Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bell Curve

Completed: August 2008

Pattern: Bell Curve, by Kira Dulaney, Knitty

Yarn: Berroco Sensuwool (80% wool, 20% nylon), #6538, 9 x 90yd/50g; #6531, 1 x 90yd/50g

Those stars are pretty and very clever, but they are hard on the hands! Here are some things that might help make them a bit easier:
  • Use pointy, smooth needles if you have them
  • If you have interchangeable needles, switch out the left needle tip for something smaller. This gives you more room around the stitches to maneuver. Theoretically, you'll be okay gauge-wise since it's the right hand needle that determines the size of new stitches, but if you're nervous about it, you might go ahead and swatch the whole thing with a smaller needle tip on the left. Another option would be to slip the needed stitches onto smaller dpn's if you're not using interchangeables
  • use a crochet hook to form the new loops for the star.

    My row gauge was way off, but it worked out fine since I was going to modify the rate of increases to create a slimmer shape anyway. The skirt is about 1-1/2" shorter than the pattern. At the bottom, I used a contrasting color--knit 1 round, purl 1 round, bind off in purl.


    theresa said...

    I thought that pattern idea was quite clever too. It looks great on you, great job!

    Elisha said...

    I am normally not a fan of knitter skirts, however this one looks really cute and stylish. I like the close up of the detail.

    CraftyCarole said...

    your knitting is stunning.. congratulations on all your projects!