Stolitsa

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Sep 262011
 
Stolitsa

A multi-season dolman sleeve cardigan, Stolitsa layers perfectly to suit the changing weather from autumn through spring. Worked from the top down with integrated sleeves, the front panels feature ZigZag Vine Lace scaled to size. The sweater is cast on provisionally at the shoulders, with back and fronts worked separately to the armhole. Sleeve stitches are put on hold and later grafted at the undersleeve seams; the fronts and back are joined and worked back and forth to the hem. Rib details finish the look, and a few short rows softly shape the collar. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, short rows, simple lace, picking up stitches. ZigZag Vine Lace is charted only; pattern includes a buttonhole photo tutorial and link to my short row tutorial. Size: 32.75 (35, 37.25, 39.5, 43, 46.5)” bust; sample shown in second size with no ease. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Twist (100% merino wool; 150 yards/100g); 5 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins, shown in Applewood. Other Materials: US 10 (6mm) 32” circular needle; US 9 (5.5mm) 60” circular . . .

Helena’s Folly

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Sep 262011
 
Helena's Folly

Le Rayon Vert, or the Green Ray, “has the virtue of making him who has seen it impossible to be deceived in matters of sentiment; at its apparition, all deceit and falsehood are done away, and he who has been fortunate enough once to behold it is enabled to see closely into his own heart and read the thoughts of others.” In Jules Verne’s Le Rayon Vert, heroine Helena Campbell refuses love until she has succeeded in seeing the Green Ray. While evading her suitor, she unwittingly falls in love with another young man, and ultimately misses the appearance of the enlightening Green Ray because she is staring deeply into the eyes of her true love. Is Helena’s Folly believing in the power of the Green Ray, or is it allowing herself to fall in love without safeguards? Perhaps this sweater will bring an enlightening answer. With a sweetly relaxed silhouette, drapey cap sleeves and turned bottom and neck hems, it is a romantic knit for an insightful knitter. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, . . .