Thursday, October 1, 2015

How many knockers does it take to make the right pattern?

How many knockers does it take to make the right pattern? 

9 knockers!!!! LOL

A story from the designer perspective. 

I was approached by 2 wonderful women about this project, Denise from Loom a Hat, and Kristy from CinDwood Looms, about working up a prosthetic boob. I said sure always like a challenge and it would be for a good cause. 
Well what seemed like a fun little project to tackle, turned into something bigger. I started out with 2 styles of a draft. 1 in the knitted in the round using peg doubling, and the other knitted flat using a decreasing method with the flat knit and sewing up the side. First one too round and stitching too large, and 2nd too conicle, needs more rows to flatten out some, oh and the yarn needs to be DK size or smaller. HMMMMM. Well this suddenly turned out to be more effort required, OK go forth and conquer. At least I knew the wrap and turn and flat knit were the way to head.

Next draft with fine yarn had too many holes showing up in the decrease sections using the flat knitted style, with more sections to make it less conicle. Oh no, so I gave one more different technique a try, but to no avail, holes. But in my frustration of not getting it, Kristy was like "take a break" so I did. Best thing for me. LOL. I told Kristy "Fine gauge is going to be needed for that fine of a yarn" Low and behold the planets aligned, the sun shown just right, and the universe procured a solution to our delima. Thanks so much Cindy for putting the fine gauge prototype together for me.  ;-)

Next draft was working, but the bottom wasn't quite right, and now for sizing..... which means the next knockers were questionable in sizing. Went to the store to fit them in bras and thought I had an idea of fitting, but still not sure. Thankfully Barbara from Knitted Knocker sent over some knockers for me to see the sizing, plus some yarn to make sure it would work for the pattern.

Well for a "What the heck" I tried to simplify the pattern and still use the 1/2 gauge series, using 3 pieces sewn together, little difficult to sew up, but still a little too much space but might would work. We shall see in our future what this design beholds. ;-)

Well here we are the final 2 drafts and samples made and they worked, finally got the right pattern and size!!! I used part of a technique, the kitchener bind off, from Brenda Myers on the closer, with her approval!!! Another amazing talented woman!!! So the knockers were sent back for approval, days later we got a "yes", pattern approved. CinDwood got the fine gauge pegs fine tuned and in order.

Now we are off and away. Please feel free to look at the kit CinDwood it providing and the Pink pegs series going on for this month. Plus keep in mind it took a group full of women to achieve this project, so that the loom knitting community can share and donate to those women who are in need of prosthetics. Also check out other patterns on CinDwood page for this months awareness. Hope Hat  and  Ribbons of Love

Thank You Ladies
Scarlett Royale
The Loom Muse

Oct. Fundraiser Info

All Pink color charges go to breast cancer research (Huntsman Cancer Institute)
$2 for hat/scarf looms and $5 for afghan looms
1. Knitted Knocker Loom +ePattern Bundle ($5 of each bundle goes to Knitted Knockers Support Foundation)
2. Ribbons of Love ePattern – $1.99 (All proceeds go to breast cancer research)
3. Hope Hat $1.99 – (All proceeds go to cancer research)
Thank you for helping us make a difference this month by purchasing looms and patterns from us. We appreciate the support!!

 Thanks to the groups involved!!!

1 comment:

  1. I would love to get this loom set for the knockers! I think this is a wonderful idea to help those ladies out!!