? I think it's a very nice colour for bed jacket, kinda tells you "go to sleep" :sleepy:We don't have any heating in our apartment, beside a radiator, so I'll need a few of these on together to keep warm :teehee:

No, double moss stitch is still k1 p1 on the individual row. But, it is called dbl moss st because it STACKS two rows up. The "double" pertains to the height of the moss st...not the width of the moss st. It stacks two rows tall to be complete... whereas regular seed st (some call it moss stitch) stacks just one row tall.

For example,

Row1: k1 p1 across
Row 2: knit the knits, purl the purls
Row 3: p1 k1
Row 4: purl the purls, knit the knits

Abbily
11-25-2007, 09:43 PM
Beautiful work, as always! I love your pattern changes!

vaknitter
11-25-2007, 09:49 PM
Not only did you make one, but you made three of these !! I am in awe of you. Wonderful job - I dare say I would put it on and never take it off again. :notworthy:

Mulderknitter
11-25-2007, 09:49 PM
Oh for the love of goodness, you have again proven yourself the goddess of FO's. You are my hero, my mentor, and my savior. I swear, I know that you have been knitting for EONS before me, but if I can ever follow in your knitting steps, I will be happy:yay:

mwedzi
11-26-2007, 10:29 AM
Very pretty! You do love you some bed jackets! So what, exactly, is a bed jacket? Is it something meant to lounge in?

GinnyG
11-26-2007, 10:53 AM
Very pretty but, HOW MUCH TIME are you planning to spend IN BED:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

Ivy-Poo
11-26-2007, 11:26 AM
That yarn is beautiful and makes for a beautiful jacket! Awesome work!

msoebel
11-26-2007, 12:37 PM
Good grief! You knit so fast. I can't fathom how you knit all you do, and do it so beautifully.

My only explanation: when you go to bed at night, you have elves living in your house who knit up a storm while you sleep. Right? Right?

Misty

ArtLady1981
11-26-2007, 04:50 PM
Very pretty! You do love you some bed jackets! So what, exactly, is a bed jacket? Is it something meant to lounge in?

Hi'ay mwedzi! :waving: Yes, a bed jacket is meant for lounging. What makes it nice (better than a bathrobe for instance) is that it is SHORT, kinda "cropped" length...and you are not sitting on it. I like to knit late at night...and I sit with my legs folded up, kinda yoga-style (some people call it Indian-fashion).

Bed jackets are also very nice for hospital stays. You have on a pretty cover-up for when visitors arrive. But, you are not sitting on it. It is easy to put on, and take off. Back in "the day"...when maternity wards kept you in the hospital for a couple days...it was especially nice to have a bed jacket for visiting hours. You would never wear a bathrobe in bed after giving birth. (all you mothers know what I mean!)

Anyway, if you know someone who is frequently admitted to the hospital for treatments, etc...a bed jacket would make a wonderful gift! What a comforting cover-up!

I wouldn't use MALABRIGO for hospital bed jackets. It might be too warm. Hospitals are usually so hot, having had 5 babies back in the day.

But, this pink yarn I used, the Tahki TORINO is perfect! It is a washable merino...warm, but not as warm as MALABRIGO. This bed jacket is my favorite style. I wore it to bed last night, I must admit. It was soooo cold last night.

sinistral_needler
11-26-2007, 04:56 PM
Great job! You must only sleep an hour or two each night. Do you have an outside-the-home job? I am trying to get a sweater done before christmas, and realistically .. I would have to not work for two weeks and deprive myself of sleep, seriously, in order to get it done ...:whoosh:

ArtLady1981
11-26-2007, 04:57 PM
Good grief! You knit so fast. I can't fathom how you knit all you do, and do it so beautifully.

My only explanation: when you go to bed at night, you have elves living in your house who knit up a storm while you sleep. Right? Right?

Misty

Hi'ya Misty! :waving: Tee Hee! No, no elves! :teehee: I wish!

I knit from 9 pm til 3 am seven days a week, and also during the day for a couple hours.

