Friday, August 07, 2009

FO Roundup: Indigo Ripples Skirt and Be Sweet Cloche

I finished the Indigo Ripples Skirt a little while ago but didn't have a chance to throw it in the washer and dryer for a few days. It's from Interweave Knits Sping 2007 for any non-Ravelry folks out there. Make sure to check the errata. I'm super-excited about how it turned out. It's at Yarndogs now, but I got to bring home the Bonsai Tunic that'd been there for a couple months. I used Rowan Denim yarn and had almost 2 balls left over from what the pattern called for although I got gauge. I didn't do most of the usual modifications people do to make the skirt sit lower, but it came out a little bigger than expected (or I'm a little smaller than I thought) so it sits lower anyway. That's ok cause my thighs are big enough to need their own increases. :)

I did work the left-leaning increase in the lace section as SSSK cause it's easier and looks more like a K3tog. I also switched the directions of increases on row 25 to fit in better. I changed the lace row in the ruffle to *K2tog 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, k2tog 3 times*. You can see why in this post. I promised a really clear picture of the finished ruffle, which will have to wait a few days.

So this is the Stirling Cloche from One-Skein Wonders or free Ravelry download, but I used the Be Sweet mohair boucle we carry at Yarndogs. Knitting with 2 strands of loopy mohair was harder than I expected, and fulling by hand was pretty tedious. If you want to make this, I'd recommend sticking with mohair and following the instructions for felting. There's a lot of projects on Ravelry that turned out tiny (from overfelting, I'd guess).


There's a pic on the Ravelry project page that shows how huge it was before felting. At one point it seemed like the fabric was fuzzing but not getting any smaller. I threw it down really hard in the bathtub a few times, and I think that helped. That's what we did with our nuno-felted scarves in Carin Engen's class in June.

On a technical note, I'm making sure to have text before the first Flickr-imported photo cause otherwise the RSS feed shows the Flickr code. Sorry to anybody who's been seeing my ugly feed on Ravelry.

1 comment:

spinnity said...

Skirt is yummy & I'm glad to have your construction notes for future reference!