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10.21.2006

FO - butterfly


pattern: butterfly from rowan 37
inspiration: domesticat's butterfly - it was the first one i saw and, really, that was all it took.
yarn: rowan kidsilk haze in majestic (recommended yarn), 1 ball and 10% or less of the second (i can't imagine why the pattern asked for 3 balls.)
needles / hook: US size 7 circs from knitpicks for everything except the straps the picot edging, which i used US 6 addis turbo circs.
gauge: pretty close the recommended gauge of 17 sts and 24 rows = 4" in pattern on size 7s
size: size 34" bust
cost: tbd...i got the ksh for 40% off, but i can't find the receipt.
timeline: swatched 08.22.2006, started 09.24.2006, finished 10.14.2006 (that would be 21 days, yo. i am awesome.)


excuse the hair and tired expression. i have to get the sun when i can.

changes: no beads. although my bust is a 36, i went with the 34, since i heard all sorts of things about ksh stretching. i also knit most of it with size 7s instead of 8s, since a lot of folks did that, too.

speaking of needles, i don't know if i would have survived butterfly without the super-pointy (and someimes a bit painful) knitpicks needles. i am SO GLAD i went ahead and ordered them to work on this. from now on, i'll definitely be using them for any lace that is complicated or uses sort of thin yarn.



there was no way i was going to deal with grafting the the front and the back, so i went ahead and kniti pretty much followed the pattern as written. it wasn't too difficult, and i was able to try it on a few times to figure out if the length and shaping were working for me.

also, i didn't bind off and pick up the 3 stitches for the straps; i just went ahead and knit them. because of the stretching / too-long-straps issue i read on a lot of blogs, i made straps that just tied on top.



thoughts: the fit works. if i'd gone with the directions for the 36" bust, i would have been fine, but i may not have finished in time for the wedding that i was making it for. so, there you go. hehe...

all in all, this was a very satisfying knit. is it the most beautiful thing i've ever made? maybe. i think i'll just say that it's tied with shedir for that title. however, it is definitely the best thing i've ever kept for myself. by far.

Comments:
Wow! Pretty!
 
It is beautiful and fits you perfectly! I'm awed & inspired at the speed with which you knocked this off - I'm glad that you had it in time for the wedding.

Congratulations!!!
 
Awesome! you look lovely in it! congratulations!
 
I love it! It's so pretty and it fits you really well. I want to make one too, I'm just working up the courage...
 
Beautiful! Must get around to working on mine. Yours is inspiration!
 
So pretty! I read the Butterfly KAL comments that you knitted in the rounds. I'm thinking of knitting in the rounds, too. Do you have any tips on the decreases/increases at the sides? Thanks. --Mindy
 
i actually did the decreases as written and just tried to keep them close to the sides of the tank.

luckily, the lace hides a lot of mistakes. hehe...

let me know if you have any other questions!
 
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