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.


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.


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.