Friday, October 21, 2011

Bernat puff ball

This is 10 sts and 10 rws of puff ball pink by bernat. The bottom 5 rows are garter st. Don't really like how that came out. The top 5 are plain St st...and the purl side is the puff lined up all nice and uniform while the knit side has a knit st in between each puff that is visisble. I like that much better so I'm going to take the whole thing down and start over that way.

The only tricky part of working with this complicated yarn was the cast on. A long tail cast on is like out of the question....much tangle. A back loop worked perfectly...all the puffs lined up evenly giving me the hint that I'm only working on the corded part of the yarn and let the puff fall in place. At least that's my take on it. This uses a size 9 needle and each puff is considered 1 inch in width...which it is, although in length its about a 1/2".

Taking a break often is hand got cramped up holding the puffs out the way to knit the cording. Its polyester and each skien sold supports Komen for the Cure. Also...pulling this skien from the center, proved problematic. The puffs keep collapsing onto the center making pulling the yarn smooth with any other yarn on the planet...a challenge. Do yourself a favor...get a bowl...remove the sleeve put the yarn in. It and work from the outside allowing the ball to roll within the bowl. No center skien tangle/pull conflict that way.

I was a bit skeptical about this yarn originally then I felt it....its softer than fleece and once you get the hang of working with it...its easy. Stay tuned for the finished product....which should be soon since this. 10 x 10 took about 20 mins. It measures 4.5 by 9 inches.

Now all I have to do is decide what this is gonna be...a scarf? a hat? A shawl? A fun purse? We'll see.

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