Playing with online paper dolls...again

Le Hobble Skirt

The goods: Vintage '80s Levis jacket available at Etsy; Topshop boots; my very own Le Hobble skirt, pattern on Ravelry; Viva Glam lipstick; oxidized hoops from Etsy.

It's true. I've been having a little too much fun with Polyvore. (Oh, look, a pair of hiking socks...let's style 'em!) It's a great way to try looks without having to buy them and completely engaged by inner child who's still obsessed with paper dolls. Also it's fun and silly. Who doesn't need some silly these days?

Here's one of my skirt designs roughed up with a denim jacket and ankle booties. (Go for extra length and less, ahem, negative ease for the office.)

Laissez les bon temps roulez.

Free knitting pattern: Zip-It Clutch

These Clare Vivier Foldover Clutches have been all over the fashion blogs. She must have one munificent publicity budget, is all I can say. That, and, would that yours truly was on the list. (I know, the leopard one, so cute, pass the smelling salts so we can get back to work.)

Back in the day, I carried a handsome leather envelope (no doubt stuffed into a backpack with a Norton anthology or two, a Russian dictionary, and three or four early 20th century American novels), thinking it was the height of chic. Still do, as a matter of fact, which is why I got busy using that good old Nake-id can-do spunk to knit up some cute right here at home.

And, because Polyvore is like playing with paper dolls (but a lot more work), we styled it using items normal ladies can afford. (OK, the bracelet is aspirational. But stunning, no?)


Zip-It Clutch

(Here's the scoop on the stuff: 1969 Destructed Sexy Boyfriend Jeans, Silver Bass Weejuns (similar here), Grey Silk Scarf, Women's Ultimate V Tee (on clearance!), Zoya Nail Polish in Blyss and that fabulous bracelet!)

Zip It Clutch

Transform one long stockinette rectangle into a classic clutch that will carry you from day to night. Play with color or add all-over fringe to amp up the coolness.
 

Size: One 
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted; 2 skeins of Charcoal Heather
Needles: Size US 13
Notions: Tapestry needle, 12-inch zipper, 2 size 10 Dritz Sew-On Snaps
  
Directions:
 
CO 60, loosely, double-stranded.

Knit straight in stockinette stitch until piece measures 22 inches.

BO.

Finishing:

Fold piece lengthwise in two. Sew both side seams.

Weave in all ends.

Felt.

Insert zipper. (I used this tutorial here.)

Sew in snaps being sure to match “innies” with “outies”.


Le Hobble Skirt--Premiere

Yes, it's been a while since anything has come out of the atelier.

Publishing this pattern reminds me to thank every knitwear designer everywhere. For the labor and care and attention you put into your patterns. Boy, do y'all work hard!

Let me introduce you to Le Hobble Skirt, a handknit pencil skirt with sexy striations of twisted rib.

Many thanks to the lovely Christine for modeling; doesn't she look fab?

And to Cheryl Oberle, whose Organic Merino yarn makes this piece.

Dying to knit one yourself. The pattern is available on Ravelry. Happy hobbling!

Knitting pattern--Frank Zappa

Was going to do something all clever with lyrics but soon realized none would find a home on this PG-rated website.

For Zappa fans, there will be an intarsia chart soon. Off now. Shuttin' up to knit.

Batting around: Halloween approacheth

In the year since Batty the Vampire Bat has been for sale on Ravelry we've raised $108 for Bat Conservation International. Granted it's not $1 million for Doctors Without Borders, but it's something.

We've also learned a bit about bats as well as visited the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin to watch the bat's emerge at sunset. While they may not be as important as bees are to food production, a tiny bat can gobble up to 1,000 mosquito-sized bugs in one hour--that's a lot of leaf-eaters and West Nile Virus down the hatch. They're also stellar pollinators.

In addition to the role they play in the global ecosystem, these little varmints are wicked cute and need our help; bats only produce one baby a year and are prone to a horrible disease called White-nose Syndrome, which is kiling America's bats at an alarming rate.

Yes, bats can carry rabies but so can your neighbor's unvaccinated kitty cat. Like any wild animal, bats should be treated with respect and wariness.

All this is to say, thank you for your support of our little fundraiser.

The United Nations has named 2011-2012, the Year of the Bat. If you need a way to celebrate the environment, Samhain, All Hallows Eve or El Dia de los Muerto, a little bat knitting might be in order. Or maybe Kitty just needs something new to bat around. Regardless, all proceeds will go toward the good work done by the folks at BCI.

Batty is available on Ravelry here.

Knit pencil skirt gets new life as beach cover up

The Naughty Bohemian pencil skirt has been validated by a 13-year-old; there is no higher court of fashion.

A Ravelry mom knit it for her teen as a beach cover up and incorporated some clever modifications. Lookie. I make note of it here because it's the first iteration of the NB on Ravelry, definitely a milestone here at Nake-id Knits.

Knitting pattern: Little Black Skirt

Who doesn't need a sassy, black pencil skirt that's as comfortable as your PJs but much, much cuter?

This skirt solves the major problem of the Mrs. Robinson (which has a propensity to fall off!) by adding an elastic waistband that's whipstitched to the inside of the skirt. This gives the piece a professional, finished quality while allowing you to adjust it to precisely your measurement. 

The recommended yarn is the worsted-weight, cabled merino GGH Samson, but Karabella's Aurora 8 would make a fine substitute. You'll love the softness of the merino as you swan about in this little number.

 Now that the weather is warming, wear this black pencil skirt with a belted t-shirt and flats and ward off the chill with a denim vest or leather biker jacket.

The pattern is available on Ravelry.

Whipstitched waistband 

Waistband