Friday, August 31, 2007

Fifi - Fini .... Again

Here is my completed Fifi. It's taken several (more than 5) attempts with a different yarn. I threw in the towel with that yarn. I had actually finished it , except for the sleeves, but decided to rip it back and got carried away. So I put that yarn away and started anew with some Cottonease from my stash. Overall, I like this sweater. I'm not sure I love the Cottonease because it's a little bulky. If I was to do this over again (not likely anytime soon), I would start the body a little further down past my bustline and make it a little longer still. I originally thought this would be a good sweater for work but have discovered that I like it much better with jeans.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Merci Mes Amis!

my dear lovelies....
please forgive my absence of late...we are leaving for france tomorrow for our first ever french girl tours(very excited!)....and it has been a wild ride...i also just finished up the first 5 garments for my book with interweave(very exhausted!) so there has never been a dull moment around top it all off our computer crashed about 2 weeks ago so i have not been able to respond to many of your emails regarding fifi...i'm terribly sorry about that, as i so wanted to help you if i could...but there has been such sterling advice here on the blog...thank you all again for choosing fifi and i am just in awe of your beautiful creations...i can't wait till i will have the time to relax and join you all in a future kal...skc is the best! xoxo, kristeen

Merci Mes Amis!

Monday, August 27, 2007


My 24" needles finally got here, and I cast on. I'm loving the Calmer, though it's so stretchy I worry about tension. This is my first knitalong. At first I was freaking out because it didn't look anything like the picture, then I realized(duh!) I was looking at the waist, and knitting the neck. The finished Fifis are great.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Finally Finished Fifi!

I felt like this project took forever when in reality it only took a few weeks! This is my first FO posted to this KAL. There were a few tribulations as I got started - I kept losing my spot for the increases and ripped back 3 times. I guess third time is the charm! Specs: 7 balls Elann Esprit (cotton/elastic) in color Peacock Green on #7 circulars. Mods: Worked the cables in the top section all the way down alternated with the plain k4 sections. I moved the plain ribbing down so it began under my bust line (this also made it more 'fitted' for me) and knit the center cable/diagonal ribbing on the front only. I also made the body and sleeves several inches longer so it's more of a regular t-shirt size. This was a fun knit as I had never done cables before and was ecstatic to see how easy and satisfying they are. I want to add them to everything now!

French Girl Pattern Question

Hi everyone,
I know this is off topic, but I thought I'd post it in case Kristeen is checking this site for Fifi questions. My question is on Chantal, another FG pattern.

I just started Chantal and have a question regarding Yoke Row 7. It says to work in established rib pattern until 2 sts before the marker, then K1, P2, K1, then repeat 3 times more. I am confused. If you have two stitches before the marker, what do you do to those two stitches before the marker? I don't understand which stitches to perform the K1, P2, K1 instruction on. Please help!

Back to our regularly scheduled topics, sorry to thread-hijack.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Flickr Groups!

We have flickr groups for Fifi and RCC available to add your photos to!

Please add your Fifi WIP and FO pictures to:

Please add your Red Carpet Convertible WIP and FO pictures to:

Did you participate in other KAL's for the Sexy Knitters Club but don't have pics up? A complete list of locations of all SKC KAL's can be found here.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Fifi (ánd Red Carpet Convertible) finished!
Hi there, sexy knitters. I'm also new to this blog and enjoy it very much so far! This month I knitted Fifi with Rowan Calmer ( 4.5 balls only) ánd the RCC which I will have to take a picture first, so I will write about her later.
Happy knitting!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Loopy Cables


Due to how life can be I am just swatching for Fifi and practicing cabeling without a needle.

I have tried a method from a blogger named Wendy, and a method from blogger, Grumperina. I prefer the Grumperina way but am still ending up with bigger loops at the bottom seat of the cable twist.

I've been more gentle with the twisting, which has helped, but not eliminated the prob.

Does anyone know how to solve this detail?

I think that most of the far right cable is ok, except for the first and third cross up from bottom.

The others are loosy goosey!


Thursday, August 16, 2007

I am a filthy Fifi slacker.

