It’s been awhile since I’ve completed what I would consider a substantial project, and here it is–my version of the Leafy Lace Top from the Vogue Knitting Spring 2017 issue. It took me some time to complete, in part because I had some challenges with the pattern and in part because of the physical limitations I’ve experienced lately.
I knit it in Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima in color 3727, a quite pretty shade of blue. It took me five skeins, or 1100 yards, which is nearly exactly what the pattern called for. The yarn used in the pattern–Brown Sheep Cotton Fine–is 222 yards per skein while the Ultra Pima is 220.
Surprisingly, while the stitch gauge precisely matched what the pattern called for, the row gauge was way off. I knit two extra repeats of the 28-row lace pattern to reach the same length. I didn’t catch this until I’d completed the decreases, and frankly, even if I had it wouldn’t have changed the way I knit the sweater.
Those decreases were tricky and I had to pay close attention each row to make sure I stayed in line with the pattern. I got off track once and had to rip out the entire section because it’s difficult to compensate.
Because I had to add rows and the row gauge was off, I had to calculate where to cast off the neck without using the pattern. I ended up making a slightly deeper neck opening then the pattern would make, but it’s still flattering. For the sleeves I measured down 8 1/2″ on each piece and placed a marker so I’d know where to sew up my seam.
The sweater is flattering on. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of me or someone else wearing it, but it’s hard to take a half-length selfie. At least, I haven’t figured out how to do it.
I’m wearing this over a nice t-shirt as the lace pattern is, of course, fairly open and no one needs to see my flesh peeking through. The pattern suggested wearing it over a shift, which I think would be really pretty, but I don’t have a shift in my wardrobe right now and I’m not about to make one at this time.
Overall I would recommend this pattern for someone with intermediate to advanced skills. I’m very happy with the results.