Knitting Washable Wool
October 25, 2013
Sometimes being a fiber snob has its drawbacks and I always feel the weight of my snobbery when its laundry day. I despise hand washing and flat out refuse to do it for my children (if you have seen them eat spaghetti you'll understand). Soooo, as much as I long to only clothe them in natural fibers I think I will leave that to the cotton knit fabrics and not the wool knitted sweaters. Give me machine washable, please. This is the foundation of my love for Lion Brand Wool Ease; it's machine washable with all the wooly goodness. The stitch definition is also amazing; making it perfect for the delicious lace sleeved kid sweater pattern I found on Ravelry, Bloomsbury Kids. It sounds crazy putting a lace sleeved sweater on a kid or baby but this is no ordinary lace sweater. The lace is very basic but the design is really eye-catching. There are not a lot of eyelets to snag fingers or to reduce warmth. The gauge really helps to keep this a very useable and warm sweater. The design of the lace panels is unique and also a fun knit. I had a great time working this up because the lace pattern is simple and easily memorized, the yarn was so soft and allowed the stitches to be seen well but with just a touch of fuzziness and it is small. The only modification I made to this pattern was to use Jeny's Suprisingly Stretchy Bind-off from Knitty.com for the cuffs and bottom. I recommend this for the kid's version just to make it easier to put on and take off. It looks great too.
I am also a fan of the colors available in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted, each color has several shades to choose from. The yarn is flexible, slightly fuzzy but without the itchiness. The yarn was never irritating while working over several hours and my daughter has since worn the sweater twice without complaint all day. I have consequently washed it twice without incident. It comes out nice, not distorted at all and with no shinkage. I do block the sweater slightly just to shape the sleeves to better see the lace. Usually acylic-based yarn cannot be blocked but Wool-Ease does block some, just enough for a kids sweater. The baby sweater is worked in Natural Heather and I have just started a second for my almost 5 yr old in Seaspray which if you follow Fabric.com or me on instagram you can follow the progress.
Close-up of stretchy bind-off
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