Pine Creek

July 11, 2019

My project notes say that I finished this in March, and here it is July and it's finally photographed, then, whoosh, it was packed away for summer. Won't it be a nice surprise this fall when I open up my chest full of wooly winter knits and see this lacy beauty again!

The lace was easy and fun despite looking very complicated. The pattern is charted and written out row by row but I almost always follow charts. This just needed a little glance at the chart at the beginning of each row to get started, then the row would sail by. Honest! But I did use markers for each repeat and that made it easy to keep track. The yarn is Rowan Purelife British Breeds Blue Faced Leicester DK that I purchased 5 years ago when I was visiting England. The yarn had been discontinued and was deeply discounted. It's so gorgeous I wish I had bought it all up.

The fit is so oversized, yikes! I know it's meant to be, but I'm a bit shocked at how big it really is. I cast on for the smallest size and added less stitches at the sleeve separation but it still came out very big. I made the sleeves way less balloony and made the neck wider and shorter to rest lower on the neck. I do love it but I think oversized is tricky and doesn't always look right on me. This one looks best if I tuck it in a bit.

The two pictures below are what I'm making at the moment; one is fitted, one is oversized. The first is a test knit for adorable Libby Jonson of Truly Myrtle. I LOVE knitting it! This picture was taken last week and as of today I'm done with the body and tonight will start sleeve number one. I'll let you know when the pattern is available--I think at the end of July. The last one is a Weekender that has only one sleeve to go. I guess I don't have to say that much about the Weekender, it's so popular!

Pine Creek by Samantha Guerin 
my project page for Pine Creek
project page for Circus
project page for Weekender

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  1. I love the lacework on Pine Creek and the "idea" of oversize sweaters. The reality of oversize sweaters is a bit off-putting for me because I hate having "extra" fabric bothering me while I wear one.

    1. Hi Janet. We have similar issues. Being petite is often a challenge. I love the oversized look and struggle to make it work for me and not look like I'm a 68 year old playing dress-up. :(

  2. This is gorgeous. So striking. Most clothing seems to be designed for taller people which means I have to shrink down the amount of ease, plus shorten the length of all hems in most clothes I sewed for myself, and in knitting by choosing the smaller size. Before I realized this (self-analysis was not my forte when I was young) LOL I would walk around looking much bigger than I really was. Chloe

    1. You are so right! I still struggle with making oversized work for me. I really love the look if it's done right. I've got a few more in my queue and crossing my fingers!

  3. This is a beautiful sweater and, as always, you do a superb job of following a complicated design.
    I personally don't think this looks too oversized for you. To me, at my "senior" age, the more fitted look is not always a flattering look.

    1. As a 68 year old petite woman and I feel like I've got very little wiggle room as far as fit and style--is it too young for me? I agonize over that nugget! So fit is my big thing when I'm knitting and I'll bet I try on a piece two dozen times as I'm knitting it, no kidding.

  4. P.S. I agree with Pat. Not too "roomy" on you at all, in case I didn't get that across earlier. And it makes me think of a nice big mug of hot chocolate:-). We do celebrate Christmas in July...don't we? Chloe


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