Thursday, June 07, 2007

Fourth Time's a Charm

My sweater design odyssey began here with this crocheted skully tee...



After shipping it off to Crochet Today I began a larger version for myself using a cotton I fancy...



Then I thought I'd really like to do a knitted version...



However, the intarsia ends from the color work drove me nuts. So, I opted to tackle a fair isle version.

Bingo!



Only two balls of yarn to deal with for the color work (similar to the crocheted versions) and therefore few ends to weave in. HEAVEN!

My favorite part of this design, whether it be crocheted or knitted, is the way the sleeves are constructed. Short rows! The sleeves are built from the middle out so that the finished pieces are somewhat almond shaped.

Anyway, I'll be taking both versions of this skully shell with me this weekend to San Diego for my art girl collaborative meeting(s). Cotton sweaters travel perfectly!

Oh, and definitely more sweater designs to come...

Copyright 2007 Regina Rioux Gonzalez. All rights reserved.

16 comments:

naomi said...

I really do love the style of this ! Any plans to share or sell the adult crocheted pattern ?

Batty said...

The short row sleeves are really clever. It's amazing how everything seems to fit extremely well, both knit and crocheted!

desperate housewife said...

Those are really, really cool!

I'll bet you've never crocheted anything with a duckie or puppy on it, have you?

Deneen said...

Of course, I love em. I have a question for you-I understand somewhat Intarsia versus Fair Isle-Is it just that with Intarsia, you use bobbins and carry it over and don't fasten off in the back and the Fair Isle, you kinda fast off and weave in the ends?

I have meant to ask you for ages!

DixieRedHead said...

the green is definately my fav! great job!

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

Wicked cute. When did mini-lino get so. . . sexy?! Oy. They grow up so fast.

Of course, the blue is my fav. And I'm with deneen - what is the difference between the two when you are only working with 2 colors? What if it was more colors?

ladylinoleum said...

Okay, in the case of intarsia v. fair isle, it's not about the amount of colors, rather it's about how many times the color changes from one to the other per row. Meaning at the point of the skull where the eyes happen to reside I am changing from blue to white to blue to white to blue to white to blue again. That's seven color changes, i.e., seven bobbins for each color "section".

Maddening. For me anyway.

Fair Isle means I have two balls of yarn and I carry the yarn at back, changing from color to color when my chart tells me to. Much easier for me to fathom.

Shell said...

I like the shirts, all of them. Me likie pirates! And crocheting and yarn and I take more cold medicine now.

Micky said...

Yes it's awesome.
And I have tried to find that magazine. It's nowhere to be found around here. Can you say sucky stores?
Please, can you tell me where I can get one? I am just dying to get a hold of one.
:)

Linda said...

I just bought this book mainly cause I saw your pattern. I think it's cool that I get to "talk" with people who publish. I agree though, do you plan on sharing the adult version (in crochet) for this? It's really cute!!

Gina said...

SWEET!!! You are so gifted!

elewa said...

wow I want any of these skully sweater! I don't mind if it's crocheted or knitted, they both are sooo cool =D

Trifarina said...

I got my issue of the magazine in the mail yesterday and the sweater is awesome! I might try and make a teeny version for my pseudo-niece.

Rebecca said...

hey! i have been out of the blogging world for so long (unintentionally)... anywho - minding my own sweet business, skimming through the issue while waiting to check out at the walmart - and there it was! i showed my kids..(with enthusiasm they did not at all appreciate .. "ya'll look!!! i know her!" JOYOUS! i love it! can't wait to get one made for my girl child :D

Carol said...

Love your new design! A huge congratulations on being published!!! I'm really not that surprised, I always knew you were a cut above:) Where would we be withour like-minded friends?! The best thing is that your daughter is right there with you! Life is good.

Amie said...

Congrats again! I saw this one too and was like all, "Hey! I know that chick from online!" to my friend standing next to me.