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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Goal #1: Lace Stripes!

I got a little bit of knitting done on my Lace Stripes sweater while traveling. 

Lace Stripes Sweater

Knitting this sweater was the first of my summer goals, and I'm glad I prioritized it, since I've already worn it three times. I wanted my Lace Stripes to be like a comfy sweatshirt, but nicer, and the finished product lives up to my dreams. It's classy, slouchy, stylish and the perfect extra layer in the summer heat. 

close up of Lace Stripes

I knit this up in Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in Ivory, just like the pattern told me, and ended up using 7 skeins. I knit the 41" bust size. A little word of warning: Allyson designed this sweater with 4" of positive ease, which is not my thing. I mostly go for the negative ease, but I figured if I knit the size at my actual measurement (41"), that it would fit tightly. Wrong. It's loosey-goosey. 

Back of Lace Stripes

I did make a few modifications. First of all, I added two stripes-worth of length, so it hits just below the bum. I have a long torso, so I knew I wanted a little extra length. Second, I started the ribbing for the neckline one row early, to make it more boatneck-y. Yes, that's a technical term. I also did my standard mod: knitting the sleeves one size smaller than the body. I have me some skinny arms. 

Knitting while reading!

Ooo! Also! I conquered my "Reading while Knitting" goal! This was the perfect project to knit while reading Shakespeare for my acting class. So that's like, half of a summer goal, right? 

12 comments:

  1. Ohh I think it looks great! I'm sorry it's too loose for you, but it sounds like you've warn it a lot since finishing it despite the positive ease so I'm glad it turned out!

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    1. Yeah, I totally love it! Let's say it was "surprisingly" loose?

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  2. this is SOO pretty! it makes me want to finish mine even faster! the longer length looks perfect on you!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! I love the longer length, too!

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  3. Really, really cute! Definitely the perfect summer sweater!

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  4. Love the sweater. Impressed you can read and knit! I can barely watch tv and knit. I can only listen if I am doing something complicated. :)

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    1. Watching TV & knitting is my favorite pasttime! If I'm watching TV and NOT knitting, I'm bored!

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  5. It looks gorgeous! :) And, welcome to the reading and knitting club, though I find that sometimes both suffer if I'm reading something complex or knitting something complex.

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    1. Thanks, lady! Yeah, so far I've kept it easy on both sides.

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  6. oooh, I love that sweater! looks like the perfect summer sweater, and the colour is beachy and no doubt goes with everything. Which is exactly what a summer sweater should be- easy to wear and awesome!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I had to stop myself from putting it on AGAIN this morning!

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