Sunday, May 2, 2010

Parasola is finished!

I just finished up Parasola, from Nora Gaughan Vol. 6.. I love the look of the circular ornaments on the front. That's what sold me on buying the booklet when I saw the sample at Stitches West. The yarn is the recommended Berroco Pure Pima. It's very soft and has a nice sheen, but it is a bit splitty to knit with. The finished sweater has a very nice drape and I'm very happy with the fit.
I changed the shaping of the sweater from an A-line to the standard decreases-at-the-waist shaping. I also started with a 2-inch narrower circumference at the bottom because I didn't want too much positive ease. I modified my sleeves to be slightly puffy. With the flat sleeves, this sweater was just too tight at the shoulder joint because the gathers at the neckline pull the upper bodice inward and makes it quite narrow at the top. The puffing gives me a nice comfortable ease at the shoulders.


knitseashore said...

This looks like such a fun top to wear! I'm always amazed at your ability to modify things. I would have never thought about modifying to make puffy sleeves but the change looks perfect.

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That is soooo cute! You always know what will look best on you ~ it's absolutely perfect. Enjoy :)

I see that you are looking at the Summer Interweave Mag. I'm thinking about trying Rowan's Summer Tweed this Summer and there are a couple of patterns for that yarn in Kim Hargreave's new book Misty. I'm hoping that will make it stateside before too long!