Announcing our summer KAL: Hitofude, by Hiroko Fukatsu! We first shared this stunning design on our Facebook page, and your responses were overwhelming — it’s time for a lace sweater! This piece will be perfect for summer evenings, or as light, dressy accessory to wear out and about — maybe to a summer wedding! We love the simple lace repeat Fukatsu selected, and know that you will, too. The beauty of lace goes beyond the obvious visual attraction — it’s just so satisfying to lose yourself in the rhythm of the stitches. Want to give it a try?
You may be intimidated by the lacy look of this cardigan, but even though this isn’t a beginner project, it’s not super hard either. It’s a step above the Featherweight, due to its construction, but the majority of Ravelers have rated it with a 2, 3 or 4 difficulty level, out of 10. We will help you through every step of the way and when you’re done, everyone will ask you where you bought it!
We can download the pattern for you via Ravelry’s yarn store sales program, which helps supports independent designers and local yarn shops alike. If you’ll be working with us from afar, we can even download it for you and have it automatically e-mailed and added to your Ravelry library! How awesome is that?! Now, let’s talk about yarn!
Let’s decide on our yarn and swatch over the next two weeks, and cast on by/on June 1st.
You could achieve the required gauge for this sweater – 20 sts = 4″ in the lace pattern stitch – in lace, fingering, sock, or sport weight yarns. With such a wide range of yarns from which to choose, how will you decide?!
Step 1: Use the experience of those who have come before you. There are over 800 versions of this sweater on Ravelry as I write this post. There are approximately 75 in laceweight, 538 in fingering, and 43 in sport – click through and see which you like best. Add them to your Ravelry favorites and tag them with “KAL” to look at them again later.
Step 2: Check out the yarns available and see what inspires you. Here are some other great options from Sage:
Lace – Cascade Forest Hills, Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere, Anzula Mermaid
Fingering – Cascade 220 Fingering, Cascade Heritage, JulieSpins Eurosock
Sport – Lotus Yarns Mimi, Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, Frog Tree Pediboo Tonal
I’m undecided between the semi-solid look of the JulieSpins Eurosock I have in my stash, or a solid color of Mimi, for a warm, cashmere-like sweater I could wear year-round!
Step 3: Swatch. Start out by reading through the awesome post Celeste wrote on swatching for a project. Then, stay tuned — we’ll be posting soon about swatching in lace!
As with our previous KALs, we will be posting advice and updates here on the blog, which we hope will help you along the way. How about we meet in person on Sunday mornings? Let’s meet 10:00-12:00 on June 1, June 15, June 29, and July 13, with a goal to be finished by our last meeting! (Just a goal, don’t be intimidated — you can do this!) You can come to one or all – no specific commitment, except to let us know if you need any help and share your Finished Project!