More fun than it looks…

I have about a gazillion balls of yarn and associated projects waiting to be knit up.

So why did I suddenly become overwhelmed in John Lewis, by the desire to buy yarn to make a pattern I’d only just seen?? I must be a sick, untreatable yarn addict…. It’s that or the tummy bug that’s had be laid up for the last few days…. 😕

This was the object of my latest desire …(This picture does not do all the detail justice)…

It’s Nicole by Leah Sutton from Rowan Magazine 39

I’m really enjoying mercerised cotton at the moment and I seem to be wearing lots of vesty type tops so this leapt off the page at me.

“OK” I thought, “It’s going to be a bit boring to knit but I want to wear it.”

I didn’t want to spend much money that day so I decided to substitute Patons’ 100% Pure cotton 4ply for the Rowan 4 ply cotton.

Boy did that decision work out a bargain!! I needed 2 balls at £3.50 a ball – a garment for £7 Cool! 😎

So…. Start knitting…..

There is a band of a textured pattern around the waist and bustline. This is worked on bigger needles so it doesn’t pull the garment tighter at these points.

The pattern is relatively simple “Yfwd, K3 and pass the first of these 3 stitches over there other 2, repeat….”

You won’t know till you’ve tried it, just how hard it was to get the “larger” (3.25mm) needle through that first stitch to be able to pass it over! 😯

I spent hours cursing and stabbing myself trying to hook up that illusive first stitch! By the time I started to get the hang of it, I’d been gripping the left hand needle so hard I’d worn a blister on the side of my left ring finger 😥 Is it just me who gets that when suffering “knitting stress”? 🙄

I silently thanked the Knitting Gods, when that section was done, that the whole garment wasn’t in that stitch 😉

Here’s how it looks….

The middle stocking stitch part was very very dull. Some shaping but still brainless. Duller than a dull thing, on a wet Tuesday afternoon in Dullsville. Ideal though, to do while gossiping and gulping down buckets of Starbucks with my fellow Guilty Knitters!

Nearly finished back and front …just the straps and front shaping. Surely I’m nearly finished???

So did you spot the beads? Take another look at that picture …

There they are….on the straps!

While you’re looking at those straps, did you spot that they were in a lacey pattern? No? Me neither till I got to knit them!

(No ,I don’t read the pattern through before I start – I like to be reckless and live dangerously!! 😀 )

Then the big downer… the 200ish beads are sewn on after knitting the straps ! I think I’d rather spend an afternoon stabbing my leg with my 2.25mm metal needles 😡

See my next post for details of how I resolved this beady problem! (no leg stabbing required!)

6 Responses

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  1. Soo
    Soo July 3, 2007 at 2:03 pm |

    I love the pattern – and with yarn at £7 all in it’s a total bargain.

    I’m entirely with you on ditching the idea of sewing 200ish beads on!!!Look forward to hearing about the bead resolution.

  2. kathryn
    kathryn July 3, 2007 at 2:18 pm |

    That is such a lovely pattern- I’m sure you’ll be really pleased with it when it’s finished. I made it last Summer for my niece and she loved it!!

    I can’t remember whether or not I put the beads on – I thought they might be an irritation in wear. I’ve checked my blog and all I say there is that I can’t decide!

  3. lynne
    lynne July 6, 2007 at 8:42 am |

    Hi, sorry to be cheeky, but can i just ask you ~ I have seen a pattern that i loved for a simple stlye dress, with some crochet detail, knitted in kidsilk haze and now can’t find where i saw it. The cover of magazine 39, which you have shown in your post here, looks familiar. Could you let me know if it has the pattern in, so i can go ahead and order it.
    Thanks in advance.

    BTW … love your blog

  4. susan crowe
    susan crowe July 6, 2007 at 9:17 am |

    Hi Lynne

    Not cheeky at all – always happy to help a reader!!

    Is it this one??

    If it is – it’s called Regency by Marie Wallin and it is indeed in Rowan mag 39. It takes (8,9,10) balls of KSH and 1 each of the two contrast colours for the flowers.

    I have to say, that is a stunning dress. I’d love to see a picture if you make it. Too much stocking stitch for me!


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