Saturday, January 06, 2007

Frou Frou Progress; Troubleshooting

Finished seaming my Frou Frou tonight and got ready to add the trim, a little concerned about all the changes I'd made to the pattern. Then I discovered...

...there was not enough yarn!!!!! EEEEK! TLC Lustre has been discontinued for ages!

Thank goodness, Herrschners has a bunch of colors in stock. Not just dark green, but also the lovely dark red Claret. The swatch I whipped up with Claret on the Bond machine was elastic, lustrous, gorgeous. Not only that, but the price was $1.27/ball!!! I stocked up.

NOTE ON FROU FROU PATTERN ERROR:

A lot of people have been having trouble with the trim not flaring out. I did a swatch on one small section of my sweater to test. Based on the photos and the logic of the stitch pattern, I think the problem is in Round 2. If you modify it to the following, the trim flares out about 25-30% by the last row.

Round 2: Ch3, draw up a 1/2" loop in next sc, sk next sc, draw up a 1/2" loop in next sc, yo, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook, ch3, *
draw up a 1/2" loop in same stitch as second leg of last cluster, sk next sc, draw up a 1/2" loop in next sc, yo, draw yarn through 3 loops on hook, ch3; rep from * around, sl stitch in third ch of turning ch to join.

I suspect it also helps to crowd the sc base of the trim (Round 1) when doing the front of the body. That is, do more than 1 sc per row. I did 3 sc every 2 rows, though this may turn out to be too much.

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

So, how many skeins of the Lustre did the sweater end up requiring? And I'd love to see how it turned out!

Rina said...

Thanks! I ran out after 4. (The 5th ball I'd originally bought, a contrast color, didn't really match.) I ordered 2 balls just to be safe. I'll post pics when I'm done; still waiting for yarn to arrive.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for the info. I've been wanting to make that sweater, but was having a hard time deciding what yarn to use. Looking forward to seeing how the Lustre looks!