Tuesday, July 22, 2014

So, this is where I went with that lace design I blogged about a little while back. 

Amaro is a simple pullover that could be worn all year, but I was definitely thinking of late summer when I knit this.  It's perfect for a cool evening after a day of swimming.  I love it with a bright tank (peeking through the lace) and shorts for when when the sun goes down and the wind picks up. 

I was in the mood for some easy stitching this spring, and wanted simple lines, some stockinette, and a rhythmic lace detail.  So the knitting on this is as easygoing as the sweater.

It's got an easy fit, a split hem, and an open, flattering neckline.  The saddle shoulders are a great detail for this kind of sweater and fun to do.   Plus, the classic shape flatters a variety of figures and can be worn with a fitted or loose silhouette.  Instructions on adjusting for length and adding shaping are included in the pattern.  

I wanted to play with construction a bit, so this seamless saddle shoulder is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s percentage system, but modified just a bit.  Knit in Shalimar Yarn’s Breathless DK, the fabric has a touch of sheen and a soft easy drape – plus, it’s warm and light and perfect for a cool summer evening.  I love this yarn - it's distinct in the stitches, a perfect weight to wear with almost anything, and the combination of merino, cashmere, and silk makes for a soft and luxurious knit.  Plus, she's got over 50 colors, all of them gorgeous -- this deep purple is Byzantium.

There will be a special Shalimar Amaro update this Wednesday, July 23 at 12 Noon, EST if you would like to purchase a kit.  The kit will contain a sweater's worth of custom dyed Breathless DK, and you will receive a code with your pattern confirmation that will allow you to download the pattern from Ravelry for the kit price of $4.  The Shalimar Amaro webpage is HERE, and will go live on Wednesday when the update is scheduled.

If you have yarn on hand already, the pattern alone is for sale on Ravelry for $7, and will be found in the Patterns section of my blog as well.  All the information, plus more photos and test knits are on the Amaro pattern page on Ravelry, but a few details are below:

Sizes:  30.75(33,35,37.5,39.5,41.5,43.75)(46,48.75,50.25,52.5, 54.75)” Finished bust size. 

For a fit as shown, pick the size that would give you about 3" of ease at bust.  As I said above, this style could easily be worn with more or less ease for a different silhouette.

Yardage:  1050(1100,1150,1200,1250, 300,1350)(1400,1450,1500,1550,1650,1750) yds needed.

Gauge:  5.5 stitches/7 rows per 1".  Gauge based on finished, stockinette fabric.

Needles:  US#5/3.75mm and US#4/3.5mm needles or size to get gauge.

As for a drink to go with this one,  I have been playing with different Amaros for a few months now. 
I did a blog post with some of my thoughts a little while back, and I've been playing with my bottle of Fernet ever since.

But, since it's summer, let's go with an easy Fernet and Cola.

Pour your favorite - Coke or Pepsi - over ice in a tall glass.
Add about 2-3 oz of Fernet Branca (or another amaro if you prefer).
Throw in a slice of lemon and enjoy!


Suze said...

I love this!!