For years, I had wanted to take belly dance lessons. I’d even posted about it before but for various reasons I hadn’t done it. Finally last March I found a perfect beginners class really close to me. I’ve been going since and I love it!
Just a few weeks back we had our first introduction to playing the finger cymbals, or zills, and I immediately thought, “weee! I need to get me some of these!”. Now my playing cymbals in drumline experience is actually coming in handy, who’d have thought?
My shiny new Saroyan Nefertiti’s came in the mail along with an instructional video and I happily began driving my dog up the wall with them. So I realized I needed to make some zill mufflers stat, especially if I actually wanted to practice with anyone in earshot.
These knitted covers help damped the sound of the cymbal but it’s still audible enough to hear yourself while practicing. Elastic run through the final stitches make these easy to slip on and off.
There are some nice looking crochet patterns out there but as I’m still woefully crochet-challenged I wanted to create my own. Using a doily pattern as a jumping off point this is what I came up with -
Fits 2 – 2 1/2″ sized zill.
Lace weight yarn or Crochet Cotton Size 10 or similar weight. Needles: US Size 2 (2.75mm), Size C crochet hook (or similar size). Notions: Sewing needle, 1/4″ elastic or cord.
See Yarn Standards Abbreviations or Chart Key below.
(Make two, or four for a more subdued sound)
With crochet hook and using Emily Ocker’s Circular Cast-On (tutorial link) CO 8 stitches. Slip and divide sts evenly onto double point needles to join in the round. Work written directions below, or follow chart working 8 repeats. After a couple rounds pull cast-on tail to close the circle.
Round 1: K all sts.
Round 2: *K1, yo; repeat from * all around – 16 sts.
Round 3 and ALL UNEVEN ROUNDS: K all sts.
Round 4: *K2, yo; rep from * all around – 24 sts.
Round 6: *K3, yo; rep from * all around – 32 sts.
Round 8: *K3tog, yo, k1, yo; rep from * all around.
Round 10: *K1, yo, k3, yo; rep from * all around – 48 sts.
Round 12: *K1, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * all around.
Round 14: *K1, k2tog, k3; rep from * all around – 40 sts remaining.
Round 16: *K3, k2tog; rep from * all around – 32 sts rem.
Round 17: *K2tog, yo; rep from * all around.
Round 18: *K1, k2tog, k1; rep from * all around – 24 sts rem.
Leaving all sts on the needles, cut yarn and pull through last stitch to fasten off. Thread elastic through all live stitches on the needle. Fit piece over zill and cut elastic to size. Sew ends of elastic together. Weave in all ends.
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Just for the heck of it I rummaged around my closet and put together a “costume”. Here’s where marrying into an Indian family is helpful, hehe! I have lots of scarves/veils, bindi’s, bangles, full skirts, etc. Just threw some on and snapped a few impromptu photos.