First I will talk about my subjective opinion looking at the pattern. Then I quote the facts and figures from the pattern page. Those are followed by my opinions on how the pattern is layed out. The review is closed by some facts about where you can buy the pattern and where you can find the designer.
When I first saw the picture of Ascending Leaves my eyes were glued to the ascending leaves lace at the front of the pullover and the sleeves flaring around the wrist of the model. I love flaring sleeves and in this picture they were made with a delicate lace pattern. Looking at the picture more closely you can see, that the lace of the sleeve at the left side of the picture fits perfectly to the ascending line of the lace in the center. Fascinating and compelling. I am sure, using another color than cream, this will be a perfect addition to my daily office wardrobe. Moreover, thanks to the neckline, the pullover can be worn over a blouse too for some extra warmth during winter.
Facts and Figures (quoted form the pattern page at Ravelry)
- Yarn Weight recommended: DK weight, which is about 107 m / 50 g (117 yd / 1.76 oz)
- Yarn Amount needed: 856 – 1498 m (936 – 1638 yards)
- Tools: Knitting needles 4mm (US size 6) 60 cm (24”) circular needle, 3.5mm (US size 4) 40 cm (16”) needles
- Skills: Lace knitting
Pattern Layout and Style
Ascending Leaves starts with “Sizes”, “Materials”, “Needles and Gauge”, “Notions”, “Notes”, “Abbreviations”, and the two leaf patterns. Then the working instructions to create the pullover are starting. The pattern ends with a schematic of the pullover.
- How easy is it to follow through?
The pattern is really easy to follow. Everything is layed out logically and straightforward.
- Legend, Schema, Symbol Description and Technique Description
Everything is there and I do love the instructions included in the abbreviations which says, “unless specified, all techniques may be done by method of choice” which I love a lot. As you know there are many ways to achieve one thing and everyone has a preference. Besides all techniques used are well known to knitters and therefore no specific techniques are needed.
- Materials and Notions complete?
Materials and notions are well layed out including optionals like a crochet hook for picking up stitches.
- Easy to print (color usage and picture placement)
The pattern is easy to print. Colored pictures of the pullover are on the title page, and the charts are black and white on page two. The schematics are on the last page. In between is text only.
- Sizes and Modifications
The pattern is written for the sizes XS, S, M, L, 1X, 2X and 3X. Therefore a wide range to select which fits best.
Where to buy it: Ascending Leaves Pullover
Where to ask questions: You can find Ashwini of facebook as AshwiniJdesigns. Her blog is here. And of course you can find her on ravelry too.
More about the Designer: Designer Interview with Ashwini Jambhekar
My final thoughts
I love the pattern still and am happy with how straightforward it is layed out. Now I have to find a yarn I love and which matches the gauge.
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