Friday, February 23, 2007
Vine Leaf Sweater
I knit this sweater in January of last year after a road trip to New Mexico. On the drive home we stopped at a truck stop for gas and refreshments and as it turned out yarn. Amongst the wall of potato chips were hanks of handspun wool. At two dollars a hank I scooped up thirty of them. I gave my mom a few and kept the natural unbleached color for myself. I used the vine leaf lace pattern found in one of the Barbara Walker dictionaries as the main stitch and on the hems a shell stitch that scallops nicely. The front is asymmetrical and closed with four buttons and instead of buttonholes the lace serves this purposes.
This sweater gets a lot of wear. I even sleep in it. I like it so much I'm thinking of reknitting it in a manufactured wool and writing up the pattern but am not sure what wool to use. Any recommendations? I thought about Manos but the gauge is a bit bigger. Still, I think it would work nicely.
Update: Here is more information on the yarn I used. It is a loosely spun single ply and the gauge is 16 sts and 25 rows = 4" in Vine Leaf Stitch with a US 8 (5 mm) needle.