Saturday, April 14, 2007

Rose beads on Margaret Tudor

Fellow Knitsmiths, Nancy, has taken time for me to select some beads for Margaret Tudor. She has her atelier on Newbury Street and is close to a bead shop. I trust her taste for good reason. The first choice, matt finished beads shaped like a rose.



The second choice, oval shaped beads with considerably shinier finish.



We decided that the first is the right one. Its round shape and 'rose' are perfect features for this design, don't you think? I am now finished with 10 panels! That is, all the body panels are done. I went ahead and assembled all the body panels except for the side seams and knit the neck band and hem bands. I made the body narrower by eliminating 12 stitches from front and back bodies, keeping the armhole shaping and neck opening intact. This means that the shoulder width is narrowed by 6 stitches and I was anxious to find out how much I need to lengthen sleeves. After trying it on, it was clear that I need to add quite a lot to the sleeve length: one more thistle pattern needs to be added. I think I got lucky. Just a minor math of adjusting the increase pattern.

10 comments:

  1. May that is just fabulous. I'm so impressed with your creativity.

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  2. It's gorgeous, May! I think I need to do that one when I finish with my Fair Isles.

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  3. gifted.
    you're a gifted knitter!
    i love the vivid color you chose!

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  4. Mardel11:41 AM

    That is just fabulous May. As usual fabulous work and the perfect bead.

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  5. Oh wow, it looks gorgeous!

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  6. Beautiful May, I was from Everett til I remarried and then moved south to brockton, still work in Boston though.....

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  7. It looks so impressing, so you are knitting the panels individually? Hmm, I must say your knitting really made me interested in this Rose! Very good looking. And Bead-choises will be great! Good that you take your time. Fresh colour

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  8. Just beautiful May!!! I have some Scottish Fleet for Sheilavig and have been too chicken to use it.

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  9. I always knew you were a brilliant knitter and seamstress but now I know that you are also certifiably insane. :-) I mean that in a good way, of course. I love that sweater too but I still don't have the guts to take it on. Your MT is going to be awesome!

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