As Martha Stewart would say.
What’s a good thing?
When it’s a million degrees outside with two million per cent humidity, knitting little dainty strips of lace on the train is a good thing.
(Another good thing, according to Martha Stewart, is Valrhona chocolate. Trust me, she is not wrong about this. Brownies with Valrhona baking chocolate? A very good thing indeed.)
In the Ingeborg Knit-along group, a number of people initially said they were planning on leaving off the lace edging, as they thought it was too girly.
Now I’m not into girly stuff really, but I think the lace edging makes the sweater. Particularly in this colorway. The touch of white really really brightens up the sweater. And it’s not a particularly frilly lace — just neat little points. The instructions tell you to sew it in with just 3/8″ showing. Mine has just a smidgen more showing I think, as that didn’t seem quite enough.
There was a request to see the wrong side. Here it is.
I inserted the lace by pinning it at the center back, then pinning the ends at each side of the front, then carefully pinning in the rest, stretching the lace slightly as I did. You are directed to knit the lace so that it fits with just a little stretching, so it does take a little bit of fiddling to get just the right amount of stretch. But nothing too arduous.
Then I sewed the top edge of the lace to the inside of the hem. Then I carefully steam-pressed the lace and hem. I did not press the lace at all before inserting, as I think you get a better fit if you steam it after everything is secure.
I considered carefully sewing the bottom edge of the band to the lace as well, as the lace is attached only at the top of the lace to the inside of the hem (so it can be wiggled back and forth), but I really don’t think it needs it. After pressing, everything lies down obediently and looks good, so I’ll leave it alone.
Yes, I slipped another project over in the ol’ sidebar. It’s just barely a project at this point, but I cast on for it a little while back so I’d have something mindless to knit on when I needed it.
It’s the tank in Lana Grossa Elastico, yarn and pattern from Knit Happens. Kristine blogged about it last month, here.
In answer to some comments questions . . .
The Luanne tank is still being test knitted.
And no, I don’t have anything particular in mind for my Montana yarn. Yet.
Have a good weekend!