My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

It’s a Good Thing

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.

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(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.

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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.

I’m Sneaky

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.

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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.

Lucy sez:

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Have a good weekend!

Comments

  1. Love that Lana Grossa Elastico tank. I’ll have to hunt down that pattern. And your lace is just wonderful.

  2. Hi Wendy,
    Warning:Potentially dumb question here…
    What did you use to sew the lace onto your sweater? Thin yarn of some sort or, prehaps, actual sewing thread? (Both the lace and the sweater look wonderful – separately and together.)Thanks and have a great weekend, Martha

  3. Not a dumb question at all, Martha!

    I used the Daletta yarn to sew the lace in — the same natural color that the lace is knitted in.

  4. Barbara says:

    Thanks for the back side view. I am determined to finish the knitting part of my Ingebody this weekend! I think I have 30 rows to go. You’re Ingeborg is beautiful.

  5. Hi Wendy,

    your Ingeborg is just as perfect as anything else you do :-)
    I wonder if you’ve seen the new Dale book 138? Isn’t the second desing just gorgeous? ;-)

  6. Wendy, Ingeborg really looks great. I can’t wait to make it (someday…) myself. I’m quite grateful for the opportunity to watch it come into being and to get so much guidance on the technical aspects (e.g. that lace edging).

    Have a great day and weekend!

  7. The weather is so humid that it just forces us all to stay in and knit. Your Elastico top is going to be gorgeous.

    Hope you and Kitty Lucy has a real cool weekend.

  8. Hi Wendy…you’re right, Valrhona is a good thing…after you left I just couldn’t resist one of your brownies…actually, I was tempted again and failed to resist the second time too. Delicious!

    I had forgotten about that tank…arg, looks like I need to get some more yarn…shucks.

  9. Hi wendy do you know how much it would cost to knit that tank in a size small? I live sort of close to knit happens and it looks like a nice top. Just curious how much id have to spend to make that top :) and does it have any difficult shaping? ( ive been knitting since january so im not that good at shaping yet.) thanks

    Lena

  10. Oh my! The back side is as beautiful as the front side! I think the little lace points really make the sweater pop too. What’s with all the ribbing around blogland? It’s making me want to rib too! The Lana Grossa is a lovely color! Sounds like you need a tank in DC right now. Have a great weekend! Stay cool!

  11. Barbara says:

    I am reading the pattern – it looks like there are stripes of solid colors at the shoulder. Did you omit these? Did you cast off the shoulder stitches or is it possible to finagle s three needle bind-off (after you cut the armhole steek)? Yes, I’m a novice!

  12. Suzanne says:

    The lace looks great. I was just studying my Knitting Embelishments book looking at borders and edgings and there is a similar one in there. I want to change the ribbing on my nieces sweater and after reading through the book I have an idea in my mind to swatch around with this weekend.

    I have yarn earmarked (not Dale yarn but a substitute that I have had for years) for a Dale sweater that has a lacy edging and have to dig out the book and see if it is sewn on or knit on.
    I want to make it now seeing yours but I have to add it to the list and will get to it in due time. It has moved up the list quite a bit, though.

    Have a nice weekend. I hope Lucy is keeping cool by the AC.