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There hasn't been much actual knitting around here. I've been busy writing patterns (something I always dread - I'm a champion note-taker, but I also seem to excel at inventing new systems of shorthand, none of which make any sense an hour later), working on the books, planning a fun new technique series, and doing, oh, one or two non-knitting things besides. I've been working here and there on another simple little sweater:

Fair or not, I tend to draw a distinction between "plain" knits and those that are, well, unplain. "Plain" knits are ones that require only gauge swatch, a sketch and a calculator to plan - variables of fabric and edging and neckline are as easily swapped in and out as Lego bricks in a sweater that follows the usual pattern (in fact, too many books to count tell you exactly how to go about it). Unplain knits are anything beyond: tricky or unusual constructions, most of the time. Plain sweaters may be quite complex-looking - I'd put many Fair Isles and Norwegians in this category, along with Arans and other textured sweaters - "plain" just refers to the way the sweater is built. If the garment is going to be knit in the usual way, if the process is predictable, it's not harnessing the sun to drop in stitch patterns and the like, fussing here and there with the math to make it all work.

Unplain knitting is a pleasurable sort of challenge, but right now I seem to be avoiding it. It might be the only thing my frazzled brain can take right now, it might just be that I'm lazy, but plain knitting attracts me mightily lately. For one thing, once a few key numbers are established, you can just start knitting, doing the rest of the math - side, arm and neck shaping, for example - on the needles, rather than needing to plan everything before beginning. And besides, it's satisfying in its own right - there is a lot of pleasure to be had in making every humble little detail correct.

So anyway, it's a lacy little sweater in a dull mint shade of Brown Sheep Cotton Fine ( < $5.00/ball, woot!), worked in a variation of the traditional arrowhead motif.

I'm thinking half-sleeves with deep ribbing and a delicate shawl collar (as delicate as shawl collars can be, anyway). I'm going for Interbellum office girl - scrubbed-clean, competent, secretly dreaming of elegance, attaining it, a little, in small ways. Happily, the way the junction of lace and rib was planned couldn't be more Deco:

Sometimes, from some angles, I fancy that it (independent of its knitter) picked up a hint of L'Oasis. Which humbles me, indeed.

Comments

I have been missing my knitting lately, this luxury time is now consumed by packing and preparing to move. Therefore I must shamelessly gleen knitting pleasure from the blogs of others. And since I'm "borrowing" happiness I may as well go for broke,dream big and enjoy yours! I admit that your "plain" knitting would present challenges for me if any pattern whatsoever is involved on the said pattern pieces. My fibery leisure of choice usually involves simple socks where I can mindlessly dream of an alter-ego life without cellulite, children, bills and gray hair. Therefore, to peruse your blog with your intricate and thoughtful patterns is indeed ambitious. Cheers!

Beautiful! "Plain" or "unplain," your designs always amaze me. And I love Brown Sheep Cotton Fine, so I'm very pleased to see it in use again. Gosh, your book needs to come out already... oh wait, no it doesn't, because then I'll never finish the stuff I'm working on now! But that twisted switch sweater... I'm dropping everything for that. And possibly this one, too... I love the look so far. I ordered yarn for the vest, finally, and can't wait to try my first fair isle!

So pretty. I'm really looking forward to your book if it's going to be full of "unplain" and/or "plain" patterns like this!

me oh my.... this blog was an amazing knitting inspiration !! :o)

That junction is perfect. I'm not going to keep gushing in your comments, but, once again, you make me look at things I love the idea of, in a whole new and more practical way. Thank you.

I could live with just that little rib/lace junction and be very happy : )

So FAST! It's lovely!

oooooh, I feel like such a plain knitter, could you recomend one of these many books that explain the changing and inter-changing of details. I've been itching to knit something I had a hand in creating. Thank you

I think most people underestimate the power of plain - after all the print o' the wave stole is about as "plain" as you can get in terms of simplicity in designing, and yet it is a wonderous thing to look at or to knit. Likewise, the happy accident of things like Art Deco detailing should be savored. A little humility and surprise is never a bad thing.

I LOVE that ribbing-to-lace. That is fantastic.

beautiful! I can't wait for your book(s) either!

I love the way the lace comes out of the ribbing! It's gorgeous. I love the idea of a shawl collar. It'll be a nice finish to an otherwise delicate-looking piece.

Eunny, your speed amazes me to no end, I can only dream of hours and hours of continuous knitting. Your works are perfectly color coordinated and of course, the sense of style, class is in every garment. But your knits, plain or unplain, they carry adventure and knowledge that this is something I would wear for sure! Thank you!
PS. I dread pattern-writing, this is something that takes me forever to lay out. The knowledge and the feeling how to make the garment is with you by intuition, but converting it into words takes time. Good luck!

