Belle Sleeve Birthday Pullover

This year, instead of making a cute dress, I finished a lacy top just in time for my birthday. It’s been a week, but the usual work overload, daily rehearsals and a challenging concert last Sunday, haven’t been exactly favourable to blogging.

The design’s name is really Bell Sleeve Pullover, but “Belle Sleeves” sounds much more fancy, don’t you think?
The pictures were taken at my parents’, in le Nord. Hence the typical yellow bricks.

The design is by one of my favourite designers, Doris Chan. For anyone interested, it is available for free.
The only thing I changed was adding a few more rows to the body. I also crocheted the bottom rows and the sleeves’ bells with a 5.00-mm crochet hook, to add a bit more flare. I didn’t add any extra rows to the sleeves.  Sigh… Love the sleeves! Especially the edging, with the picot and fans.
This turned out much prettier than I was hoping: nothing to do with the pattern, but I wasn’t too happy with the yarn’s texture. I was also afraid it wouldn’t be comfortable to wear as the yarn didn’t have much give at all, but as it turns out it’s fine.
The yarn is Rigato, by Austerman. It is a single colour, but is self-stripping through the variation in texture – from matte (linen) to shiny (rayon).

I love wearing this top – wearing black lace is truly a special feeling.  This wasn’t the first time I made a black lacy top, and I can’t promise it’ll be the last, either.

29 thoughts on “Belle Sleeve Birthday Pullover

  1. Anonymous says:

    Joyeux anniversaire ! Love, love, love your très belle pullover. And bon courage with the end of the school year stuff and moving.

    Karen in Paris


  2. KarenV says:

    What a gorgeous top, Isabelle! It really suits you and the sleeves are fab! 🙂

    Glad to hear about the new flat – it sounds wonderful. (And now I need your address again LOL 😉 )


  3. melissa says:

    Happy birthday! It's gorgeous and so classic! You're going to love having a dedicated crafting room in your new flat – it's SO nice to be able to leave projects out and pick right up where you left off later.


  4. Maeve says:

    I adore the pullover! Thank you so much for sharing the link to the pattern. 🙂

    Congrats on finding a new apartment with a bit of garden. And a craft room! That would cheer up my spirits immensely, and I hope it does for you too.


  5. mainely stitching says:

    Your moving plans sound so exciting, Isabelle! 😀 I'm so glad you'll have a larger, quieter place with a garden for the kitty.

    Your sweater is stunning. I really, really love it.

    And please accept my late but heartfelt birthday wishes!!


  6. Sigrid says:

    Moving again, you're getting experienced! Good to hear you'll have more space.
    Lovely top.
    Good luck with all the year end hassle, hope you will have more time to sew after that.


  7. Lisbei says:

    Hello ma chère amie !
    Ce petit haut dentellé est simplement magnifique, et j'adooore les manches moi aussi !
    Bon courage pour le prochain déménagement, quelle joie d'avoir un bout de jardin et une pièce toute dédiée à tes passions !
    Je t'embrasse bien fort, une caresse à Little Miss Fluffy !


  8. Everlasting says:

    Joyeux anniversaire!
    Bravo pour ce superbe gilet tout en dentelle, il est magnifique.
    Coup de coeur pour la jupe Simplicity 2655, j'ai acheté le patron…à suivre.
    Bonne journée et bon courage pour le déménagement:)


  9. Tracy says:

    Hi, Isabelle! Hope you had a lovely birthday! Your lacey top for the occasion is BEAUTIFUL! Love those sleeves and the matte/shiny yarn. Congrats on your new flat–very exciting! Happy Days until your summer break! We're just back from 2-week visit with family & friends in the US. Glad to stop by and catch up with you! :o) ((HUGS))


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