Pattern: Fitted tank from Blue Sky Alpacas
Yarn: Blue sky cotton in thistle, 3 hanks for size XS
Needles: US 6 and 7
Notes: It’s a little big, and unfortunately it tends to grow, as cotton does. I recently read “Sweater design in plain english” by maggie Righetti, and she says you should always knit cotton sweaters with at least 2 inches negative ease because of the stretch factor. In theory this sweater is smaller than my actual bust measurement, but it stretches fast! See below for the photo I took right after it finished blocking, when it fit ok. I am also not really that excited about the blue sky cotton, now that it’s been knitted up. I know I complained before (and you can’t say I wasn’t warned!) but it’s awfully heavy for a summer yarn. I knitted the ribbing on smaller needles, which did help with the shaping. The pattern calls for increasing after the ribbing for the bust, but I do not think I would do so if I made the pattern again. It was unnecessary, and it created a bit of bagginess over the waist. The neck finishing directions are also kind of weird, but I did mine in single crochet, and I also adjusted the neckline shaping to something a bit more subtle. The armholes are a bit too deep, so I might crochet a few more rounds. Overall I give both the yarn and the pattern a thorough “meh” reaction. I do wish that blue sky were a lighter weight (or came in a lighter weight) because I simple adore their colors.
I know I sound all complainy, but truthfully I think this sweater is ok… just not one of my favorites.
I picked up the new issue of “Crochet today” while I was out this afternoon. I know this magazine is put out by coats and clark, but I’m consistently impressed by the quality of designs. In fact, I’ve now bought it enough times that I think I should subscribe. I love the idea of displaying doilies on painted canvases.
I also really love this top and this cute tied wrap (in different colors of course)
I’m iffy on making crocheted tops (I have not had good luck!) but the wrap and doilies are going on the (really long) list! I think I should subscribe to this magazine. It occurs to me that there are several magazines I always end up buying, so probably I should just subscribe to them. Somehow it seems like I’m spending less money if I get them one at a time…