Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell: Minor surgery

I subscribed to Interweave Knits magazine last summer. When my summer issue came, I fell in love with this: the Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell by Angela Hahn. By the time I finished, it was definitely fall, so I put it away for the winter.

This morning, I took Lutea out of my closet and put it on. I didn’t like the way it fit. It felt floppy, drapey, and the armholes were gappy. Bleah. I poked at it a bit and decided the armholes were too deep for me.

This afternoon, I picked out the three needle bind off at the shoulder, ripped back four rows of lace on the front and back, and re-did the three needle bind off. Had to try it on to see if I was on the right track. YES! I did the same surgery to the other shoulder, worked in the ends, and voila! A well-fitting shell. It no longer feels floppy and drapey, either. Amazing what a little surgery can do.


Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell by Angela Hahn. Knit with KnitPicks Shine Worsted, US size 8 needles. Modifications: Garter stitch hem instead of a rolled hem, shortened body by an inch or so, and the shoulder surgery described above. I’m going to wear it tomorrow. Summer is finally here! Many thanks to Kid2 for patiently taking a bazillion pictures until I saw one I liked.

While reviewing the pictures in the camera, I saw this!


It’s dated today, 3:38 pm. Kid1 must have taken it while I was out this afternoon. I was flabbergasted. I thought I had vanquished my little friend Onan, and had even started a blog post about it (still in draft mode, waiting for a slow day). Apparently I was a bit premature with my victory dance. I emailed the picture to The Husband (away at guitar camp), and he said, “GAME ON!”

6 responses to “Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell: Minor surgery

  1. That looks great!

  2. Really great job …. the color and fit look beautiful!

  3. Ha! We have lots of “Onan” squirrels visiting our “squirrel-proof” bird feeder too. We’ve started to call it the squirrel feeder: if you can’t fight them, etc.

    Love the way your shell fits after the shoulder surgery! very pretty.

  4. Gorgeous shell.

    My FIL wages a constant war on the squirrels at our cottage. They’ll leap from trees to get to the feeders he has positioned at points he thought they couldn’t get too, the grandkids all run to tell him when the squirrels have figured things out.

  5. autumnbriars

    Oh! I might have to try that. I have the same armhole issues with my Lutea shell. I’ve been solving it by wearing a cami underneath, but the last thing I need in the summer are extra layers.

  6. Nice shell. Looks like something I could wear, I like how it doesn’t have a plunging neckline.

    Persistent little bugger.