Cottontop

IMG_0721Ah…a bit of knitting finished!

IMG_0677This is Lotus Blossom Tank by Sharon Shoji from Ann Budd’s Best of Interweave Knits.

IMG_0684This was a trial to knit. The sizing was bizarre and because of the construction, was tricky to alter at the sleeves.  The sleeves are knit as a decreasing wedge shape from the back and then seamed along the angled front sides.  The number of stitches you start off with determine how deep the sleeves are going to be  so if you want to make the garment more fitted, the sleeve caps become narrower and require a little fudging.  I knit the sleeves three times before I was happy.

IMG_0681Did I say the sizing was odd.  After knitting the smallest size into an enormous circumference, I cast on 40 sts less and I still had positive ease!  Reading the mods on Ravelry was enormously helpful.  I decreased 14 sts at the end of the lace and used a double increase at each side every 4th round for bust shaping.  I also knit an extra inch and a half in the stockingette section before binding off for the armholes.  It is a little snug under the arms but frankly I couldn’t rip it back again and cotton always seems to sag after a while so this may just be perfect by the end of summer.

IMG_0725The yarn I used saved the project for me.  It was Freedom Echo, DK 100% recycled cotton by Twilleys of Stamford in the UK.  I bought my first ball in the little town of Alnwick, in Northumberland, UK on a chilly grey day at the beginning of our holiday last year.  Not much you can do with one ball really. But…a dear friend gave me some more in a beautiful deep aquamarine for my birthday…and with one more ball, there was enough for this project.  If you are in Melbourne and you would like some of this excellent recycled cotton, you can get it from Woolarium.

IMG_0674Ravelry notes here.

20. December 2013 by Rebecca
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Comments (5)

  1. Nice job but don’t you just hate to re-invent the wheel with patterns?
    I look at that and think………..hmm, it’s snowing here 🙂

  2. Gorgeous Rebecca!

  3. Gosh Rebecca that top is so beautiful!! The pattern looks so tricky to knit, and the result is like chunky lace. The colours are gorgeous , fit for a mermaid , but better on you!

  4. That is so pretty and a beautiful colour. Very short sleeve tops usually feel either too casual or or too slinky evening-wear for me, but this design looks just right. (and I’m glad you knit something for yourself). xo

  5. It’s very pretty. I don’t think I would have the patience to keep raveling and re-knitting like you do. Ha that’s most probably why I have a very big pile of unfinished never-ending projects hidden in my cupboard.

    I think I might have to brave a visit to The Woolarium and buy some yarn I can jam into my cupboard to keep the unfinished knitting some company.

    Sometimes it’s almost the best part trying to decide what to use a beautiful yarn for, like daydreaming.

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