You have have already decided how many ruffles and flourishes you want . . .
I think most of you have already finished the skirt ruffle, but if you have not, please feel free to do that. For those who are following me, here is the picot ruffle again. . . Work to desired skirt length – about 1/2 – 3/4 inch, ending with a WS row.
RS: Kfb across the row.
RS: *Kfb, k1; repeat from * across row.
WS: Execute a picot bind off as follows: *Using a cable cast on, CO 2 stitches, BO 3, placing the stitch that remains on the right needle back onto the left needle; repeat from * until all stitches are bound off.
Now for PLACKETS!
For simple, minimalist plackets, follow the instructions in either the original Ella pattern or the Ella Rediscovered for the button band plackets. These are folded plackets with ruffles. You will want to put button holes on one side (if using buttons) and leave the other side without the buttons.
For the more simple ruffle you see on the pattern cover, please follow the ruffle instructions for sleeves.
For my picot ruffle, please follow the instructions for my ruffle meets ruffle tweak below.
1. A Tale of Two Ellas:
In both Ella patterns, the front plackets are accomplished before the collar and neck ruffle. We have not done things this way. Thus, the plackets will begin at the top of the collar and neck ruffle and proceed all the way to the bottom of the skirt ruffle.
In order for this to look as though the ruffle was made all in one piece we have to join the ruffly-ness of the placket to the neck and skirt. Best way to do this is to use the technique of short rows.
2. What You Need to Know
Short Rows: If you’ve ever made a sock, and I bet most of you have, you have used short rows. Here is a great tutorial by Cat Bordhi on how to wrap and turn in exactly the manner I want you to do for the plackets. You will see, as you watch the video, that she works through the process by looking at her stitches rather than counting. Because the number of stitches you will be picking up along the front edges varies from coat to coat (but is 3 stitches for every 4 rows), I will not count stitches, nor do you need to.
3. Ruffle Meets Ruffle Tweek: After picking up stitches on the right side per the instructions in the pattern and those above, you will purl the first row.
Row 2 (RS): Work to last stitch, w&t.
Row 3 (WS): Work to last stitch, w&t.
Row 4: Work to last stitch before wrapped stitch, w&t.
Repeat row 4 on both knit and purl sides until 1 inch (2.5cm) before desired placket width, ending with a WS row.
RS: Knit to end, working the wrapped stitches as Cat Bordhi instructs in the video so they will be invisible.
WS: Purl to end, working the wrapped stitches as Cat Bordhi instructs in the video so they will be invisible.
RS: Kfb (knit in the front and back) in each stitch.
RS: Kfb, k1 across, with no worries about whether you end with Kfb or k1.
WS: Employ the ruffle bind off of your choice. If you would like to do my favorite picot bind off, here it is again: *Using a cable cast on, CO 2 stitches, BO 3, placing the stitch that remains on the right needle back onto the left needle; repeat from * until all stitches are bound off.
Weave in ends at the end and beginning of the ruffles so that the plackets ruffles are joined seamlessly to the neck and hem ruffles.
Final Weeks of Ella Previewed!
Next Week (Week 11): More About Plackets Here, I will segue into ideas for decorations, as ways to close the coat should be considered decorative
Week 12: Decorating Ella
At the same time we will begin preparing for some of the knit-a-longs that are associated with the Noni Flowers book. I think we should have a good, old-fashioned VOTE for your favorite project and whichever one wins, wins. . . or should I just pull rank and say we’re going to make the Gossamer Fuchsia Wrap first? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.