It’s been a few months since I’ve released a new self-published pattern so I’m very excited to have my spring KAL, Spritz Stripes, ready to launch!
I think we’re all really, really sick of this long miserable winter so a lightweight spring sweater seems like the perfect antidote. The sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up in a lightweight 4ply (fingering) yarn. The fabric is worked as a series of lace stripes that are blocked aggressively to open up the fabric and create the light, airy effect. Basically with this sweater you’ll be blocking as aggressively as you would for a shawl. This of course means that while you’re knitting it you work will look squished up and rather unimpressive….
BUT when you pin it out you can actually see the pattern!
To add to the light effect, this sweater is knit with a generous helping of positive ease so that it floats over your tank top/dress/shirt. For a 33-35″ bust I’d suggest the 40″ size which give 5-7″ positive ease.
Once the body is finished the upper body is knit separately at the front and the back and joined at the shoulders. There are a few short rows worked here but I’m going to put a tutorial together showing you how to do that with the lace pattern.
Finally the sleeves are worked from the top down in the round.
There are a few techniques I’ll be writing tutorials on for this pattern; first up is a stretchy cast-on. If you want your lace to stretch and flow it’s really important that the cast-on can move with it. This leads me on to the second tutorial, a stretchy bind-off, for the very same reason, to allow the lace to stretch without being confined.
The third technique will be short rows with the lace, sounds complicated but the lace pattern is simple so it is easier than it sounds!
So come knit with us and learn lots of new skills….plus you’ll get a great sweater at the end!
Eden Cottage Yarns have kindly provided a free postage code for the Milburn yarn that is available until March 31st. When you purchase the pattern the discount code is given in the information pdf.
The second sample I’m knitting which is shown above in red is in Madelintosh Tosh Light in Tart.
Clues will be released every 2 weeks on the following schedule:
Clue 1: April 14th, 2015.
Clue 2: April 28th, 2015.
Clue 3: May 12th, 2015.
Clue 4: May 26th, 2015.
If you want to work along with other knitters on this project, come join us at the dedicated Ravelry group -