Thursday, February 14, 2013

 Somehow doesn't this seem just perfect for Valentine's Day? 


Baileys is a lace cardigan that's just waiting for the beginning of spring.   The design is a balance of simple and detailed elements, featuring a lace motif that does this wonderfully - pairing strong cables with elegant lines of eyelets.

Details like pearly buttons, an open neckline, and a narrow lace collar add to the feminine nature of the sweater and play off the intricate front panels.

While a strongly cabled button band and a folded hem bring it back and balance the airy detail.

The back and sleeves are worked in stockinette, so there is plenty of soothing TV knitting involved.  I also placed the waist shaping on the back panel, so you still have the ability to make modifications for your body in either width or sleeve fit without affecting the lace design at all.   I know how you guys love that.

 One last detail, seen in the photo above, is the subtle slant that the lace bias gives at the hips.  The pattern is written so both of the fronts will slant down from the center and towards the back.  

Thanks to my sister Melissa who was a willing and lovely model during last weekend's snowstorm, when the light in her kitchen was absolutely perfect for taking knitting pictures.

Maybe it didn't hurt that the sweater will be hers soon (it just suits her kind of perfectly, doesn't it?) -  but regardless, she was awesome - a total trooper with poses, ridiculous requests,  outfit changes and button options.
Options such as:   Open..

Bottom up, 

All the way, 

And top down.  

The yarn used for Baileys is Shalimar Yarns Breathless DK.   The Breathless is gorgeous - delicate and smooth with just the tiniest, subtlest bit of silken sheen in it.  The mix of merino, cashmere and silk is a dream to work with, and it was this color (Oyster) that had to become a delicate lace something.    It was my first time working with Shalimar's fiber and I don't think it will be my last.


The Baileys PDF is available on the sidebar to the left or here, on Ravelry.  
Some information is below and the rest is on the pattern page.

Yarn:  Shalimar Yarns Breathless DK, shown in Oyster.  
 950(1050,1200,1350,1500,1600)(1750,1900,2050,2100) yds or 4(4,5,5,6,6)(7,8,8,8) skeins

Sizes:  33(36,39,42,45,48)(51,54,57,60)"  Finished measurement around bust. 
Pick size that gives you 2-3" positive ease, based on your usual bust measurement. 

Needle/Notions:  US#5/3.75mm needles (or size to get gauge)  long circs for sweater and collar, DPNs for sleeves
Stitch markers, darning needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, 6-7 .5" small buttons.  Needle and thread for sewing buttons.

Gauge:  5.5 sts/7 rows per 1" in stockinette.   Pattern contains information and  lace pattern for lace gauge.


And, to drink?  I'm actually loving this stuff.   

My favorite recipe so far is the Raspberry Kiss:

1.5 oz Baileys
1 oz Chambord
1 oz Creme de Cacao 

Pour those three over ice in a small glass and add about 3 oz of milk.  Or more if you want to dilute. 

It's like a chocolate raspberry truffle in a glass.

Other good ways to enjoy Baileys are:  in hot chocolate, in coffee, with amaretto, with any other berry liquor, mixed with Kahluha and milk, straight up with vodka and milk, or just on the rocks.  Have heard it mixed with root beer too, but am skeptical, and have no root beer in house to test yet.    As always, if you  have a favorite Bailey's recipe, let me know!

Enjoy :)  And Happy Valentine's Day!!


AntiquityTravelers said...

I love this one Thea! and I thought I recognized Melissa :) it does fit her perfectly

gMarie said...

Oh My! I love this one. It's stunning! Nice work. g

amy said...

Love the sweater, the pictures are amazing!

Evelyn said...

I adore Shalimar Breathless and equally adore your new cardigan design.

Seanna Lea said...

I love Shalimar Breathless (I have their sockweight yarn), and I really need this cardigan. I'll be stalking that link tomorrow with my empty wallet in hand!

wiggins said...

Beautiful sweater! And baileys with frangelico is my favorite way to drink it.

IrishGirlieKnits said...

Now Bailey's is my kind of drink :) Just a lovely lovely sweater! And I'll have to try this raspberry kiss recipe!

COngrats on another winner!

Ellen Mason said...

Masterful use of pattern! you inspire me :o)

Kate B said...

Bailey's with Frangelico - a Nutty Irishmen. Bailey's with Jameson's - a Perverted Irishman. (I hung out at an Irish bar in college.)
I'm looking forward to knitting this sweater, hopefully the beginning of the summer. It will make a nice summer sweater to throw over a sleeveless top.

Ness said...

Oh! It's gorgeous! I love it! I bet Bailey's is good with root beer. Like a root beer float! I had a Bailey's knock-off in spiced tea a couple weeks ago. That was also delicious.

Kristen said...

I may just have to try the Breathless, it sounds lovely. As for the pattern, I'm crazy about it.

phlame said...

Is the Bailey's pattern charted?


Anonymous said...

Yes. It's actually very simple ;)

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous! And one of my favorite drinks is Bailey's with Frangelico over ice - it's called a Nutty Irishman.

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