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on: August 03, 2012 09:59:19 AM 
Started by elderflower, Message by elderflower
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This is a top I made using Argyll pattern No. 336. 

I knitted it in Sirdar recycled cotton which is a blend of 51% recycled cotton / 49% acrylic and knits as double knitting.  The original pattern is in pure cotton and uses 6 x 100 gm balls for the largest size which is for bust 97 cm (38 inches). 

I am actually a 107 cm ( 42 inch ) bust but since my tension was very slightly larger than the given, I figured I could just knit the largest size and it would fit me - which is pretty well what happened.  I also worked out and it took me ages that since pure cotton is heavier than a blend of cotton and acrylic, I would only need about  7 x 50 gm balls and in fact it only used 6 and I could have made it shorter as it has stretched a bit with wearing.

It is a good practical top and gives a bit of extra warmth on cooler days. I think it would have been a lot heavier in pure cotton. Its only disadvantage is that it has stretched a bit with wearing.  When I washed it I tried reshaping it but it hasn't shrunk any.  I guess neither cotton nor acrylic are as springy as wool which would have kept its shape better.

 

 This is the original pattern. I do like the style and may make it again in another double knitting yarn.
 
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