Liesl: Still lovely.

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I don’t repeat a lot of knitting patterns, other than for the purpose of testing my own pattern making skills. Usually I quickly become enamored with something else and move on. Most of the time I find it hard to be monogamous to one pattern at a time, but don’t tell that to my drawer of UFOs… I often say that I will only have one man, so I might as well have as many knitting projects as I want. Liesl by Julie Weisenberger seemed worthy of making twice.

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Here is my first version where I ham it up in some photos at 7am at my favorite local park. My new Liesl is also made from Euroflax Sportweight, this time in the color Aqua. I am constantly and predictably drawn to most things aqua, aquamarine, seafoam, and various shades of turquoise. I wanted to make things out of this color of Euroflax last year, but it was on back order.

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Again, excuse the mannequin pics. I’m not sure why coordinating pictures for the blog has seemed so difficult lately, but I believe this will abate as my school duties wane for a couple of months. If you miss my dorky face, please click the link above.

This pattern is simple enough for a beginner, mindless enough for those of us that like to read and knit, and the finished product looks stunning on many different body types. This is a garment I have been wearing weekly in the warm months. Linen is also such a durable fiber that I can’t imagine it wearing out. It just seems to get softer and better with each turn in the washer and dryer.

Speaking of reading and knitting…I need a new stockinette or garter project. I’ve been devouring A Feast for Crows, but I find myself reading less as I am getting to the sleeve/shoulder decreases on my Honeybee Cardigan. I’m not enough of a badass to read and do lace at the same time. The lace on this cardigan is fun and intuitive after one or two repeats. I highly recommend it. I think a good, semi-mindless project could be this Four Corners Baby Blanket from Purl Bee. For some reason I’ve never done intarsia, but this seems like a good place to start. I love the clean and modern design. I think it would make an excellent adult blanket (upsized of course) too.

6 thoughts on “Liesl: Still lovely.

  1. Man, I am really thinking I need to hop onto the Liesel bandwagon…

    And I love love love that blanket! It seems really cool, and the area of the color join is so nifty!

  2. I have a really hard time reading and knitting at the same time so I am very jealous of your ability to do this! How do you keep the book open / your knitting out of the way of your reading?

    I’ve found that most of my intarsia projects take way more concentration than I really like to give, so I will give you a virtual high-five if you are able to read and do intarsia at the same time 🙂

    And finally, I love your new Liesel! I read your blog regularly but never comment, but love your style so I thought I finally should!

  3. I love the color on this version of Liesl. And I’m guess I’m not the only one who picks projects that I can read while knitting, especially when reading George R. R. Martin books :c)

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