My Liesl started like this and a day later looked like this.Wow! That’s fast. I know I am the last person on earth to know about this pattern. It’s been out on Ravelry since June, 2008 and over 1500 folks have made it. I was clueless until I saw the one Remi made at Charlotte Yarn. Yarn shops make up samples to entice customers to buy yarn. It worked!
First, it’s made out of Rowan’s Summer Tweed, a yarn that’s been in production for a long time. (70% raw silk and 30% cotton) It’s an Aran weight yarn and kind of stiff to start with. I’ve never been attracted to it, but I had never seen it knit in lace before. That stiffness softens into what I would call “body” like in hair and holds the lace open and lovely.
The pattern is available on ravelry as a download. It has several versions. I chose the wide neck, cropped version for this project. It only took two skeins of yarn to knit the medium size. I also added some garter stitch at the bottom and short rowed the back to get a better look for me. I loved the picot bind off. It gives it a real sassy look. I have it on the cap sleeves. Remi’s has it on the bottom as well. I tried that but thought it looked a little young on me, so I simplified the bottom.
It looks great with jeans and I think it will go well with my purple linen skirt. I plan to use this a lot this spring.
If you can wear green, check out the Summer Tweed at the shop. There is a gorgeous green there that I can’t wear—or it wouldn’t be there.