Knitting in new directions

I’m working on a version of the February Lady sweater (available through Ravelry) that’s been a huge hit with internet knitters. The style – 3/4 length sleeves, open style cardi with a few buttons at the top – is flattering and functional. It’ll be great for Melbourne weather which means that while it can be mostly summer now, it could also be spring, autumn or winter in a few days or a few hours.

Having used up stash wool to create this version of a 1940s top,

1940s Lace Jumper

1940s Lace Jumper

I still have enough left over to use for something else but not all of something else. Which is when I thought I should be more adventurous with my colour and patterns combos and decided to modify the pattern. The top raglan shaping is stocking stitch with a rib band (rather than all garter stitch) and I’m going for a band of smooth wool/silk bronze before moving to the textured wool/silk teal. I’ll make a short sleeve version and band the sleeves and bottom of the cardi with bronze. The lace pattern in between is likely to be replaced by a geometric lace or knit/purl pattern to achieve something of a geometric art deco look.

It’s knit from the top down so at some stage it gets to over 300sts before you move to separating for the sleeves and body. I’m enjoying the knitting of this with its textural and colour contrast and the long rows make it quite a meditative train knit.

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2 Comments

  1. kate said,

    January 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    Bother. Does that mean I was too slow on my “learn to knit good, then make February Lady Sweater” plan?

    • froginthepond said,

      January 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

      Yep, because I’ve already cast on for the original version. This time in burgundy and I won’t modify the pattern so much.


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