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Monday, March 16, 2015

My hands can do this --- Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles

Knitting is harder than crocheting to do because it takes a lot of time to finish a project, but it also depends on the size of the project and the needles to be used.  In addition, the complexity of switching from one kind of needle to another kind is burdensome.  How about combining both knitting and crocheting in one project? Combining both knitting and crocheting is another skill to learn and a great accomplishment to have if the project is done nicely. Even though, knitting has a kind of stitch different from crochet stitch, both can be blended well smoothly if the numbering of stitches to make is exactly apportioned to each respective stitches and should also be in congruent with the measurement of the person who is going to wear the project.  Additionally, you must also learn how and where to connect both stitches together. I like to design a project that is different and stylish.    Remember, my baby party dress? It was my first child dress project done with a combination of knitting and crocheting.  This time, I have to give myself a pat on my back for I was able to make this adult blouse project after several trials and errors in my design style. If I can do it, you can also do it.

KNITTED BLOUSE WITH SASHAY RUFFLES



Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles (a)


Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles (b)


Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles (c)


Materials:
(2)  Caron Simply Soft, 4 ply acrylic, 6 oz (orchid)
(1)  Red Heart Botique Sashay 3.5 oz (boogie)
(1)  Boye circular needle size 7, 4.5 mm, 16”- 40.5 cm
(1)  Boye circular needle size 8, 5.0 mm, 16”- 40.5 cm
(5)  Boye double point knitting needles size 7, 4.5 mm
(5)  Boye double point knitting needles size 8, 5.0 mm
       crochet hook size – F5 / 3.75mm

Measurements                   Adult                                      Project
Shoulder                             16 inches                                 15 inches
Shoulder to Hips                 33 inches                                 23 inches
Bust                                     32.5 inches                              29 inches
Waist                                   25 inches                                 29 inches
Hips                                     33 inches                                 29 inches
Upper Arm                          10 inches                                   9 inches
      
Level of Difficulty – easy

Stitch Abbreviations:
(K)      knit
(lp)      loop
(ch)     chain                                                  
(sc)     single crochet
(hdc)   half-double crochet
(tr)      treble crochet
(YO)   yarn over
(sl st)  slip stitch
(st/s)   stitch/es 
(sp)     space          
                 
Instructions:
With circular knitting  needle size 7, cast on 120 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of a round. Turn the needles around your hand.


Ribbing

Making of Upper Body
1st Rnd –   K120 around.  Turn the needles around your hand. Put a marker. Repeat 1st Rnd until it measures approximately 3 inches from cast on edge as shown in picture above. 
Result -  120 (sts)



Changing the Needles
Transfer  the (sts) one by one into the first double-pointed needle while pulling down the circular needle carefully. There must be 30 (sts) per needle.   Transfer the next 30 (sts) into the second double-pointed needle.  Do the same procedure with the rest of two double-pointed needles until the circular needle is entirely removed. Use bread ties to keep the (sts) on both ends of each needle from slipping off. There must be four double-pointed needles used to divide equally all the (sts) as shown in the picture above. 


Binding Off (a)
Using the last double-pointed needle, knit two (sts).



Binding Off (b)
Insert the tip of the left needle into the first (st) on the right needle.  Lift the (st) over the last (st) knitted and over the tip of the right needle. 


Binding Off (c)
Slip off the (st) from the left needle and one (st) remains on the right needle.  (K) another (st).  Lift that (st) over the (st) just knit. Continue this way until one (lp) remains. Each double-pointed needle must be removed as you reach the last (st) per needle.  Don’t cut the yarn yet.


