Lucille, free pattern and more!

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Lucille, knit in Spirit Trail Verdande (worsted weight superwash merino, cashmere, and silk)

Jennifer Wood sure knows how to design beautiful patterns. One of my recent completed projects is Lucille, a lovely v-neck cabled pullover. I knit mine in Verdande, my fabulous superwash merino, cashmere and silk worsted weight yarn. I really, really love this base, and it never disappoints. I used an OOAK Soup Pot colorway that’s sort of a burgundy-rust color with hints of tan and lighter brown-reds throughout. There was quite a bit of variegation between skeins in this OOAK, so I alternated every other row between skeins.

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Sleeve detail, Lucille

This was my first time knitting a top-down, v-neck, seamless sweater with set-in sleeves, and the different method of construction was really interesting. Honestly, it had me stumped for a bit. Honestly, this was because I didn’t pay attention to the pattern enough when I read it, anticipating that I already knew how things were going to go. So, after reading through it a couple of times, realizing that my assumptions were not quite right, I just jumped in and did what Jennifer told me, trusting that it would work, and it did. And it was fun watching the pattern and construction emerge.

I love seamless sweaters, I have to admit. There are times when seams are really beneficial and serve to help a sweater hold its shape. But sometimes, they’re not so necessary and I really love those sweaters that, when you’re finished knitting, you have a completed garment. Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is one of those wonderful immediate-gratification type projects: the knitting goes quickly, the cables are fun, and when you’re done, you’re done! Except for a nice blocking, of course.

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Back of Lucille; it’s beautiful coming and going!

Jennifer has a new book just out, Refined Knits, which is packed full of fantastic patterns. There are at least 6 or 7 that I’d really like to knit. Here’s a peek at two patterns I particularly love:

Because summer is quickly approaching here in Virginia, I’ve found myself thinking about lighter weight sweaters for warm weather. I don’t have enough lightweight sweaters, and it’s always a bummer when summer rolls around and my handknits get put away until Fall.

So, Vivian, gorgeous summer shell:

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Vivian, from Refined Knits

Isn’t this just a fantastic, elegant summer shell? I’d love to knit this in Sunna, the lighter, fingering weight version of Verdande (superwash merino, cashmere, silk). Sunna has fantastic drape, and knit at about 6 stitches to the inch it’s sure to be light and elegant.

Then, there’s Ada:

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Ada, from Refined Knits

A beautiful pullover in bulky weight. I’d use Spirit Trail Vesta for this one. Vesta is a soft 100% superfine merino (not superwash) that’s just awesome. I have two sweaters knit out of Vesta already, but there’s always room for more.

Jennifer has so many other fantastic patterns, it’s hard to choose. I keep adding new ones to my library every time I look at her Ravelry pattern page.

To spread the love, I’m giving away a bundle to a random winner ~ a free copy of the Lucille pattern and a $25.00 gift certificate to the Spirit Trail website. If you’d like to win this prize, please leave a comment on this post! Please include your Ravelry name in your post, as the pattern will come through Ravelry. I’ll choose a random winner on April 4!

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Beautiful Lucille

42 thoughts on “Lucille, free pattern and more!

  1. This is gorgeous! And a great color – who doesn’t like a fine wine? I live in Texas, but I work in a chilly lab, so I would wear this a lot. My revelry name is msmadscientist.

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  2. What a beautiful sweater and it fits you perfectly. I love the back detail too. My Ravelry name is mcknits

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  3. I am knitting Vivian right now! In a luscious merino silk that I’ve had for years, just waiting for this special pattern. I want to knit several patterns from this book! It is the first knitting book I’ve purchased in years! (i usually just buy the patterns as I knit them, but I wanted too many from this book)

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  4. Your sweater is beautiful and it looks fantastic on you. Thanks for the heads up on this new book. I really like the Vivian sweater. JaneSezKnit on Rav.

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  5. These patterns are all so beautiful!! I am fascinated by the top down seamless construction. The “soup pot” colorway you used for your sweater is lovely and so well suited to the cable pattern.

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  6. Love these sweaters! Wish I had more chance to wear sweaters, but make up for it in my multitude of shawls.

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  7. I’d find a way to wear merino in Florida somehow! Both the pattern and yarn are gorgeous.

    I’m on Ravelry as Ailsa23, but I haven’t used it much. Too much yarn porn takes away my knitting time.

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  8. I’m not sure what I like more, the colorway of your sweater or the pattern itself; the combination however is gorgeous. From the Refined Knits collection I have been looking at Victoria several times, and have you seen Kitra?

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  9. Hmm…topdown seamless v-neck? That does soind like fun…and having just finished a hat in Verdande, I’m thinking a sweater shouldn’t be far behind!

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  10. I’ve never done a top-down sweater before, this could be my first!
    I sometimes have the same problem with assuming I know what I’m doing and not following the instructions carefully. As many times as that has bitten me you’d think I would learn 🙂

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    • Yeah, I’m the same way, for sure. I did the same thing on my current project (Joji’s Grandpa Cardigan). Sometimes we never learn, heh? 😉

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  11. I love this pattern and I think I have the perfect Spirit Trail yarn in my stash for it. Thanks for the chance to win. Ravelry name is yarnsnthreads

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