Thursday, February 26, 2009

Antique Lace

I finished up my sample knit for Shall We Knit last week.

Antique Lace by Ilga Leja.

AL II

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.
Size: medium

AL AL neckline AL stepped front

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!

10 comments:

karen said...

it looks gorgeous on you - definitely no preggie look

Paty said...

It looks beautiful!!! I love it!!! congratulations!

Stephanie said...

Great sweater. I think that's one of the best things about knitting samples - you get to step outside your comfort zone and find things that work for you that you wouldn't normally try. I love the green!

May said...

totally awesome looking. Now I want to make one for my little black dress :)

Salihan said...

That is just so lovely and sweet.I agree with everyone else. You look great in it and the colour really suits you.

Brenda said...

I love your Ilga Leja. That little number has been on my list ever since the first time I saw the design on Ilga's site. And now after seeing yours, I MUST have it.

--Deb said...

It's just gorgeous--everything about it!

grumperina said...

What a great little top, and it looks wonderful on you :)

Starbucks Karen said...

You are just so damned photogenic! (Sorry for swearing on your blog, but it's true.) And you are a terrifically prolific knitter, too.

whitknits said...

Oooh, it looks totally gorgeous on you.