bonnie: learning how to do smocking
after a little bit of preparation and a couple of false starts, i finally worked out the smocked waistband for bonnie. i am loving how this is turning out. it definitely decreases the width of the sweater, but it still has enough ease to fit nicely. and i actually like how it looks when it's pulled fairly taut width-wise.
it was a little confusing at first, but i finally figured out how to do it. after basting across with scrap yarn to form your horizontal guides (the gray horizontal lines), you simply weave the needle up through the vertical rib. then you insert your needle from the right rib to the left rib and join them together.
from there, you work diagonally, weaving up through the stitches and joining the ribs. once i got the hang of it, it was fun.
and it produces such a pretty, satisfying fabric.
p.s. i was all worried about this yarn being too bulky. yes, i could have used a nice DK (d. bliss cashmerino would have been yummy), but i think this is going to work out just fine.
Posted by knitlit kate at 7:26 PM