I finished a sweater (top?) for me!
Project: Blue Yonder Lambton
Pattern: Lambton Top
Designer: Theressa Silver
Available: in Jane Austen Knits 2011 or $5.50 in the IP Store (for the single pattern)
Yarn: Knit Picks Shadow Tonal in Blue Yonder
This pattern was written for color-matched laceweight and fingering yarn. I opted to use Shadow Tonal — single-stranded for the laceweight ruching, and double-stranded for the fingering portions. This worked out really well, and made it extra easy to do the ruching increases. The row before the increases is double-stranded, so for the increase row I knit one stitch into each individual loop to double the stitch count.
I made substantial modifications in two areas. The first is the neckline. I knew when I began knitting that many people felt the neckline as-written was too big, especially in the larger sizes. I decided to make it as written anyway, knowing it would be relatively easy to go back and add extra rows of ruching at the neck by picking up stitches from the cast-on edge and working upwards with decreases at the corners. Here’s a WIP picture of the neckline as written:
When the garment was finished, the neckline was indeed to broad for my liking. The puffed sleeves pulled the shoulders off, and the corners of the square neckline showed my bra WAY too much. I followed my plan, and did two extra batches of ruching at the top — it looks weird when flat, but fits me well.
I also modded the bottom hem — instead of garter stitch, I used this pretty little lace edging. I also did a seven-stitch repeat of the slipped stitches in order to make everything work.
Having finished one pair of socks for my mom, on to the next! This time the yarn is Claudia Hand-Painted in a lovely shade of olive. I chose Andrea Fox’s pattern Medallion Lace Socks. I decided to do these ones two-at-a-time, and I’m already done with both cuffs. Yay!
I also dug up some old-ish sweater stash: two batches of Shadow Tonal in Blue Yonder. I bought this is two chunks … which means I have two different dye lots. In person, they look the same, but from experience I know that sometimes even “same-looking” yarn will make an ugly line of demarcation in a finished object. I should be ok though, because I plan to knit with this yarn mostly double-stranded, so I can easily take one ball from each dye lot and thus avert any dye lot lines.
I’m making a Lambton Top (Theressa Silver) from the 2011 Jane Austen Knits. Instead of trying to find a lace-weight and DK weight in the same colorway (or using stripes like some knitters have), I am using single-stranded Shadow for the laceweight portion, and double-stranded Shadow for the DK portion. So far, so good! I’ve read in other people’s project notes that the neck can be too big … for now, I’m making it as-written. I used a crochet cast-on, so it will be easy to go back and add some more fabric if I don’t like the size of the neckline.
In a special weekend edition of FO Friday, I bring you two projects I finished this summer….
Project: Zylphia Over Yonder
Pattern: Zylphia Cowl
Designer: Stephannie Tallent
Available: on Ravelry ($6)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue Yonder
I tech edited this pattern, and absolutely could not resist casting on almost the moment I finished the editing work. This cowl takes the stitch patterns from Stephannie’s “Zylphia Pilots Her Airship” sweater (published at the Sanguine Gryphon) and scales it down into a beautiful lacy cowl. Turned picot hems finish both ends; the cowl is knit entirely in the round. I found the lace pattern interesting and easy to memorize. It shows off tonal yarn beautifully.
Project: Sapphire Papilionoidea
Designer: Caroline Wright
Available: on Ravelry (£2.00 GBP)
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Sapphire Heather
I was lucky enough to test knit this pattern for the designer. I had been trying to decide what socks to make for my Dad — he’d requested “fancy” socks in Sapphire Heather with his Christmas Knit4UxMe. Then I saw these, and wow! It’s amazing how the butterfly emerges from the lacy pattern. This is another great pattern by an indy designer: well-written, clear, and definitely worth the purchase price.
Pictures from my dad, of the socks on his feet! 🙂