Finally! The crazy one, she is finished! NaKniSweMoDo #9.
It’s a bit more snug than I’d originally planned for – not that it looks bad, but it just feels a little tight around the neck and arms. It’s wearable, though, and since it’s cotton, maybe it will stretch out a bit.
The fact that I got a wearable top out of this at all is a miracle. I was pretty much just winging it all the way through.
I swatched for the main body, but ended up using a much smaller needle than I expected, since it looked much too loose once I started knitting the actual garment (which is the reason the top is smaller than planned). Of course, I didn’t bother to swatch in the round. I’d planned on using US 4 needles for the main part of the body, but ended up using US 2.5.
I didn’t bother to do any swatching for the colorwork. Figuring that I was going to use US 4 for the body, I just went up a needle size and went full speed ahead. I figured it wasn’t that much more work than doing a swatch anyway. Since the colorwork piece fit around my abdomen pretty well, I just called it good. However, in retrospect, that was definitely too large a needle size. The colorwork stitches look pretty sloppy. Some of that is undoubtedly due to the fact that it’s a smooth, mercerized cotton yarn. Some of it is most likely due to my relative inexperience with stranded colorwork. A lot of it is due to the pattern itself – there are long stretches of one color. But I also think some of it is just that it’s knitted too loosely. The duplicate stitching that’s done over the top of the colorwork also didn’t work out all so great, since it really didn’t cover the underlying stitches very well.
Remind me never to do stranded knitting with mercerized cotton ever again.
I also made the armscyes a little shorter than I’d normally like – but that was mostly because if I made them longer, the colorwork band would have been too low to fit properly, and the fabric above it would be baggy.
Overall, I think it’s a fun top, and the Pontiff really likes it.
Pattern: #16 Sleeveless Top, by Teva Durham, from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2005
Yarn: Garnstudio Safran, in off-white, red, grey, and black
Needles: US 2.5 (3mm) for the body, US 5 (3.75 mm) for the colorwork
Size: Smallest (but at a larger gauge)