Sister's Grey Ribbon Lace Shawl
Another wedding-related gift is finished just under the one year deadline. It’s the grey ribbon lace scarf turned shawl which is a gift for my sister who was my matron of honor. My sister liked my red and purple Koigu Lace Ribbon scarf so I made the scarf 99 stitches wide for a shawl width.
The Ribbon Lace Shawl is made from the wonderfully soft angora and silk blend in a pale grey that I bought at Knitty City. This grey yarn was the perfect color to coordinate with my champagne colored dress’s silver-colored beading and embroidery. Unfortunately, when I bought it, I didn’t realize that the hairs would get caught on the dress.
This piece is a work of true sisterly love since it was the fourth version of this scarf that I made.
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My Thermal Scoop Neck Sweater is making progress. Stitch by stitch it keeps growing. One of the changes that I made to Laura Chau’s Thermal Sweater on Knitty is eliminating the button tab on the Scoop Neck. Since I’m knitting the sweater in two pieces rather than the round, I also needed to modify the neckline.
Here’s what the neckline looks like. I left the stitches around the neck live to help me when I add on the finishing. I plan to use 6 rows of garter stitch which makesa great border since it lays flat. Also, it matches the bottom and cuffs.
This neck is more open than many necklines that I have made. The idea is to allow a lacy camisole to stick out against the soft white alpaca thermal sweater. Inspired by lingerie, this feminine look can be adapted to either day time or evening wear.
PS – The front of the sweater is longer than it appears since I photographed it on a chair.
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Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover Back Finished
The back of the Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover is finished! I am one third of the way done with the knitting (excluding finishing.) This sweater is taking waaaay longer to knit than I anticipated.
Every time I start a sweater, I go through a process of swatching and knitting to get the size and shape to fit. Since this sweater is knit with thin alpaca yarn on number 2 needles, there’s more rows of knitting per piece.
As usual, I made significant modifications to the Knitty Thermal pattern. In reality, the initial pattern may only be considered inspiration. Among my modifications are:
- Knitted the back and front of the sweater in two parts rather than one piece on circular needles. I did this to get more shaping than the original design. It helps that I don’t mind sewing sweaters together.
- Changed the pattern stitch since I followed the instructions for circular knitting when knitting the garment flat. I like the way that the stitch has the little ridges that long underwear has.
- Made decreases and increases for side shaping to enhance the pattern rather than rely on the give in the knitted material. (I tracked the rows to ensure that it’s consistent on the front and back of the garment.)
Since I am concerned that the sweater may not be wide enough, I am adding two stitch repeats to the front of the garment. I’ve done this before and it can be a good way to adjust the size of the garment in process. Given the choice, I prefer to make the front slightly larger than the back. For this pattern, it should work well with the scoop neck.
100% White Alpaca & Gray Mohair
Have you ever found yourself staring at the yarn you wanted to use but weren’t able to start a project? I’m at that point now in terms of the next sweater that I’m knitting for the Ravelry NaKniSweMoDo (aka National Knit a Sweater a Month Dodecathon). I want to use the 100% alpaca and the lace mohair with a tiny thread of silver (think Rowan Silk Haze) that I bought at Silk City Fibers last month.
What I have in mind is a sweater that I can use by itself or with a jacket. To get some inspiration, I turned to some of my knitting books and didn’t find anything that fit the bill.
In the process, I decided that I wanted a sweater that had the feeling of lingerie to since the alpaca is delightfully soft and has a slight haze. While I didn’t find a specific pattern, I knew that I wanted a close fitting sweater with some lace added to it.
I remembered seeing Thermal in Knitty which has some great comments on Ravelry. While it is close to the image that was developing in my mind, it was too casual. Also, on closer examination, it is knit in the round with limited if any shaping. I wanted a close fitting garment so I decided to marry the best of Thermal with a basic pullover with a scoop neck. Interestingly, many of the Ravelry posts complained about the use of the small needles. Since I made three tops using size 1 or 2s, this shouldn’t be a problem.
