Friday, July 1, 2011

A kiss at the back of the neck

Without getting too TMI on you, I've always loved getting kissed at the back of my neck. Innocent and erotic at the same time - a lucious dichotomy.

So I gave a kiss to the back of my Laura Petrea. Amy's original design features a lovely lace motif at the back hem but I know having a lace panel on my mighty derriere is antithetical to looking my best.

I thought I'd just make a plain back but then the brilliant Loraine mentioned online that lace at the neckline might be pretty. Yes! Now that's the right for me. A little lace draws the eye up to my neck - a far better option than pulling the eye down to my big butt.

How did I do this? First, I determined that given my gauge, two vertical repeats of the lace pattern would measure about 3.5 inches, so I started the lace about 3.5 inches before the neckline. I then figured out out the center stitch, centered the motif around it, and then just followed the chart. I started with one repeat and then added two additional motifs on each side at the start of the second repeat. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

Now I wait for my Laura Petrea to finish drying. I'm a little ambivalent about the Tosh Vintage yarn. It gets rave reviews on Ravelry but between the great expense, the very yellow undertone, and the lack of softness, I'm a bit underwhelmed. I'm hoping the yarn blooms and softens after the Eucalan bath. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I casted on for the left front last night. I'll toil away this weekend snuggled up next to the beloved boyfriend. Maybe I'll even get lucky and he'll lean over and kiss me - right on the back of my neck.


  1. I love the lace pattern at the neckline! Much more attractive (and right at eye level)
    More and more I'm liking that aweater. Would that beautiful yarn I bought from you work for it, I wonder? I'll have to check it out and see if that's a possibility.

  2. Very neat detail! I'm really enjoying your blog, and it's neat watching you knit all these sweaters. Vicarious thrills and all ;)

  3. excellent...still the added decoration, but in the suitable place for body type.

  4. The location change for the lace motif is inspired. It looks great on the back neck.

  5. I love the lacework in the back, it's a perfect touch.
    So.... when will we see a collection of your own patterns? I know they will be well thought out, concise, and most important: nicely tailored. I'd like my copy autographed, please. :)

  6. Thanks to you all!

    And Heidi, you have my solemn vow: you get my very first knitting book - and autographed, too!

  7. Looks great, Julie! That would be my mod, too. Love the analogy you used: Mmmmmmmmmm, so nice, kisses on the back of the neck.