Crepe Paper Crown by Leigh Radford

Crepe Paper Crown

September 2005
Crepe paper streamers
10 stitches and 14 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch (St st)
US 10½ - 6.5 mm
27 yards (25 m)

Pattern description from Alterknits: “The pattern book Poetry in Stitches by Norwegian knitwear designer Solveig Hisdal is one of my favorites. In it the author reveals her creative process by showing photos of her sources of inspiration (such as an element of nature or a knitted artifact) as well as the garments they inspired. In one section she writes about traditional Norwegian brides wearing crowns to their weddings and shows a photograph of a papier-mache version she created. Inspired by these ideas, I decided to knit a crown. I swatched with numerous materials, including curly ribbon and long strips of art paper, but settled on crepe paper because it is pliable and relatively strong. I found the key to working with crepe paper is to cast on with waste yarn, then knit the paper slowly and gently to avoid tearing.”

Finished Measurements: Flat 19” long x 3.25” high from bottom of point: size adjustable at back.

Crepe Paper and Ribbon: Crepe paper streamers (1.75” wide by 81 feet long): 3 rolls (available where party supples are sold). Shown in white and sangria. Six 1-yard lengths and six 1.5-yard lengths decorative fabric ribbon, in varied widths.

Needles: One set straight needles size US 10.5 (6.5 mm). Change needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions: Waste yarn, #8 seed beads, 7 vintage buttons (one for each crown point), 2 buttons approximately 1/2” diameter for back closure, 1 skein embroidery floss to match crepe paper, yarn needle, sewing needle, beading needle, sewing thread.