So excited to say that Knitty has published another of my patterns: About Lace.
Finding the line between what I find interesting and enjoyable to knit and what I actually want to wear isn’t easy. I love to knit bright colors but I like to wear black. I love to knit more complicated things but I like to wear simple shapes. Allover lace is great because it’s fun, especially an easy lace pattern like this one. I love this lace pattern because it works as lovely texture with flattering strong vertical lines. And since the shape is simple and classic, it is flattering to wear.
Worked from the bottom up, this sweater is virtually seamless, with the sleeves picked up and knit in the round and the shoulders completed with a 3-needle bind off. The collar is picked up last and worked in the round. The stitches for the sleeves are picked up from the finished body and knit in the round to the cuff making such a pretty finish at the shoulders. Bracelet length sleeves, worked in stockinette, become a backdrop to the lace texture and are just the right warmth for cool fall days.
The lace pattern looks complicated, but I promise that it is an easy repeat and really fun to knit. So much fun, that honestly, I think mine might be a little cuter on me if I had done one less repeat to make it a little shorter. The Eyelet Arch Lace Pattern is both written out and charted.
You can use your own techniques, but I used a new to me Tubular Cast On and Tubular Bind Off techniques–totally worth learning. The pattern has links to instructional videos, which I found really useful. The Tubular techniques produce this lovely rounded and stretchy edge that I love so much.
Blocking lace is very important to stretch the garment out to be just the width you’d like it–use the dimensions from the pattern as your guide (bad photo with harsh winter light, but I think you get the idea). I’ve never invested in a blocking board–I use form core and quilter’s pins (be sure your pins are rustproof!).
For the yarn I’ve used Louet Gems Fine/Sport Weight. I love this yarn so much–100% wool, super wash, modestly priced and comes in so many great colors, both bright and neutrals.