Lucille, free pattern and more!


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.


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.


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:


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:


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!


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.


  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.


  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?


  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 πŸ™‚

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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? πŸ˜‰


  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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