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Topic: Yes! Summer top in wool!  (Read 2075 times)
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« on: April 10, 2008 07:51:58 AM »

I'm so happy with the end of this! This was my impossible project: a 100% wool garment to wear in a place that knows no winter; using only 440 yards of fingering yarn (and I'm large). I had only a few inches left when I finished, and it was still too short for me. The few inches were gone with sewing in a bit of elastic tape to hold it up, and blocking made it the longest top I have!

I still need to find an undershirt to wear with it, you see. Grin
Oh, and I've worn this in my room with all doors closed and didn't die of heat. Yahoo Weather says it was 84 F ("feels like 94 F"), 79% humidity.
« Last Edit: April 10, 2008 08:03:27 AM by colorlessblue » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2008 08:08:08 AM »

Pretty!   Did you use a pattern, or just wing it?  I like the color, and the diamond pattern!


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« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2008 08:15:00 AM »

Very Pretty!  I'm a warm weather knitter so I can appreciate the airy-ness of a pretty lace stitch.  Brave girl doing it in wool, even my "winter wear" is cotton!   It turned out perfect!
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« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2008 08:17:47 AM »

super pretty! where i live it's always wise to have something summery and warm on because you never know when the fog is going to come in. if you find your top is too hot where you live, you can always move to santa cruz. Wink

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« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2008 08:32:48 AM »

I improvised. What I did was:
I did a swatch for this lace pattern in US5 needles: http://www.knittingfool.com/pages/stCatalog2.guest.cfm?StitchID=1381&name=Maple%20Leaf&numofst=8&stplus=2&rows=16&rplus=0&sym=0
Then I measured around my hips (wider than my bust) and calculated how many to cast on.
I cast on that number on US6 needles, and did a picot edge like described here: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATTpetitchou.html  (scroll down to the bra pattern - that's what I used. I didn't read the hipsters pattern so I don't know how the edge is done.)
After that I joined and knit across 1 round, then started the lace pattern, adapting to knitting it on the round. Mostly just changing the purl rounds for knit, but there's a catch when you have to sl 1-k2-tog-psso on the start of the round - I just slipped 1 stitch and started from the YO, and did the sl 1-k2-tog-psso on the end of the round instead.
Followed lace pattern till was long enough, then a k2p2 rib for a few rounds, and then I decreased evenly 8 times (one less lace repeat) on the last ribbing round, to make it tighter on the bust.
When it was the right size ( I lie. I really mean when I got desperate that I didn't have enough yarn) I put it aside and used the same technique from the picot edge to make a little tube , and closed the tube keeping scrap yarn inside. I grafted this tube to the last round of lace (it was a knit round), and used the scrap yarn to pull elastic tape inside the tube, and the yarn end that was hanging from it to close the elastic inside.
I know I could just knit on, fold the top and sew, but I just hate sewing that much. A lot of extra work on my way, I know.

"I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel."
Terry Pratchett
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2008 08:36:32 AM »

Beautiful!  I love the color and the pattern!  Looks great on you. . .
« Reply #6 on: April 10, 2008 08:52:41 AM »

Is it bad that I want to copy it even more now that I know the lace pattern is called "Maple leaf"?   Smiley 


Where did all this fabric come from? I CAN'T have bought THAT much!
« Reply #7 on: April 10, 2008 08:58:02 AM »

Haha, I don't actually understand why it had that name...

"I'd rather be a climbing ape than a falling angel."
Terry Pratchett
« Reply #8 on: April 10, 2008 11:22:07 AM »

Very pretty! And you look awesome in it!

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« Reply #9 on: April 10, 2008 06:39:11 PM »

That is just beautiful!
Gorgeous colour, great stitch, and you look fab in it!

And you aren't boiling in wool?  Maybe it's the fingering weight?
Great job!!!
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