On the knitterly front, excluding Star Gazing, I’ve knitted 14,000 yards–two scarves, six shawl/shawlettes, three dress/sweaters, a vest, two pair of socks, three pair of mittens/arm-warmers, three children jumper/sweaters, a fair-isle hat, one over-sized felted bag, one ginormous blanket, six knitted/crocheted accessories, some spinning, a dabble of designing, and plenty of ribbing
At this rate, I am well ahead of beating last year’s 44,800 yard-record.
A new month, a fresh start! I am so proud of myself for finally finishing this light-weight sweater in 13 days; out of which, only 5 of those were knitting days. It is a plain sweater with a lovely lace edging–looks very simple yet elegant all at the same time.
Waist shaping to ensure a feminine fit.
This beautiful summer cardigan is worked–from the bottom-up in one piece to the armholes, where the sleeves knit-in-the-round–are joined at the base of the raglan decrease and then worked in one piece to the neckline and yoke completed.
No sewing/seaming if you don’t count grafting the underarms and neck.
Lace detail on the sleeves come wavy towards the fingers adding exquisite lines.
Long sleeves make it a nice cover up on a cool night.
Used 68 grams (a little over a skein) for the sleeves.
The continuous lace collar is knit directly onto the sweater, along the body, then across the back using short-row technique and grafted together in center neckline.
285 grams or 1245 yards used excluding the sash
in 3.25 mm circular needles instead of 3.50mm per pattern
You will be sure to collect many compliments when wearing the versatile cardigan. It can be worn closed across the front with matching sash (which I will cast on tomorrow), a pretty shawl pin if desired,
or open showing the lovely lace pattern and its beautiful drape.
Star Gazing demands an appropriate yarn. I have always wanted to knit a sweater out of 3-ply, light fingering Jo-Ann Sensations Bamboo & Ewe, with a touch of nylon for strength, luscious in every way. Normally $6/skein, I built my stash, using 40% discount coupons, over a period of time. The feminine sweater cost $24 including two tubes of Czech Glass Beads ($3/tube)–very economical.
It took inspiration and courage to take simple components (a ton of stockinette and a touch of beginner lace) and leap for the sky. Wearing the lacy wrap, one can almost grasp the moment of hope in potential flight captured in this wings-turned-garment creation. It’s surprisingly comfortable and visually pleasing wrap. Star Gazing can be a breeze to knit with mostly stockinette stitches.
It can look so much more complex just by repeating different sections of a simple lace stitch.
The nearly error-free beta pattern was very straight forward. It contains full instructions, charted & written lace, schematics, and helpful diagrams & tips. Just wonderful knitting experience! I am certain the final version will be flawless upon release. Like what you see here? Check out the rest of Jennifer Thompson’s designs here.
Looks great on slim- or full-figure woman.
This sweater is fantastic, my new go-to spring/summer cardigan! The wonderful lace and daring neckline make this a real show stopper. Easy and fits me perfectly. It was quite intuitive…very manageable, mobile project to work on. I want to make another one but longer, more tunic-like. Maybe in eggplant…and my 12-year-old wants one too, in charcoal!
Here are some personal modifications should you may find it helpful in your own sweater adventure
- Raglan seam measured diagonally 8.5″ (instead of 7.5″ per pattern.)
- Normally, I’d shorten the sleeve length, but, glad I went along with 18″ as written.
- Body length stopped at 14″ instead of 15″. I was relying on blocking after it’s washed to give me another inch for length as I like to keep it as light and airy as possible. And it did just as I envisioned!
- I just LOVE the genius way of shaping the neckline. It helps that I mirrored the lace edging from the beginning in order for it to be completely seamless when grafted together.
There were 49 stitches for neckline so I decrease 1 stitch in order to split center evenly. Right side ends @RS Row 10 while Left side ends @WS Row 9. Grafted. ***Totally seamless!!!***
- Cast on sleeves in pattern (k10, p1 etc to match the lace pattern instead of knitting first row) two-at-a-time/magic loop. I really should have mirrored the sleeves; somehow it escaped me?!
- Used 357 Beader’s Paradize Size 6/0 Czech Glass Beads–96 for 2 sleeves and 261 for body/neckline.