Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Back to the dishcloth cotton (Sugar and Cream), this time for a version of the Nina shawl, hand towel size. A couple of thoughts and notes: Next time I’d replace the ruffle with some other sort of trim at the end – a ruffle is a bit much. I did a 2 stitch garter stitch edge on each side; it folds over nicely, and I’ll probably stitch it down. And instead of fair isle for the checkerboard, it’s the two-and-two slipped check from Barbara Walker’s third book. Slipped stitches and dishcloth cotton just go together so well. The check has to be worked on dpns or a circular needle, so I did the whole thing on a size 7 Denise needle on a 12" cord -- the cotton slides on it very easily. More of the story on my blog. Kelly
Anyway, about the ruffle: my issues with it are more about the feel of it than the look. No question the piece needs something at the ends to finish it off. You can't tell from the photo, but one ruffle I made by increasing every stitch, the other increasing only every other stitch. It's like Goldilocks: one is too bulky, the other a bit wimpy. Any thoughts on what would be just right would be appreciated.
Don't worry -- this is really easy (and I've been knitting just since November myself). If you can knit, purl and slip stitches, just go pick some colors: you're ready. (I found the check pattern on page 260 of Barbara Walker's Charted Knitting designs.)