New design: Lace Ridge Top & Cowl

I have finished my summer top, far behind my own deadline as usual. A casual, stretchy long sleeveless top in an open lace ridge pattern, with a boat neck and a high twisted rib to be worn on your hips. The top is easy to knit in the round and worked in a divine mercerized cotton from Hifa, called Perle/Pearl, see ull, which is held double to emphasize the structure of the lace pattern. The cable cowl, also worked in the round, accentuates the design and gives the top a more dressed look. The pattern will be published in Norwegian in the magazine Familien, next summer while the English pattern will be published on Ravelry.

Both the top and the cowl is knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needles. The lace pattern is only a 2 row pattern repeat and quick to knit. If you recognize the cable from another of my designs, you are right. Some stitch patterns stick and I feel as if I have not finished using it yet.  This cable I loved even after using it on the Patent Poncho, see professionally-photographed-patent-poncho. There is no neckband nor armhole bands, and the only shaping is after the twisted rib. The only sewing is the grafting of the ends on the cowl together. I also like to wear the cowl twice around my neck. Professional photos will follow.

Here is my first post on the project and a photo of the swatch: heather-lace-ridge.

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6 Responses to New design: Lace Ridge Top & Cowl

  1. Carolyn says:

    A lovely summer knit! Very pretty color!

  2. Janieb says:

    Mmmmm I haven’t knitted my Autumn & Winter Linda deigns yet…& you’ve got me thinking I need this for Summer 2014. That is some magical trick you’re working. The cowl is just splendid & offsets the open lace ridge wonderfully.

    • How marvelous to hear, Janie! Just making sure I am top of your knitting queue even for the long term planning! Yes, and it works! Thank you so much, I love the contrast between the two!

  3. Tracy A. says:

    While my sleeveless days are long gone -this is just beautiful – and in such a lovely color.

    • I suggest layering, and wearing a body hugging t-shirt with short or long sleeves under. Or you could knit long loose sleeves, which I did consider adding. Thank you so much!

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