To join the summer home knit along I am knitting one of my designs from the collection, Mums! I am so excited because the home book was my favorite of the whole collection. Mums begins at the center and is worked in the round making a large flower with repeating petals. It is cast off by knitting on an edge, just like the lace blanket Cecelia. The pattern is written but super easy to memorize.
I knit the sample in Blackstone Tweed for the pattern book so I wanted to switch things up and use a different yarn when knitting Mums for myself. I am using Ultra Alpaca Fine in Pitch Black. I wanted to make it more as a light lace shawl rather than a blanket, and I think the black will be a color that I can style and wear all year long. Of course, the gauge changes a bit when working with Ultra Alpaca Fine.
With Ultra Alpaca Fine, I am working on a size 3 needle and have chosen to work one more pattern repeat before beginning my lace edging (you can apply the same rules to this pattern that I explained in my Customizing Cecelia post). There are a lot of stitches on my needle now but I have the long weekend to knit away!
Stay tuned for how my Mums with Ultra Alpaca Fine turns out and for more tips related to our summer home knit along!
Happy Fourth of July and happy making!