If you loom knit, you’ve probably already seen this design, but I have been so excited to talk about this project. Sometime back, I received 2 balls of Noro Chirimen in a swap on Ravelry. The colors in the yarn were unusual and not entirely ‘my style’. I tend to gravitate toward blues and greens, or pastels. So, if I had been out yarn shopping, I may not have picked this particular colorway. And that would have been too bad, because I loved the vibrancy and how vivid this yarn was when it was knitted. I think swaps are good for a person because of this. They break you out of your tendency to redundancy. Still, I didn’t know quite what I was going to do with this yarn so in a basket it went. And stayed there for awhile too.
I’d stop, look, and think of possible projects for these interesting balls of yarn. And then I’d pass onto a new project. And so it went for many months. Picking up the Noro. Feeling it’s interesting texture. Dreaming up possibilities. And dropping it back into the basket. In my mind, it became a number of things. A purse. A place mat. A hat. And more. But I only had the 2 skeins. 100 grams. Just over 270 yards. I wanted to make the most of it. I decided to try to create a lace project.
This was sometime in June. At the time, we were working on a rental house that belongs to hubby’s mom, getting it ready for a new renter. This project traveled back and forth with me to the rental. It occupied my time while we drove to and from the rental house. And it was something to do when I needed to sit and rest a bit.
I initially started this project on the red round Knifty Knitter loom, but wanted a wider piece. Something you could drape around your shoulders. So, off the red loom it came and I switched to the green round Knifty Knitter loom. Much better! For an even wider piece, the yellow round loom would be a great choice but I stuck with the green round loom because I knew a wider piece would also mean less length. It needed to be a good balance between width and length. I worked those two skeins of Noro right up to the last 10 inches or so. I had just enough yarn left after weaving in the ends to crochet a little 5 petal flower. Used up every last bit!
This wrap was so different from the whimsical projects that I usually create to entertain my little ones and I wanted really great pictures to showcase it. So, in August, I asked a talented gal that lives nearby if she’d be willing to take the pictures for me. I’d been seeing some great photography work that she was posting on facebook. I was particularly enamored of the pictures she’d taken on 25th Street. She very sweetly agreed to help me out. Super big thank you to M.J. Butler of iMaJin iMaJes for the fantastic pictures! And a special thanks to her beautiful friend, ShawNee Creamer, who modeled the wrap in the photos. Thank you, thank you, ladies!
After I submitted the pattern for the 25th Street Stole to Loom Knitter’s Circle, I decided I’d like to see how the design looked when worked up with a fingering weight yarn.
I cast on my Decor Accents Evenknit loom with Scout’s Swag fingering yarn in the Spring-ish colorway. I am going to work it up into a short scarf. It looks like it will be about 7.5 – 8 inches wide. Length? I can only estimate at the moment. I have a little more than 6 inches of knitting on the loom right now and think I’ve used about 1/4 of the yarn. So, best guess on length would be about 24 – 30 inches. In case you want to make this in a fingering weight yarn and use an EFG loom, I cast on 48 pegs and modified the pattern to 10 rows of garter, followed by 10 rows of the netted lace.
It looks rather pretty in a finer yarn, doesn’t it? Love it!
The plan is to work on this pattern together as a group in the Loom Along group on Ravelry in March. So, if you haven’t already made this by then, or if you have but would like to make another 😉 we’d love to have you join in on the fun. Work it up in the DK weight or work it up in a pretty sock yarn. Whatever strikes your fancy. I’ll be on hand to answer questions and I’d love to see your finished knits. In the meantime:
May your New Year’s Eve be rockin’ and may 2011 hold many great things for you all.
All my best,