Ribbed Cuffs

“Ivy,” Batman said, grabbing Robin by the collar to pull him out of the way of a lashing plant root. “Where’s Nightwing.”

“You’ll find out soon enough,” Poison Ivy sang, lounging on an approximately king-sized fly amanita. Her dress looked like a pitcher plant.

“If anything’s happened to him—”

“You have to warn us if you whammied him!” Robin interrupted, cutting to the chase.

“If I — what?” Ivy’s features all scrunched sideways, splaying out her fingers in confusion.

“Answer the question.” A carefully-aimed batarang severed the connection between the main plant system and the closest roots.

“I don’t understand the question,” Ivy said.

“Did you whammy him or not?” Catwoman asked. Harley Quinn’s hammer cracked concrete as Catwoman dodged sideways.

“What’s whammied?” Ivy demanded, exasperated.

“You know,” Robin said, using an encroaching root as a jumping-off point. “Whammied.” He made a face and gestured with both hands.

“That doesn’t mean anything!” Ivy said, irritated, sitting upright and giving up on lounging entirely. She looked to Harley for support.

Harley lifted the hammer up to rest it on her shoulder, taking a break from trying to hit Catwoman. She cupped her hands around her mouth. “They mean fuckmadness!”

“Hey!” Robin protested with faint offense.

Ivy threw up her hands and then let them fall. “Why didn’t you just say so?”

“Why didn’t I just say ‘fuckmadness’.” It both was and was not a question.

“Stop saying that!” Robin protested, navigating back toward Batman.

Harley swung her hammer at Catwoman with enough force for a quadruple pirouette. “Fuckmadness?” she asked, stumbling in a circle.

Robin, frustrated, grabbed Batman’s hands and pressed them against his ears. “There is an impressionable child present!”

Ivy squinted. “Is he serious?”

“I don’t know.” Batman attempted to reclaim his hands, and lifted Robin off the ground. Robin continued to hold Batman’s hands like earmuffs, and kicked furiously at vines with both legs. “I think it’s some kind of ironic meme thing.”

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I finished my socks! I’m really happy how they turned out. :) Just what I needed this month.

Pattern: Nothing but a k2,p2 ribbing for the cuff, a stripe of garter stitch (knit 1 round, purl 1 round, knit 1 round and then k7,p1 for the rest of the sock, with a 4-stitches garter stitch-edge for the heel flap (ribbing continues all the way down to the heel) on 64sts with 2,0mm needles.

Yarn: Zwerger Opal “Love Story” in the colourway “Moments”

All right, I’m not gonna lie to you guys.  This got stuck halfway done in my drafts and I completely forgot about it.  But hey, better late than never, right?

So I love vaguely nerdy things that you can wear out in public without attracting too much attention.  Especially vaguely nerdy things that keep you warm!  If you’re after a really comfy hoodie from your favorite show that will hold up through the wash, check out the instructions below the cut!

Materials you will need:

  • 2.5-3.5yds hoodie fabric (sweatshirt fleece, microfleece, etc)
  • A small quantity of knit ribbing (x2)
  • Separating zipper
  • Dye (optional)

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Finished with the prototype Glove of Missile Snaring! I’m very pleased with some aspects of how it came out, but it has some issues I think I’ll try to fix with the second glove and then reknit this one if that goes well:

  • The fabric’s a bit stiff pre-blocking. If blocking doesn’t make it more comfortable I’ll try going up a needle size or two. It fits like a glove pretty tightly, too, so a little more ease might be worthwhile.
  • Whoa so much thumb ease, however! Going to try fewer increase rows in the thumb gusset so that’s not so huge and bunchy.
  • Not thrilled with the cast on edge of the cuff, which curls up inwards too much. Also not sure how to fix that? Purl row or two before starting the ribbing? Fortunately that’s an easy place in the pattern to try different techniques out and easily rip it out and start over if I don’t like it…
  • Index finger is a little too long. The middle finger came out way too long at first and I ripped back several rows and re-finished it after I’d already finished the other fingers, but the index was just barely too long so I didn’t go to the trouble with it; it’s still usable, just…On v.2 I think I will try to make it shorter and see how I like that.
  • It’s really quite a tight fit…again, we’ll see how blocking affects the fabric; it might be just fine, but if not, I’ve simply got to redo it on larger needles. Or with more cast on stitches, but a looser fabric is the first thing I’d like to try for this one. As is, it’s stiff and that makes it harder to pull the glove on. But that might also make it warmer and less prone to wear & tear, so…

Things I am really very happy about though:

  • How the arrow pattern emerges from the ribbing, so the cuff is part of its fletching. That was a key point in my design sketch and it worked out just right and I am proud of that.
  • The arrow pattern in general is so spiffy. :-D Twisted stitch patterns are a bit of a pain to work sometimes but this one’s minimal twisting so it’s cool.
  • The purl on the back of the hand/knit on the palm detail. Partly because I just didn’t want to work the whole thing in a purl background but needed one for the twisted stitch pattern…so I tried just keeping it to the pattern panel and I like how that turned out, especially how the purl panel continues into the backs of the fingers. I think I aligned the division between knit/purl on each finger pretty well too.

