Let's look at Orza, a new sweater design by La Maison Rililie . The shades of color and variations on the striping really intrigue me.
I'll be testing Breathless Lace. I had just one skien of Buttermilk in the stash. I chose a ChiaoGoo Knit Red Lace needle in 3.5mm/US 4. Let's see how it works up before the RSS Etsy update today where I can get the rest of the shades I want.
The first thoughts as I cast on were a bit intimidating. This is lace yarn. I just finished a sweater in at the beefy wooly yarn Equus. I had to get my lace mindset put back together. It didn't take long. The first few rows on any project are a bit fiddly. We need a bit of fabric on the needles. I felt like I was knitting in slow motion until about the 5th row. By this time the gentle halo was starting to show it's beauty. First a bit of garter stitch, then on to stockinette stitch.
This swatch has been gently steam blocked. It improved so much with the steam that I think a good soak will improve my stitch evenness even more.
Gauge on the stst section works at 14 sts for 2". This is spot on gauge for the textured stitch she calls Beaufort . You can see it shown right above the stst section. This is a great start. The gleam of the silk in the yarn is really speaking now. The halo is filling in the spaces. My hands are really starting to get into the lace groove.
Now onto the the stitch patterns specified in the design. I split my swatch into halves, knitting one on each side. In hindsight, that was not a great plan. The row gauge is so different on them it distorts the pattern some. I still think we can learn something.
The lace pattern is used for the sleeves. The openness is really delicate and interesting. The double decrease was easy to work with these needles. The glow of the yarn showed off even more. I hope you can see the halo of the cashmere filling in the lacy gaps. I was a bit skeptical as I started. Would this yarn would work up to gauge? Once again it came out spot on. The resulting fabric is very soft, delicate and lustrous.
I need to work on my color combinations now. The undyed shade is beautiful. Think how I'll feel about this when I start working with the hand dyed shading. This will be a really special sweater.
Join us for a discussion about color choices on the Shalimar Yarns Ravelry forum RSS update thread.