We have no kids at home anymore, and I'm self-employed...office at home. Just me, DH and the 3 dogs. What happens at home, stays at home! :teehee:

I didn't always have this knitting luxury when all the (5) kids were home, in school, involved in ALL SORTS of activities. Our Secret? Live long enough to get them educated and married off...convert all the spare bedrooms into offices and studios...buy a hide-a-bed for the family room that flips closed within 72 hours...and you enjoy well-earned quiet time in the Late Summer of Your Life! :yay:

You young moms are WONDER WOMEN, finding time to knit, post at KH, take care of your homes, maybe day jobs, too! Your time will come! Enjoy the chaos for now! Knit what you can, when you can! "Late Summer" comes sooner than you think! Golden Girls, am I right or am I right??!!

Young knitters everywhere, here is a big ole hug from me! :hug:
You deserve it! You are wonderful!

Tutu Carol
11-26-2007, 06:42 PM
Wow. Absolutely beautiful !

ArtLady1981
11-26-2007, 07:30 PM
Very pretty but, HOW MUCH TIME are you planning to spend IN BED:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard:

:eyes: The usual! (3 am til 9 am) :eyes:

ArtLady1981
11-26-2007, 07:40 PM
Great job! You must only sleep an hour or two each night. Do you have an outside-the-home job? I am trying to get a sweater done before christmas, and realistically .. I would have to not work for two weeks and deprive myself of sleep, seriously, in order to get it done ...:whoosh:

My job is kinda outside-the-home. I have been in the art biz since August 1980. My "job title" I guess you could call it is "Art Consultant". (aka "I sell art") So, my appointments are "outside the house" on Fri/Sat/Sun usually (when my clients are home)...but...the other 50% of the time is in my Art Studio/Home Office. So, I am actually what you'd call "self employed" for tax purposes...but we all know the client is the boss. I set my own hours...no 5 am alarm clocks. (Those days were over the day my lasts kid graduated from high school!)

So I can knit whenever I want...and I usually always knit from 9 pm til 3 am...and I sleep from 3 am til 9 am. The other 12 hours are used for everything else...such as sitting at this laptop right now! :eyebrow:

I did knit for awhile this morning, watching THE VIEW. Then it was off to the office (down the hall) and Monday errands. Tomorrow I will do my "fives": writing up my art show sales from Saturday, prepare the sold art for shipping...and off to UPS!)

Unusual life, huh? I have another art show this coming Saturday...Dec 1st...then the 8th, then the 15th....and then not until after the Holidays. But every weekend after Jan 1 is booked through til March.

Take a peek at my art website: www.dollyce.com (http://www.dollyce.com)
It shows what I sell and what I do. I don't sell art through my website. It is used for clients to preview, prior to the "live show". However, the live shows" have art that is not on the website (originals).

auburnchick
11-27-2007, 03:26 PM
Beautiful work! I just love that yarn!! :inlove:

:psst:

If you ever taught knitting classes, I would be the first one to sign up! :thumbsup:

MerigoldinWA
11-28-2007, 03:46 AM
ArtLady, that is just beautiful. :muah: The color is so delicate. You know what? I think you are delving into designing here. You have changed that item so much, it seems like (to me at least--I'm not a copyright lawyer ;) ) it is your own. :thumbsup: I love your result.

You mentioned a bedjacket as a suitable gift for someone who has to be in bed a lot. That is a great idea.

dmknits
12-03-2007, 06:38 PM
Very pretty! Wonderful job. :yay:

Knitabit
12-03-2007, 07:08 PM
Wow!!!

winterblues
12-03-2007, 09:05 PM
That is simply beautiful!! :inlove: :eyes: :drool: :shock: :thud:

mks22300
12-03-2007, 09:46 PM
So pretty! :heart:

ArtLady1981
12-04-2007, 03:46 AM
Thanks a bunch everyone! I really appreciate your kind words. The pink bed jacket has turned out to be my favorite. I wore it all day today, over a pink tank and white crop capris! Der. Then I changed into the pink cotton sleeveless nightgown AND kept the pink bed jacket on! Maybe I should call it my "all the time jacket"! :teehee:

boo1
12-04-2007, 08:00 AM
I hope I can knit that well one day! :)