Friday, April 22, 2011

A lacey dream

She is a rare bird who can knit, crochet, and create lovely designs for ample women. This is why I want to introduce you to Marly Bird. She's making a name for herself in the ample world, having designed larger sized patterns for both Perfectly Plus and Knitting Plus.

In fact, Marly designed the most beautiful garments in both books, in my humble opinion. Her Panema wrap sweater graces the cover of Perfectly Plus.

And her beauteous Barton Cardigan, from Knitting Plus, is author Lisa Shroyer's personal favorite from the book - and mine, too. This summer, I'm going to hold a Ravelry KAL for the Barton; get your sport-weight wool now! Marly recommends against using a non-animal fiber for this sweater, so caveat knitter.

Marly and her friend, Jill Wright, recently published Curvy Crochet, a booklet with eight cute crocheted designs in larger sizes. I'm going to write more about this book soon. But for today I wanted to share one of her newest designs, the Lacey Dream.

This attractive vest comes in sizes from 35.5 to 63.5 - sizing that should make us all dance in the streets! Marly describes the design as follows:
Wonderful little addition to any wardrobe, this cardigan is a perfect layering piece. The delicate lace stitch with the large attached ribbed collar makes this cardigan look sophisticated without being stuffy :-)

I designed the Lacey Dream to showcase the beautiful Yak and Bamboo blend yarn by Bijou Basin Ranch while running the yarn tasting booth at Vogue Knitting Live. Many of you asked me for the pattern so here it is ;-) I hope you enjoy yours as much as I LOVE mine!
I sure love Marly's Lacey Dream. I can envision this gracing my wardrobe, especially if I added some waist shaping. This design would be attractive on any plus-size figure. Buy the Lacey Dream from Ravelry.