Fell in L.O.V.E. with this design the moment I saw it! And it’s my entry in the 2016 Tops, Tanks and Tees Knit-Along over in Shannon Cook’s Ravelry group (info is also on her blog) that runs from April 18 through May 20 (with a possible extension).
The swatch is worked in a pale shade (Barely There Lilac) of Portland Tweed from my stash (which I didn’t have enough of to make this) before the Rosewater I bought in a stashdown arrived in the mail. The gauge is perfect and the blocked fabric is lovely and drape-y. :)
I played a little yarn chicken and ended up using all 6 skeins with a scant 1 metre left over!
I have a little bit more yarn than needed for sizes 1 and 2 (5 pattern repeats) but not quite enough for sizes 3 and 4 (6 pattern repeats). I want this lovely cocoon to be as generously-sized as possible so I tried to get 5½ repeats done and still have enough left to complete the garter stitch edgings but didn’t work. But it turned out that doing 5 repeats resulted in each panel measuring about 19” deep, so after working the 3-needle bind off, before blocking the cocoon measures almost 40” anyway, which is the measurement for the two larger sizes, so yay!!
When seaming, I followed the directions for Size 3 so my sleeve openings would be generous.
As written, the bind-off of the sleeve and body trim shows on the RS, which is not my preference and gives the appearance of 5 “ridges”, contrary to the pattern photos. Therefore, I did the trim as follows:
First rnd: Purl Next rnd: Knit. Rep the last 2 ends two more times (3 ridges) Next rnd - bind off purlwise - this gives the appearance of 4 purl “ridges” and the bind off lies to the RS
Tips/Tools used for blocking:
in addition to the usual T-pins, blocking wires make for nice crisp, straight edges - this saves tons of time and makes picking up stitches later much easier.
I also used a carpenter’s square (a big right angle) to ensure that my centre seam was straight before pinning my wired edges in place.
After working the garter stitch trim, a quick steam blocking is all that’s required to even out your stitches and make the mattress seaming virtually invisible.