Project Diary: Rayonnant Pullover by Rosemary (Romi) Hill


My name is Sharon and I am the new Assistant Editor for Interweave Crochet. I have also been knitting since I was seven. As I’m sure most of you can relate, I am never without several projects on my needles and at least one in my bag. It is this affliction that leads me to write this blog to all of you.

My most recent fiber acquisition was some Rowan Lenpur Linen and it cried out for its use in a project, stat. Enter the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Knitscene, and Rosemary (Romi) Hill’s Rayonnant Pullover. I immediately moved this knit sweater to the front of my queue and the ease with which it flew off my needles meant that this project never left my side. One week later all I had left was the sleeves, and how could I put it down?!? It was this fortuitous circumstance that caused Amy Palmer to see it and capitalize on the opportunity for a blog post. So, here it goes . . .

First of all, I love, love, love top down raglans. Projects take shape so quickly this way, there’s no seaming to be done, and at least for me that’s motivation to keep going. Additionally, the lace pattern is easy to memorize and repeats many times over each round so it was an ideal on the go project.

Most of my knitting was done on the bus or in the car (don’t be alarmed, Colorado drivers; I was the passenger). As previously stated, I have been working up my version in Rowan Lenpur Linen. It’s a bit less firm than the Louet Merlin actually used in the project, so it makes for a more draped silhouette. If you like a bit more structure, I’d stick with the suggested yarn.

Another reason I love this project is that it’s a bit of a blank slate, but in the best way possible. If you possess a shape that requires you to modify patterns (or even if you’ve never tried it before) this garment is a great one. Once the knit lace yoke and raglan increases are through, it’s smooth sailing in stockinette, and you could easily add some bust short rows or some waist shaping. I left mine as is except to add about 1½” to the bottom edge and the sleeves.

I’ll add some pictures of my smiling face once mine gets finished and blocked. I hope this encourages you to dive into your pullover, too.


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