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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: it’s finished!!!

Blocking made all the difference

Blocking made all the difference

I have to say that as much as I have struggled with this particular project, I am absolutely delighted with the way that it has turned out and, more to the point, so is Middle Mudlet. Sewing up proved surprisingly easy with the most challenging and unusual aspect being the creation of the neck band. Continue reading


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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: a labour of love

We think the chainmail appearance explains why Middle Mudlet liked this pattern so much

We think the chainmail appearance explains why Middle Mudlet liked this pattern so much

Delighted though I was when Middle Mudlet not only chose a very feminine and lacy top as my next project for her but also a very pink yarn to knit it with, there have been times over the last three months or so when I have come very close to relegating it to the back of the darkest cupboard in Mudville and starting something else. For some reason it took forever and a day before the pattern was finally engraved on my mind. I pulled back countless rows in order to correct some error or other, on numerous occasions which, taking into account the loops and cast offs that are dotted throughout to create the gorgeous laciness, was an absolute nightmare. Whilst I don’t count myself as a professional knitter, I did believe that I was pretty competent in most areas but my confidence was seriously knocked by this pattern. Continue reading


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Very lacy sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed

This sweater will definitely need blocking to open up the lacework!

This sweater will definitely need blocking to open up the lace work!

I firmly believe that in every knitter or crocheters life there is at least one (and probably more) project that has been abandoned, cast aside, shut away in a dark corner, never again to see the light of day because for some reason, whether it be down to the pattern itself or the yarn used, the crafter hasn’t been able to get on with it, hasn’t enjoyed working on it and so has relegated it to their projects drawer, box, shelf, probably with the intention of revisiting it after a short rest but ultimately not being able to get beyond the feelings the project originally generated, thus resulting in said project continuing to languish unfinished for forever more. If it was the pattern that caused the issues, then there is a chance that the piece may be frogged back and the yarn used again but if the yarn is the problem ……… Continue reading


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I’ve got a yarn stash

My little stash of yarn, waiting their turn to be made into something - special?

My little stash of yarn, waiting their turn to be made into something – special?

It’s only a small one but it’s still a yarn stash. Okay, strictly speaking, it’s not a stash in the same way as some of my fellow crafters because all the yarn has been bought with a specific project in mind. In fact the Scheepjeswol Softfun Denim was a gift as was 5 more balls of the Scheepjeswol Sunkissed in the green that I have used on my lace sweater. However, the Scheepjeswol Sunkissed in Beachhut Pink and King Cole Dolly Mixtures Double Knit in pink, as well as an additional ball of the Softfun Denim, were purchased from Deramores, along with two pattern leaflets and a pair of 2.5mm Addi bamboo single point needles which put my order at just over £30. This meant that I had qualified for a free King Cole Hedgehog kit which included the pattern, one ball of King Cole Tinsel Chunky and a ball of King Cole Dolly Mixture double knit in pale blue. Continue reading


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Lace Sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: Sleeve finished

The diamond pattern on the sleeve is quite simplistic .......

The diamond pattern on the sleeve is quite simplistic …….

Being unable to get out into my garden, has meant that I have been steadily working away on my lace sweater and have now finished the first sleeve and I am about halfway through the second. The sleeve pattern is pretty simple when compared to that on the front and back sections but the large diamond design compliments the lace of the body pieces nicely and requires little in the way of concentration which is no bad thing at the moment. As with the instructions with the front and back, the actual leaflet is incredibly easy to follow and, once again, indicates the number of rows that should have been completed at a given length. Continue reading


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Lace Sweater in Scheepjeswol Sunkissed: Front and Back

Completed front section

Completed front section

Over the last couple of weeks, I have been steadily working away on my lace sweater and I now the front and back sections completed. I’m really enjoying working on this project as the lace pattern is very easy to follow and looks so effective but what I really love about this pattern is that the instructions are so detailed, even down to the number of rows you should have completed by the time you’ve reached the desired length to a certain point (starting the neckline on the front section for example was 174 rows or 50cm/19.75 inches). I was delighted to find that my rows matched the length required exactly, confirming that my tension was pretty spot on. Continue reading