Based on the Valentine pattern in the “First Book of Modern Lace Knitting” by Marianne Kinzel, this will be the ring bearer’s pillow for Allen and Libby’s wedding. I’ll use the central motif from the Coronet and then improvise edging, sides and bottom of the pillow with coordinating stitches.
8/22/12 Cast on and got the center bit going. The Wollmeise is perfect for this. It’s giving a nice fabric that has substance, but still shows off the openwork of the lace pattern.
8/24/12 I’m very pleased with the results so far. I did the pattern as for the smaller doilies plus Part C and 2 extra rounds of plain knitting. I’m now doing an attached i-cord edge (4 rows of i-cord to every 3 edge stitches). The plan will be to knit another identical piece for the bottom and a long 1.5” wide strip for the sides of the pillow. I’ll make a circular pillow to fit out of a dark navy blue fabric and then mattress stitch the side piece in between the top and bottom ‘capturing’ the pillow. The lacework will show beautifully against the pillow’s blue color. I’ll add silk ribbons in navy blue and gold for decor and to tie the rings in place. (I’ll get fake wedding rings and then Libby and Allen can decide if they want to put the actual rings on the pillow or not.)
8/30 Here it is blocked. There is some pinching of the edging due to the pinning into a circular shape. I will steam it when the pillow is done to try and remove some of that. I did use blocking wires but the pins still pinched. perhaps if I tried blocking it before I applied the edging. I’ll try that on the second one and if it works use that side for the top.
10/8/2012 All the knitting and blocking is done…and much of the piecing. Plus the pillow insert is done. I’ll get this done today -- then get busy finishing the sweater I plan to wear…only 5 days till the wedding!