lace batwing top

I finished! I finished! And I can still type, grasp the pole in the subway, hold a book—and look good while I do it.

lace batwing top

When last I wrote my hands ached and hurt so badly I didn’t even know what to do. I iced both wrists on and off for the rest of the evening and took as much Aleve as was possibly recommended. That night I slept with my only brace on, prioritizing my left hand, which is generally worse than my right. When I woke up in the morning it was better. Friends came over for brunch so I was cooking and using my hands differently. When we all sat down in the living room after we ate, I picked up the knitting and discovered that knitting wasn’t torture any longer!

lace batwing top with mom

I took it very slowly, and it was done later that afternoon. I could not believe it. It went into a tub of water and the new Soak scent, yuzu (so bright and springy!), and the sweater was blocking that night. A three-needle bind-off two days later, and I was ready for the Bridesmaids’ Luncheon the day before my cousin’s wedding! (Because I was doing a reading at the wedding, I was considered part of the bridal party.) Paired with a khaki skirt, pearls, and a sock bun, and I was feeling very appropriate for the event. The sweater was actually comfortably warm on what turned out to be a chilly, dreary day by the beach, and so soft. So soft!

lace batwing top detail

Setting aside the pain, I really enjoyed knitting this.┬áMy only modification was to do another whole round of the increase chart to add both length and width. Thanks for cheering me on while I worked my way through the pattern! As a reminder/for posterity: Pattern is the Lace Batwing Top from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2012, designed by Brooke Nico. I knit it in Artyarns’ Ensemble Light, the called-for yarn in the color it calls for, even!


19 Responses to lace batwing top

  1. Jill says:

    Perfectly lovely and you look just the same wearing and modeling it. You never fail to impress and inspire!

  2. Cassy says:

    So glad your wrists are doing better! A brace at night really helps me if mine is getting bad. That sweater is GORGEOUS. I adore the color.

  3. q says:

    You are very talented with both knitting & quilting! Gorgeous sweater – I’m sure everyone was impressed (and maybe a little envious).

  4. Lisa says:

    Erin–Thanks so much for sharing magazines with us at MakerBot. You are a talented and generous lady and I look forward to meeting you.

  5. Lisa Grant says:

    Thanks so much for sharing magazines with us at MakerBot. You are a talented and generous lady.

  6. Jenni says:

    Just finished this….having taken six months enjoying a line now and then when life, the universe and everything didn’t get in the way…..blocking night is tonight! Found your gorgeous sweater picture whilst hunting for the next lace project.
    Very best wishes

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