A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Less is More


Do you believe it?  Less is more.  Paigefraternal twin of Pamela–is a gorgeous lace top in a shape designed to flatter, with very light blocking.  (Scroll down towards end of the post for helpful tips of making this lovely summery wear.)

This dainty little camisole top–in weighty cool linen–is a modern take on the shaped garments of yesteryear.

It has fashioned waist-shaping to darted bust.  If you prefer a simpler knit, omit the fashioned shaping and work straight to the armholes (remembering to allow extra yarn.)

The sleeveless top is knitted–in a round–from bottom up with a needle size specifically chosen to bring out the linen yarn’s subtle sheen and textural goodness.

A pretty, balanced lace pattern adorns top and bottom of the sleeveless jumper.

Although there was a fair bit of stockinette stitches, the short-row shaping and lace details kept me interested.  Another quickie, super fun to knit up–over 3 evening seating.  It went very smoothly and no errata to note.

If you are just beginning to play with lace patterns and/or short-row shaping technique, this is one to practice such skills.

Don’t care much for seaming? This one has your name written all over it.

Wait no more.  Pick out your favorite color, work the lace, and knit stitches into a flattering original design today.  This one weights 236 grams–or 638 yards–of Euroflax yarn (and pattern…available here/here.)  If you are in the Portland area, stop in Twistedone of my favorite shops–and test try this sample for size. 😀

As mentioned before, linen is a real pleasure to knit/work with and no dirt sticks to it! Just divine. It gets softer with every stitch while you knit…not to mention after each wash while making wrinkles look de rigeur!  The drape, malleability of it, and its subtle sheen has captured my heart…once more.  (Care tips here.)

HELPFUL TIPS/ERRATA:

  • Gauge obtained with 3.25mm needles; lace work in 3.5mm needles.
  • Suggest iron the stockinette part with light starch to bring out the light sheen.
  • For the petite me, I would adjust the stitch counts and/or needle size to narrow the frame very slightly, particularly the neckline.
  • Handle with care to not stretch out the cardigan in any way while it’s wet/damp.
  • I like my lace charted so I just created one for periodic check.  After knitting Pamela, I had the intuitive/fluid 20-row lace pattern down to exact science.
  • There was very little bit of ends to weave in.  Blocked to specification per diagram.

I love this simple romantic-style pattern with a few interesting finishing/shaping elements that I’d incorporate into other sweaters/tops in future.   My, oh, my…the weeks sure seem to fly by!  What to knit next?  Stay tuned…

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…but caved into Facebook!)

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Comments on: "Less is More" (1)

  1. That’s my favorite kind of knit: it demands just a little attention, but not a lot, and you can multi-task with it! Very pretty, too.

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