Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cobweb Frill

Araucania Ruca yarn

I have been a long time fan of the Cobweb Frill, however have been too scared to even test it out, let alone use it on a project.  Until now.  I suppose I've been afraid because dropping stitches is involved.  As a knitter, most of the time we do everything we can to keep from dropping stitches. Panic normally ensues when a stitch is dropped, and even worse if that stitch should start to unravel!  It is hard to convince ourselves it is ok to intentionally drop stitches, and let them unravel clear back to the cast on edge.  But fear no more!  This is a beautiful thing, so go ahead and drop those stitches!

Patons Angora Bamboo yarn

Work on a multiple of 3 +1

Ktbl = Knit through the back loop

Part One
Row 1: Ktbl *P2, Ktbl*
Row 2: P1 *Ktbl, K1, P1*

Repeat the above two rows until frill is the desired length.  Be sure to end on Row 2.

Next Row: Ktbl *Drop next stitch from left needle without working it, P1, Ktbl*

Part Two
Row 1: P1 *Ktbl, P1*
Row 2: Ktbl *P1, Ktbl*

Repeat these two rows twice more.  Unravel the dropped stitches do the cast on edge.

If you plan to sew the frill onto an already completed piece, then bind off at this point.  Or, you may simply continue on to knitting your main pattern.  Do keep in mind that 1/3 of the stitches are going to be dropped, so you will need to make sure you account for those stitches when casting on, if you are going to go straight into your main pattern.

If you are comfortable with dropping stitches, you may want to check out Clapotis, by Kate Gilbert.  This fabulous scarf appeared in the Fall 2004 issue of Knitty.

Here is the video.  Happy Knitting and Enjoy!

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