Relaxing Vine Lace

As other, more important project deadlines mounted a few weeks ago, I decided to cast on for some mindless knitting to help calm my nerves during a bought of insomnia. Some might find this a waste of already precious time; you know better, don’t you? 

 Swatching a spring project

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing quite like an easily memorized, repetitive pattern to cure insomnia.** Consequently, the body of this pullover knitted up in lightning speed; however, the sleeves languish partially finished as their master has recently rediscovered the merits of sleep.  

OK, maybe I'm at the armholes. Maybe.

The yarn is Harrisville Designs Shetland (in White), leftover from my Ivy League Vest last winter. The lace pattern is a 4-row repeat from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns

Lace project

This is destined to become a scoopneck tunic with no waist shaping and as little sleeve shaping as possible, mostly because the combination of shaping and lace renders this no longer mindless. Perhaps that is a better reason for why the sleeves remain unknitted?

**Except when it doesn’t, and the knitter is forced – forced! - to stay up late to knit obsessively on a project about which she cares nothing. Ahem.

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9 comments so far

  1. Eliza on

    You’re lucky you can do lace when tired! I tend to get one stitch off in a repeat and then the whole thing is a shambles.
    Your tunic is going to be gorgeous however, and i’m glad to hear you are sleeping again!

  2. Steph on

    I love the pattern! Can’t wait to see how it turns out~

  3. tiennie on

    That pattern is beautiful! I can’t wait to see how it progresses.

  4. mai on

    i kind of like it without sleeves, though!

  5. Monet on

    Elinor–I can’t wait to see the finished product. I hope you’ll write up the pattern…it’s beautiful already.

  6. Ann on

    Beautiful lace pattern. I think it looks good as a vest if you don’t knit the sleeves. The chevron mittens are gorgeous!

  7. Andrea on

    Love the lace pattern. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  8. AJ on

    Beautiful lace pattern. You are so inspiring!

  9. gleek on

    i cannot wait to see this one done. get back to work missy!


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