24 July 2008 @ 07:46 pm
Frilly cuffs version 1.0  
Here's my preliminary frilly neo-Victorian cuff, all pinned out and blocking.

frillycuff 001

It's pretty big -- a little smaller than a dinner plate. The frill on it is a full circle with a picot bind off. It's knit from the cuff down in an eyelet rib on small needles, and then for the frill, I switched to larger needles so the fabric would be drapier.

These are intended to be worn under a jacket or bodice with long fitted sleeves. They keep your hands and wrists warm, and give some frilliness to what can be a severe silhouette. They're good for early autumn or when spring is still cold.

frillycuff 004

Ribbing detail

Needles: Size 4 US/3.5 mm, size 6 US/4 mm
Yarn: Blackberry Ridge, Fisherman 4-ply merino, natural grey sheep color (er, I think it's merino; it's pretty soft)

Lace pattern: Modified version of the "Heart Motif" on page 180 of Charted Knitting Designs by Barbara Walker; ribbing is from "Go with the Flow" socks from Summer 2005 "Interweave Knits"

frillycuff 005

Here you can see my biggest duh moment in knitting these: I misread the chart and did k2tog instead of ssk. Such a dumb mistake to make. In my defense, the key for the symbols is hidden (I swear -- it's in a weird spot, and I have trouble finding it whenever I look for it) in the very beginning of the book. Making a mockery of that defense, Walker uses basic knitting abbreviations. Basically, I'm a dumbass. (At least, I hope you can see that. That's not the greatest picture.)

The upshot of this mistake is that I like the texture it gives, and it's not really an issue in the form/function of the cuff. I think I'll knit its partner to match.

Discoveries: I have discovered that I hate this kind of ruffle. Circular ruffles are not for me! I prefer the ribbed ruffle, where you increase in the knit section of the ribbing and leave the purls alone. It gives a firmer ruffle -- this one is very floppy.

Also, apparently 36 stitches on size 4 needles is too big for my 6.25" wrist. I think it might be better suited for someone with a 7" wrist, which is a large women's wrist. (I think. I don't really know -- My mom and sister and I all have little hands and wrists, but not exceptionally small, and my brothers and dad have hams for hands. I'm not in the habit of measuring my friends' wrists either, just for larfs.) The lace part is dry now, but the ribbing is still damp, so I'm aggressively blocking length into it to make the circumference smaller so it doesn't look like crap when I take pictures. Right now the ribbing falls down onto my hand a little when I wear it. It will stretch to accommodate a larger hand. I might slip some elastic into the base of the ribbing.

I might chop some length out of the ruffle, I think. It falls to the middle joint of my fingers, but again with the little hands.

The good part is that the lace V's are really flattering and pretty when they fall over your hand.

For pricing, I'm thinking $45/per pair, as once I get the pattern ironed out, it will take me an evening to make these. I'm not going to charge people for the time I spend ripping out. I can get two pairs out of a ball of Fisherman's 4-ply (4 oz.). Is $45 too much, considering that the yarn is only $6.50/skein? I don't want to underprice my labor, because that is lame and misogynist.

So, what does everyone think?
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[identity profile] tattycat.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 02:09 am (UTC)
I would pay $45 for awesome gear cuffs.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
They do look like gears, don't they? I didn't even notice. I just like knitting with strategically placed holes in it.

Woo. I'm feeling very encouraged about this.
[identity profile] gardentraveler.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Extremely cool. Once again, I wish I had the time and patience.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm fond of it myself.

Yes, the time and patience is the big investment, not the skill. And that includes the years I've spent getting to the point where I can sit down and knit something like this without a pattern.
[identity profile] jennnlee.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 10:59 am (UTC)
$45 sounds fair to me. When I go to Renaissance fairs and the like I see corsets and other garb at all kinds of prices, but the simpler stuff (shifts, those little corsets that are more waist-cinchers than anything else) going for somewhere in the $50 range. I think $45 puts it cheap enough to be an acceptable impulse by, but expensive enough to reflect that it's handmade and worth something.

Am I making sense? I've had like a third of a cup of coffee.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
That makes perfect sense. I didn't want to price it so high and that people would be having sticker shock, since accurately priced handknits are a far cry from Target prices. "But I can buy 10 socks for $8.50 in the store. Why would I pay $50 for one pair?"
[identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
Very cool! I think people on etsy are going to love these.
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
They are neat.

I hope people do like them! I'm gunning for the yarn for the Threepenny Pullover by Veronik Avery with the required yarn. It's like $300 worth of yarn, because apparently price doesn't matter when the companies give the yarn to you. Twenty balls of Lano Gatto VIP, $14/ball. It will take time.
[identity profile] troubleagain.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 12:57 pm (UTC)
Very pretty!
ext_46111[identity profile] msmcknittington.livejournal.com on July 25th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you!