Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Neater Nupps At Last

lace scarf JEB Zephyr
So I decided to finish up another UFO languishing too long, Dorothy Siemen's Hugs and Kisses scarf. This is for DD#2, who is in love with the Zephyr I used for Evenstar (I'm using it doubled). I haven't made anything for her in a bit, so I really ought to finish something for her. I'm truly half-way done, just haven't taken a recent shot of it.

I haven't looked at Swallowtail in a bit.
Swallowtail shawl
Part of the reason was Evenstar, but I have to admit, a bigger part of the reason was getting bogged down in nupps. Nupps (rhymes with either soups or sups, depending upon whom you ask), are lace-speak for bobbles. Bobbles are easy to do in worsted or Aran-weight yarn, tricky as the dickens in fingering or lace weight, even with sharp needles. A very clever person figured out a much easier way to work them using a crochet hook:

Just the excuse I needed to buy a set of these, right?


fleegle said...

Both are pretty. I never found nupps difficult, but I am not a tight knitter. I can just imagine how awful they must be if the stitches have no give.

Donna Lee said...

I have been eyeing an Estonian lace scarf which of course is full of nupps. I made lily of the valley socks which had nupps and didn't find them that difficult. I have enough yarn left from my evenstar to make the estonian lace so I'm going to put that on the list. The endless list.

Experimental Knitter said...

Good to know about LoV socks; I have that pattern and hadn't the courage to make them.

Now need to find great ivory-colored sock yarn, hmmmm.

Dorothy said...

Thanks so much for the video on the nupps. I've done quite a few projects with nupps, but never have really enjoyed them. I'm seriously considering casting on a new project just so I can try this method!

Anonymous said...

This is wonderful. I’ve had trouble with nupps in the past, especially with keeping them so that they have a consistent look. Also, I had some problems with nupps if yarn overs were before or after the nupp. It looks like finishing the nupp immediately would solve that problem.
I found this method
and I thought it would work for me - and it might -but the video’s approach appears to be better.

Thank you so much!

Experimental Knitter said...

@ Denise and Dorothy,
You're welcome, glad you found it helpful.
I agree that finishing the nupps on the same row you make them is easier than doing them on the next row when you have YO's flanking them. I can't tell you how many YO's I picked up in the nupps-- too many for sure!