Thursday, May 31, 2007

another mod

I just finished knitting Rnd 25 of the lace section and I made a mod that I thought I'd share with everyone else. In that rnd, the instructions use a M1R increase. In the location of the increase, the stitches lean to the left so if you do a M1L the increase leans in the same direction. There's nothing wrong with the M1R but I think the M1L is a little more esthetically pleasing. Let me know what you think.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

lace time!

I finished the stockinette section and I've got 16 rnds (approx 2") of the lace done. I switched to Addi Lace turbos before I started the lace and boy, am I glad I did that. I don't think I could execute k3tog or sssk with the other needles. I also noticed that the M1R was also much easier to do.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Okay, I am impressed with this technology...I'll say it for you, it doesn't take much. This picture is how I spent my Friday night. I am going through a spate of ill-tempered swatch gauges- and, I discovered that my skirt was, actually going to be a parachute had I continued as planned. So, back to the drawing board I went. I am happy to say that I just finished the first round of the lace tonight, but stopped myself from going further. I think Cosmos and lace don't mix in this case. I will snap a pic at some point tomorrow. It's wonderful seeing all the finished skirts. Truth be told, I have a couple hesitations about knitting a skirt- especially one out of cotton fleece. I fear the "bum" rumple after sitting for a while. Maybe I just won't sit when I wear it......
I am making it out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, color Wolverine. Cheers!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Sinéad's Project Begins...

Hello eveyone, this is my first knit along and I'm really excited about it!

I'm a newbie knitter; only going since January so this is my most challenging project so far. It's my first circular knitted project. I'm having some maths issues as I need to increase the size of the pattern, but Kat Coyle has given me some great tips.

I'm trying it out first on some stash wool I have rather than go and buy the proper yarn to see if it works out. If it does then I'll grab the Rowan Denim.

I'll post a pic as soon as I have enough done - I'm about 8 rounds into it so far.
It's very inspiring to see others finished works and works in progress, so thanks for letting me join up!


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Teri's Indigo Ripples Skirt in Progress

Well here is my progress so far on the skirt. I don't have nearly as much done as I would like to have done. I have a few more rows of increases and a ton of straight stockenette....ugh....before I start in on the lace part of the pattern. It really is going rather quickly, I have just been busy with other things lately such as learning to play golf. You can read more about this on my personal blog.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Ta Da!

It's done! I love this skirt! We'll see how it does when the real heat and humidity hit south Florida, but for the unseasonably cool(ish) and dry weather we're having now, it's perfect.

Without a flash, kinda blurry:

Better view of stitch detail with a flash:

Closeup of washed and blocked lace:

Specifications and modifications (the ones I can remember):

Materials: 8 balls of Rowan Denim in Ecru on size 5 needle for a slightly tighter gauge than usual with that yarn.

Longer stockinette section (about 13" after washing), shorter lace section (40 rounds instead of 60), twill tape drawstring instead of i-cord. I don't think I have enough yarn left for an i-cord, but I may do a double-strand crochet chain if I have enough for that. And I used sssk instead of sl1, k2tog, pssso opposite the k3tog on the mirrored decreases.

This skirt was really enjoyable to knit and I learned a lot from it. I'd been afraid of trying lacy patterns before, but once I figured out how the pattern worked (after, oh, 4 or 5 attempts) it was fun. I'd hardly ever used stitch markers before but now I understand why I should. And I'd never used a row counter before (is that what they call that thing?), but now I know why my mom gave me one so many years ago! I may even use it again...

Thanks for all the tips and photos the rest of you have posted here and on your blogs! I look forward to seeing more finished skirts!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Stitches to See Thru

I casted on the 168 stitches on a size 6 needle using Rowan Denim. I found that it was a little see thru (i got 5.2 stitches to the inch).. I want to make it tighter , when I go ona 4 needle i get 5.5 stitches to the inch.. Ilike that gauge, how do i figure out how many stitches to cast on for that needle.. Please help

Thursday, May 17, 2007

back on track

The skirt was on hiatus for a few weeks while I searched for some very elusive Addi Lace Turbo needles (finally got them Fri at a local fibrefest - probably the last ones on the entire continent). And yesterday night, I was at my bf's for supper and I snooped through her closet a little (with the help of her boyfriend) to figure out what length I should knit the skirt. Now that I know what length the stockinette/lace should be, I am ready to start knitting again. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Ecru Ripples?

I was so happy to find this blog! I've never joined a knit-along before, but the timing was perfect for this one. I started my off-white version of indigo ripples a few weeks ago and I'm almost done. I'm using some of Eunny Jang's modifications, using Rowan Denim in ecru and a tighter gauge, with an even longer stockinette panel and less lace. I'm getting a little nervous about the shrinkage factor though. If the skirt shrinks 5-10% in width I'll be fine, but more than 10% in length may be too much. I'm trying to decide tonight whether to undo the beginning of the ruffle and add another lace section. I think I have exactly enough yarn for that (but not enough yarn -- or patience -- to knit and wash a big swatch!).

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

KAL Button

I'd like to add it to my blog but I don't know how. Could some very kind soul explain to me how I go about doing that? I will be eternally grateful!


I'm Elizabeth and how exciting! I love this skirt so much, I really need to start wearing it but unfortunately I never go anywhere that requires dressing up. The skirt took me roughly one week to finish. I used Silk City Cotton Perle 3/2 on Addi Turbo size 6's(US). The skirt is slightly longer than the pattern calls for. If I knit another one I'll probably make it so that it sits lower on my hips and maybe go down one needle size. BTW, I really enjoyed knitting with the SC cotton, I wasn't sure if i'd like it because the yarn is spun so tightly but it ends up draping very nicely and it's soft.

Friday, May 4, 2007

Hi & introduction

Hi, I'm new to the KAL. I am knitting the skirt for my BF and I can't talk about it on my own blog so this is a great place for me to write about it. I am using a fingering weight yarn called allhemp3 - 100% hemp in the colour deep sea. I cast on the largest size with 2.75mm needles (one size smaller than the recommended needle size because I want a non-see-through fabric) so the finished size is actually the same as the smallest size in the pattern. I am still working on the stockinette part of the skirt and I've got about 9.5" done. There are a few other mods that I'll be making - instead of increasing stitches in the lace section, I am going to go up in needle size for each increase. This will increase the drape of the skirt. Here is a pic of the stockinette:

The hemp is a pain to work with - it has no stretch so doing the M1L and M1R increases are pretty tricky even with pointy needles. There are also little bits of vm that I'm picking out the yarn. But after it's been washed and dried - it feels like butter so it's worth the grief.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Progress and my cat

Here is a picture showing my progress so far. My cat was being a dork last night and insisted in getting some attention. I got a few more rounds completed last night after these pictures were taken.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

my progress so far...

i'm using brown sheep cotton fleece in Slate Gray.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Indigo Ripples Skirt KAL is Here!

This is the official blog for the Knit-Along of the Indigo Ripples Skirt by Kat Coyle. Unfortunately this is not a free pattern on the Interweave Knits website, so you will have to pick up a copy of the Spring 2007 issue.

The pattern calls for size 6 (4 mm): 24" and 29" circular needles and 2 double pointed needles. The yarn suggested/used in the pattern is Garnstudio Den-M-Nit (100% cotton). Unfortunately, Garnstudio has discontinued this yarn.

Click here to see an up close picture of the skirt.

There is one correction for the pattern and it can be found here.

I am going to be using Lion Brand Cotton Ease in the Violet colorway. You will need anywhere from 800 to 1200 yards of yarn depending on the size you make.