Posts Tagged ‘Vogue Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 09’

Well, kids, here it is.  After 5 months of on-and-off knitting, the pleated top is finally finished.  This sweater was a long labor of love, stress, and tears.  This was my first experience knitting with lace-weight yarn, and its delicateness has certainly provided me with, shall we say, many lessons in patience and problem solving.

There are so many things I love about this sweater, in particular, the tiny pleats on the sleeves, as well as the pleating at the bust…

And I love the beautifully ethereal way the light filters through the cobweb-like yarn…

The sweater fits more like a tunic than a baby doll, even though I knit to gauge and blocked to measurements.  The pattern calls for Swarovski crystals along the neckline, but I left them off because I want the ability to dress the sweater up or down as needed.  It looks equally nice paired with a skirt as it does paired with jeans.

Let’s talk a little bit about the bottom hem.  After weaving in the last end on Wednesday, I immediately began taking pictures of my gorgeous new sweater.  I was jubilant that the sweater was finally finished; basking in all of the hard work that had gone into creating the now finished product.  It was, oh, about 4-5 minutes into the photographing that I noticed the bottom of the sweater had loose stitches.  Upon further frenzied inspection, I discovered that something had caught the delicate yarn, right in the middle front of the hem and ripped my cast-on edge OPEN.  The sweater was literally unraveling.

To say that I wanted to cry is also a gross understatement.  Readers, it could have gotten very, very ugly at that moment, but for the love of all things Elizabeth Zimmerman – I did not shed a tear.  I went into the studio, closed the door and worked through the crisis as best I could, trying to salvage the now ruined stitches along the hem.  I was in there a long time, trying to figure out what I was going to do to fix the problem.  My hubby kept peeking in on me, no doubt to make sure I hadn’t stabbed myself with a knitting needle.  Finally, he came into the studio and said “Okay.  So what are we dealing with here?” And he began to troubleshoot knitting with me.

This is why I love my husband.

After a few minutes of throwing out suggestions, he brilliantly said “Why don’t you just shorten it?”  It was then that I had an epiphany!  I had plenty of room in the length, so I bound off all of the loose stitches, secured the torn yarn with some creative knotting and felting, then turned the garter-stitch border up inside the sweater and hand-sewed a new hem all the way around.  It is not as perfect as I would have liked, but sometimes there is only so much one can do.

But despite its imperfections, I am still in love with it.  This was an enormously personal project for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.

Here are the project details:

Have a great weekend, knitters! ~J

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The pleating is {thankfully} finished; mon dieu! they were tricky.   All that is left is knitting the shoulders and cap sleeves, then blocking and sewing the pieces together.

I’m so close now… ~J

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I’m pretty excited, because the back of my pleated top is finished!  It’s turning out gorgeous, but after the 60th row of knitting and purling teeny-tiny lace-weight yarn on size 3 needles, it starts getting somewhat monotonous.  Since the stitches are so lightweight, they slip off the stainless-steel needles quite easily – so I really have to pay attention to what I’m doing. The beautiful, delicate look that it’s taking on is worth the extra attention:

I’ve got a few inches worked on the front…each row contains 156 stitches that need to be knit and purled for 14″ straight before there is any sort of shaping action:

The cool thing is that when this baby is finished, I will know how to knit pleats.   And if there’s one thing I love, it’s adding new skills to my repertoire!  I am hoping to be finished by the end of the month, so that I can wear it out to my birthday dinner.  {*fingers crossed*} ~J

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…a delicate pleated top from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.   I am using Jade Sapphire’s extra-fine 3 ply lambswool yarn in the Cyclone colorway; it’s so teeny-tiny, that it’s like knitting with cobwebs.

Also on the needles is a baby sweater for an old childhood friend of mine.  She is expecting her first child this spring – a little girl!  This is the 5 Hour Baby Sweater, a free pattern I came across on Ravelry, but you can also find it here.  I wonder how many people actually finish it in 5 hours….

It’s nice to be knitting light, bright, and airy things for a change!  Like all of you, I am so ready for the warm weather… ~J

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I’ve been wanting to share this little beauty with you for a while now, but because it was a birthday gift for my mother-in-law, and I had to wait to give it to her before I could tell you about it!  This past weekend, a bunch of us girls got together for tea and scones to celebrate her special day, so now I am free to show you…

This is Védís Jónsdóttir’s #30 Lace Scarf from the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.  The pattern is amazingly beautiful in its simplicity – if you can YO, k2tog, and ssk – you can knit this scarf!  The 8-row repeat is easy to remember and knits up quickly – so it’s perfect for adding a quick dose of color to your wardrobe.

