June Lady Sweater

Well, I’m a week late, but I am proud to announce that my February Lady Sweater is DONE. Finished. Finito.

This is an ex-WIP.

This is an ex-WIP.

I finished it while on vacation in Stratford (Ontario, Canada, not UK) last week. In fact, it was exactly a week ago today that I bound off the last sleeve, wove in the ends, and promptly put the sweater on for the evening!

Happy Annie! Still giddy about my first adult sweater.

Happy Annie! Still giddy about my first adult sweater.

I had been looking forward to knitting in the air-conditioned hotel room, and that certainly did contribute to the final burst of knitting speed. (I finished the first sleeve, and picked up, started, and finished the second sleeve, between Sunday night and Tuesday night.) But the big surprise was that I actually got to wear the sweater, despite it being the end of June! We had quite a cool snap, so I was actually very happy to have a wool sweater with me.

I bought a pretty ceramic pin that I wear as a closure for the sweater.

I bought a pretty ceramic pin that I wear as a closure for the sweater. No buttons means I can wear it open, or close it where I like, depending on the shirt I'm wearing underneath.

The details:

  • February Lady Sweater, by Pamela Wynne/Flint Knits, inspired by the February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman
  • Ravelry links for the pattern and the project
  • Size: M (fits a 41″ bust)
  • Modifications: I made the pattern without buttons/buttonholes, so that I can use pins to close it, and vary the effect. Being a busty girl, I’m really picky about where closures fall, because I hate gaping with a passion. This looks cute closed at the neck, at the start of the lace (as shown above), or under the bust, depending on what’s underneath. Otherwise, I knit the pattern as written. The sleeves are 14 repeats of the 4-row Gull Lace pattern, and fall just below the elbows.
  • Needles: 5.0 mm (Knitpicks Options interchangeable circs for the body and a 16″ Addi fixed circ for the sleeves)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in Garnet Heather (#9341), approx. 926 yards (4.2 skeins) — substantially less than the pattern called for, but then again, the pattern doesn’t specify sleeve length or body length…
  • Time to knit: About 2.5 months all told, but less than 2 months of actual (and still sporadic) knitting

The verdict:

Love it, love it, love it! It’s lacy without being fragile; it’s worsted weight but not overly bulky to wear; I can dress it up with a crisp blouse for the office, or dress it down with a t-shirt. This is a delightfully easy knit — I love the fact that there are no seams, and that you can try it on as you go. (It’s worth knitting the body with a LONG circ, so you don’t have to take it off the needles to try on.)

I’d love to try this again with a sport- or fingering-weight yarn — I think it would be lovely in a lighter weight, and better suited to summer’s usual temperatures!

One last look...

One last look...


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7 responses to “June Lady Sweater

  1. Wendy

    Fantastic! Well done!! It looks **great** on you! Don’t you love when a plan comes together (to quoate the A-Team)?

    • Annie Bee

      Thanks! Yes, it feels great to finally have it as a functioning part of my wardrobe. This is the first sweater I’ve actually made for myself, so it’s a treat to wear it!

  2. Gillian

    Will I get to see it this weekend?

    • Annie Bee

      If it continues to be ridiculously non-summer-y outside, then yes, I imagine you will!

  3. It looks great…. I wasn’t overly fond of the pattern, but the more and more I see of it the more it’s growing on me. You chose a lovely colour too

  4. Catt

    It looks great Annie…you did a wonderful job and it look terrific ON you!