Knitting in the Summer: Paula


Pattern: Paula, by Fiona Ellis, from Twist Collective.

Yarn: Classic Elite Renaissance, a worsted weight, 100% wool yarn in color “lime infusion.”  A sturdy yarn with good stitch definition, and surprisingly, soft enough for next-to-skin wear.  Too bad it has been discontinued.

Modifications: Knitted the smallest size and ended up with finished bust measurement of 34″.  Sleeves were knitted in from top down and the caps shaped using short rows.

Thoughts: It is a well-written pattern, and the ridge stitch —  as well as the sleeve treatment — makes for an interesting sweater.  I also like the neckband construction; who would have thought stockinette stitch strong enough to support the cable portion of the collar!  Only quibble is with the circumference of the lower sleeves — too wide for my taste, but I appreciate the design details.

Henry James quote of the day, from “The Lesson of the Master,” 1892 :

It’s a great thing to have a wife who proves to one all the things one can do without.  One might never find them out for oneself.

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