(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.
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.
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.
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.