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« on: July 13, 2007 06:09:12 AM »

I've just finished knitting and writing up a pattern for a summer halter top, and my LYS has very kindly offered to put it up on their website for download- it should be available in a few days. There are more pictures and info on my blog, but here's a picture of the front of the halter:

It's my first time writing a pattern and seeing if there'll be interest in something I've designed. A lot of people here have been very good about constructive criticism of patterns offered on the web, so I'd like to ask for that criticism of this top.

With a pattern like this, what are your first thoughts on it? What would you want the pattern to include? Would you be interested in knitting it at all? I love that people on Craftster are very supportive of each other, but don't worry about being "nice" here. I just want some constructive feedback.

Thanks muchly!

(I do apologize if it sounds like I'm asking you to do homework!)
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2007 06:22:39 AM »

I think that's really great for a first pattern. Nice simple lace pattern but very pretty and delicate. Looks versatile too.
Only criticism I can think of (its just my personal preference really) I think it might look nicer as a camisole, it seems to have quite a lot of decreasing above the bust and it looks a little pointy on the top.
All in all well done cause it is a hard job to design wearable items. Congrats on getting your LYS involved.

« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007 06:29:11 AM »

that's a very nice top (and i'm not just saying that to be kind).
My first thought: I want to knit one! I like the shape of it just fine, the point adds a bit of a special touch.

It' be nice if the lace part was included in the pattern as a chart (if you didn't do that already) and also clearly state what yarn/wool you used & the needle size (and whether its US, metric or another type)
All pretty obvious, but you'd be surprised how many patterns are out there with obscure info on those 2 factors.

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007 06:37:03 AM »

My first thought to was "I'd make that!" and I'm not usually a fan of lace (charts scare me). I think a good variation would be cami type shape, but the way you have it now it looks like something you'd wear to a dinner party or out clubbing. It's very flattering and I love the way the straps go around the back.

« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2007 06:53:32 AM »

I think its lovely,i want to knit one for the summer but cant find a decent pattern of one yet.Well done its lovely.

« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2007 07:11:34 AM »

It's a cute top, over all I like it, but let me pro and con it.

Pros : clever use of lace/diamond shape and the fact that the cut of the halter top echoes the diamond shape.

The moss stitch is a good addition in that it holds the sides and the botton of the garment down, and yet does not detract from the lace/texture of the top.

Cons: Not so sure about the part where it tapers to (where the string picks up), I wonder if it could have been a bit wider. But then again, if it were, you wouldn't get that whole 'echo' of shape with the diamond and neckline.

« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2007 07:15:00 AM »

I like it alot. The shape is very nice, great for accentuating shoulders. I agree with pamhkyle - don't forget to include needle size. And yarn weight too. I find alot of patterns online don't specify the weight, which I always need as I never use the recommended yarn.

« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2007 09:14:39 AM »

Wow, thanks, guys! This is exactly the kind of feedback I wanted. Keep 'em coming. I'd also like to hear from people who don't like the pattern and would never knit it- why not? Good to learn from everyone.

I'm relieved to say that I've addressed a lot of the issues you guys have come up with on the pattern.

The lace is both charted and written out line-by-line. (It was only a chart at first, but the LYS owners said line-by-line instructions would also be useful, and they're right!)

The "angle" of the halter decreases can also be changed. I wrote up two different sets of instructions. I'm short and -ahem- not blessed in the chest area, so I could get away with "steeper" decreases. For other people, they can use the instructions for standard raglan-style decreases and that would make the top of the halter wider and less pointy.

Thanks again, guys.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2007 10:32:03 AM »

That's a beautiful halter top!!! I'm glad you included line-by-line instructions, because that's easier for me.

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2007 08:02:15 PM »

I really like the top & I'm looking forward to seeing your pattern for it.  I'm not sure that I'll actually knit it -- mostly because I'm not sure I have the confidence to wear it in public.  (Of course, I'm already imagining ways to modify it...so we'll see.  Smiley)  One key thing that I feel is missing in a lot of patterns is a visual schematic with dimensions -- it really helps me a lot to get the big picture before I start knitting.  Congrats on designing your own garment!

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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2007 08:40:40 PM »

I love the lace - it's very pretty without being too intimidating. And the detail of the small slit in the sides (saw on your blog pics) is very sweet. I also like the seed stitch border!

I would like it to be a little wider along the top. And my only concern about the straps in the back - are they "strong" enough to stand the test of time? They looked kind of thin, but it might have been the pic. It would be very embarrassing for them to get snagged on something and the shirt fall off!

Otherwise, very lovely! The magenta color is even more beautiful in the pics on your blog.
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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2007 09:51:07 PM »

I like the design. It's simple and flattering and the little side slits are a nice touch. There is one thing that would stop me from knitting it as-is, and that's the placement of the lace section. It's over the bra line, which means that either it would show my bra or I'd have to wear something underneath, and I don't like either option. That's personal preference, but I think it's a common personal preference; I've seen a lot of pattern discussions where people choose not to knit something if it won't play nicely with their bra. So it might be worth thinking about.

Pattern-wise, it sounds like you've got the basics covered. I agree with spaghetti on the schematic with dimensions, that's a nice thing to have. I also like when patterns state the intermediate stitch counts often. Good for checking to make sure you haven't missed a decrease, etc., and also very helpful when you're modifying a pattern if you're between sizes or something.

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2007 01:17:33 AM »

i personally wouldnt wear it because i would be worried about the lace with my bra but i love the design!
i would definatly make it for someone else though!
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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2007 02:03:41 AM »

i think it looks great. i've been knitting 2.5 years now, and recently just got the balls to attempt clothing. i've made two shrugs so far, but i'd love to make some halter tops. the design doesn't look too intimidating, and i love the lace. i think i'd have the balls to make something like this. i think the lace should go just a little higher, to avoid bra exposure.

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« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2007 11:19:42 AM »

Thanks again, everyone, for your responses.

I'm happy to announce that the pattern has been put up on my LYS' website and available for download- free!

Please go have a look, and if you knit it, please let me know how it goes. I live for feedback.
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2007 12:11:18 PM »

Thanks for adding the link, and for free too! You're a lovely lady. This is going on my to-knit list.

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