from IK Knits summer of 2007
design by Gryphon Perkins
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,