I finished up my sample knit for Shall We Knit last week.
Antique Lace by Ilga Leja.
Started: February 14, 2009
Finished: February 19, 2009
Pattern: Antique Lace by Ilga Leja
Yarn: 4 balls of Schulana Sojabama 55% bamboo 45% soy. Both the pattern and the yarn are available at Shall We Knit.
When I looked at the pattern I thought it would be interesting to knit. At first glance it is not really something I would wear myself. Well, once I finished it and tried it on, I quickly changed my mind. Normally, for myself, I need to wear things that show my waist. If I wear something that hangs down without waist shaping I tend to look pregnant. With the lace stitch and the length of the piece, you can still see my shape...not prego looking! This would really look great over a little black dress.
There is a little short row shaping at the shoulders. Ilga is very thorough in her pattern writing. She explains what you will be doing and also offers step by step instructions. You can follow the chart or use the row by row instructions. The neckline decrease are also charted out for you.
The yarn is just beautiful. It was a pleasure to knit with and the drape and sheen is just outstanding. I was a little worried when I did a full wet block. It came out feeling much like twine. I don't remember this with the swatch. It did end up blocking out perfectly and the bamboo/soy blend kept the softness and sheen. I will definitely keep this yarn in mind for future knits!