Preview of the Divine Beaded Lace Cardigan and a Contest!
June 21, 2012
Sometimes, a super gorgeous yarn just has me stumped!
What design can I come up with that will allow me to make the most of the yarn's beauty?!
Well, here is the result of many hours of racking my brain to create a piece that justifies the use of such a lovely yarn… Tilli Tomas’ Symphony Lace. The color is Midnight Borealis, which is a stunning shade of purple (or amethyst?) with subtle blue accents in it and lots of sparkly iridescent beads scattered throughout.
This cardigan is a top-down design, lending itself to easy adjustments to suit your needs. I make mine a longer, tunic length with tiny sleeves so it would layer well over a skinny strapped evening dress or a tank and slim pants.
The lace pattern is a lovely open leaf design that I'm very pleased with. The open sections are a wonderful contrast to the more closed center section.
This is a versatile pattern that would work equally well with a simpler yarn. . . ideally still lace weight to really bring out the airy-ness.
Maybe even in cream or white for a summer wedding?
Pattern to be released soon… likely at the beginning of July. Be sure to sign up for my email updates at http://www.sweaterbabe.com to be notified of it's release!
OR Fave it on Ravelry.com so you won't forget about this one! http://www.ravelry.com/projects/SweaterBabe/beaded-tunic-vest
** AND NOW FOR THE CONTEST DETAILS! **
I need help naming this pattern! As you may know, I tend to use long descriptive names for my patterns. . . but this one is defying me. I can't think of a name that will give it justice!
So, to enter this contest, please do one or BOTH of the following by 9pm PST, July 6th, 2012:
1) Use Pinterest to pin this blog post and in the "describe this pin" area, enter #SweaterBabe.com (required, or I won't be able to find your entry!) AND your proposed name. * PLEASE be sure you are on my email list, so that when I announce the winners, you can claim your prize if you entered through Pinterest (as I can't contact you directly).
(If you don't know what Pinterest it, then skip to 2!)
2) Enter a suggested name as a comment on this blog post.
Short names, long names are all good!
After July 6th, the person with the winning name will win a copy of this PDF pattern + 3 months of free membership in the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club!
I'll also pick 3 random entries to win a free PDF copy of the pattern.
Good luck to all and can't wait to hear the suggestions. . .
*** 7/9/12 ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS! ***
THE WINNING NAME FOR THIS PATTERN IS. . . Whispering Lace Leaves Cardigan, submitted by Dianne Shiozaki through Pinterest. Congrats Dianne! You win the PDF pattern + 3 months of membership in the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club!
There were SOOO many to chose from, I went ahead and chose 3 runner-ups to each win a copy of the pattern too:
1) Gossamer Trellis, from Loreen O., who posted on the blog 6/25/12.
2) Cascading Wisterias, from Lani Smith, who posted on 6/21/12.
3) Shimmery Midnight Dream, from Susan, who posted on 6/21/12. (pretty name, but when I add "by SweaterBabe.com," it can becomes a bit "adult-only" LOL ;-)
Congrats to all and thanks for a making this such a fun contest!
AND of course, this pattern is now available for all:
See the NEW #141 Whispering Leaves Lace Top-Down Cardigan in the pattern shop!
P.S. This is July 2012's pattern download for members of the SweaterBabe.com Knitting Club. Not a member? JOIN in July and get this new pattern right away as part of your $7.99/month membership!
How about Midnight Dreams Lace tunic
Posted by: Debbie H | June 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
When I saw the photo, I thought, Oh Babe! So that's what I think you should call it, Oh Babe!
Posted by: Carolyn S. | June 21, 2012 at 01:01 PM
I'd like to suggest "angel flight". The yarn is so etherial and the detail reminds me of angel wings. Very lovely in fact heavenly!!!
Posted by: Sheridan Obrien | June 21, 2012 at 01:03 PM
When I looked at the back I think " Branching Out"
Posted by: Jane | June 21, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Feather and Lace
Posted by: Susan | June 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Posted by: Kphil | June 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Lacey Dream is what I would like to suggest as it is so beautiful and dreamy!!!
Posted by: Lily Spaeth | June 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I like Whispering Vines...
Posted by: Julie Transou | June 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I like "Ivied Walls Cardigan." It reminds me of something collegiate yet natural.
Posted by: Sarah | June 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Whispering branches. I hear a very light breeze echoing through the intricate webbing.
Posted by: Colleen Hansen | June 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Leaf Symphony Lace Tunic
Posted by: Dorothy Hunter-Talbot | June 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Family Tree would be the name I would give this sweater
Posted by: Marlene | June 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
How about Lilac Water Fall. The back looks like a water fall to me.
