What could be a better opportunity to splurge on some amazingly lovely yarn than a wedding! My fiancé, Ethan, and I are getting hitched in September at a place with indoor and outdoor space available to us. I’m having my mom’s wedding dress altered and the puff sleeves removed, so I decided to knit something to put on in case the evening gets chilly. I used Vine Lace, my very favorite lace pattern (as you may have noticed from a past web-letter), taken from Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting Patterns. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to work. I love the wonderful organic pattern that it forms.
For the yarn, I used Posh, a cashmere/silk blend from CEY’s luxury division. The shrug is made in two identical pieces, each started at the cuff end of the sleeve and worked to the center back where they are grafted together. I began the sleeves with ribbing to add a little interest and to provide a logical place for ribbon eyelets. I trimmed the front opening with a picot edge to finish it off. I like to think that it fills all the requirements: an OLD stitch pattern that I BORROWED, gorgeous NEW yarn, and BLUE ribbon on the sleeves.
Posh 70% silk, 30% cashmere
Posh is a blend of 30% cashmere and 70% silk. Silk and cashmere pair together nicely. Both are sumptuous fibers. Cashmere has a soft creamy hand, as does silk. The cashmere component also adds warmth to the mix while silk lends sheen and slinky-ness for drape. Posh is a multi-strand yarn; the many plies twisted together form a smooth, round strand that’s great for stitch definition.
Although Vine Lace is my favorite lace pattern, it may not be for everyone. So I decided to find another lace pattern that could be inserted into the shrug pattern without any gauge or stitch number changes needed. The pattern that I chose (pictured here) will give the shrug a more linear/geometric look than the organic feel of the Vine Lace pattern.