FO: Josephine top

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 thoughts on “FO: Josephine top

  1. 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!

  2. Katie says:

    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

  3. 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!

  4. 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. ;)

  5. pamelawynne says:

    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. :)

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!)

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