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