24 July 2008 @ 07:46 pm
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?
( Read comments )
Post a comment in response:
Identity URL: 
Account name:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
HTML doesn't work in the subject.


If you are unable to use this captcha for any reason, please contact us by email at support@dreamwidth.org

Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.