I’m so proud of myself because I finished my first lace sweater this weekend!
I did not actually intend for this to be the first sweater I’ve ever made. In fact, a year ago I started a gorgeous pleated jacket in chocolate brown wool. The plan was to be done by the end of the summer so that I could start other time sensitive projects like my anniversary gift (September), my Halloween costumer (October), a Hanukkah gift (November), and multiple Christmas projects (December). The jacket was nowhere near done by September, so it hibernated until April, when I finally got a chance to work on it again. Because it’s a complicated piece and I really need all my tools and concentration to work on it, I started this lacy little project to keep at the office and knit during my lunch breaks. I never expected it would be finished before the jacket!
I call this lacy cardigan my Sweet Pea Sweater, named after the soft green Vanna’s Choice Sweet Pea yarn I used. The pattern is designed by Coralie Meslin, and it appeared in the Holiday 2008 issue of Vogue Knitting. It’s a simple project knit in three flat pieces. The two front panels are knit horizontally, starting with the leafy lace pattern at the center and moving out to the cap sleeves. The sleeves are bound off to a point and then folded over to create raglan cap sleeves. There couldn’t be an easier way to make sleeves! The back is knit from the top down, starting with another lace leaf.
I adored this lace pattern. It intimidated me a bit at first; it was 28 rows long, and each row had separate instructions written out. There was no chart whatsoever. However, I found that once I got started, the pattern was very intuitive, and I was able to memorize the repeat for each row after doing it just once. Before attempting your first lace pattern, I would suggest becoming very familiar with increasing, decreasing, yarn overs, and knitting through the back loop.
I’m still not sure how I want to fasten this sweater, but the original pattern showed a ribbon threaded through the eyelets. I’ve found this doesn’t keep the sweater closed very well in front, which is a shame because you can’t see the lace pattern as well when it’s open. In the photo above, I have two safety pins holding things together underneath the ribbon. Any ideas? Should I try buttons?