Thursday, June 29, 2006

Banana Ballerina


The original Ballerina is "back" heavy and as I wear it after a few minutes it starts sliding back. I find this bothers me and it looks sloppy, just a personal preference. Probably the way it was meant to like Japanese kimono feel and look to it. The front is short and the back is very full and heavier and as you wear it, it pulls back and this annoys me, I want it to stay put so on the new one I made less panels in the back and made the front longer. I've worn it before it got so hot and it still looks pretty much the same but feels much better then the original Hanne Falkenberg Ballerina. So here it it modified to my specifications and colors.









And this is what the original Ballerina designed by Hanne Falkenberg. This is the first one I knit following the pattern exactly, I might say it was not an easy task. You can see some of her other designs on her site;
www.knit.dk There is also a Hanne Falkenberg "knitalong blog" http://hannealong.blogspot.com/ here you can see many members knitting several different designs of Hanne.

She only sells kits, there is no books or yarn or patterns sold separately. I like her "scratchy" wool. But once you have bought a kit you can knit the pattern from other yarns.

8 comments:

Silvia said...

very nice ! congratulations!

Frances Goodman فرانسيس said...

Beautiful! I like your modifications. I'm about to begin the Ballerina, and I'm a bit nervous about it slouching back all the time. Hanne could use you as a test knitter!

Frances Goodman فرانسيس said...

Beautiful! I like your modifications. I'm about to begin the Ballerina, and I'm a bit nervous about it slouching back all the time. Hanne could use you as a test knitter!

Mari said...

Speaking of nice jobs Ana, your mod-job looks great on the Ballerina! As well as the original one you did. Good to know its a bit back heavy. I'm actually going to meet Hanne in late August/early September as part of a tour I'm taking. I'm looking forward to purchasing the Ballerina kit and talking with her a bit about her designs.

Ana said...

As far as the modifications: I took a look at how many stitches it had at the center back and started the front with that amount instead of what the pattern called for. This made the front and the back even, but I don't think the designer meant for this to be, I think the "slouching" back is done on purpose.

I just found it to be annoying.

Happy Knitting

Adriane said...

Beautiful knits!
Thanks for visiting my blog & seeing my crazy cats destroy my yarn. Oh well....I still wouldn't trade them for all the cashmere in the world.

Adriane

tatjana said...

the jacket looks gorgeous! you're right, the way it hangs in the back is a little awkward. nice in theory, but not very practical, i think. and i love the hair! :D

Anne said...

I really like that sweater - I think you did a wonderful job with your changes to it also. I'm seriously considering getting even the basic pattern, it just looks so great on you. Right after the 10 projects I have lined up haha.