I love where the lace runs into the ribbing (or the other way around) - you're right, it's very Art Deco.

As always, I love seeing your work. It's very inspiring :-)

I like your 'plain' knitting. What type of board do you have it pinned on? Good idea, just to see what you are knitting.

Simply gorgeous! I agree with Olga, your knitting speed must be Guinness worthy. I'm still hung up on your other cardigan!! Thanks for your inspiration and your art!

I love your work Eunny, the way the bibbing fits into the lace pattern is exquisite!!

I am joyous everytime I read your blog.

I love how the ribbing and the body meet...what a lovely shawl/scarf that would make.

The Deco rib-to-lace join is really pleasing. It's a truly fine detail, and the soul of a garment really is in the details.

Great work!

I absolutely love the way the rib evolves into the lace. You are brilliant. I'm amazied at how quickly you produce these beautiful creations.

This sweater will be beautiful. I can't wait for a book of your patterns! You are truly amazing, Eunny!

The ribbing lined up with the lace perfectly! I am planning on frogging the sweater I am almost finished with in order to make it look less like a rugby sweatshirt and more like a tailored man's sweater. Thanks for inspiring me again!
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Just perfect. Really nice lace pattern that I would actually wear on my body without feeling like it was maybe my gramma's tablecloth. And the way the ribbing fits into the lace - obviously planned and perfectly executed. I may be behind the times in thanking you for your article in the new IK on shaping lace garments. It's been hugely helpful to me in getting the result I want from my Cece cardi. You are an inspiration.

BEAUTIFUL design and pattern. I always get motivated to knit after I see your wonderful items. Can not wait until your book(s) comes out, not to sound too pushy, but, could you please hurry on the book? Thank you for your wonderful knitting blog!

Hi! Took the liberty of reading through your blog - first of all: I am in awe of the knitting you are doing. The intricate patterns, the work(wo)manship, the attention to detail. Flabbergasted!!! Secondly - the instructions you have provided reg. steeps and lace are superb. Thank you, thank you. Have a wonderful day. Regards, Petrikke

I love what I am seeing already :)

You never cease to amaze...

I'm wondering if 3/4 sleeves would better speak "Office Girl" or perhaps the 1/2 sleeves with a slight poof at the shoulder... every-so-slight, however.

Lovely! I can't wait for you to publish the pattern!

Very pretty sweater...could you recommend some good books to read for the math that you refer to?

That is so cool the way the ribbing blends into the pattern.

How fantastic the junction of rib and lace! Perfection!

The rib slips into the lace just like music. I think that office girl might turn out to be a little seductive.

Lovely. It bugs me when a designer puts no thought into that junction. Put this one in the book!

That junction is very Deco indeed. I love your explanation of plan v. unplain design. I never thought about it like that before but it makes sense.

I love the way the ribbing blends in with the lacey body. It creates a firm base for the feminine body. Great job on that design!

I think plain and unplain are tricky labels to apply to knitting in general, but when you are speaking in terms of garment construction, they are pretty apt.

And, honestly, I generally prefer "plain" knits, no matter how complex they appear. That's a totally personal thing, because that is what usually fits me and my body better.

So, while I admire "unplain" knitting for its technical aspects and am fascinated by the development of fiddly bits, that's not what I choose to knit. Most of the time anyway. Maybe it has to do (along with fit, because using cables for shaping probably falls into the unplain category but I am absolutely intrigued) the reasons people knit. For instance, I get the feeling that you love unplain knitting for the challenge it presents. I do not generally want that sort of challenge. Yes, I want something to hold my interest, but I have enough large-scale projects of other sorts that knitting is sort of escapist for me.

Lovely! That junction of lace and rib is a piece of art!

Along with everyone else, I love that lace to rib junction. And I have spent considerable time on working out that kind of thing myself, so I know how satisfying it is--no matter whether it is a product of many tries, or a serendipitous 1st attempt.

Wow. That is gorgeous. The lace and rib junction is beautiful! I can't wait to see it completed.

If this is the sort of well-constructed, feminine, gorgeous, "plain" stuff we can expect from your book - I can't WAIT.

If this is the sort of well-constructed, feminine, gorgeous, "plain" stuff we can expect from your book - I can't WAIT.

I'm with everyone else who loves the rib-to-lace transition. Very Deco indeed. You do lovely work, Eunny, and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

That last photo just makes me sigh with pleasure and swear that all my knitting details will endeavour to live up to such simple perfection. You've forever reformed my 'big picture only' view of knitwear design.

