I have always wanted to make the Lace Leaf Pullover. Julia has made a beautiful variegated version. But there is one BIG problem for me ... the gauge for that sweater is 10 sts per 4". 8 out of 10 times, even when I am using the yarn specified for a pattern, my gauge would be tighter. To get the gauge, I may have to use polar weight yarn and huge needles ... both of which are not exactly to my liking. Or, I should start doing some math. Which I did. I worked on the easier part first, that is, the lower body:
I recalculated the number of stitches I need and re-wrote the lace leaf chart (so that the pattern wouldn't get too minute in my smaller gauge). So far so good. I would need the row gauge as well for the upper body ... and I figured I would get that when finishing the lower body. If you've seen the pattern, you'd know that the upper body is a bit different from ordinary sweater structrue. I am not sure if I can get that figured out. But even if I can't, lori (you have to stroll down a bit to see) showed me it would still be great to knit it in ordinary sweater pattern.
Oh, BTW, I am using Lion Brand Kool Wool in gorgeous Eggplant which I snapped from Smiley's. If I can get away with the 12 balls I got, the sweater would only cost me $15!