Primrose Path pullover

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do,
Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven,
Whiles, like a puff'd and reckless libertine,
Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads
And recks not his own rede.
-- Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

To be honest, I had not known the origin of the phrase "Primrose Path" when I named this sweater, although I was familiar with the connotation of a less-than-righteous route through life.  In thinking of the way the lace band on this pullover starts at the hem in front, wraps diagonally around the side of the body, and finally ends on the upper back, I liked the suggestion of something slightly naughty in traveling along this lacy "path."  When I first swatched for this design, the margins of the path were clean and straight, but I decided I wanted something a little more windblown, more spontaneous, which is why I added the scattered individual lace flowers along the path's edges*. 

I love the way Twist Collective photographed this sweater-- but these photos show the "path" in more detail.

The other great thing about this sweater is the allover ribbing, which gives it a body-skimming and flattering fit (not unlike the Rib & Braid Pullover/Jumper, or the Chinese Lace Pullover!).

*But if you prefer the clean lines of the lace band by itself, the pattern gives directions for omitting the scattered lace flowers.


15 Comments on this post:

Well, it's gorgeous and I want to knit and wear it.
Gorgeous! My favorite thing in TwistCollective this issue. The description says that the length can't be changed without compromising the placement of the lace; what is the length of the 36 1/4" size?
Wow! Unusual yet wearable. I am not usually a sweater knitter but I may knit this!
This is beautiful! :)
That is absolutely stunning. Wow! And I'm surprised about the "Primrose Path" origin. Though given how many phrases can be traced back to old Will, I guess I should be...
Er, make that "shouldn't be" There's a reason there's a Preview button, isn't there?
The 36 1/4" size is 20 1/2" long.
20 1/2 inches long is perfect! Thanks for the info; I look forward to making this sweater!
Hi! Would love to make this one. Trying to figure out a size to make. What would you recommend for ease? I'm between sizes 36 1/4 and 40 and not sure which way to go.
I'm so impressed with your work. So make-able, so wear-able. Why don't the US magazines 'get it'? Best wishes.
Oh my gosh! It's absolutely stunning. Very rarely do sweaters take my breath away, and this one did.
truly lovely!
Very beautiful! Wow.
I love all your patterns, especially this one and Chinese Lace Pullover. What is the difficulty level of the Primrose Path Pullover? I noticed Twist mentioned that it's knit in the round. How are the sleeves attached? Thanks!
Angela, showed this to my wife and she absolutely loved it! But she's too busy with her work right now to continue with her knitting. Just wondering, how long did it take you to complete the whole pullover?

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