FO: Josephine top

25 Jun

Pattern: Josephone by Deborah Newton, Interweave Knits Summer 2007

Yarn: Karabella Vintage cotton, 5.5 balls

Needles: US 2 and 1 Addi Turbos

Notes: I removed one repeat of the pattern (1 rib setion + 1 lace section) in order to create a bust size of around 32.5 inches.  I also chose not to make the knitted cord.  I prefer the contrast of the ribbon, and I hate making cord!

I’m very happy with this sweater.  It’s delicate and light, and the fabric drapes beautifully.  The only modification I’m still considering is to removed the bottom edging.  It’s added on at the end, and I think it makes the body hang a bit too straight.  I’m not sure though – I may keep it!  My sweater is an inch longer than the pattern calls for.  I chose to add a bit of length to the section after the lace before the armholes, because my lace section came out about an inch longer than specified.  I’m happy with the length.  The modifications for size were easy, and I would encourage anyone wishing to make this size to give it a try – it really isn’t too bad.

Lots of love for this pattern, which was clear and easy to follow.  It does have a lot of finishing – the sleeves are picked up and knit with short rows, and the neckline and hem are both added on.  It really didn’t take too long, all things considered.  I had to go down a bunch of needle sizes, but that’s pretty typical for me!  I highly recommend this pattern!

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31 Responses to “FO: Josephine top”

  1. knittinginpink June 25, 2007 at 8:12 pm #

    Really beautiful.

  2. Adrienne June 25, 2007 at 8:18 pm #

    Your top turned out wonderfully!!!

  3. Ruth June 25, 2007 at 8:52 pm #

    That looks great! It’s funny, I would have sworn that I’d never seen that pattern before — I thought it was a Rowan pattern or something. But sure enough, I have that Interweave, and I’d skipped right over that one. Something about the color choice in the magazine must have made the top less appealing to me. I like yours a lot more!

  4. Lesley June 25, 2007 at 9:20 pm #

    Fabulous! Such teensy tiny needles!

  5. lisa June 26, 2007 at 5:20 am #

    It looks perfect – good job!

  6. Katie June 26, 2007 at 7:24 am #

    It’s beautiful. You did an awesome job. I have that pattern and I’m now considering making my own. Thanks for the beautiful example

  7. Emily June 26, 2007 at 8:05 am #

    Absolutely stunning! the size came out perfect for you. Now I definitely want to make this sweater.

  8. malaraky June 26, 2007 at 9:19 am #

    you are totally inspiring! I am amazed at how fast you get these things finished. This is me, delurking to say, you are an inspiration, and this top looks gorgeous on you!

  9. maryheather June 26, 2007 at 9:19 am #

    That is so pretty!

  10. raquel June 26, 2007 at 10:52 am #

    And thanks for the idea of using ribbon.

  11. Kristy June 26, 2007 at 10:57 am #

    Gorgeous! Great fit and length!

  12. Batty June 26, 2007 at 11:53 am #

    Gorgeous! I love the length and the contrast ribbon. So much more interesting than just a knitted cord.

  13. Floderten June 26, 2007 at 12:16 pm #

    Wow, that looks great on you! Great touch with the ribbon instead of the cord; I’m not a huge fan of i-cords either, and ribbons are just that much prettier. ;)

  14. Rubys N Purls June 26, 2007 at 2:43 pm #

    What a beautiful summer top! It looks so light & airy. I really like the ribbon instead of the i-cord too. Great job!

  15. Heather June 26, 2007 at 3:39 pm #

    Yowza it’s a beauty…

  16. Joana Vitório June 27, 2007 at 6:07 am #

    Gorgeaus! I love the lace and the ribbon really gives her that special touch.

    All the best
    Chuana :)

  17. Liz K. June 27, 2007 at 11:28 am #

    I can imagine this top under a jacket as well in the fall. Looks great.

  18. Sarah June 27, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    That is really beautiful. You did a great job.

  19. pamelawynne June 27, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

    SO lovely! What would you do instead of the bottom edging? I think something less structured would suit the top. Oh, and the ribbon looks much better than the cord. :)

  20. alison June 27, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    Very pretty! I’m knitting Josephine now and wondering whether I should knit the i-cord or use a ribbon. I like the look of the contrasting ribbon on yours.

  21. robin June 27, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    Gorgeous! I like the modifications you made, and it drapes very nicely. Very classy.

  22. scotty June 27, 2007 at 4:34 pm #

    Really beautiful! How do you manage to complete so many lovely items so quickly????

  23. nubiancraftster June 27, 2007 at 6:59 pm #

    wow you did such a wonderful job. You are a knitting machine. Can’t wait to see what is next!

  24. jen June 27, 2007 at 9:47 pm #

    So beautiful! I love the ribbon…. it really sets it off nicely.

  25. Ann K June 27, 2007 at 10:45 pm #

    Wow.. you ARE a machine! LOL! The ribbon is lovely… love the color. It was a bit distracting seeing the bow to the side? Your knitting is BEAUTIFUL! Great job!

  26. Stitch Sista June 28, 2007 at 12:16 am #

    It’s just gorgeous and suits you so well! I couldn’t wear that colour myself what with two little ones around, but I can’t imagine a colour it would look better in! Love it!

  27. Kathy Merrick June 28, 2007 at 10:12 am #

    Just beautiful. Everything about it.
    Photos are superb as well.

  28. gloriana June 28, 2007 at 6:59 pm #

    Soooo beautiful. I’m knitting this right now, and I’m so pleased to have seen yours. I may copy you and use a ribbon instead of the cord, too. Lovely work!

  29. soknitpicky June 29, 2007 at 9:24 pm #

    Wow! This looks beautiful! I agree with other comments that I like yours better than the one in the mag. Congratulations! (Also, I browsed through your FO’s. You are incredibly productive and have great knits!)

  30. Octopus Knits June 30, 2007 at 4:29 pm #

    Wow! Lovely job — it looks great on you!


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