Friday, October 1, 2010

Garter for my Wedding

I am getting married next summer, and I wanted to create something to be a part of my day. My friends and I wore garters at our graduation from college, and they fairly itchy. I believe that if I create the garter myself, then I can make it be more comfortable (and I can get my something blue!)

This is my first real LACY LACE project. Cotton is much more likely to slip than wool, and I had some trouble getting started. I then learned about safety lines, a way to keep track of your work in case you need to frog the project (or you loose a stitch), you don't risk ripping out more than you absolutely have to.

If you look closely, you can see little black lines running across the knitting. This is the thread that I used as my safety lines. As I continued with the project, I didn't make safety lines quite as often.

I used size 0 needles, and size 20 crochet cotton (Brand - Aunt Lydia's). I got a bunch of 1/4" satin ribbon for the decoration, 3/8" elastic, and then 7/8" satin ribbon to use as the casing.

I got a bunch of different colors of ribbon on sale at AC Moore. I know that I will find uses for the rest of it!

The circumference of my thigh is about 22 inches (apparently women's thighs range from 13" and 31" in XS and XXL, respectively). I had tried measuring the lace around my leg until I was satisfied, thinking that the lace would stretch during blocking. Turns out the length shrunk! I then made it bigger (increasing from 16 reps to 19 reps) and it is the correct length to go where I want it to on my leg. (The first attempt would fit, just not as high up on my leg as I wanted.)

This project DEFINITELY required blocking.

I wet blocked the garter, pinned it out with many pins to try to get the lace part rounded. When it was mostly dry I starch sprayed the cotton, and let that dry. I then removed the pins, turned the lace over and starch sprayed again.

Two different color options with the ribbons I purchased. I really like the two toned look.

My first attempt at sewing the casing on the back was too loose, so I went back with smaller stitches. I also lightly sewed the lace to the decorative ribbon so there would be no twisting when I sewed the bow.

I pinned the ribbon to the lace so it would

Inside and outside of the garter

There is some puckering of the ribbon in the garter when it is not on a leg, but as soon as the elastic is stretched out no puckering is visible. I think that if I make a larger garter that will have more gathering on my leg, then I will make the decorative ribbon shorter. I am very happy with how the garter came out. It is comfortable and just as beautiful as one you can buy at one of the gazillions of online wedding shops.


  1. Thats really pretty, great job!

  2. Thanks :) I wish I had an excuse to wear things like this more often!

  3. Can you share the pattern you worked off of? I'm standing as a bridesmaid for my friend and would love to give her such a personalized gift at her shower!

    1. The first link in this post will take you to the pattern :) (