Posted by: ginny | June 21, 2012 at 01:09 PM
i like fantasy vines
Posted by: kaye | June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
" Starry Night" , beautiful, made me think of the night
Posted by: Janie | June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I like Amethyst Symphony Tunic, that you would wear to listen to beautiful music.
Posted by: Barb. | June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
The lace panels look like bird's footsteps in snow to me. Lovely cardigan/tunic. I would like to suggest "Bird's Footsteps".
Posted by: Bernice | June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
two words came to mind when I looked at this:
LUSH & LAVISH
Posted by: Dianna | June 21, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Papillon! My first thought when I saw the picture.
Posted by: Karine | June 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Reminds me of fine wine and the color suggests a grape growing on the vines in the sun. I like the name Vineyard.
Posted by: Mary Enck | June 21, 2012 at 01:11 PM
My first thought was of falling leaves.
Posted by: Margaret Northime | June 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The moment I saw this beautiful garment, one word popped into my head: Wisteria. The colour, the twining "branches", the enchanting beauty of this garment are evocative of the flowering vines of the wisteria plant.
Posted by: Susan | June 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
After looking at the design down the back I thought of "summer vines" for the name of the sweater with the short sleeves and airy-openness of the knitting. It is a beautiful sweater.
Posted by: Debbie Ragsdale | June 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
My first thought was: Purple Rain
Posted by: Dorothy | June 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I'd name it "Twining Leaves Temptation!"
Posted by: Linda McKay | June 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
When I saw it - What I thought was call it "Sheer Beauty"... It it truly exquisite !!
Posted by: Louise Shaw | June 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Elegant beaded lace
Posted by: Usmawife | June 21, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Midnight passion - as it is a sexy design and would look gorgeous worn on a date or for a wedding as a bride or guest.
Posted by: Lynne blackman | June 21, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Vineyard Lace Over-Tunic
Posted by: Pam Smolek | June 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I would call it " EVENING CONCERT IN THE PARK"
Posted by: PAM HAYDEN | June 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Made me think of "Dragon Tattoo"
Posted by: Marcia | June 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Softly cascading leaves
Posted by: Ellen Pitegoff | June 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
How about Moonlight Sonata?
Posted by: Gina | June 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Precios - means precious
Posted by: kathy | June 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM
I thought of purple spike tunic
Posted by: cathy davidson | June 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
I live in Hawai'i and the pattern so distinctively looks like the HELECONIA ginger.... It's an orange flower with yellow "trim" and it drapes .....Look it up (google) and see if you agree.
Posted by: FloJo | June 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
"Pearlicious Lace" - it looks delicious and airy, and such a pretty design.
Posted by: VictoriaKB | June 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Sea Magic Waves Tunic - this is cool!
Posted by: grace | June 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Ok - I really love Susan's idea of Wisteria. Very pretty.
My suggestion is "Vivaldi at midnight." This alludes to both the yarn brand and color. Vivaldi wrote the Four Seasons symphonies - this cardigan reminds me of "Spring." Love this pattern!
Posted by: Lucy | June 21, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Lovely In Lace
Posted by: Candy Widmer | June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Would name it Moonflower Lace
Posted by: Wendy Blakely | June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The double lace design reminded me of the title of a John Lennon album - Double Fantasy. Donna Anderson
Posted by: Donna Anderson | June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
It looks like a night at the opera. Oh so beautiful
Posted by: Arlene Conway | June 21, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Posted by: Charlene | June 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Cascading Plumeria Tunic
Posted by: Sidney Wendt | June 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Shimmering Vines - it describes the yarn and the lace pattern
Posted by: Moondreams1 | June 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Posted by: Gloria Morley | June 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I suggest "Angel Wings" or "Blue Ivy" ...
Posted by: Eadie R | June 21, 2012 at 01:24 PM
The name that came to my mind when I saw this was: Waterfall of Leaves.
Posted by: BLou Farrell | June 21, 2012 at 01:25 PM
It is lovely and should be named Cascading Waterfalls of Diamonds Cardigan.
Posted by: Diana | June 21, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Light as a feather
Posted by: Carol Ludovise | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Lacy Lily of the Valley waves
Posted by: Virginia Alabbasi | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Posted by: Susanne K Watson | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
I would call it "Coral Bubbles" because the lace looks so much like foamy coral.
Posted by: Sarah Dorendorf | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
At the risk of encouraging you to be self serving, I would call it the "Lady Katherine" Lace Cardigan. It's very feminine and on seeing it one cannot help but to be drawn to the lady wearing it!
Posted by: PhoenixRiley | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
It reminds me of a "Waterfall".
Posted by: Linda MacDonald | June 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Pure unadulterated OH WOW!!
So Id call it the OH WOW sweater
Posted by: Peg Homan | June 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I would call it Flames of Flight. It looks like it would fly off if the winds blow.