Joining Both Edges
2nd Rnd – Bring together both edges. Using a crochet needle, (sl st) on the beginning (sts) of both edges.  (Ch).  (Sc) on same (sp).  Put a marker. (Sc) on next (sts) of both edges.  Continue doing the same procedure around.  Hide the excess yarn inside before doing the last (sc).  (Sl st) on beginning (sc).  Remove the marker. The (sts) of both sides should be aligned with each other as shown in the picture above.
Results – 120 (sc)


Increasing the Stitches
3rd Rnd -  (Ch).  2 (Sc) on beginning (sc).  (Sc) on next 9 (sc).  [2 (Sc) on next (sc).  (Sc) on next 9 (sc)] 11X.  (Sl st) on  beginning (sc).   The outcome will look like this as shown in the picture above.
Results – 132 (sc)

4th Rnd -  (Ch).  2 (Sc) on beginning (sc).  (Sc) on next 5 (sc).  [2 (Sc) on next (sc).  (Sc) on next 5 (sc)] 21X.  (Sl st) on  beginning (sc).  
Results – 154 (sc) 


Attaching the Sashay (a)
5th Rnd - To provide an allowance for adjustment at the end, extend the sashay further, at least 3 (lps) from the beginning, before attaching it to beginning (sc).  (Ch).  Insert the crochet hook into 3 (lps) as shown in the picture above.


Attaching the Sashay (b)
Insert the hook into the beginning (sc). (YO) and pull through the first (loop) of sashay positioning its remaining 2 (lps) in between the 2 (lps) of the yarn as shown in the picture above.  (YO) and pull through all the (lps) of both the yarn and sashay to make the first (sc).  Continue doing the same procedure till you reach the beginning (sc).  (Sl st) on the beginning (sc).  Don’t cut the sashay yet. 
Result – 154 (sc) with sashay ruffles

6th Rnd -  Leave the sashay hanging for a while. Make 4 (ch).  (Tr) on next (sc).  (Tr) on succeeding (sc) till you reach the beginning 4 (ch).  (Sl st) on top of beginning 4th (ch). 
Result – 154 (tr)

7th Rnd – (Ch) and (sc) on same (sp).  (Sc) on next (tr).   (Sc) on succeeding (tr) till you reach the beginning (sc).  (Sl st) on beginning (sc).
Result – 154 (sc)

8th Rnd – Pull the sashay where you left it.  Prepare to attach it in this round.  Leave some loops untouched so as to allow some space to reach this round.  Insert the hook into the next loop of the sashay and then to the next 2 loops.  Follow the same procedure  in  the 5th Rnds.
Result – 154 (sc) with sashay ruffles

9th Rnd – Do the same procedure in 6th Rnd.
Result – 154 (tr)

10th Rnd - Do the same procedure in 7th Rnd
Result – 154 (sc)

11th Rnd – Do the same procedure in 8th Rnd.   
Result – 154 (sc) with sashay ruffles

12th Rnd – Do the same procedure in 6th Rnd.  Extend 2 inches of sashay and then cut. Just insert it into the hole of another sashay from the previous round to hide it. Set this part aside for a while.
Result – 154 (tr)

Making of Lower Body
Using circular needle size 8,  casts on 120 (sts).  Always place a marker to mark the beginning of the round. Turn the needles around your hand.

1st Rnd –   K120.  Turn the needles around your hand.  Repeat this round until it measures approximately 18 inches  from cast on edge.
Result -  120 (sts)

2nd Rnd – P120. Turn the needles around your hand.  Repeat this round 3X only.  
Result -  120 (sts)
 
3rd Rnd – K6, P6 around. Turn the needles around your hand.  Repeat this round 4X only.
Result -  120 (sts)

4th Rnd – P6, K6  around. Turn the needles around your hand.  Repeat this round 4X only.
Result – 120  (sts)

5th Rnd – Repeat 2nd Rnd.   
Result -  120 (sts)


Binding Off
To remove the circular needle, transfer the first 30 (sts) to a double-pointed needle, size 8. Do the same procedure with the three remaining double-pointed needles. There should be 30 (sts) in each needle.  The circular needle is removed after the last (st) transferred. Use bread ties to keep the (sts) on both ends of each needle from slipping off.  Do not bind off tightly.  Test the (sts) that were binded off initially, if they are too tight or not, by stretching them. Using  the crochet hook, (sl st) through the beginning (st).   Extend the yarn, cut, and tie it twice.  Hide the excess yarn. The simple design of the bottom part is shown below.



