Thursday, December 07, 2006

Penelope Wristlets

Yeah, I know I was calling them Fish Trap but they’ve changed their name!

Begun: November 29, 2006
Completed: December 7, 2006

Yarn: Black/Fall, handspun 2-ply, fingering weight, 1 ply black/1 ply handpainted fall colours.
Beads: size 6º Czech seed beads, transparent bronze AB


The above photo shows how I got the beads onto the yarn. I used white glue to meld the beads’ thread onto the yarn. After it dried it was easy to slide the beads over the join. It took about 1-1/2 strands of beads to complete the 2 wristlets.
Needles: Boye metal 2.25 mm dpns.

Pattern:

Cast on 45 sts, arranged on 4 needles (10,10,10,15). I used the long-tail cast-on so the next row starts with a purl round. Knit 6 rounds garter stitch (one row purl, one row knit) and then begin pattern from chart. I worked until I had 15 rows of beads. End with 6 rounds garter stitch beginning with knit row. Bind off in knit. Work in ends.

Comments: These began as the Fish Trap Wristwarmers from “Arctic Knits” by Donna Druchunas. I added beads to the pattern on alternate plain rows. Because I frogged everything so much, I renamed them after Penelope who had to unweave every night everything that she accomplished during the day. This felt exactly like that! I kept making stupid mistakes by not paying attention and even the end results have one wristlet a row longer than the other. I gave up worrying about it.

They are however nice and warm and work nicely with my Not-So-Granny-Square sweater to fill in the gap below the cropped sleeves for when it’s colder. I’m liking the fabric so much, I might make a tam to coordinate since I have one last full skein of this yarn left.

2 comments:

Rosemary said...

They look super!

Donna said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for posting the photo and the chart to show how you incorporated the beads. I hope you do make the tam. I'd love to see how it turns out. Your handspun yarn is beautiful, too.