Pattern: Waterlily by Meghan Fernandes. Originally published in Pom Pom Quartlerly, Issue: 8 (Spring 2014)
Yarn: Quince Sparrow (linen) in Banyon
Skeins/yards: I regret to say I didn’t keep track of how many skeins I used. But I bought enough yarn because I have an entire skein left over, and it just might be yours! See details at the bottom of this post for a chance to win!
Time on the needles: Eight months! I cast on in July, and I wrapped up in late February.
Construction approach: The pattern is knit bottom-up in the round. No increases. No decreases. Just miles and miles of stockinette. The front and back are divided above the arms, marked by a Latvian Braid!!! (which I actually didn’t screw up….small miracle), and then it’s ALL LACE, baby.
Modifications: The body is knit in twisted stockinette. This is mostly due to the fact that I am a complete dork and messed up on the get-go by twisting stitches accidentally…I was too lazy to start over once I had the good sense to notice my folly. So I just went with it. Otherwise, the only other modification I made was the length. The pattern called for 113/4 ” before dividing for the arms, but that seemed WAY too short for me (and I am always quite short), so I knit an extra while….Perhaps a bit too long, as I ended more with a tee that is a bit more of a tunic length. At least this way, I get to cross another thing off my bucket list for the year.Pattern notes: The pattern worked well. My only (minor) complaint is that, as written, there is no way to join the lacey bits on the front half of lacy bits to the back half of lacy bits without breaking the pattern. I have one set of lace leaves that is partially knit on the front that oddly joins with the a second set of lacy leaves on the back half in a disjointed, muddles yarn mess. Thankfully it doesn’t look too weird. With foresight beyond what is described in the pattern, I think the front lace and back lace can be more properly merged with a seamless pattern. The neckline instructions at the very end seemed scary and confusing to the bitter end, but they did work out with some trial and error on my part.
Blocking notes: I did some online research and had some helpful back and forth banter with blog commenters before I had the guts to throw the entire tee into the washing machine on the delicate cycle. I had a moment of panic where I almost went back to rescue it, but I just took a deep breath and walked away. I also threw it in the dryer on low, took it out while still damp and arranged it flat to dry completely. This is definitely a huge plus of working with linen.
Overall: I love it! It fits well enough, which is miraculous considering there wasn’t any waste shaping. I wasn’t the biggest fan of knitting with linen, but I am eager to see how this wears through time. It just might become a wardrobe staple!
I finished this project with a leftover skein of Sparrow in the Banyon colorway (168 yards/155 meters). It’s all caked up and ready to go. I will be shipping this baby out to one lucky reader. To enter, simply subscribe to This Knitted Life for a chance to win. Already a subscriber? No problem! You will automatically be entered into the raffle. To subscribe, check the upper right hand corner of the side bar for the right spot. All you have to do is enter your email. I promise to never share your email, and I won’t clutter your inbox. In addition to receiving regular blog posts in your inbox, I have lots of plans for free and discounted patterns to offer subscribers…plus some knitting resources I am developing. You have until Saturday, April 2nd to enter (midnight PST).