Thursday, May 20, 2010

FO: Tuck stitching summer top

I recently finished my self-designed summer top. The main decorative elements are the rows of tuck stitches, which are on only on the front. I wanted the center tuck stitches to provide a little ease for the bust area. I think they ended up placed a little too high, but that turns out not to matter much. In addition to being decorative, the lower tuck stitches compensate for the extra fabric on the sides created by the center tucks. The bottom edge is a narrow folded hem started with a provisional cast-on. I must remind myself to use needles that are 2 sizes smaller for the hem instead of just one size smaller because there is still a little too much flaring. I used my now favorite crochet edging of single crochet followed by reverse single crochet for the sleeves and neckline. The "sleeves" are just gradual increases at the armhole area, with short rows to shape the shoulders a bit.

The yarn is Jaeger Trinity. I think this yarn has long been discontinued, but I love it. I should stockpile some more from ravelry sellers. I knit it in a slightly looser gauge than recommended. The top has a nice texture and drape. It's also substantial enough and provides enough coverage that I don't need to wear another layer under or over it. This might turn out to be one of my favorite warmer weather sweaters.


knitseashore said...

That looks so cool for hot summer days!

Anonymous said...

Very flattering and a great pairing with the skirt!

Tammy said...

I love it! I'm impressed with your design skills.

Robin said...

It looks great!

On another note, I bought some Jaeger Trinity in some off-white and would be willing to sell it if you want it. Just let me know!

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That is so so nice on you!!!! You ought to write this pattern up (like you have nothing else to do - LOL).

BTW, China was amazing. YOU really ought to think about it. Having been in a "tea" culture I now realize how LITTLE about tea I know!

crochetgurl said...

Nice top! I also like the skirt too.

Btw, I just saw this on the front page of SFGate. It made me think of you. :-D