5.21.2013

chalkstone!


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

26 comments:

  1. This is beautiful! Love the lacework and the pattern! :)

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  2. gorgeous photos! i remember seeing this sweater in person at knit social last year and was blown away and inspired! LOVE! xo

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    1. aww thanks! xoxo actually owen took most of these photos, would you believe it? xo

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  3. No, but you got me curious! Thanks for the ideas! I love patterns that teach you something.

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    1. monica i totally recommend any of isabell's patterns. they're really enjoyable to knit! the mods that i chose to make are what was the difficult part about the pattern... but it's always good to push yourself to learn new things :) xo

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  4. I actually just purchased this pattern over the weekend. Can't wait to knit it, although I'm 5 months preggers so I have lots of time. It looks lovely on you, such a pretty pattern.

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    1. hurrah! and congratulations!!! that's very exciting!!! you can also knit it with positive ease like isabell shows it on her page... and that will give you some added drape after babe is born. :) what colour and what yarn will you use, do you think? xo

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    2. hmmm, I haven't given it much thought yet, still trying to decide what to make for this baba :)

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  5. omg I LOVE this! This is my next sweater for sure.

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  6. I like the pattern, but I like more how you wear it.
    I hope you understand me, sorry, but I am learning english.

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    1. thank you amaia!! you are very sweet! i do like that i decided to knit this with negative ease instead of the called for positive ease :) little changes can do a lot! xo

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  7. Gah!! I'm in love with that sweater. It looks so great in a basic cream color. i want to make one, but I'm knitting Isabel's On the Beach first, since I have yarn waiting.

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    1. ooOo that one will be pretty too though! xoxo

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  8. I am currently working on my second il grande favorito. My first is a Saturday morning staple :) I cannot wait for this to be released, I have yarn waiting. Yours is lovely!!

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    1. I clearly live under a rock. I purchased the pattern. Now to tear out what I've started of il grande favorito #2 and turn it into a chalkstone or just start another sweater....in May :) Any suggestions?

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    2. hmmm well chalkstone is gorgeous. what yarn do you have? and what yardage? did you know there is another KAL with luvinthemommyhood coming up? it's the biggest one. the summer sweater knit along. perfect timing! xo

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    3. ... also i've had il grande favorito in my radar too. such a great go-to pattern. that and jane richmond's classic raglan pullover...

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    4. I am ready for Shannon's summer sweater KAL. I purchased some berroco vintage in charcoal this weekend. I can't wait!!

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    5. hurrah!!! it's going to be a really great one this year!! xoxo

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  9. Oh I adore it! So gorgeous on you and the lace is incredible. I've been keeping a watch on this pattern for a while - so want to try it but I have a certain cardi to finish first. ;)

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    1. oOo i bet that cardi is getting close to being done! can't wait to see it! xoxoxo

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