Mar 1, 2007


I received my Calmer in the mail and I started swatching right away. I couldn't wait. I already knew what lace pattern I wanted to use. It is one I have used before and I really love the look of it. I used US 4 needles because I wanted a tighter knit. My swatch came out exactly as I was hoping it would.

I will most likely try swatching the lace pattern on size 5 or 6 needles also to see how it affects the pattern. So far, however, I do like how it looks.

I am a terrible sketch artist. My first idea for Calmer was to make a skirt. I have knit so many tops that I am ready for a change. My thoughts are that it would be a slight A-line skirt but I also want to add a bit of a flair at the bottom where the lace portion is. Not much of a flair, but just a tad. I want it to hit an inch or two above the knee.

After I made the swatch I kept thinking a really neat top could be made also so I sketched those out as well. However, I really think I am going to stick to my original idea of knitting a skirt. It is a bit more appealing to me at this time.

So now, I need to get to get going on the measurements and the math that goes with it! I will work on that this weekend when I have a bit more time.

8 comments:

Marnie said...

What beautiful lace. That will make for a stunning skirt. I think that you'll find that the lace blocks out to be slightly flared just because those YOs are so much wider than a normal stitch, so you may not need to do anything substantial to make the lace flare.

Cher said...

I'm excited to see this project - I adore knitted skirts. A tiny reminder : don't knit the skirt as long as you actually want it. Even with the tighter fabric, hand knit skirts tend to 'drop' somewhat in length.
What are you planning for the waistband? I couldn't tell from the sketch...

Yarn It said...

Thanks to both of you for your advice on the skirt. It is good to know.

I am planning on doing an eyelet waist band with a draw string. I think. I don't think I want to go th elastic route. I think an eyelet waistband will compliment the lace pattern.

Joanna said...

I love that lace pattern, and how it has strong geometric lines yet still looks delicate. Are you planning on doing anything to the bottom edge? A crocheted edging might finish it off nicely, especially if you follow the lines of the lace. (Says the girl who can't crochet at all, but wishes she could!)

Yarn It said...

I will most likely do a crochet edging. I need to do something that will not allow the bottom of the skirt to curl up and I am hoping a crochet edging will work. I am not sure what else would work that would also look good with the lace pattern. I may try a k2tog bind off also and see how that works.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

I love the lace and the concept! What stitch dictionary is that from? I would love to use it sometime myself.

I would caution against a k2tog bind-off, as that will pull the lace in, and you are going for flair. Marnie is an excellent crocheter, so when you get to that point, you may want to bug her for ideas - I know I would. You may also be able to get the lace to both flair and avoid curling by using a larger needle to knit it - just change sizes where the stockinette ends. The skirt that I knit by Kat Coyle recently employs that method and it works very well. Also, if there is some way to employ a few purl rows within the lace pattern, that will prevent curling. You might want to play around with some minor lace modificatiions.

Cher is right about length. Most cotton skirts will gain about three inches of length with blocking and "settling" (again take a look at my pattern notes on the daktari skirt). I think Calmer will gain a little less length because of its resiliency, but it's hard to tell. I think I'd estimate the difference at about two inches and go from there.

Can't wait to see it!

Yarn It said...

Julia, thank you for the advice. I will play around with the lace a bit. I started the Daktari skirt after seeing yours so I can get an idea of how skirts constructed before diving into this one. I am so glad you all have warned me the growth skirts take on because I never would have factored 2-3 inches into the pattern. I will ask Marnie about crochet ideas when I get to that point.

The lace pattern is from Vogue Stitchionary Vol. 1 and the name is twisted vine eyelet. I LOVE it.

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

You are so welcome. I love your idea. I think that it's going to be stunning. I've realized already that I am going to have to push you guys to publish your work. It's all so great that it has to be made available!