Saturday, October 14, 2006

Glasgow Lace

Pattern: Glasgow Lace by Sharon Shoji, Fall 2006 Interweave Knits.

Yarn: Jo Sharp DK wool, color 912, “Brocade,” 9 skeins

Dates: August 5, 2006 to October 11, 2006 (on and off - actual knitting took a month, but it took another month to bring myself to finish the seaming)

Size: 43” bust

Modifications: Added 1x1 ribbing to bottom hem and cuffs, made neckband go all the way around, added waist shaping.

New skills: All-over lace, tubular cast-on, sewn bind-off.

Notes: I really enjoyed this pattern. The lace is easy to memorize, and I think it looks nice. Here is a detail shot.

When this pattern came out there were a lot of nay-sayers. It doesn’t look all that flattering in the magazine, because it makes the model look thicker around the waist than she actually is. If I can say so myself, my version looks a lot better on me than the original would have. They key is waist shaping and ribbing along the bottom, which gives the whole torso more definition.

I did a tubular cast-on, and worked 1x1 ribbing for one inch. Then I began working in pattern, but every 6th row I decreased a stitch on each side, until I had lost one full pattern repeat (12 stitches) each side. I worked even for 6 rows, then began increasing every 6th row until I was back to the original number. The color in this picture is a bit off, but it gives you an idea of how the shaping works with the pattern.

This picture of the front and back blocking should give you an idea of how far the waist comes in.

I though that the neckband sounded weird, so I did it all the way around. The pattern just says to bind off, but I think that a sewn bind-off/Kitchener bind-off gives it a nice professional look.

I would definitely recommend this pattern, with one caveat. If you have a waist and you want to show it, please add waist shaping!


Blogger bradyphrenia said...

it's gorgeous on you. so flattering!

9:17 PM  
Blogger otismurph said...

I love it! Your waist shaping looks fantastic, too. I've had to add waist shaping to a lace garment before, and I'm impressed that you make it look so easy!

1:42 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

You did a beautiful job with this! Thanks so much for writing down what you did for the waist shaping - I'll modify the heck out of a pattern but when it comes to lace and shaping for curves, fear sets in. Now... Sigh. Must add to "must knit" list. Thanks!

3:53 AM  
Blogger Baigneuse said...

Wow, fantastic sweater! Very flattering.

5:52 PM  
Blogger k-good-row said...

That is beautiful.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I clicked over from knitty -- your sweater looks so great! I'd have been so nervous about trying to incorporate waist shaping into the lace - and you make it look so easy. I was hohum about making this before, but now I want to swatch for it tonight!

1:49 PM  
Blogger k-good-row said...

Wow! That looks fabulous. You fixed all my issues with that sweater. I hope you don't mind, but I'm stealing your ideas to knit it for myself!

9:18 AM  

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