Ashness Bridge was inspired by an 18th century elopement in a favorite novel. The young lady in question flees with a scoundrel suitor from her family’s home near the Ashness Bridge towards Gretna Green, but is rescued by the family groom at the last moment. He wraps a quilt around her nightgown and takes her home on the back of a mule. This pullover is inspired by the fancy nightgown.
Each of the lace sleeve panels are knit separately and then put on holders. Two body pieces are worked flat down to the end of the sleeves, where the underarm seams are joined with Kitchener before the rest of the body is worked in the round. The lace sleeve panels are sewn to the top of the body pieces and the sleeve ribbing is picked up and worked in the round.
It’s a simple top, in a lovely, light cotton. Far more sensible than Isobel Dunsany, the reckless ingenue, but with the same love of understated romanticism.