Sometimes I am so stridently focused on the geometrical aspects of my aesthetic that I overlook the fluid lyrical ones. Luckily this stitch pattern came into view to remind me of my oversight. Ernest and lovely, feminine and brazen this pattern needed to become part of this collection the instant I had it off my needles. Having always loved pi shaping I thought that extending the edges to make it a crescent shape would increase its wearability without diminishing its delicateness. To keep the lace pattern from becoming overly twee I saved it for the edging and highlighted the yarnover shaping with stockinette stitch. It turned out just as I had imagined!
I loved wearing the Lillydale sample over a bare shouldered summer dress in the June heat.
How would you wear Lillydale?
•Yarn: The Fibre Company Meadow 40% merino, 25% baby llama, 20% silk + 15% linen 545 yds/100 gram skein in pennyroyal, 1 skein.
•Gauge: 22 sts + 28 rows= 4″ in St st after blocking.
•Needle: 1 – 32″ US 7 (4.5mm) circs.
•Finished Dimensions: 15″ deep, 110″ full wingspan.
Photography by Amanda Stevenson Lupke