While doing my research, I saw the lace cuffs from Lace Style and decided to add them using the grey mohair. I plan to use buttons to make the cuffs detachable.
Since I have a lot of the grey mohair, I am thinking of adding a sheer cardigan or wrap like the Cardi Cozy in the new Mason Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. (Please note that there are errata posted on Ravelry.) I will change the pattern since I don’t like the cables or the tie in front. (Of course, I don’t have to decide about this until I finish the white sweater.)
To further dress it up, I am going to make a lacey grey scarf to add drama to the neck line.
Do you have these types of problems thinking about your next projects?
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Posted in Ravelry, Sweater, Thermal Scoop Neck Pullover
Tagged Alapca, Knitty, Lace Style, Mason Dixon Knits, Mohair, NaKniSweMoDo, Ravelry, Silk City Fibers, Silk Haze, Thermal
First FO (aka Finished Object) of 2009 is the Dreaming in Orange Ribbon Lace Scarf for my sister-in-law. This scarf took longer to knit than anticipated and I was lucky that our holiday celebration was postponed due to snow. As a result, I will be able to give my sister-in-law a finished, blocked scarf.
Dreaming in Orange Lace Ribbon Scarf Blocked Out
Showing off the Dreaming in Orange Lace Ribbon Scarf
Knit in Noro Lily, a combination of 70% cotton and 30% silk, the scarf grew quite a bit in the soaking and blocking process. It’s finished dimensions were 72 inches by 10.5 inches which was significantly more than I had expected when I knit it!
While gazing at the blocked piece, I realized that, despite swatching for the Leaf Lace Kimono to determine my gauge last summer, Noro Lily grows significantly. For a scarf which can be wrapped around your neck in an elegant fashion, this growth can be acceptable. But for a top, this is unacceptable and explains why I haven’t been happy with the Leaf Lace Kimono. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t plan to knit another one since it’s not a shape that I usually wear.)
The color orange seems to be peaking out this season. It started as more of a pumpkin color which inspired me to knit the Luna Moth Shawl in rust angora (discovered in my stash). Lately, orange making more of a splash in the display windows on Fifth Avenue. This orange is a brighter color. It’s the main highlight at the local Club Monaco (where black, white and grey are always in style! Remember this is New York City.)
Club Monaco Displays Orange Clothes on Fifth Avenue in New York City
Club Monaco Window on Fifth Avenue with Orange Scarves & Background
This color trend combined with the ever present scarf to accessorize every outfit has inpsired me to knit a holiday present for my sister-in-law using the Noro Lilly (which is a 70% cotton/30% silk blend from The Point) which is a dream to knit with. I am embarking on another Ribbon Lace Scarf from Knitty Summer 2008. In general, I get bored knitting the same pattern more than once but for some reason I just love this pattern.
Noro Lilly in Orange from The Point NYC
Instead of buying members of our wedding gifts, I gave my sister who was my matron of honor, my mother and two other friends balls of fiber wrapped in small pink pouch. Each package contained a note stating what it would become when knitted. I thought that this gave the gifts a personal touch.
For my friend Allison who along with her husband was a great help with various details, I gave a ball of white silk from Sarah’s Yarns. Initially, I had intended to knit the top of my wedding dress with it. But given my loose stitches and the haze of the fiber, I decided against using it. The silk is a dream to have near your body and is great for dying.
Having seen Veronik Avery’s Ribbon Lace Scarf, I decided that I had to try the pattern. This is unusual for me since I tend to find scarves boring. This pattern is anything but boring. It makes a great travel project since it’s really only a few different iterations of lace that can easily be memorized.
It blocked out well and larger than I expected! My friend Allison was thrilled with it (and I hope will actually wear it.)
P.S. I apologize since I didn’t snap a shot of it before I gave it to her.