I love that my idea of "not much knitting going on" is when I only get a few rounds of a sock done and your idea is when you only create a stunning lace and rub panel of a sweater. It looks great; I can't wait to see the rest of the process.

Fantastic! I LOVE the way the lace meets the ribs- makes me think of the top of the Empire State Building.

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

I thought you were going to make Orangina with that Cotton Fine. I like this though! I certainly hope you are writing this pattern up for me sweets. Because do I have the yarn for it!

As always, your knits are such a treat for the eyes. Yay for the affordable yarn, too. Intersting blocking board. Does it work well with heavier knits?

please provide the pattern!!!!

Wow! That is stunning. I think you read my mind... maybe I've been looking in the wrong places, but I haven't been able to find any lace patterns (that I like) that aren't a shawl or stole. And here you come with a lace top! Perfect!

Exquisite!!! Thanks for sharing your unique designs and process.

I may have missed it, but what ever happened with your March 18th entry, Gunjumping (http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/03/gunjumping.html)? Is it in your book? If not, I would love to see it on The Knitting Vault.

Oh, that's just beautiful! I love how cleverly the ribbing flows right into the lace.

Beautiful sweater! The way the ribbing points to the arrows is fantastic.

Love it love it love it. Almost as much as your description: "interbellum office girl."

This is just stunning. The transition from the rib to the lace is beautiful.

Absolutely stunning.
You have a gift for design as well as simplifying complex processes.
Can't wait for the pattern. I have only made a lace scarf so far but I feel, after purchasing one of your patterns, so inspired and even begin to think it is possible for a relative newbie knitter like me to make that beautiful wearable art of yours!

Sigh. All lace sweaters are not created equal. Yours looks so shapely and evenly shaped and did I mention the shaping?
I had just finished the "Brown Lace Sweater" (or Green, as the case may be), from the summer issue of Rebecca only to then open the fall issue of Interweave and read your lovely and instructive article about shaping in lace. AKKKK! My sleeve shaping didn't look quite as lovely as yours does, but it did give me a reason to love sewing the seams...all the wonkiness seemed to magically disappear leaving only the reasonably well knit middle! Haha! I beat it at its own game. I plan to never knit another lace sweater, and failing that, to chart out the decreases when the Germans neglect to provide any instructions.
Thanks for a great article!

Your knitting is amazing! Your designs are even more amazing!! When I think plain, I knit plain stockenette socks. Hohum.

Cork? What a resourceful idea.

Gorgeous. I love the idea of the sweater. I think I'd better get busy and finish everything on my to-knit list before your book comes out!

as a costumer, my husband has heard me moan over the difficulty of matching patterns at shoulder , sleeve and side seams to make it just so. last night i was looking at your page and oohing over the matched stripes on your beach cardi and detail on the norwegian sweater - my husband looked over my shoulder and was in awe! so either we have been married way too long or you are just that amazing and made a non knitting man speechless with your skill! :)

I love the sweater so far! I think this is one "plain" knit that would be interesting enough for me to finish it. When's that book being published again? =)

Your site and your projects are lovely. So nice to see such a high quality knitting blog site.

~firefly

I just discovered your website. I absolutely love your work!

Regards from Vienna/Austria

Ok, this is my first time to your site and am not sure if you make a regular thing of this or not, but is that a corkboard you're blocking this knit on? I love that...why didn't I think of that. Those babies are a lot cheaper than buying a blocking board. Please do tell...I love the "plain" sweater BTW, it's right up my ally.

just wanted to drop in again and say hi... even your simple knits look fantastic, and is that shaping all the way to the edge I see in this "simple" piece? Being so far behind in my blogging, I'm just now getting around to menetioning that I loved your IK Fall lace article. Thanks so much for writing it, and it came at exactly the right time. I've been thinking of doing over the knee lace socks for my grandmother (at her request) and the lace shaping in pattern pieces will be indispensible. Thanks again!

I hope that winds up in your book. It's very pretty and I love how the rib and lace join.

As always, your blog is full of useful ideas...I just moved to a new place with all hardwood floors (which I LOVE), but miss my old apartment's berber perfect-for-blocking carpet dearly (mainly for that reason. In retrospect, it was a rather dull brown color). I never thought of buying a giant corkboard...

Thanks :)

Do you have any suggestions for internet or text sources for helping out with "knitting math"? I have this garment I want to design and I have the final measurements, but I'm not sure how I should go about calculating the angles. I want the sides to curve a little...

That sweater is entirely lovely. I wish I could knit better so I could make something with those 'arrowheads'--just as you say, they're deco-ish; my favorite.

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