10/18/08

Knit Simple's Sleeveless Top

ETA..

Results after blocking... still need to do closures :)


renamed Wrap VestSurplus of Sublime Look.... is the perfect description by Knit Simple. This project was super fast and easy. I would love to do one with sleeves.



It was so easy, that no modifications were made... well just a little, I did my usual crochet along the neck line and instead of tie strings I'm thinking of buttons or buckles. Right now the buttons are temporarily placed on the vest.

Which one do you think would work best for this garment:

the Buttons
or
the Buckles

If the buckles are favored, I plan on crocheting 2 sets of straps for them.

Particulars:

Original Bust (closed): 33" - Stretched to 35"
Original Length: 22" - Stretched to 25"
Pattern Recommend: Size 13 needles - I used Knit Picks size 8 harmony wood circular needles
Yarn Recommended: Ticker Tape by Moda Dea - I used Red Heart Super Saver in Claret Fleck

I also wanted to share my blocking technique for acrylic.

Blocking Acrylic:


(b) Big Towel

(c) Straight Pins

(d) Spray Bottle

(e) Fabric Softener & Water

(f) Steam Iron

Concoction: mix part water & part fabric softener in bottle and shake well.

Place Cutting Board on bed, then Towel over the board. Thereafter, lay garment on towel and Spritz garment and begin pinning garment to board starting at the shoulder seam lines. Continue pinning and spritzing until the garment is pinned & stretched to desire length and/or width. This process may require measuring and re-pinning as necessary to shape the garment accurately.

Fill iron with water and set iron to highest steam settings. When the iron is nice and hot and spewing steam, with iron in hand slowly move iron over garment KEEPING THE IRON AT LEAST AN INCH ABOVE FABRIC. Remember Acrylic can melt, so don't even try to touch the garment with the iron. However, I learned that spritzing the garment before steaming has saved me from a melting hot mess...lol

Taking a closer look at the neckline you will notice a hole or two. To solve that I use matching color thread to close any holes in the garments. Be sure to pull the thread lightly to avoid creating additional holes on either side of the existing hole. It works like a charm every time.
Also found others who have their own technique for blocking acrylic:


Now if I could just get myself together for a photo shoot...lol

30 comments:

Knitaholictoo said...

Mmmmhhhmmm! Bravo! I vote for button, but different shape. What tip do you have for knitting fast???? You speed demon ; )

Lesalicious said...

You did a great job. Love the cute buttons on the side so unique and different. Cute you fast knitter :)

jae said...

Yep, the buttons are dressier. Also, youve modeled it with a black shirt underneath which really pulls together the outfit with the black buttons on the vest, i'm not sure the buckles would do the same job. You are a fast knitter...sewer...crafter...

TwilaO said...

You've been tagged! :) http://theamazingmrso.blogspot.com/2008/10/id-like-to-thank.html

Faye Lewis said...

I don't know much about knitting, but your sweaters are looking mighty good.

Amanda S. said...

I LOVE it! You are a super speedy knitter. I vote for the buckles.

Karine said...

Very nice!

Cas... said...

Hey speedy! Lovely vest! You did a terrific job.

I also like the tips for blocking. I need to try them out!

Virtuous said...

OOh it came out great! And you look super satisfied!! Evident by your smile ;o)

I vote for the buckles!!

And I never knew about the arcylic blocking techniques! Thanks for educating a sistah! ;op

Great job on the vest Shelia!!

Dei said...

You know this is too gorgeous. Love the rich color and the buttons.

Angelia said...

You work magic with knitting needles!!! I love it!
I agree buttons are dressy... but the buckles look so different and unexpected.. so I really like buckles... what ever you chose will be fab-u-lous!!!

toy said...

this looks great, love how you wore it!

Tany said...

Looking absolutely stunning!!! I love this one!

Detrimental Diva said...

I'm definitely for the buckles. It looks really nice. I actually have that qued in Ravelry.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Am I tooo late to vote? I vote for a black leather buckle...I really like the buckle idea but think the one you are showing is a little flimsy for the vest...but I really like the black of the buttons. So how about comprising with a black leather buckle?

judy said...

Wow, very nice vest! I love the color,too. Okay, I feel a conspiracy....two of two comments that the V.S. dress needs a matching shrug?! :)

Pajnstl said...

how cute!!

KimT said...

very good job!!!! Voting for the buckles.

peacockchic said...

That came out so cute!! I am vote for the buckles!

Cheryl Wray said...

This is just beautiful! (and the picture of you in it is just gorgeous!)

del said...

Wow, this is gorgeous! And you look great in it. I vote for the buttons; either way, I like your choice better than the ties shown in the mag.

Sheila said...

Thanks All for the lovely compliments. I must give kudos to my daughter for taking great pics. Normally my dbro or dh takes the pics which becomes a total horror.

Buckles it will be. Hopefuly tonight I will get a cracking on that...lol.

Thanks Again.

Mary Sarah said...

Your vest turned out so nice! Love the yarn you chose for it. I know I'm too late to vote, but either choice will look great! Way to Go!

artist1lisa said...

Bravo Sheila!!!
Thank you for the blocking tutorial.

Andrea said...

You look fabulous!!! I like the buttons. The vest turned out beautiful.

Tanya said...

Beautiful, and thanks for the tips
on blocking I'm working on a sweater for my daughter and will defintely need to do this since I used red heart super saver yarn. I really enjoy your blog and seeing all of your creations.

Susan said...

Everything about this is perfect! I really love the color.

~ Kimberlee B ~ said...

I'm just jealous! That's it, I'm going to the yarn store around the corner and learn how to knit, crochet, whatever, this is so nice!

Cennetta said...

Super cute, as always.

persuede said...

Fabu!