though this sweater and i came head to head on many occasions, it is now probably one of the sweaters that gets the most compliments, and a sweater i tend to grab for often.
this is chalkstone, by isabell kramer. i had the pleasure of test knitting this for her. a couple of summers ago i knitted her caramel and last year i knitted driftwood. all of these sweaters get compliments when i take them out. isabell is definately one to keep on your radar. her patterns are lovely, and her style is very asthetic. there are many more of her designs in my queue... i'm always excited to see what new things she has! she is also quite the test knitter herself, and churns out sweaters like you wouldn't believe! i have many more added to my queue thanks to her :) haha.
this wasn't a difficult sweater to knit, but it pushed me to areas of knitting that i hadn't really encountered before, and so i left this pattern feeling pretty smart. hah. i did a lot of mods on this pattern to make it work for the wool i had chosen. i had chosen an aran weight wool though the pattern calls for a dk. and i wanted my sweater to be more fitted...
but it was all worth it. because i love this sweater. i love the added length of ribbing , and the lacework looks so pretty in this yarn!
i used 7x skeins of nova value collection pure wool heather and a 4.5mm (US 7) needle.
to account for the smaller size, i took out 2x repeats of the lace pattern. my ravelry notes will be in more detail. so be sure to check them out. with all of the mods i had to do, the short row shaping in the back in the middle of the lacework was probably the trickiest for me. lol. of course silly me, i don't have a pic of the back, but it looks just the same as the front :)
this sweater is definitely one of my faves. and now i think you can see why :) thank you isabell for the opportunity to test this for you!
have you knit any of isabell's patterns? which is your fave? come chat. the coffee is on, and piping hot on this dreary wet morning. xo