Remember RoseRedia Jones’ excavation
about a month ago? The main reason (apart from the pressing need to actually tidy it up) for that expedition was to find one of my most long-standing WIPS – the Shaped Lace Tee, which I started in January 2008 (!!). With summer looming, I decided it was time to get it off the sticks and off my WIP list.
Especially since all I needed to do was knit the pathetically small cap sleeves and then block and seam it!
Which I have now done, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Shaped Lace Tee by Joan McGowan Michael, from Knitting Lingerie Style
. I believe this is the same pattern as her Krista Tee
, which is sold separately on her website. A really nice pattern in a wide range of sizes.
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Khaki (sh 474), just a smidge over 4 balls (!!). I had 5 balls of this lovely yarn, and I really thought I’d be pushing it to make this pattern. I swatched (twice!), couldn’t get gauge and so did the maths to work out I needed to make the next size up to get the right size for me. With hindsight, I wish I’d gone two sizes up, as I would have had enough yarn and it would have given me a bit more wiggle room.
This yarn really stretches! Great for anything fitted like this pattern, because you don’t really need any shaping, the yarn does that work for you.
Sticks: 5mm KnitPicks Harmony Options
Time: January 2008 – 1 October 2010. And it even fits me!
Modifications: Vey little – I did a 3-needle bind-off for the shoulder seams and that’s it. Although if I were to make this again, I would make the sleeve caps wider – they are riculously narrow. They do work, but I’d just give myself a bit more room up there. I’d also possibly do a ridge of garter stitch (or three) around the bottom, as I think it will curl (even more) with wear.
I really like the square neckline finished with a round of crochet, very flattering for my body shape. If only my bust was as perky and my hips as narrow as Dolores the Dummy, my stunt double … lucky this yarn s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s (did I mention that already?)!