last week i had a long, long, long all day work meeting, plus a longish car ride to and fro- perfect opportunity to knit a fairy skirt.
the yarn is knitpick's shine in crocus, natasha's pick. i used 3.5 balls on US #8 circs.
i wish i could get in the habit of writing stuff down as i go, but i come to you patternless.
i can sort of tell you what i did though. i used a log cabin blanket that i have been picking up and putting down for a few months now as a swatch of sorts- same size needles, same weight yarn. not too scientific, but i wrapped the blanket around natasha's belly and figured out the number of stitches i wanted to cast on going from there. 3 x 1 ribbing for an inch or so, evenly spaced yarn overs for the eventual i-cord draw string, a teeny bit more ribbing, and then lots of stockinette-ing, all the while increasing every ten rounds or so by doing m1s every 15 stitches. finish of with one repeat of pearl-barred scallop (from the first walker treasury), weave in ends, and ta-da! a happy fairy! (oh yeah, there was some i-cord making in there too, but that was kind of forgettable.)
a perfect skirt for backyard spell casting and for the kind of secret adventures that require a well packed hello kitty backpack.
natasha reports that the yarn feels "great!" on her belly, which is good news, because she is such a picky pants.
hunting around the web for another version of that pearl-barred scallop i found this pretty scarf. i then, wow, this
blog stitch pattern geek's treasure trove. it's an awesome resource. i am always checking out the walker treasuries from my library, to the point where i often find my own paper scraps and notes tucked in the pages, months in between borrows. some day i will own my own copies, but for now i'm often looking for resources online, and this one looks very, very excellent.