Knitted Blouse with Sashay Ruffles - Bottom Part

Attaching the Upper and Lower Bodies Together
1)  Pick up the last (st) left of the Upper Body in 12th Rnd.  (Ch). (Sc) on beginning (tr).  (Sc) on next 9 (tr).  (Hdc)  on next (tr).  Skip next (tr).  [(Hdc) on next (tr).  Skip next (tr)] 8X.  (Hdc) on next (tr). (Sc) on next 10 (tr). 

2)  Pick up the Lower Body where the excess yarn is.  Invert the Upper and Lower Bodies. Position  the inverted Lower Body inside the inverted Upper Body.  Pull the excess yarn into the (lp) and tie them once.  (Sl st) twice on same (sp).  Be sure to put the excess yarn in between crocheting the two sides to hide it.  Insert the hook passing through the next (st) and (tr) to make the beginning (sc).  Make (sc) by passing through the next 38 (sts) and (trs) to connect them together.  (Sl st) on the last (sc) made. 

3)  Leave the Lower Body for a while.  (Sc) on next 10 (tr) of the Upper Body.  (Hdc)  on next (tr).  Skip next (tr).  [(Hdc) on next (tr).  Skip next (tr)] 8X.  (Hdc) on next (tr). (Sc) on next 10 (tr).   

4)  Pick up the Lower Body.  Count 22 (sts) from the last (sc) made.  Pull the (lp) through the 22rd (st).  (Ch).  (Sl st) on the same (sp).  Make (sc) by passing through the next 38 (sts) and (trs).   (Sl st) on the last (sc) made.  Extend a little bit of yarn for tying.  Cut and hide the excess yarns.      

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mom's Oven --- Congee Style Recipe

One day, it seemed like I felt so cold even though the heater was on and I couldn’t even go out to buy something because of the snow.  I decided to look on the freezer and asked myself, “What do we still have in here? hmmm…. frozen foods like vegetables, fish, and chicken…  I think   (?.?) I need something else that can make me feel warm.”  I looked and looked and saw there was leftover cooked rice from yesterday’s cooking.  This should not be wasted, so I decided to make this simple, tasty leftover cooked rice recipe. Try it for breakfast, or lunch, or dinner. It’s not only delicious, but also nutritious because of well-balanced ingredients included. My niece and nephews were also very delighted while eating it.  




CONGEE STYLE RECIPE

  
Ingredients:
3 c       leftover cooked brown or white rice, no lumps
2 tbsp  cooking oil
2 tbsp  garlic, minced
5 c       water
1 tsp    Italian seasoning
2 tsp    Lawry’s seasoned salt
5 pcs   chicken flavor cubes
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
3 pcs   Tyson Southern style breast tenderloins, thawed and sliced
2 c       frozen or fresh vegetable
            fresh egg (optional)


Preparation Time:  approximately 20 minutes

Cooking Time:  approximately 45 minutes

Instructions:
1)  Heat the pot.  Put the cooking oil and sauté garlic until brown.
2)  Add in the cooked brown rice and stir fry for 10 minutes. (Note:  We usually eat brown rice.)
3) Pour water and let it boil.  Mash the rice while stirring  continuously as shown in this video.



video


4) Mix in the four seasoning ingredients.  Mash again while stirring  continuously until they become soft and achieve consistency. 
5)  Add the sliced breast tenderloins and stir for 5 minutes.
6)  Mix in the vegetable for a well-balanced diet. If the vegetable is  frozen type, mix in, cover the pot, turn off the  burner, and let it  stand for 5 minutes.  If the vegetable is fresh,  cook for 5  minutes before  turning off the burner, cover the pot, and then  let it stand for 5  minutes also.  Fresh egg can also be  mixed in.  (Note:   Vegetables  are  better half cooked to eat because they  lose their  nutrients  when  overcooked.)


Servings:  approximately 10 cups