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My name is Elena Nodel, and I am a mom to a very industrious, busy, ever curious and adventurous little girl. She is my ever present inspiration for all my creative ideas. As she grows, she becomes more and more involved in my creative work, and actually does have a say in a final look of any given project. I have a Girly Girl, thus most of my designs are very feminine. However, lately I have started working on more unisex projects.
I was born and raised in Russia, a place where knitting is a part of the lifestyle. I now live in British Columbia, Canada, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I am a trained microbiologist/immunologist , and have spent years doing scientific research. I am married to a like scientist, and his name is Peter. I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful and supportive husband, and Maya is very lucky to have a father who constantly encourages her natural curiosity, and teaches her about the world around her - she has him wrapped very tightly around her little finger!
I love working with natural fibers such as cotton or wool, and always try to use them.One thing I don't like doing is seaming, therefore I knit in the round as much as possible. It is great for me and comfortable for kids. And as a result, I usually design my garments to be worked in the round from the top down.
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I am always looking for projects that use my left over yarns that I accumulate in various amounts, being an avid knitter and all. I also always loved Missoni designs, their crazy color combinations, and their oh-so-famous stripes. The idea to create Missoni-inspired designs has haunted me since last spring, so I finally put two and two together, and got this gorgeous skirt as a result.
The skirt is worked entirely in the round from top down. It begins with a provisional cast on, which is used to allow for a knitted on waistband. There is also an option for short rows shaping to allow for tummies or cloth diapers. The skirt requires very minimal finishing, fun to make and fun to wear!
The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn, but once you understand the principle behind the design, it is very easy to customize for any weight yarn.
19 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches