That left me with a lot of day for knitting. I looked through all the projects and decided to give my version of Kate Davies sweet Myrtle sweater some love.
So if you recall, Myrtle is a laceweight sweater in four colours. I am knitting it in sportweight Harrisville Shetland in five colours. Because I can. I am knitting it bottom up like the pattern just to stretch my limits though I am debating changing the way the arms are made. The pattern is a modified drop shoulder design and I am thinking very seriously of making it just a simple drop shoulder. It's a style I feel very comfortable in.
I hit the patterns thirteeen and a half inches from the underarm at the end of this third section of cream. I measured myself and it would be a fine length for a cropped sweater but a cropped sweater would lead to only one thing. Me, pulling it down in the back because my back feels chilly. I would like to be able to wear this sweater with my upcoming Winslow Pants so I don't want the sweater too long. Cropped tops and wide leged pants are a look I really like. **
There is such comfort knitting this design too. The Maderia lace of the shawl is a delicate variation of the horseshoe lace of this pattern. It is such a lovely rhythmic knit. The other thing about this lace is how different it looks with colour changes and in a single colour. Check out this pinterest link for many amazing variations of single colour work. Compare those to this
and you see what I mean.
You know what the funniest thing about this is? When I was looking at patterns for the border of the shawl, I wanted something really different but as different as Maderia lace looks, it feels like knitting horseshoe lace and here I am, with three projects on the go using essentially the same stitch: Myrtle, the Bridegewater Shawl and my Shetland Shawl.
**Look at me talking named independant designer designs and sounding like I care about style and the way things go together. Who is this person I am become?