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Star Gazing that Fits!

The end of the first quarter has come and gone. Wow, where did March go? Trees are blooming (and so are allergies for a lot of people here in the northwest!) April is my favorite time of the year…for a lot of personal reasons which I won’t elaborate at the moment.
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
Star Gazing Test Knit Raglan Decrease Misadventure
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.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
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.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
No sewing/seaming if you don’t count grafting the underarms and neck.
Star Gazing Test Knit - Arm Gusset Grafted
Lace detail on the sleeves come wavy towards the fingers adding exquisite lines.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
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.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
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,
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
or open showing the lovely lace pattern and its beautiful drape.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
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.
Stargaze Test Knit Swatches
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.
Star Gazing Test Knit Raglan Shaping Completed
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.
Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
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!
Star Gazing Test Knit - Waist Shaping
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.
    Star Gazing Test Knit Neckline CompletedStar Gazing Test Knit Cardigan Done
    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?!
    Star Gazing Test Knit Modeled
  • Used 357 Beader’s Paradize Size 6/0 Czech Glass Beads–96 for 2 sleeves and 261 for body/neckline.

Matching sash to be cast-on tomorrow.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

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Comments on: "Star Gazing that Fits!" (4)

  1. That is a really gorgeous sweater! Well done!

  2. That turned out great! You are such a good “thinking” knitter. Mirrored lace looks great. And what a great lace rescue!

  3. Lacy and lovely, a timelessly modern sweater – and the spring color of the sky is like a fresh breeze. Wonderful knitting, as usual! And once again, your knitter know-how is amazing!

  4. Hello Sarah,
    what a lovely sweater you made! I like it. The tutorial could be useful for me – I am going to knit one for me, but I have not yet decided what pattern I should take…
    Thank you for your interesting posts!

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