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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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A good friend of mine has been very passionate about the sea/nautical theme lately. She has asked me to come up with some seamless designs that will incorporate and carry that theme throughout. The idea has been born, and here it is - Yacht Club Skirt, part one in my "Back to the Sea" collection of seamless, all seasonal garments. This collection is dedicated to Marina
The skirt is knit 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 are two distinct sections in the skirt construction: A-line top portion and the ruffled bottom part. The top portion is constructed in a way as to accommodate any size and shape. Both sections can be easily adjusted in length.
I am providing links to all the relevant tutorials and techniques, so if you are not familiar with any of them, here is your chance to try, and succeed.
Pattern comes in two versions (both are included):
Pages 1-11: DK yarns;
Pages 12-22: Worsted yarns.
Techniques required: provisional cast on and cabling.
200 yards of DK weight