Friday, March 30, 2012
Fun With Flounce
Because of a gift from my friend Helen, I got my chance to play with one of those mesh knitting yarns that turns out ruffles. This one happens to be Flounce by Knitting Fever. I'm mentioning their name, but I also want to say that I was very disappointed to find a knot in the skein of yarn. Working with the yarn is interesting, but there are some issues about fastening the ends of the yarn. Most of the videos I have watched and patterns I have seen slide right over that little detail mentioning that the yarn ravels and must be secured, but say very little about how this is to be done. The same thing is true when it comes to finishing the end of your scarf. I tried binding off and that makes the finished end of the scarf narrow. It did not flare like the beginning. I ended up stitching down the individual loops to give a more uniform appearance. I used sewing thread to fasten things down and to join the two ends, but I'm not totally happy with the results.
All of the knitting on this project is done by stretching out the yarn and knitting on the edge. After trying it both ways I chose the dark purple for the inside of the scarf. All of the knitting is done on that edge. Using size 11 needles and one skein, I had yarn left over to try making a flower.
I left about a 4 inch end of the yarn and cast on 12 stitches. I completed four rows. Then leaving about a 6 inch end, I threaded the yarn through the stitches going a few stitches past the opening. With a yarn needle I threaded the ends down through the center and tied the them in a knot. Now my flower is ready to be sewn to a hat or made into a pin with felt and a pin back.
The best part is that I have enough yarn left for Helen to try making a flower too!