Sunday, July 27, 2008

Ogee Lace Skirt

from IK Knits summer of 2007
design by Gryphon Perkins
size M
yarn: Sirdar Just Bamboo (about 200 grams) from my LYS
needle size: 7 mm

The pattern suggests using Rowan Bamboo Tape and 8 mm (11) needles. I used Sirdar Just Bamboo and changed the needles size to one size smaller. I don’t know Rowan’s Bamboo Tape but I have a feeling that it is a bit thicker.
The pattern was well written and there was hardly any finishing after the knitting was done. All the edgings were knit along with the main part. I followed the instructions as they are written but in the end I added one row of crochet chain stitches to the waist to give it a bit more stability and strength, since it is being tied and thus receives lots of stress.
Knitting with huge needles this slippery yarn was a challenge. Usually I work with circular needles but knit this with straights so that the stitches would keep the same tension all the time. I tacked the ends with sewing thread and hope that they will stay where they are intended to. I used a bit of Fray-Check to keep the yarn ends from unravelling.

And now it is time to move on!

I guess it will be a new dance with wool next without sur les pointes.

Take good care of those knitting muscles,

Lene

12 comments:

  1. gorgeous!!
    and such fabulous photos.
    thank you.

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  2. Emma in France18:45

    Beautiful! It's also one I overlooked but now it occurs to me that my 13 year old goth daughter would love one.

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  3. That skirt turned out quite lovely, the lace pattern is really pretty.

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  4. I have been wanting to do this skirt for awhile now. Thanks for the great notes!!

    The dancer is beautiful in her ogee! :o)

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  5. What a treat to admire this beautiful skirt on a lovely ballerina! Stunning photos. Thank you for your project details.

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  6. Anonymous07:36

    I did not know that tension would change on a circular needle. Then again, I am not an experienced knitter. Thank you for that information.

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  7. Beautiful ballerina!
    Fabulous photos

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  8. India15:45

    The skirt, the photography, the dancer... stunning!

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  9. The skirt turned out so well! It's absolutely gorgeous.

    - Julie

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  10. What a lovely skirt! And my own little ballerina was just asking for one....
    Ang

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  11. Totally beautiful! your soft photographs really complement the lovely lace work too.

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  12. Anonymous04:20

    Lene, I don't know which is more beautiful: the skirt or the model.
    Margie in Maryland

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