Lush-cious WIP Wednesday

My boys are back - hooray!

Now it's all about getting back into the swing of things and our routine was already disrupted this week due to the bank holiday so once again I feel like I'm playing catch up!

Top left: you can see the original half panel that I'd knit then completely buggered. When I started again I made it rather more complicated by slipping the provisional stitches only another needle almost immediate, then knitting from both sides for a bit before removing the waste yarn to confirm that everything was "as it should be".

Top left: you can see the original half panel that I'd knit then completely buggered. When I started again I made it rather more complicated by slipping the provisional stitches only another needle almost immediate, then knitting from both sides for a bit before removing the waste yarn to confirm that everything was "as it should be".

There's a few things happening on the needles but what I'm most excited about is the progress I made on the Lush knit-a-long (or KAL for short) while the boys were away. I had started the lace panel before they left but ended up making a mess of the provisional cast on and picking up stitches so had to start over two days before I left for Paris!

You can see here how the lace works outward from the centre in two directions. I love this gorgeous leaf motif. The lace panel needs to be blocked to the right width before you can pick up the stitches for the collar or the body. Which is why I was in a rush to get this done so that I could take it with me as my train knitting to Paris!

You can see here how the lace works outward from the centre in two directions. I love this gorgeous leaf motif. The lace panel needs to be blocked to the right width before you can pick up the stitches for the collar or the body. Which is why I was in a rush to get this done so that I could take it with me as my train knitting to Paris!

The construction of this sweater is one of the things that attracted me to this KAL. I love that designer Emily Wessel has taken what is really a very simple, top-down cardigan and made it fresh and interesting with the way that it starts. The "challenging" bit, the lace panel yoke, is done right off the bat, and then the collar and body are picked up from the edges and knit up and down to complete the rest of the sweater.

Nothing like knitting in a Paris cafe! The collar well under way.

Nothing like knitting in a Paris cafe! The collar well under way.

Being a top-down sweater the really great advantage is being able to try the sweater on as you go, to make sure that it is fitting how you like and allowing you to make adjustments along the way. I'm a little longer in the torso so I knit about an inch longer before starting the waist shaping. I also wanted a slightly longer sweater, so opted to knit the body and inch or two longer before starting the ribbing at the bottom.

A couple of days later in Paris and the collar was done and I was onto the body of the sweater.

A couple of days later in Paris and the collar was done and I was onto the body of the sweater.

Once into the body of the sweater, the knitting is pretty straight forward and makes for good social knitting. Or train, car, tv and pub knitting. Once I was back from Paris the following weekend it was off to Wonderwool so there were plenty of long stretches on the road where I could watch a movie on the train with my knitting!

Close up of the lace yoke - isn't it fabulous?

Close up of the lace yoke - isn't it fabulous?

Just the sleeves and the button band to go!

Just the sleeves and the button band to go!

Knowing that I consider myself to be a pretty slow knitter, I have to say how incredibly pleased I am with what a relatively quick knit this cardigan has turned out to be! It's now just on to the sleeves and button band, although I confess that now I'm close to the end I've allowed myself to be distracted by other things, like a wee design project with Rachel.

With any luck I may be able to finish this in the next few weeks!