30 October 2007

Oh geez!

My Ogee Lace Skirt is finished, with i-cord ties and bind off all done.

Can anyone spot the problem?

Yes, folks, it's WAY TOO BIG. It doesn't sit well, and the wrap around is too much, so it just looks bulky and lumpy. NOT the look we're after - I supply enough lumps of my own, thankyouverymuch.

At first I thought it was because my gauge was WAY off. I didn't do a gauge swatch (BAD Jejune), as generally I'm on gauge, and I figured, well, it's a wrap around lace skirt, an extra few centimetres either way isn't going to be a big deal.

So I got out my trusty Knit Picks ruler, and tape measure, and the pattern and set forth....

The pattern calls for 20 sts and 28 rows to SEVEN inches wide and SIX inches long (ie not your standard 4" square). I got about 21 sts to 7", which is on gauge (close enough), and 8" for the pattern repeat, which is a fair bit off - much deeper than it should be. I didn't do the second pattern repeat, as it was already long enough! So no huge error here, in terms of the width gauge.

Hmmm. So to measure the length of the thing - 57"! I had done the Largest size. But you know what, I should have knit Small. It's just too long!

I'm also not happy with how it drapes, and think the bottom to top construction (ie you start knitting at the hem, and add stitches to the sides to get the curved edge) doesn't hang very well. I'm considering trying it from the top down, and just decreasing along the sides to get the curved hem. Any advice, ladies? Is this a Bad Idea TM?

So - AAAARGH - I'm going to rip it out, and start again. I'm sure I can enlist Lulu to help, I don't want to watch...!!

Today I think I'll drown my sorrows with Mariah... only 10 rows to go on the second sleeve, and then it's Joining Up Time, where sleeves, fronts and back are all collected together in one happy family!

Jejune's Day lives on- no work today, no packing, no housework, only knitting, painting, a nice walk... and ripping :/


11 am edit

OK, here is it.. the Ogee Lace Skirt in ball form :p


  1. Your courage is remarkable!! I'm very impressed! Hope Lily is feeling better and glad Jejune's day is still a happy holiday!

  2. Bugger! Do you like it as a shapely stole?

    Go the Mariah, though. How exciting to be so close to join up point.

  3. Oh that's a pain - it was so pretty! Frogging is when a ball-winder really comes into it's own, I think!

    HOpe you have better luck with Mariah - sounds like you are at a very exciting point!

  4. Thank goodness Lulu was around to help you rip it back!

    yeah, focus on mariah - get her out of the way!

    Happy jejune day! :)

  5. that hurt just to watch. i admire your fortitude.....

  6. Oh crap. Strength to you.

    Some quality time with mariah will ease the pain, Im sure.

  7. oh man, that's just wrong. What a bummer! But yes, at least you gave Lulu a sense of purpose today. That lamb needs to be kept occupied and this was one time when she was ALLOWED to frog.

  8. Oh, man, that's just a killer, isn't it? I've never attempted a skirt. Somehow you are reinforcing that instinct in me!

  9. Ouch, I hate it when that happens. Setting Lily to it is the best. Can't wait to see Mariah.

  10. I'm in awe, such resolve! And the pattern had come together so nicely, too. What a bugger.

    I have a cardigan that's been a UFO for 3 years and hasn't been frogged. I lost the pattern and am unlikely to ever find it again. Maybe I should just give it to you/someone to frog for me...

  11. It amazes me how you can just rip something up like that and start all over ...

    I would have made it into a double-thick shawl, as is! (oh, without the drawstring...)


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