My rusted root is finally finished, blocked, and dried for the second time and ready for it's debut.
I lengthened this sweater twice and ended up with 13 lace pattern repeats instead of the recommended 10. The bottom ribbing is not warped - it just appears that way because i'm wearing a belt underneath - silly, I know!
I have to say that I love this sweater. It was an easy and quick knit and is totally wearable - and I wish I had the time to knit it in every color! I knit the size small and then decreased every six rows for a total of six decreases at the waist (24 stitches decreased) which brought it to size extra small. I then increased three times in the hip area (adding a total of 12 stitches).
For the ribbing around the neck and sleeves, I knit six rows of 2x1 ribbing instead of the recommended three.
I modified the neckline just a bit by knitting one row before beginning the pattern. I did this in an attempt to stabilize the lace insert at the neckline a bit to keep the neckline from pulling. When it came time to pick up stitches around the neck, I picked up them up on the second row rather than the first - I think this helped slightly but there is still some pulling.
Pattern: rusted root
Yarn - Rustic Wool DK Queensland Collection, 6 skeins, color 207
Needles - US 6 and 5
And I'd like to thank my son Ezra for taking time out from his busy summer schedule to take these photos. Taking these serene photos was harder than it looks due to the incessant growling, barking, jumping. and biting - but that's just how we roll around here!