FO: Cecilia Pullover

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(Yes, it’s a crazy blurry outtake but for some reason I really like it.)

And the award for fastest finished garment ever (for this Panda, at least) goes to my Cecilia pullover. I knit this in eleven days.

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This is really, truly, a simple sweater to knit. The tricky part is keeping track of which lace repeat you’re on, but that’s the most trouble you’ll have. There’s no shaping, no bands or finishing.

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The lace opens up with gentle blocking—no pins required. You want to choose a lace yarn with good drape. I used Roman Hills’ Dane in the Gawth color. It’s 80% alpaca and 20% silk in a lofty two-ply that is sadly discontinued. The Ravelry page for this pattern says it takes a worsted weight yarn, and that is just wrong wrong wrong. You want a lace weight, and something with a little bit of a halo (like alpaca) adds a nice touch. The original is knit with mohair, but I can’t wear mohair against my skin the way I can with this yarn.

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Cecilia is totally figure flattering, and I can imagine wearing it with all kinds of outfit—over a knit wrap dress, with black skinny jeans and boots, or with a black skirt for work.

You know, after I weave in the ends.

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13 thoughts on “FO: Cecilia Pullover

  1. This is absolutely stunning! I love your color choice, and it is so flattering and elegant. Really, really lovely work. I have to say, pairing it with a nude camisole made it really pop.

    • Thank you! I wore it over a black tank top yesterday and while it didn’t have the same effect, it still stands out quite a bit, which is nice. I have dreams (DREAMS!) of trying it out with all kinds of colored camis. 😀

    • I’ve learned that I have to have visions of how I would wear something before I knit it. I have a couple of sad knits that I don’t know how to wear and so the just sit in my drawer.

  2. ajdhwajahwahhwaja! (That is my overwhelming lust after that sweater.) I NEED TO MAKE THIS. Wow! It’s so beautiful! And great choice with the Roman Hills. Looks super soft and yummy! I need to hit Lisa up for some right now!!!

    • You should make it! It would be super cute on you. I know Lisa said she was low or out of that base and can’t get any more from the distributor (sadface!); there are some other alpaca/silk lace blends listed on Ravelry, including (I think) a new Malabrigo yarn that is 70% alpaca and 30% silk. That would be my recommendation if Lisa is out.

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