I love a good sneaky trick. Anything I can do where I look at it after the fact and go ‘huh, how did I even do that?’ fills me with unspeakable glee. And Lucent has that in spades.
And it looks just faintly perplexing (like other knitters will totally stare at it for a second and wonder what you did), but it’s actually ridiculously easy to do. You work a handful of carefully placed increases and decreases for a few rows. Then, when you’re ready to feel clever, you work one row where you drop a couple of stitches and run them back up with a crochet hook. Seriously if you’ve ever used a crochet hook to pick up a dropped stitch, you know how to do this (and if you haven’t, the pattern tells you how). After that, it’s just lovely, mellow stockinette until the decreases.
And the result? The result of that tiny handful of increases and that one single row with a few dropped stitches? Well the result is rather fetching if I do say so myself! The hardest bit may be deciding where you want to put the fancy bit (I favor over my right ear myself, but it also looks great with it in the back).
Lucent is available on both Ravelry and Payhip. You can use the code SUNBURST to take 10% off in either place through the end of the day, eastern time, Friday April 23. Oh and if you’ve been around for an impressively long time and already had the earlier version of this pattern from a few years ago, check your library, you should see the update with the new version waiting for you!