Friday, July 11, 2014
She is wearing Victorian lace underwear, and a robe knit from lace weight mohair yarn. I have to confess, the robe was a royal pain to knit! This cobweb-fine yarn kept wanting to slide off my needles, especially working the sleeves in dpns. I do not have specific instructions for it; in general, knit a lace panel for the bottom edge, long enough to allow you to pick up 80 stitches without puckering the knitting. Then, work the body with raglan decreases to the underarms (48 sts on the needle). Knit 10, bind off four, knit 20, bind off 4, knit 10. Finish the robe like the raglan sweater pattern, working the sleeves on dpn's beginning with 20 sts in K2P2 ribbing, then increase to 24 sts for the length of the sleeve. Bind off four and knit 20, then join to the body. Raglan decrease down to 40 sts and work two rows of garter stitch. I used size 2 and 4 needles, if you use a sportweight yarn you might want to use size 2 and 3 needles (the smaller needle for ribbing only).
I'm not too proud of the quality of the knitting, but it does have a lovely drape :-)
The underwear, however, was quite simple and made up equally well with worsted cotton yarn or sportweight cotton yarn.