I was so excited about knitting Fifi, but I have been slacking big time. I'll work on it for a few days, and then ignore it for a few weeks. Here's its current, sad state:


It doesn't even have a body! So tragic. I haven't touched it for days; I keep getting distracted by other knits, but now those are done and I have no excuse not to work on Fifi again.

Is anybody else slacking? When does this KAL end, anyway? (If someone answers "tomorrow" I will cry. I'm determined to get my Fifi back on the needles and finished!)


I am a new member of this club, and I am glad that I can to share my knitting and crochet goods with all of you. Yet last year I was knit this FIFI shirt.
I have one with a long sleeves and one sleeveless.
This one I was knit for my daughter.
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I was crochet the sleeves.
And this other is also for my daughter:
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I think that this pattern is great and very easy for knitting!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

My FIFI in Toe Shoe

So, I am finally done with my beautiful FIFI!!!

The knitting process is enjoyable, but I was't very concerntrate on this project actually. Maybe it was because the pattern was just too easy to follow, or I was at the same time busy crocheting booties for my baby nephew.

I used 5 1/2 skeins of Berroco's Touch (Toe Shoe #7990), and Clover #7 needles (JP size) cast 120 stitches on a XS size and later 7 stitches increase for both sides. And #6 needles used for sleeves' K1P1 ribbing .

My FIFI is actually in a beautiful pink color and it fits on me perfectly! :P Touche is good in sheen texture and stretchness, but if I have a chance for a second FIFI, I'd love to try that magic Calmer for sure!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Another Fifi in Tangerine!!!

I finished Fifi this morning and took pics. I am soooo glad I stuck with this one as I'm really happy with the result.

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For more pics, see my blog.

P.S. I have two skeins of Calmer (shade is tangerine) left over from my Richesse online purchase so if anyone needs to buy more let me know!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007


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I am finished. You can see my details on my blog.

I got help from Kristeen about the short rows. I will include the email here. I don't know if it helped too much. It was only a little clearer than the pattern. She left a comment on one of the posts asking for short row help that also had a little bit more info.

Bonjour chrispy--sorry for the delay in getting back with you--
luckily if you are using calmer there is a ton of stretch (hence the suggestion to use a stretch-y yarn for a sub)--that being said--my suggestion would be to put in a tiny wedge shaped set of short rows that would start when you get to the halfway point where the garment covers your bust--imagine if you would--just a little more room on the sides and underbust(which is where we need it--i'm a 34 triple d--so i have done this many times!
the reason we can't use the wedge shape across the entire bust is that it will distort the pattern in the center panel--so we are just going to sneak them in on the ribbing--i don't think you will need more than 3 rows--so start with that and try on to see how it is going--just remember to keep in pattern (rib) as you work back and forth---also remember that you need to do the longest row first, then make progressively shorter rows or your "triangle" will pointing the wrong way--also--if you think you will need more room we would have to repeat the triangle above the halfway bust point(but honestly i think you won't--and if you need help figuring this out--i will help )---so hopefully just one little triangle will work! --please let me know how it goes and if anything is confusing(still haven't had my caffeine injection today!)---merci, kristeen

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Hello from up north :-)

Hi, I'm Pia from Denmark in Scandinavia. I just joined this group a week ago and haven't had the time to introduce myself yet. I'm 54 years young, have 4 more og less grown up kids and 1 granddaugther. I am living in Denmark right now, but will move to Sweden next month, due to my youngest son (and only still at home) is starting highschool in Sweden.
I have knitted FIFI in some cotton, that I bought on sale some months ago and it turned out very beautiful. As you probably can see, I missed some cables, but I love it anyway and that give me an excuse to knit another - as I really love this pattern :-))

Monday, August 06, 2007

Fifi Pattern Assitance

Hello everyone. I am knitting the size small for Fifi and have a pattern question. Row 43 and Row 50 are cable rounds and says to continue in established pattern, keeping the cable placement correct for the appropriate size. Can anyone assist? I'm not sure that I know what to do for these two rows? I'm on 39 now, so I'm getting really close to this first questionable row?

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Red Carpet Convertible, Anyone?

Is anyone knitting the Red Carpet Convertible? If so, I'd love to see some photos of your progress! I have purchased the yarn for it and hope to begin when I finish Fifi, which is temporarily stalled. Please share!

