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Loving Linen: The Lea Pullover

Apr 10, 2014

I'm having this problem. It's a fantastic problem to have, really. I keep assigning projects I really really really want to have in my closet to the issues of Knitscene. (We just photographed the projects for Fall and that issue is going to be a doozy—sorry not sorry.) There's a long list of projects that I want from Knitscene Summer, but my first go at knitting from this issue is Alison Green's Lea Pullover.

I chose to knit this simple pullover for a few reasons. I really wanted to knit something from the linen story, as I'd never really worked with linen before. I loved knitting with Classic Elite Yarns' Firefly for this project. It's so smooth to the touch and has a great sheen.

The crossed stitches at the shoulder called to me. They're an easy knitting stitch to work, adding simple drama to basic stockinette. And, as Louisa has pointed out repeatedly, could result in a really interesting suntan.

I was intrigued by the construction. Knitting begins at the bottom of the back, the back is worked, then stitches are cast on for the sleeves and they're worked, with a few stitches bound off and then cast-on to form the neck. Then you just keep on knitting the sleeves, bind them off, and work the body. This does require seaming the bottom of the sleeves and both sides at the end, but I would recommend keeping track of how many rows you knit for the back so you can make the front match—the same number of rows will make the mattress stitch at the end so easy!

I love wearing this tee. It's really light weight, and because it's a plant fiber, it seems to take any heat and whisk it away. I wore this to a friend's barbecue on the first nice weekend of spring, and then went to a concert and stayed completely cool all day, even while sitting on a patio and later dancing around.

I'm not sure what will be next from Summer; I've started knitting Allyson Dykhuizen's Fire Opal Tee from Knitscene Spring (she's having a knitalong! Grab your copy of Spring and join us!). I definitely want to knit a bunch of projects, including the Krypton Hat (you can totally nab a physical copy of the magazine and the yarn to make that hat in our handy kit—I'm thinking orchid) (You may have figured out I have a thing for purple). While I'm busy updating my queue, which patterns are you itching to knit?

Happy knitting,

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Tuesday@2 wrote
on Jun 22, 2014 8:19 PM

Funny, I decided to read the other comments before making the comment that I was going to.  I was going to say that I liked the sweater on Amy much more than the professional model.  On the professional model it looks kind of drab and like the model has no shoulders which with the gathered skirt under it, it makes her look like a pear.  The sleeve length is also not very flattering on her.  Both the color and the way it fits Amy is much more flattering.  As far as the hemline looking ruffled, I think that is part of the style of the sweater.  It's supposed to look slouchy and casual.  So, here is the comment that I came on to write:  It's nice to see a sweater designed for someone with a body that can fill it out properly.

on Jun 22, 2014 9:14 AM

To Wittrj: It's good that you are dedicating your time to master continental. After 10 years of throwing, I was determined to learn continental. I just practiced and practiced and got frustrated. Even trying to tension the yarn was frustrating. But now that I at ease with continental, I'll never go back to throwing. What a waste of time. Keep it up, you'll be glad you did.

To: KarenM: I feel just the opposite of you about the model. I was thrilled to see the sweater modeled on "my size" woman. And I was really happy how it looked on her. Now that I've seen how it may look on me, I will be knitting this one up.

I also will be trying Firefly!

wittrj wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 7:36 PM

You asked what will be on my needles this summer:  junk yarn!  I'm learning to knit continental (it's your fault, Kathleen Cubley!) and for a while, I don't want to touch any yarn I really care about.  Fortunately a nearby town is having a Yarn Bombing from mid-June to mid-July, so some of my goofy too-tight and mistake-ridden output can just go and be decorative!

kate@118 wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 1:01 PM

I love the sleeves on the Lea linen pullover, but don't like the idea of having two sets of undergarment straps showing through the top.  I'm not good at modifying patterns so am wondering how to eliminate the pattern on the body.  


kate@118 wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 1:00 PM

I love the sleeves on the Lea linen pullover, but don't like the idea of having two sets of undergarment straps showing through the top.  I'm not good at modifying patterns so am wondering how to eliminate the pattern on the body.  

KarenM@31 wrote
on Jun 20, 2014 12:14 PM

Nice pattern. Unfortunately, the large size on the large model needs to be at least 2 to 3 inches longer.

You can see the pattern is meant to have a vertical look. On the oversize model, the pattern now goes horizontal. This makes the overall effect even wider and less slim looking.

Also don't like the ripples at the bottom of the large model; makes it look like she stretched it out. Not the look you want.

Hopefully, this is constructive criticism and not just negative.