I, Katie Canavan, will be your fearless leader. Together we’ll tackle that beautiful lace pattern and have a finished sweater by July 15th!
This Week’s Nachtfalter Goal: Let’s swatch! I made two little swatches for Nachtfalter, one in Honey Bee Lace and one in the Cable Ribbing. The Honey Bee Lace is challenging, but this is a good time to practice. Designer Stefanie Pollmeier blogged some helpful hints and photos to help us easily knit that lace (Thanks, Stefanie!). I came in spot-on for stitch gauge using the recommended needles and Knit Picks Cotlin, so that’s good.
However, choosing a size was not that straight forward. Designer Stefanie Pollmeier has designed a top with a lot of positive ease. After a few questions in the Ravelry Forum, she clarified that one should choose your size based on one’s waist measurement. So check out that schematic at the end of the pattern, and choose the size with the finished measurement that’s closest to your waist measurement, if not a bit smaller. That way, the cables will be stretched tight, like pictured here.
That said, if you don’t want your sweater tight around the waist, then go for a size up!
I, personally, am a fan of negative ease, and want the bottom section tight against my middle. Therefore, I’ll be casting on a size Medium, despite my 41″ bust measurement. A quick check against the finished measurement schematic confirms that the bust will have plenty of room, and the waist will fit tight.
Let me know if you have any questions on the stitch patterns, gauge, or choosing a size here in the comments, in the Nachtfalter KAL Forum on Ravelry, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Stefanie made us this neat button, so grab one for your blog:
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Good luck, Holla Knittas!