A Very Special FO

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Jun 212013

Nine years of education in the making, and we now have a new elementary graduate in the house. My lovely daughter, whom I’ve been training up as my knitwear model, received her diploma at the ceremony last night. All the girls were beautiful, the boys I didn’t recognize at all, and now there’s a whirlwind weekend of parties, dinners and merriment.

The graduate and I | The Knitting Vortex


Onward, Lace

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Jun 152013

I’m determined to release three lace cardigans this summer, and so far am still on track with Aqueous already live, and Arcady finished. This one is a return to my love of grey, in a silvery shade of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Woobu called Winter Solstice. Colder seasons aside, the merino & bamboo blend is perfect for early summer evenings, or that air conditioned place we might go to escape the heat. It’s allover lace again, but this time with a nifty applied I-cord edging and button loops – my favorite part.

Arcady closeup | The Knitting Vortex

If it would ever stop raining, we could photograph it and the pattern layout could go forward. I’ve decided to model all three sweaters myself, and save up my daughter-goodwill points for some shawls; those are harder to capture just the way I like, so I’ll go behind the lens myself. Meanwhile, not to let her off the hook entirely, she can wield the giant reflector we just got; so many choices – gold! silver! white! I feel like we should choose the location just to be able to utilize them all. The reality is that if we can manage it this weekend, it will be more like choosing based on not too many people around. Why has every morning during the week been damp and dreary? With a grey sweater, the surroundings had better be a bit more cheerful, even despite the awesome button loops.

Arcady buttonloops | The Knitting Vortex


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Jun 062013

Aqueous | The Knitting Vortex

A lightweight lace cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down, Aqueous features frothing waves of lace which roll back and forth in vertical lines. With minimal finishing
this simple pattern is an easy and soothing knit, ready in no time to take off the chill, or dress up a summer outfit.

Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, lace. Aqueous is both written and charted, and includes instructions for increasing in pattern.

Size: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)” bust; shown in third size with no ease.

Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Viscose Bamboo; 200 yards/50g); shown in Tanager, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.

Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (10); Scrap yarn or extra cables for stitch holder (2); Yarn needle; ½” buttons 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 20, 21); Matching sewing thread and needle.

Gauge: 20 st and 32 rows/4” in Waves Lace pattern; after blocking.

See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   

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