Posted by: Julia Mason | June 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Wandering Glistening Vine
Posted by: Stacey C | June 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
i would call it lilac blossoms. its very beautiful.
Posted by: Account Deleted | June 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Splendor Leaf Float
Posted by: Phyllis Neiman | June 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Posted by: Jean LaCroix | June 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Ethereal Fairy Tunic
ethereal means not earthly but heavenly, celestial; airy, delicate, and very light
Posted by: Esther Sprinkle | June 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I love how you referred to it in your post..."Divine Beaded Lace Cardigan"...it certainly is divine :)
Posted by: Joyce | June 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
"Purple Mountains Majesty" It's lovely!
Posted by: Suzy griffin | June 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Sheer Lacey Delight
Posted by: Lori McFarland | June 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Posted by: Debbie Fehl | June 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I would call it Sultry Beaded Top-Down Lace Cardigan
Posted by: Pauletta M Chanco | June 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Posted by: Val Taylor | June 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Beaded Lady Slipper Tunic Vest is what comes to mind when I look at the lace pattern. :)
Posted by: MarieAnge Brouillard | June 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I love this pattern,and the color is perfect. How about "Lacey Luxury". That is exactly what it looks like. Robin
Posted by: Robin Ludwig | June 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM
"Coraluscious" would be a fabulous name!!!
Posted by: Carol Wray | June 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Quiet Waves on the Seine Under the Stars
Posted by: Leslie Ross | June 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Posted by: Rebecca Kirk | June 21, 2012 at 01:37 PM
It's beautiful! How about Purple Diva?
Posted by: BubbyJan | June 21, 2012 at 01:38 PM
ELEGANT AIRY LACE
Posted by: JOYCE LANE | June 21, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The colour and the irridescent beads remind me of my home country in South America on a beautiful moonlit night with one can look up and see the sky sprinkled with twinkling stars dancing in the sky, oh so beautiful.
So I would name it:
(1) Twilight of stars of the sky
or (2) Dancing stars of the evening.
Posted by: Cheryl R. Cheong | June 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Made me think of a dragon's flowing scales. How about Dragon Flow?
Posted by: Gretchen | June 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Posted by: Erin | June 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
How about 'Falling Waters'? My first thought was that it looked like a gentle waterfall.
Posted by: Donna Anderson | June 21, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Purple Haze was the first thought that popped into my head.
Posted by: Gayle Proffitt | June 21, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Posted by: Patricia Jacobs | June 21, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Wow this is a pretty sweater!!! I love the flowingness of the front and the whole hem line.
I would love to call this sweater "" Ellenor "" it is beautiful as she was and she loved trailing vine plants and the back reminds me of the plants she had on the patio.
Thanks you for condering this suggestion.
Posted by: Linda Paulson-Lee | June 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Long Lacerback Short Sleeve Sparkle Cardigan
Posted by: Meredith Williams | June 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Trailing whispers of elegance tunic
Posted by: Linda Moore | June 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Posted by: Joyce Carey | June 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
What a beautiful cardigan. I like it's simple beauty and "airy-ness". A long name would make it seem heavy. Why not name it: Heiress, for it's simple beauty?
Posted by: Tammy | June 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Sparktacular Plum Elegance
Posted by: Candy | June 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Femme fatale - this is such a feminine and sexy sweater.
Posted by: Renee Sutton | June 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Mid-summer nights vine
Posted by: Alicia Matheson | June 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Reminds me of the stylised cave paintings of horses so how about mystic horses
Posted by: Pam Gillies | June 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Posted by: Linda | June 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I thought it looked like water cascading over the falls so my name would be Cascading Waterfalls
Posted by: Danielle Brown | June 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM
How about Midnight Mystery Lacy Sparkle Cardigan?
Posted by: Carol Zettlemoyer | June 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
My first thought was also falling leaves, but then I didnt' think the shapes matched that well enough. So - my vote is for Falling Water as a name for the vest.
Posted by: Val | June 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Posted by: linette | June 21, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Dragonfly Wings Tunic or Dragonfly Tunic or Nouveau Dragonfly Tunic or Dragon Tunic. Your lace reminds me of overlapping irridescent, opalescent, translucent, multi-hued dragonfly wings, or serrated fins on a dragon's back. Nouveau is short for Art Nouveau. Dragonflies were very popular design elements during that era.
Posted by: Evelyn Van Orden | June 21, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Trellis Lace Summer Cardigan
Posted by: Andrea Noble | June 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Trailing Mountains Lace Cover-up
Posted by: Denise Ralston | June 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM
When I see this design, I think of hanging vines on a trellis; How about "Lacy Trellis Cardigan"
Posted by: Lara H | June 21, 2012 at 01:56 PM