A bit slow on the draw...

Hello everyone!

I'm Sarah, and I'm pretty new to the group. I did lurk for a while before joining.

I've just finished my Rusted Root, and I've started working on Fifi (Calmer in Laurel).

Here's a picture of my started Fifi:

And here's my finished Rusted Root:

See more about them both on my blog:


Spinning Ninny

Friday, August 03, 2007

Fifi is Finished!

Hello, I'm new to SKC and I joined up because Fifi is the summer KAL. I finished Fifi yesterday. The yarn I used was Calmer in the color Laurel (4 full balls and a tiny bit from a 5th ball for one sleeve). I made the length of the body longer by 4 or 5 inches. Also, I didn't want cap sleeves as in the pattern. So I knitted the cable pattern 2 or 3 more times to make the sleeves longer. More pictures on my blog.

thoughts on Short Rows

I don't have a lot to contribute about my fifi as I've only gotten as far as completing my swatch -- Calmer, in refresh. I'm finishing up the picovoli t and then on to Fifi. I've noticed the problems people are having with short rows, and while it isn't going to be an issue for me, I thought I would post a link to the Japanese Short Row technique. Check it out.


Thursday, August 02, 2007

Fifi Redux

Well, I all but finished my Fifi - I tried it on - looked good, a bit too fitted but nothing bad - started the sleeves - they were a bit too snug - took it out to start again - figured I'd take out some of the bottom to see if I could add some hip increases. Don't ask how but I ended up ripping back to the start of the lower bodice then noticed that my sleeve stitches were dropped beyond repair. Ripped back to just before the armhole joins. Got mixed up - decided I couldn't look at it anymore so I took it off the needles (I was using Paton's Katrina) and just starting CO with Cotton Ease. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

questions on the sleeves


This is so far what I've done with my Fifi. Guess I am the only one using Touche of Berroco instead of the magic Calmer... :P

The pattern is easy to follow but somtimes it still confuses me a little...I ripped once to correct the central panel pattern, but it's not a hard job ripping back though, guess it's because of the stretchness the yarn has?

Anyway, besides the beautiful FIFI pattern, I've come up with one question, and that is about the SLEEVES. I've read through posts posted by others and seen pictures as well and I've seen no one had quesitons about the sleeves...

On the pattern in the sleeve section, it's read: "...using your favorite method for working in the ROUND over..." I assume that they should be a cap sleeve design and the sleeve should cover only the upper part of the arm only... If it's true, why makes it a round knitting???

Anyone has the same question? Or am I the ONLY ONE??

Another Fifi

I have finally completed my Fifi. I will say that I love the way it turned out! I did have a ton of problems. Some were with pattern ambiguity, another with the short rows not working out right, and then some of my own mistakes. So I ripped quite a few times but stuck with it because I really love the design.

I know many of you have asked about short rows and I will put in my two cents. I have done them before with much success. No problems. I did them on Fifi and it didn't work. They looked fine until I stretched the garment out and when stretched out the short rows created huge holes. It was very unsightly so I had to rip them out. I could have benefited from them however. I didn't do more increases because I was counting on the short rows to help me out in the bust area....they didn't work so the garment pulls tightly across my chest. My guess is that the stretchiness of the yarn and the gauge makes short rows almost impossible to look good on this pattern. It could be I did them wrong - but like I said, I have done them before just fine.

I would be curious to know what the designers input would be on this issue because I don't think I am alone on it. Other than that though, I really love this top and think the design is fantastic!

Short Row Shaping

Hello everyone. I have finally cast-on for Fifi. I've been reading through the pattern and know I'm going to have some questions in order to get it right. I checked the errata page (thanks for the heads up Michelle), but apparently have the latest version of the pattern with the newest changes included (6/2007 revisions). I haven't gotten to the short rows part yet (I'm only on row 16, but its going pretty fast), but from reading the posts from others doing this project, I haven't heard any success stories yet. Anyone completed Fifi using short row shaping? How does it work exactly when not doing stockinette stitch? I've only done short rows in simple patterns before. Any and all advice or clarification is appreciated.