Also, as I polish this design up for the second glove, should I also write up a pattern for it? Would people be interested in making it? If so, I’d be looking for test knitters to try it out in other sizes (my hands are tiny) and make sure my math worked for the stitch counts and everything. The only patterns I’ve published online previously have been hats, kerchiefs, etc. that don’t have such sizing issues… :-D So, if you’d be interested in test knitting medium and up sizes (or children’s sizes…I could concievably write that up too…) let me know!

anonymous asked:

Hello!! I just wanted to preface this by saying I love your work (both of you!) I fkin love Mariannes art as well, and I have a question?? Do you have a template or some steps to making the military jacket? I don't know how to sew very well and I've been dreaming of making one since 2015. It's fine if you don't/don't want to disclose it. Keep at the loveliness, you guys! :)

Marianne here, on behalf of both of us, thanks for the kind message and your question! 

I didn’t use a template for the coat, I just carefully winged it as one does.

However, It doesn’t require too much sewing knowledge. Just patience and consistently checking your work. I stitched everything on by hand, as well as with the help of this lovely little thing called ‘Liquid Stitch’: The one I used is pictured below. 

So, if you really wanna make this happen, I can give you a method of making the coat with very little sewing work required. :) 

- A good way to begin would be looking for photo references of the costumes from the musical, as well as from historical documents. Pay attention to the way it hangs, the weight, the fit, the texture of the different pieces, etc. It’ll help you with this next step: 

- Next, you can start by finding a navy blue coat for a base, I’d recommend a slightly heavy coat, a material like wool would be best. Be mindful to not get a coat that’s too thick or too puffy, so check your photo refs to find something that matches up best. You would be looking for something like this:

(be sure it has pockets too) 

- You’ll need Several 7/8 inch/22mm Silver/gold Buttons (I spray-painted mine a rough gold) 

- 20 buttons for the rib/collar of the coat (10 per side)
- 6 buttons for the pockets (3 per side)
- 12 buttons for the cuffs (6 per side)
- 2 buttons for the back of the coat

- Finally, a couple yards of off-white or cream colored suede (this will be used for the rib area trim, the cuffs, the collar, and the inside lining.)

That is all the materials I used. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know right here. 

Have fun looking rad as frick

- Marianne 

friendsarecroutons  asked:

Have you ever knit socks before? I look up a ton of patterns and youtube tutorials and it looks seriously difficult! I attempted making them on dpns and magic loop method but it is just too hard. Any tips? (I have knit scarves and hats and would say I'm a beginner-medium knitter)


ha. so yes I have knitted socks. I was a strictly scarf only knitter before I found socks. I learned all the staple knitting skills with socks: working in the round, increasing, decreasing, short rows, and grafting. My first sock paved the way for all my future knitting projects. It took me from a novice knitter to an lower advanced.

When it comes to socks (and hats and gloves and other small circular garments) there are two types of knitters: Those who swear by DPNs and those who wish DPNs would die in a fiery hell (5!?! Why do you need 5 needles!?! How do you keep track of them!?!).

I prefer DPNs as magic loop method has always eluded me so my recommendation is definitely to learn on DPNs.

Even more specific to socks, there are two types of knitters: the toe-uppers and the cuff-downers. Pretty self explanatory. There are specific heel types that go with each. Figuring out which you prefer is a matter of knitting both types, seeing which fits your foot better, and aesthetically how you want it to look. My preference is cuff-down sock with a heel flap.

Anyhoo onto tips:

-If you haven’t used DPNs, go for a cuff-down. By the time you get to the complicated new stuff you’ll have a handle on how to handle your DPNs

-Unless you want slippers, use sock weight yarn. Yarn thicker than sock weight you won’t be able to wear with shoes.

-Use self-striping yarn. Its fun, and gives you little goals (I’ll knit until I reach blue again!) especially if you’ve never used yarn as thin as sock yarn before

-Go for a basic ribbed cuff and stockinette sock. Don’t do anything fancy with your first pair as you need to get a handle on the basic construction first. This is also why you go with self-striping yarn. Makes the sock still interesting. 

-I personally don’t bother with stitch markers with socks (cause I personally don’t have markers small enough). Just keep your tail longish and have more stitches on your last needle so you know whats what. Plus you move around stitches quite a bit by the time you get to the heel and gusset

-Here’s a nifty page with photos of different sock construction!

-And here is my NUMBER 1 recommended sock tutorial for beginners. Silver’s sock class. Tons of photos and easy to understand explanations. The site has three different methods for you to choose from.

Youtube is a pretty good medium for learning, but it’s easy to get frustrated with it cause the person will move on too fast and you end up pausing, rewatching, pausing, rewatching, pausing rewatching ect. Photos plus words. You can print it, keep it as a pdf and reference it whenever and at your own pace. 

Hope this helps and good luck!!