Over the last few days, I finished this sweater. There was no finishing frenzy; probably because I was tweaking instructions, checking calculations and knitting it, I got a much richer experience out of the whole process, and the fact that I had a ready-made pullover at the end sort of slipped by without registering its significance.

I’m quite proud of this one. The lace pattern is from an old stitch dictionary which calls it Wolf Paw, but I’ve seen it in elsewhere too, under other names. The back and sleeves are in stockinette, providing a much needed break from the intense lace concentration. The front is unshaped (to prevent lace distortion when worn) while the back has gentle princess line shaping.

The raglans! They aren’t your usual 45 degree lines — they form gentle S (or, mirrored, Z) shapes through different rates of decreases on the body and sleeves, which helps them mould to the shoulders better along the  yoke. This sweater is, unusual for me, not very fitted — there is zero to one inch positive ease at the bust, but gentle positive ease at the waist and hip.

   

The underarms! I wanted a smooth transition from the cables which run up the sides of the body to the raglan lines, so decided to create these faux gussets which separate and merge the twisty little lines. A little way before the underarms on both body and sleeve  the mirrored cables that run up the sides of both start splitting apart. After the body and sleeves are put on one needle for the yoke, the cables exchange partners (a cable from the body meeting a cable from a sleeve), and then continue together along the raglan lines. It’s one of my favourite design features on this pullover.

   

The same cables border the bottom of the sweater and — I really love this! — form deep, ribbed cuffs.

   

The fabric formed with this fingering weight yarn is amazing – soft, light, warm – with that dense, cohesive, feel that many tweedy yarns acquire after a good wash and block.

I am planning to release this as a pattern, so stay tuned if you think you’ll be interested in testing, or buying it! It won’t be mindless — the lace alone prevents that — but if you’re comfortable with working lace and seamless bottom-up raglans, it will be very doable.

Details
Pattern: my own (forthcoming)
Needles: 3.0mm circular
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal
Ravelled: here
 

A New Beginning

14 thoughts on “A New Beginning

  • 14 January 2017 at 19:18
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    a beautiful sweater! I’m really interested in the pattern (not for testing I’m afraid), especially those faux gussets, they look very clever 😉

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    • 15 January 2017 at 8:10
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      Thanks! The testing process should take a couple of months, and then you can have the pattern!

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  • 14 January 2017 at 19:24
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    Very lovely!
    And that’s a great neckline too – high enough to keep off the draft in the back, but not choking in the front – perfect!

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    • 15 January 2017 at 8:09
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      Thanks! Yes, I hate sweaters that dip too low at the back!

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  • 14 January 2017 at 20:43
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    Beautiful. Bit advanced for me at the moment. But will be good to grab a pattern copy for later after release 🙂 would love to knot in the future!

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    • 15 January 2017 at 8:09
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      Thank you! I will be releasing for testing soon, and hope to get feedback on how it could potentially be simplified!

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  • 15 January 2017 at 4:54
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    This is absolutely stunning!! Love the Wolf Paw lace front, and the underarms!! Such a brilliant, thoughtful detail.

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    • 15 January 2017 at 8:07
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      Thanks! I love the underarms too 🙂

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  • 21 January 2017 at 3:04
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    Test or buy, I am game. It is gorgeous! But I want to do it for the gusset and raglan!!!

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    • 21 January 2017 at 14:56
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      Ok, watch this space! 🙂

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  • 28 January 2017 at 20:02
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    This is lovely – so many well-thought details – you’re a designer already! I would buy the pattern. As an aside, the yarn IS lovely, and wears extremely well. I knit my 8yo a Carson (Brooklyn Tweed) as a school jumper and he wears it every day. He says it’s soft and warm, and chooses it over his shop-bought school jumpers 😉 Just throw it in the machine on a wool wash (naughty, lazy mom) and it comes out like new.

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    • 29 January 2017 at 18:33
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      Thank you for your kind words, and good to hear that the yarn wears well! I was a little worried while knitting it, because of its thick and thin texture, but if it can survive being a school sweater, I guess it can survive anything!

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