My friend Anita is one of the greatest mums I know! Certainly amongst my friends she’s one of the bravest while pregnant! Her baby is due in under a month and she’s still at work! She’s been sick for her entire pregnancy and has soldiered on at work and with mothering her 4 other children! I’m making some little girly fancy pants for her expected arrival out of the same bamboo as I used to make Jackson’s only I’ve made some changes to the pattern as well. I’ve also added some extra frilly bits using some Panda ‘Regal’ 4 ply cotton. This involved me staying up last night after having this creative idea on how to do it till 2am!
For each frill I cast on 225 stitches – 4 times the cast on stitches minus 3 or so my stitch book said was the formula! The next row was knit two, pass first stitch over the second till the end. The third row is just pearl 2 together. After that I worked a few rows of stocking stitch and one row of k2, yo, k2 tog till the end to make eyelet holes. The last 2 rows are two rows of garter stitch to make the ridges.
I made two for the bottoms of the legs then got creative and decided I’d put 2 on the back to make it really girly! During the process of experimenting with the cotton I snapped a bamboo DPN It was the only needles I had that were 2.5mm which leaves only 4 in that set I will replace those next time I need them for socks. I promptly ran to the wool shop to get a circular 2.5mm metal ended needle so that I don’t have stitches falling off the end of the DPNs or break any more of them because of the tightness of the pure cotton. Highly recommend metal or nickel needles for knitting cotton. OK for bamboo or bamboo cotton blends…but not for pure cotton 4ply. Lovely yarn but a pain to knit.