Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Something Old, Something New ...

I'll have my something borrowed, and here's my something blue:


Pattern: Knitted Lace Wedding Garter by Diane Willett
Yarn: DMC Baroque 100% cotton crochet thread
Needles: US 0 (2 mm)
Started/Completed: July 28/August 13

Sorry about the extreme whiteness of my leg -- there's a reason I'm wearing a long gown to my wedding!

This was a quick, relatively easy, satisfying knit. Aside from the lace pattern, it's all in stockinette, so it rolled as you would expect. To get the pretty lace to stay open, I soaked it for several minutes in some water (with just a little Woolite to get it nice and clean) and used lots of pins to block it on a towel -- one pin per outer eyelet, plus a couple at the end. Then, I sprayed the whole thing a few times with some spray starch. It seems to have worked perfectly; it's holding its shape, but it's not too stiff.

For finishing, I used two lengths of 1/4" blue ribbon through the center eyelets and threaded some thin elastic on the inside. It's not especially grabby or tight, which is both good and bad. On the one hand, it won't cut off my circulation; on the other, it may not stay up, so I may have to excuse myself a few minutes before the garter toss to sneak it on.

The shawl continues, although it hasn't seen too much action in the past day (I had to pay full attention to the movie I started watching last night to know what was going on). It will be coming with me to knit night tomorrow, however, so I hope to see you there!

7 comments:

Virtuous said...

VERY cute!
I've booked marked it for future reference ;op

carrie said...

love it! might need one myself some day ....

DPUTiger said...

Looks great! I didn't toss a garter or bouquet at my wedding, but do whatever makes you happy!!! Can't make it tomorrow night, unfortunately. I warned you Iwo Jima was not knitting-friendly unless you had something you didn't need to look at ... AT ALL! :)

Jenn said...

What, you don't want to drag your garter around on your ankle? Party pooper.

Yvonne said...

Great job on the garter! Are you wearing two, so you can keep that one??

Octopus Knits said...

Lovely!

Paula said...

This is SO weird. Our blogs look really similar, AND I'm working on this same pattern right now. (http://napknits.blogspot.com/) I found you totally by accident while looking up other garter patterns -there don't seem to be any...