Grapefruit Pink Lady by Thea Colman

Grapefruit Pink Lady

Knitting
April 2022
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette. Lace gauge given in pattern.
US 7 - 4.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
600 - 950 yards (549 - 869 m)
37.5(41,44.5,48,51.5)(55,58.5,62,65.5)”/95.25(104.25,113,122,130.75)(139.75,148.5,157.5,166.5)cm, based on circumference around body in finished fabric
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Grapefruit Pink Lady is a cute, fresh piece you can add to your wardrobe right now. It’s an easy knit, and the perfect thing to wear with a linen dress or high waisted bottoms in Spring, then layered with a longer shirt and jeans as the weather cools again.

Plus, it’s an incredibly quick project, using only between 600 - 950 yards of worsted weight yarn in an easily memorized motif.

The delicate lace is very simple and totally subtle, but it’s also detailed enough to hold its own. I lined the hem up below the pattern so the rib pattern flows into the lace, and then I made sure the ribbing was nice and deep, both at collar and hem.

I added a wide neckline for that collar, and I made sure the shoulders wouldn’t be too narrow, so a bra or tank doesn’t have to peek out. Detail along each armhole finishes the pattern off neatly, so your pattern edges are crisp and perfect.

Under each arm is a narrow lace panel, bordered by reverse stockinette stitches. I included this bit of detail to break up the lace pattern and to provide a space for modifying the overall fit around your body if desired.

My friend Helen is wearing my vest in these photos with a tank underneath, and she paired it with a floral silk skirt. The vest hits just around her hips.

On me, the fit is a tad more cropped, ending closer to my waist, but still it’s quite loose on the body. Feel free to check out the test knits, where you’ll see a variety of length and fit options.


As for the yarn, Magpie Nest was the perfect choice for mine. Nest has the most subtle sheen to it, which provides the delicate feel I wanted here. It also boasts fantastic stitch definition, and this color (Bougie Beaver), is a pink-y beige, which makes for a really interesting neutral that works well with a lot of other colors!

Below are a few more details:

Sizes:

37.5(41,44.5,48,51.5)(55,58.5,62,65.5)”
95.25(104.25,113,122,130.75)(139.75,148.5,157.5,166.5)cm

Sizes based on circumference around body/bust in finished fabric. Choose the size that allows for 3-5”/7.75-12.75cm of positive ease for fit shown. Sample here is worn with 3.5”/9cm of positive ease.

Yardage by Size:

600(650,675,700,750)(800,850,900,950)yds
550(595,620,640,685)(730,780,825,870)m

Worsted weight yarn needed. I suggest a solid or heathered colorway, as the detail may be lost in a busy or vareigated yarn. Yardage may vary with substitute yarns or modification. My sample is shown in Bougie Beaver, on Magpie Fibers Nest Worsted. See test knits for samples worked in Magpie’s Equinox Worsted.