Girl's Green Jacket
By Suzann Thompson

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Knitted Upholstery
By Suzann Thompson

By stabilizing your knitting with fusible interfacing, and then stitching at 1" intervals, the fabric becomes sturdy enough to use for simple upholstery projects. This project was described in U-Make-It, Spring 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Guest Hand Towels
© 2001 by Suzann Thompson

knitting, crochet, appliqué
purchased towels, easy-care yarn and fabric

Appliqué seaweed and sand set off the knitted fish and the crocheted basket starfish in these pretty guest towels.

 

 

 

 

 

Knitted Tote Bag
© 2003 by Suzann Thompson

knitting, sewing, embellishment
acrylic yarn, cotton lining and binding, buttons
Instructions in Ultimate Knitting Magazine, Fall 2003; many thanks to Caron Yarns

I knitted the fabric for this tote bag, but bags are even easier to make from old sweaters. For quick and easy knitting like this, I use the Ultimate Sweater Machine. It is a great knitting tool.

(Instructions in Ultimate Knitting Magazine, Fall 2003)

 

 

 

 

Girl's Green Jacket
By Suzann Thompson

Turn a nice jacket into a stunning one by adding cuffs and collar made of Lion Brand Fun Fur, knitted in simple garter stitch.

Yarn and Fabric:
Lion Brand® Fun Fur Prints (100% polyester; 57 yd / 1-1/2 oz (52 m / 40 g)), 1 skein. Color 207, Citrus, was used in the sample.
Size 10-1/2 US knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.
Girl's collarless, long-sleeved jacket pattern. Butterick 3921 was used in the sample.
Fabric to match Fun Fur and notions as noted in pattern.
Sulky Polydeco to match fabric and yarn
Tapestry and hand-sewing needles
Ruler
Fabric marker with disappearing ink

Note: the front edge of a sleeve has a single notch in the sleeve cap; the back edge of the sleeve has a double notch in the sleeve cap.
Gauge: in garter stitch (knit every row), 8 sts = approximately 1-1/2"

1. Cut pattern from fabric. With fabric marker, draw straight lines across the sleeves (two or three lines at one time is best). The lines should be about 2" apart, from the top of the sleeve to the hem. If the sleeve has no elbow ease, draw the first line at the notch just under the sleeve cap shaping. Work up and down from that line. If the sleeve has elbow ease, as in Butterick 3921, draw a straight line between the dots at the top of the ease. Draw another line between the dots at the lower edge of the ease. Mark the point halfway between the lines on the back edge of the sleeve between the two dots. Then mark the point halfway between the lines on the front edge of the sleeve between the two dots. Draw a line across the sleeve between the two marks. Placing the ruler along the grain, measure the distance between the lines at the front edge of the sleeve. This will be the distance between the remaining lines of the sleeve. (For Butterick 3921, size 10, the lines were 1-7/8" apart.)

2. Set sewing machine for a zigzag stitch, 1.5mm wide and 2mm long. Use a regular presser foot (NOT a ribbon foot) to slowly sew yarn to the sleeves along marked lines. Smooth the Fun Fur eyelashes to one side, and sew the core of the yarn to the fabric. Always sew yarn onto sleeve in the same direction. Use a pin to tease out eyelashes that are caught under the presser foot or in the stitching.

3. Sew and finish the jacket, following the pattern instructions.

4. Knit collar: Cast on 8 sts. Knit every row until piece is long enough to reach around the jacket neck. Bind off. Darn in yarn ends with tapestry needle.

5. Knit cuffs: Cast on 8 sts. Knit every row until piece is long enough to reach around the bottom edge of the sleeve. Bind off and cut yarn, leaving a 6" tail of yarn. Repeat for the second sleeve. Use the 6" yarn end to sew the cuff ends together. Darn in the yarn ends.

6. Pin collar and cuffs in place. Hand sew collar along neck edge. Hand sew cuffs along the bottom edge of the sleeve. Hand sew cuff to sleeve along the upper edge of the cuff, about 1-1/2" from the bottom edge of the sleeve.

 

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