I picked this bright berry color for two reasons – one, because it will look gorgeous against my mother-in-law’s complexion, and two, because Nancy is an avid gardener, and this color just screams Spring.  When she opened it, she commented on how much she loves the color – it reminds her of one of her favorite roses in her garden.  What’s even funnier is that my sister-in-law gave her a pot of tulips in this very same shade at the tea party!

It was really, really hard to part with this scarf – every time I passed it, I couldn’t help but slip the soft, fuzzy yarn over my shoulders.   Maybe I’ll just have to knit one up  for myself….

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: #30 Lace Scarf by Védís Jónsdóttir, Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2009
  • Yarn: Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk DK (2 skeins in color #35) *yarn is discontinued, but I found some stashed here
  • Needles: US Size 6
  • Size Made: 58″ long, blocked
  • Mods: Omitted one repeat of lace pattern to make a skinnier scarf.
  • Ravelry Pattern Page: here


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One of things I love about knitting is that it inspires you to give – a blanket for an expecting sister, a girlie hat for a new baby, a little bird for charity.   Sometimes, I think knitters spend more time making projects for others rather than themselves – don’t you agree?  There has been so much baby knitting going on around here lately, that I decided to cast on a small personal project:

{so soft!}

{so soft!}

This is the Lace Scarf pattern by Védis Jónsdottir, published in the Spring/Summer 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.  What an easy pattern this is – it is a good place to start if you want to try your hand at knitting lace.  The only modification I am making is to slip the first stitch of every row, just so that the edges are cleaner.

{a little something for myself}

{a little luxury}

I am using the ArtYarns Silk Rhapsody that I splurged on in May – the yarn is incredibly soft and angelic, and I love the beautiful blue-green color.  The next few weeks are going to be very busy wrapping up everything for my nephew-to-be, but I will make sure to take some time and knit 5-6 rows for myself.

This week, cast on a little something for yourself – a fun summer washcloth, a cozy cowl for fall, or a lacy pair of socks.

Happy knitting! ~Jenny

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Have you seen the new Spring/Summer 09 issues of Vogue Knitting and Debbie Bliss magazines yet?  Vogue has some beautifully elegant pieces, as usual…knitting layouts include:

  • Vernal Interlude – luxe knitting with eco-friendly yarn
  • Fine Art – comtemporary lace knits
  • The Sensual Side of Pink – elegant, beachy knits
  • Designer Details – two sweaters by designers Anna Sui and Twinkle
  • Easy Glitz – ethereal metallic knits for evening
  • A Lacy Affair – glamorous knits for lounging at home

Possible additions to my knitting queue might be:

For dinner with my husband…

Dinner sweater

{Pleated Top} by Coralie Meslin

For Sunday morning lounging…

{Lace Shawl, by Shirley Paden}

{Lace Shawl} by Shirley Paden

to be worn with these, bien sur:

{Lace Stockings, by Mari }

{Lace Stockings} by Mari Muinonen

Debbie Bliss Spring/Summer 09 follows her inaugural Fall/Winter 08 issue.  Somewhat opposite of Vogue Knitting, Debbie provides plenty of inspiration for relaxed summer-time living.  She gives you glimpses of things in her world that inspire her, as well as a few of her favorite places to shop and knit.  There is an interview with British designer Louisa Harding, and knitting layouts include:

  • Huggables – cute little rabbit with sweater
  • Pretty Pleats – knits is sherbet shades with sweet little pleats
  • Milk and Honey – casual cardigans in neutral tones
  • Summer Breeze – beachy knits in shades of blue
  • Watercolor – a silk sweater with the prettiest yoke
  • Red, White, & Blues – adorable baby knits in a patriotic color-scheme
  • Perfect Weekenders – casual sweaters for everyday comfort
  • The White House – creamy white knits for your home
  • Havana Nights – luscious, jewel-tone sweaters

Queue-worthy patterns include:

for walks on the beach…

{Yoke Detail Pullover}

{Yoke Detail Pullover}

a cozy sundress cover-up…

{Hooded Sweater}

{Hooded Sweater}

for our sister, if she is having a little girl…

{Striped Baby Dess}

{Striped Baby Dess}

this cozy wrap, for everyday…

{Pleated Shawl}

{Pleated Shawl}

Happy knitting! ~Jennifer

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