Yes, I did eventually finish a Lacy Loo! After starting over several times and ultimately switching yarns, I have an FO that I’m very happy with.
Yarn: 6 skeins (462 yards) Classic Elite Jil Eaton MinnowMerino. It’s an aran weight merino single that’s almost unspun. There’s virtually no twist to it. I love the rich color.
Size made: 4T with 3/4 sleeves and somewhere between tunic length and dress length
Needles: US7 and US9
Techniques used: Russian join, short rows, simple lace.
I will try again to get my daughter to model it for pictures. The last time I tried, she no sooner had it on than she was rolling on the floor in a pile of cat hair. Toddlers! In any case, I’m really happy with how this turned out. It’s on the larger size but that was the intention. She should be able to wear it as a dress for now and as a tunic later. The yarn I used is on the heavy side for aran, even, so it’s pretty thick and warm. The color is really lovely.
The design is a simple top-down raglan with a basic lace panel down the front. It has seed stitch around the neck band, cuffs and the bottom hem. The short rows are just below the neckline on the back and are just enough so that it should hang evenly when it’s worn. It’s a little fiddly to keep track of where you are in the pattern but that’s really the most difficult aspect of it. There are directions provided for a shirt, tunic or dress with short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves.
The designer, VANGY knits, has a really cool standing offer of a free pattern for anyone who completes a project from one of her designs within thirty days of it being released. Well, I qualified with this and was able to get a free pattern! She has lots of really nice patterns available. I especially like her use of color for the sample projects. You can check out her designs here if you’d like.