Waverly and Lark

Well, I’m still without my laptop! It’s such a pain, I’ve got three biggish projects photographed and ready to blog, but I can’t edit my photos until I get it back. First world blogging issues for sure! In the meantime, here is a quick little post to show off a recently finished knitting project and (another) Lark tee.

Apparently I was feeling very stern when I took these photos…

Knitting first! This is the Waverly Scarf pattern from Knitbot, which came as a free download with her latest book, Texture (though I see you can now buy it on Ravelry). I really love a lot of the patterns in Texture, I’m currently knitting the Eventide Cardi, but I was especially taken with the basket weave texture of this scarf so I knitted it first!

I used Quince and Co Osprey in the Canvas colourway, which is exactly the same as the sample. Such originality! I wanted another neutral scarf that wasn’t grey, and this cream/beige/nude colour is perfect. It goes with everything, but I think it looks especially nice with navy! Because it’s a 12 ply yarn it knitted up pretty quickly, though I have found that the resulting fabric is really dense and sometimes sits away from my neck if I don’t get it sitting just right when I put it on. I haven’t blocked it yet, because it’s been cold and I’ve been wearing it, but once the weather warms up I’ll wet block it and hopefully that’ll relax the stitches a bit.

Another thing that I think adds to it’s stiffness is the way the edges roll in, it just makes it a bit more bulky instead of draping around my neck. Again, hopefully blocking will sort that out! Regardless, it’s a lovely scarf and it’s kept me super warm this winter. I find that the loose ends of my Guernsey Wrap blow around (and off, sometimes), but obviously that isn’t a problem with Waverly!

I’ve finally photographed this merino Lark tee! Instagram tells me I made it last August, and I’ve worn it lots in the last year. It’s the long sleeved boat neck version, obviously. Because I had a bit of trouble with the neckline sagging on my previous version, I used a self fabric facing instead of turning and stitching. It’s worked really well, the neckline is still sitting perfectly.

The Fabric is a lovely fine merino from Drapers Fabrics in Auckland, I was so happy to see a nice striped merino! I’ve found that a lot of the striped merino around tends to be light colours or really narrow stripes, but this one is perfect. 

Hopefully I won’t be needing all of my winter woolies for too much longer, but I’m glad to have these ones in my wardrobe!

12 thoughts on “Waverly and Lark

  1. I love that basketweave stitch pattern.

    I have the same problem with my lark boat necklines, did you interface the self fabric facing?
    Also – did you cut your regular Grainline size? My Larks are all a tad big but I’m guessing stretch percentage (or lack of) probably has a lot to do with how they fit. Love the way yours fits.

    1. Thanks! Yeah, I just made my standard Grainline size. It’s been so long since I made it that I can’t remember if I interfaced it, but I doubt it. I find knit interfacing a bit hard to find! I did under stitch it with a narrow zigzag and topstitching it down though.

  2. That basket weave stitch looks great (and the scarf)! Also love your Lark; making a faced neckline has solved the stretching issue. I’m also interested in whether you used interfacing, or stay-stitched the neckline??

    1. Thanks Sue! I did under stitch it, with a narrow zigzag, and then topstitched it down. I’m pretty sure I didn’t use any interfacing, but I’m sure you could if you had any light knit interfacing.

  3. Your scarf is beautiful, I love the pattern even if it gets a little bulky. Your Merino Tee is very lovely, too. I think a facing always makes the wider neckline more elegant and more stable. If the hole is big enough, I would interface the facing.

  4. Love your Lark 🙂 That striped Merino is gorgeous! I have that pattern but I’ve not made it up yet. I don’t think I’ve ever just turned down and stitched a neckline (or armhole for that matter) – I’ve seen it in RTW many times and it seems to work for them 😉 but I doubt my ability to get it that neat. I like bands myself to get a good snug, no-gapping fit.

    1. Thanks! I think if the fabric has a decent amount of recovery turning and stitching can be fine, but my last attempt was with 100% cotton knit and it was a disaster! A neckband would be a good rescue for that tee shirt…

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