Category Archives: Tops

Sunny Coachella

Last week, I finished my Coachella. It never really made it to my Project Bar list because it was such a quick knit. It took me all of 3 days. I wasn’t too pleased with the finished product as I felt the cowl was, um, … a little deep.

Coachella

What I ended up doing was going home and stringing some thiiiin elastic around the entire neckline.

Coachella (3) Coachella Scrunched Neckline

I like this effect MUCH better. Although, can you see that little whole there under my breast? That’s the bust short rows. Yeah. They’re near my stomach. LOL Sometimes row gauge IS important, folks! Mine was off by like 1 and there you see the result. I don’t really care. Only a knitter will know what that is, and possibly a fashion designer. 🙂

Coachella Scrunched Neckline (1) Coachella (1)

I plan to knit another one with some Rowan Felted Tweed in pink. Sturdier fabric in my swatch than the Berroco Twist I used for this one. I don’t think I’ll do the bust rows either to see what happens. Also, I want to make the strip across the back wider so that I don’t have to wear a sports bra under it. Have to figure out how to bring those armholes up, too.

All in all, this was a super easy pattern to knit and I really enjoyed it.

Source: Knitty
Yarn: Berroco Twist in Sunny Yellow
Cost: $2 per skein (used 6); total project cost: $12
Size: Large
Gauge: 6 sts & 8 rows = 1″
Needles: Size 7 & 9 Knit Picks Options
Started: August 7, 2007
Finished: August 10, 2007

Time for Tops

I’ve been busily making summer tops and lace. This has been great commuter and movie-watching knitting, believe it or not. Let’s start with the Lillian Top. I LOVE this pattern. I cannot say enough about it. It’s a fast and easy knit. Took me all of 9 days and I only knit it at night when I could put in a hour or two. As always, clic on the thumbnail to see a larger pic (unfortunately, for some reason this template distorts in IE when I put in large pictures instead of thumbnails.  Sorry!  BTW, my blog is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox).

Lillian Top (1)Lillian TopLillian Top (2)Lillian Top (3)

Pattern: Lillian Top
Source: Delicious Stitches
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cathay in Red
Cost: $3.38 per skein (used 6 2/3 skeins, about 730 yds); total cost = $22.75 – 😀
Size: Large
Needles: Size 5 and 6 Addi Turbos
Started: June 1, 2007
Finished: June 10, 2007
Notes: I would not do 5 lace repeats for the body. I find this to be too long. If I make it again, I would only do a total of 4 repeats of the lace pattern. Also, I would start the armhole section sooner as I have large arms.

Next up is the Cap Sleeve Turtleneck. I also enjoyed this pattern except I decided a turtleneck in this heat….NAAAAH! LOL

Cap Sleeve TurtleneckCap Sleeve Turtleneck (2)Cap Sleeve Turtleneck (3)

Pattern: Cap Sleeve Turtleneck
Source: Karabella Yarns pattern from Kpixie
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Coral
Cost: $3.60 per skein (used about 5 1/3 skeins); total cost about $18 – 😀
Size: 40″ Bust
Needles: Size 3 and 5 Addi Turbos
Started: May 7, 2007
Finished: June 2, 2007

With completing the Cap Sleeve Turtleneck, I completed Round 5 of my Yarn Diet. So as a treat I bought myself something really special….I wasn’t planning on buying it yet but Karen talked me into it today!!! ENABLER!!!!! 😀 This week’s YPF will be all about that. (Hey, Cristi, wouldya mind sharing with me how to get those FLLLLY close-ups???! Couldya, wouldya, thanks, luv ya!!!)

A couple of days ago, I emailed Anne Hanson from KnitSpot and asked her advice on something I wanted to make. I was thinking of a nice large shawl to use almost like a sarong over my bathing suit this summer. She recommended a couple of her patterns but she mentioned she had a cute little lace skirt PERFECT as a cover-up, Sangria. Of course, once I saw her pattern, I jumped and bought it. I cast on last night using Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Terra Cotta. So far so good. No pix yet because I’m not that far along.

I am sending out soap orders hopefully by Friday. I haven’t had a chance to run to the post office with the training at work so they’re a tad delayed but I’ll add a treat as “thanks” for your patience!!

Wicked

A few weeks ago, I finished Wicked.  This pattern was an absolute breeze to knit being mostly stockinette in the round.  It’s my first top-down knit and I LOVED it!  I will definitely knit more tops this way and more tops from this designer, too. 

This counts as yet another project for the Knit From Your Stash 2007 KALas I used Karabella Majestic from my stash.  I used all of 8 balls.  This yarn is super soft and feels so nice against the skin.  Even though it has mohair, it’s not scratchy at all. 

As always, click on each pic for a larger view and even more pictures.  😀

Wicked (1)Wicked (3)Wicked (4)

 Pattern Source: Zephyr Style
Yarn: Karabella Majestic in Navy
Cost: $3.75 per skein (used a total of 8 skeins, total project cost: $30)
Needles: Size 7 Addis
Started: March 31, 2007
Finished: April 28, 2007