I had been looking for an excuse to try out Comfy
ever since I knit up the buttons-and-closures swatches for the cover of the April catalog. It was so soft in my hands, and I loved the resulting fabric (even though I had to do even *more* dreaded seed stitch for the swatches). While I was editing Kelley's podcast interview with Joan McGowan-Michael, I got to listen to them talking about Joan's Shaped Lace Tee pattern in Knitting Lingerie Style
. Apparently I'm an easily impressionable lady, and their discussion was enough to make me pull out my needles and get to work.
I had purchased 9 balls of Comfy in Blackberry when it came out, thinking that I'd make some kind of short-sleeved sweater. The amazing part to me is that I only ended up using just under 5 balls for the entire Shaped Lace Tee - the lace pattern gave the garment a lot of stretch, and the eyelets made the sweater less bulky. I definitely have to wear it over a camisole since it's such an open knit, but I'm really happy with the fit and the finishing. Another bonus: this is an incredibly fast knit - I was able to get the body and both sleeves finished during the weekend.
If you're going to try this pattern, I'd recommend going up a needle size or two for your cast-on edge of the scalloped lace pattern - it'll help the little rounded edges lay nice and flat. I blocked them pretty aggressively to make them behave!
Needles: Nickel-plated Options
, sizes 5, 6, and 7
Pattern: Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style
by Joan McGowan-Michael
related podcast: Episode 47: Interview with Joan McGowan-Michael