Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lacy Sweater for my girl.

Some time ago, a fellow Knitter’s Review Forum member made a very pretty Lacy Sweater designed by Zoe Mellor. I liked her version very much, so I researched this pattern some more on Ravelry to get a better feel for this project. There, I saw another wonderful version and I just knew that I had to make one for my own little girl. The pattern was available on the internet for free (it can also be found in Adorable Knits for Tots: 25 Stylish Designs for Babies and Toddlers by Zoe Mellor). I checked the errata. I bought some Knit Pick’s Shine Worsted Cotton in Coral, and merrily started knitting away…

lacy cotton sweater 3

Hmm… Well…. Making this relatively easy garment did not go as smoothly, as it could have…. Prior to starting this project, I made sure that I read other knitters’ comments and tips re. this sweater. Some had issues with seaming, some with fit, gauge, you name it. I made sure to make a large swatch (7X7”) – gauge was good. I thought I was set… But it is one thing to read about potential project problems and another to encounter them face to face.

lacy cotton sweater 1

The fit.

OK, the thing is designed to have a relaxed fit (check the finished measurements table). But somehow, when I was doing the lacy border, it started seriously growing sideways. The finished border part easily fitted me, and I’m not a small gal. The reverse stockinette part of the sweater was also too wide, despite good swatch gauge. Frog. Switched to smaller needles (US 5). From there, it was smooth sailing until the dumb me remembered that this thing, made in reverse stockinette, will need to be sewn together in the end. Yup! Please don’t judge me too harshly, this is only my second hand knitted sweater; I’m not an experienced knitter. I was waaaay too far into the project to frog and make some sort of a selvedge for easy seaming.

The seaming.

So, off I went all over the web in search of a method for invisible way of joining purl stitch pieces. Found it. The technique itself wasn’t too hard, although it was a bit of a pain to execute. But next, aaaargh, I had to join sleeves that had stockinette running perpendicular to the purl stitches of the sweater body. Never did that before and it was a bit sweat-inducing, too, but turned out relatively OK in the end. Phew!

lacy cotton sweater 2

Well… now it’s done and behind me. It’s still a bit large for my girl, but that was definitely my intent – I don’t want her to grow out of it too soon.

* This is the link to the free pattern for this sweater.

Here is the errata info: Where the pattern says to "work 8-row rep of edging 7(8:9:9) times", the number of repeats should be: 14(16:18:19).

My next knitting adventure (besides my other two endless WIPs) - the Curlicue Coverlet from Oat Couture, marking my first encounter with short rows.

On another note....

I finally got my hands on some glorious crochet cotton from Poland. My husband's uncle brought it for me from his recent trip and I couldn't be happier. I find it much better, softer, more lustrous than what I have available here, i.e. DMC's Cebelia and Coats' Opera, which feel too ropy to me. This is what the Polish threads look like:

Kaja - somewhere between the equivalent of size 20-30 thread:

kaja cream 2

kaja green 1

Aria - close to size 10 thread

aria cream 3


  1. Looks lovely. She looks very, very cute.

    (KR - Monkachia)

  2. a witam witam:)..piekny ten sweterunio..i widze,ze zdobylas polskie wloczki...i corosia twoja rosnie:),,,hmm..juz bywam tu 4 miesiace :):)..ciesze sie,ze cie poznalam..pozdrawiam ania

  3. Solaris, I nearky fell out of my chair when I read that this is only your second sweater and you consider yourself "not an experienced knitter". Well my dear, you sure have the technique down no matter how long you've been knitting. Your little girl looks adorable in her new sweater, love that preety pink shade.

  4. Dziekuje za mile slowa. Nici przywiozl wujek z wycieczki do Polski.

    Thank you for your kind comments, fellow knitters.