Juliet, oh Juliet, let Down your Yarn

22 Aug

Wrap finished before blocking

This posted gem is about the “Juliet Scarf” pattern from “Knitting Little Luxuries” and my adventures turning it in a wrap Juliet Capulet would have rocked before her whole death by poison thing.

It took a while, but I was able to finish my beautiful wrap in almost two months. It was hard for me to find an actual wrap pattern and I ended up using a scarf pattern and making it bigger through repetitions. When I cast on I tripled the instructions by repeat a row three times before going to the next row. For example, row one was knitted exactly the same way three times before I reached the end, turned and started on row two. I think the evolved look of the pattern still holds the great look with a lacy pattern effect.

A couple of tips for this pattern, make sure you can concentrate and know how the pattern section should look.

Pattern Flower

This pattern isn’t hard, the biggest stitches you have to learn (or do) are the SSK and the PSSO. Silly me thought this meant I didn’t have to pay attention and could knit this on my great travel expedition of 2011 of planes, trains and automobiles. Let the record show I ripped enough to make several wraps. If you mess up at certain points of the pattern it will show and, if you’re like me, that drives you nuts. This is especially true when the ladder looking section instead resembles stairs.

This brings me to my next tip, know how the pattern is supposed to look. There is a chart on the pattern I really needed colored in and not pay attention to the stitches (though this is helpful, check it out, learn it) to show me how the knitted section is supposed to look. This wasn’t just for my knitting perfectionism but to help me know right away of making a stitch mistake. It’s much more helpful to fix a knitted mistake right away with this pattern than frog and go back. Some times I had to frog past the mistake because I couldn’t

Toggle button sewn onto flower

figure out what I did wrong.

The flower is another part that tripped me up. I’ve actually used the flower pattern from this project in the past and always had problems getting it right. I finally figured out how the wrap stitch works, maybe I can make it clearer.

Finished wrap looking mighty fine.

When you knit the first 24, pull the yarn forward, slip the next stitch to the right needle,

pull the yarn back. Then you turn around your work, slip your stitch back onto the right needle and pull the yarn back. THEN you start kitting the 24 stitches again. It’s hard at first, but once you figure it out, it looks as lovely as the one I made.

I added a toggle button at the back so I could use the flower “button” as a way to secure the wrap but still look really styling.

Feel free to leave comments if you get tripped up or need clarification on this pattern.

Dreaming of cooler weather,
-Stacy C

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2 Responses to “Juliet, oh Juliet, let Down your Yarn”

  1. Nancy Burk August 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM #

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! enjoyed the explanation of the flower pattern too. Jane has a great tip for using stitch markers for pattern repeats. Also, could a safety yarn have helped? Another great article, Stacy, once again…… keep ‘em coming!

    • theyarnfix August 25, 2011 at 6:39 PM #

      The repeats and safety yarn wouldn’t have helped so much. It was the actual pattern you had to pay attention to while working. All 12 rows of the stitch pattern were different and you weren’t doing things in a real sequence. Once I started working it, I knew when I got to the end of a section if I had messed up previously but frogging with yarnovers is not a safe practice as you know. One thing I picked up was to count backward as I frogged, THAT was a big help. Simple, but effective. Thanks, Nancy!

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