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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Lace Top


Once I decide to knit something I try to make it as fast as possible, otherwise I’m in danger of never finishing it. This top, full of interesting knitterly details (short row shaping, nubs, eyelet cast on, three needle bind offs…) took me two years to complete! I knit the majority of it within a week, put it away for six months to work on my own designs, picked it up between work projects, put it away for another year and finally brought it out of hiding last week and completed the last bits. It’s designed by Mari Lynn Patrick and is in the Holiday 2005 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine.


Maybe, I’ll wear it this weekend to a wedding reception. Knowing myself, I’ll probably wear it everyday, sleep in it, and then put it away for a few months. Will I ever change?
I substituted the yarn for GGH Molina, which seems to have been discontinued. Hmm, oh well. Otherwise, it’s exactly as the pattern is written for size medium. That issue is full of pretty and romantic designs.

12 comments:

Gudrun Johnston said...

What a pretty piece. I particularly like the neck and capped sleeves. Must be nice to have it done! I'm working on a dress right now that seems to have that feeling of never getting finished (doesn't help that I keep ripping out hours of work)!.....
Gudrun

Mary-Heather said...

Kat, I think we have the same knitting style for WIPs. I really love this top!

Romi said...

That looks great on you! Beautifully done. :)

Gudrun Johnston said...

I Just looked at Edna's blog and that reminded me that I had meant to also congratulate you on your lovely designs to come in Knitscene's Fall issue. I love the cool colours in the v neck sweater...it looks super comfy too! Definitely my style.
Gudrun

Connie said...

Very pretty. It's very victorian looking, yet more pared down then most victorian inspired designs. I should look through my old issue of Vogue, somehow I missed it the first time around!

Jennie said...

It looks amazing on you! :)

Marnie said...

Oh the top is gorgeous. I remember loving it in the magazine and it looks great in real life too. I can't believe you finished something that you worked on for 2 years. I never do that :)

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

That top is beautiful. I remember how Marnie and I poured over that issue when it came out. We both marked that design as one of our favorites. I always wonder why Mari Lynn Patrick doesn't get more props - she produces so many beautiful designs. This one is a definite ringer. Enjoy the reception!
xox, J

Sonya said...

Lovely top and I am the same way, such a starter. Molina was a good yarn and I love the colorway you've used.

kat coyle said...

Julia: It's a great issue! Mari Lynn Patrick is my favorite knitting designer. She is so prolific and versatile. I have other favorites too (of course :)).

Marnie: I usually finish everything I start. It's rare that something languishes for so long. I'm stubborn that way. I think of it as a battle of wills, me against the UFO.

Sonya: I've decided this weed to be more of a starter! I started something yesterday and am comtemplating starting something today. Living on the edge I say!

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michele said...

i love all the texture in this knit! looks like the perfect thing to wear to a wedding reception.