I dreamed about making this sweater all summer long. I'd wanted to make it last fall and never got to it, so it was top of my list this fall. The pattern was a gift from the lovely Jo, after we'd completed our Miette Knitalong. Thanks, Jo!
I really enjoyed knitting this pattern. The lace is a short, easily memorized repeat - enough to add some interest without being too "thinky." This is the sweater I was blocking in my steam blocking videos, and one of the things I loved about the pattern is that all the shaping is based on pattern repeats: e.g. work 7 repeats of the back, then 6 repeats for the sleeves, then another 7 for the fronts. So aside from keeping track of the lace pattern, you don't have to count rows.
I was the teensiest bit disappointed in the fit once I tried it on. I made the second size, for a 34" bust. I knew it wouldn't close at the front even over my 33" bust, but I wasn't expecting it to be so close to the shoulder. The sleeves are also very close-fitting, so for me, I can only wear this one over something sleeveless like the grey dress I've got on today. So if you make this one, depending on what kind of fit you like, consider going up a size.
The yarn is Quince & Co. Chickadee in Honey. This is my first time using this yarn, and it won't be the last. It's a delight to work with - soft and springy. It's definitely got a "wool" feel, but I have pretty sensitive skin and don't mind wearing it on my bare arms. I had literally knit only a few rows of this sweater after I cast on, and then went to my computer to search Ravelry for other patterns that use it!
|this photo shows the true color - at least on my screen|
I used mattress stitch to close up the seams. For some reason, I let the sweater sit for a week after finishing the knitting and blocking and before seaming. Silly me!
A couple more pix before I run off:
The whole outfit: Ponte dress from Land's End about 5 years ago, Swarovski necklace and earrings, boots from Born, also old.
Heading out the door! See ya!
|Me and my Shadow :-)|