Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Mellen Waistcoat

Ellen models the Mellen. Several requests have been made for the pattern, and I guess it is hard and or impossible to get it from the original source. Still, I don't feel right about writing it out, because, #1 it is copywrited, and #2, I am adjusting the shape on the second one and the thought of writing out all the possible different bust sizes is daunting. I usually make a pattern in one size fits all, and a vest like this one is fitted, sorta, so I don't imagine I could get it right for every request. I am making the shoulders wider on this edition and therefore narrowing the armhole.

 I lie awake last night trying to figure out what to do, so I thought I would direct your attention to a great book which really helps explain in pictures how to get a great looking sweater with minimal effort. 25 Gorgeous Sweaters See this link. I found this book in my library back in IL and checked it out numerous times, and finally just this morning I ORDERED it.  So many great ways to achieve the look you want with various yarns and in oodles of sizes. And it will take you from strictly following a pattern to being able to make adjustments and variations, fearlessly. Another recommendation is No Pattern Knits which uses lots of great mitered squares to build garments you will love knitting. See this link

And while I was at it, I had to order this new book, which Ellen brought to knitting yesterday, and without even giving it a cursory glance, I knew I had to have it.  And having figured out another puzzle, I had to start this new scarf...
PS: Thanks for all the good wishes for Chumley's neutering. It turns out that I got the dates screwed up and he didn't have to go under the knife yesterday after all. The correct date is the 18th. I must read my calendar more closely.


  1. How's Chumley? Did he get through the surgery ok? Poor puppy. Lots of loving today.

  2. I can't get over how fast you knit Mrs. Mel! I'm sure you know about Knit Picks dot com. I had a little freak out and ordered stuff from them yesterday and almost got that No Pattern book, but a Fair Isle book caught my attention instead and some downloads of interesting looking tricky patterns for a bit of a challenge. OH and some yarn too! Not that I need more yarn, but I do love waiting for a parcel!

  3. Lovely colors.

    -Samya :-)

  4. How is Chumley? I have to admit I came to your blog for your quilts, but I am now addicted to your pug!

  5. To Chumley, from the Big Giant Bear- (a big white poodle)-when it comes to the neutering, just think of the empire. (I believe, at this point, Bear makes a gasping sound, and then quietly nibbles on his paw)

  6. Love the red, pink,purple vest. I enjoy using those colors.


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