I am a very lucky knitter. Seriously. I have gotten to work with a lot of my favorite yarns and yarn companies in recent times and to that list I now get to add Lorna’s Laces. I bought myself some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock waaaay back on my Piecation trip as a souvenir, and I was so impressed with how the yarn was soft, but also sturdy and hard wearing. It was also a gorgeous color. (Firefly, a sort of neon yellow tinged with green.)
Recently, I got to make a sweater out of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted. It is soft and hard wearing like its sister yarn, but much, much squishier. I am in love. I did not get to keep the sample sweater, but that’s OK, because I want one for myself in one of Lorna’s Laces beautiful oranges – maybe a red orange, like Brick, or a bright tangerine, like Satsuma. But orange.
Sorry, I digress. This is the Jewel Lake Pullover, and also could be called How I Spent My May.
I have had this idea in my sketchbook for some time now. It’s not a complicated design, but the idea stuck with me longer than most ideas do.
This nice thing about a simple design is that it allows the yarn to really shine. I hadn’t imagined Jewel Lake in a variegated yarn, as you see above, but the Lorna’s Laces yarn really brings it to life. I loved the way the colors shifted while I was knitting – the colors (the colorway is called Navy Pier) were harmonious enough to look great even where they pooled, but different enough to sparkle. I thought it looked like especially beautiful water.
Enough chatter for now! Here are the details.
One of my family’s favorite places to go on the weekends is Tilden Park in Berkeley. Within Tilden, there is a small body of water called Jewel Lake. It’s a short hike to the lake, but there is such variety both on the way and at the lake itself that we never tire of it. The beautiful watery colors of the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted reminded me of happy mornings spent clambering around the lake, looking at snakes and frogs and turtles. A simple top down boat neck pullover, I hope Jewel Lake will be inspiring to you as well. Dressed up with a skirt or down with jeans, worn with a ribbon or without, this is a top that can see you through the season.
28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inches at bust
Shown in size 32 with negative ease
- 4 (4, 5, 5, 5. 6. 6) skeins Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted 100% Superwash Wool; 225 yds per 4oz skein, shown in colorway Navy Pier
- U.S. size 6 (4 mm) 24” or 32” circular needle
- 1 set U.S. size 6 (4 mm) dpns OR long circular needle for Magic Loop
- 5 stitch markers, one distinct
- tapestry needle
- waste yarn
- 2 yards of 1-1.5” wide wireless ribbon (optional)
19 sts/28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
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