My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


Lace and Lace and More Lace

Hey, guess what? I finally finalized the patterns for the two lace sweaters I knit this summer.

First, the cleverly named “Lace Tunic.”

The pattern is available for sale in my Ravelry shop.  I put it up for sale on Friday and a knitter already found an error in one of the charts (thank you for pointing that out to me, Pirkko), so I’ve just put a corrected version up. If you’ve already purchased the pattern you should receive an email from Ravelry notifying you of the update you can download. The error is posted on the pattern page, too, if you just want to correct your pattern — I left 2 decrease symbols off one row of Chart A. Sorry about that!

Anyhow, this sweater has the following finished measurements: Chest: 41½ (49½, 57½, 65½)”, Length: 26 (28, 30, 30)” — it is meant to be an oversized fit and you can adjust the final measurements upwards or downwards depending on how you block it — lace is forgiving.

The four different sizes use 1100 (1250, 1400, 1550) yards fingering weight yarn. I used Hand Maiden Swiss Silk (100% silk) but really you can use pretty much any fingering weight yarn that you can block and it will hold its shape after blocking.

It has a simple construction: you knit up from the bottom, first a border pattern, then an all-over body pattern. It has a v-neck with a narrow edge, and I joined the shoulders and the sleeves to the body using a three-needle bind-off for added strength for the seams and neatness.

The second pattern has the highly original name “Lace Tunic With Fancy Border.” It is listed on Ravelry here.

This is another oversized sweater, available in four sizes: Chest: 44 (51, 58, 65½)”, Length: 26 (28, 30, 30)” . It uses the same amounts of yarn as the first sweater.

The construction is slightly different. You first knit a border pattern sideways, turn it and pick up stitches along the long straight edge, and knit the body pattern up from there. After that, the construction is pretty much the same as the first sweater.

The lace patterns for both sweaters are charted only. (Sorry, all you chart-haters out there!)

And I’m using the same yarn again for my current work in progress: another lace tunic constructed the same way as these two patterns, but a simpler one — just an all-over lace pattern for the entire sweater. This will work well with more variegated yarns.

The back is done:

Great photo-styling — it’s hanging off the edge of the table. 😉

I’m hoping to get a fair chunk of knitting time today to make more progress on the front.

I have more Hand Maiden Swiss Silk in my stash — enough for three more lace tunics. I might be a little obsessed with this concept, and with this yarn. But I have discovered that these are sweaters I can actually wear without getting too warm — I wear them over a plain tank dress and they are great for the office.

Gotta go — Lucy is waiting on the couch, hoping I’ll come sit down so she can spend some time napping in my lap.


  1. Nancy Jo Clark says:

    Those are beautiful!

  2. Lace has never tempted me before………..but your tunics may be changing my mind!

  3. Love all of these patterns. Good for you!
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  4. The sweaters are lovely, although not as lovely as Lucy waiting for some quality lap time! I can imagine how practical a silk tunic like this could be in an office, where the temperature comes in either too hot or too cold — a yet they’re such a beautiful way to be practical!

  5. Just bought both of them. Good way to use up some WM.

  6. These are lovely but I’m one of those chart haters…too bad

  7. I know these are meant to be oversized but about how much ease do you recommend without it looking too big – 4″ or more like 8″?

  8. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one that is challenged when it comes to naming designs! Beautiful sweaters.
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  9. those sweaters are beautiful, not sure i can make them. they are gorgeous.

  10. Will you be releasing an e-booklet of all three tunic patterns, by chance?

  11. Your sweaters are beautiful. I imagine the silk make them very soft and wearable. Lucy is a cuddle bug!!

  12. I love the idea of wearing the tunic length sweaters over a tank dress. One of my problems with some of the lacier sweaters is figuring out how to wear them. This might be the styling that allows me to add more sweaters to my queue!
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  13. Liz in Missouri says:

    These tunics you are doing are just beautiful. They look like they have such a wonderful drape to them. I REALLY appreciate your sizing options, too. Not being a designer in any way, shape, or form, I’ve always found it hard to find patterns that will work well with my – um – shall we say, fluffier stature, but I think these would be perfect. By the way – I’m really enjoying your new Lace book. I’m working on the Mairi tam right now for my daughter. LOVE it.

  14. Beautiful lace Tunics, definitely something to aspire to!


  15. Beautiful!