Instead of choosing one, I decided to cast on for both the Josephine top and the Leaf top, and see how each one went.
This is the Josephine top. Note to self: find a new place to photograph white yarn! Anyway, the pattern looks pretty easy to adjust for the smaller size – I just cast on 19 less stitches, which removes one repeat of each section. I will do furthur adjusting as I get to the shaping, but I’m pretty confident. The pattern calls for size 5 needles, but I had to go down to size 2 for gauge… madness I tell you! But then, I can’t imagine getting gauge with size 5s… this is very fine yarn and calls for a size 3-4 needle.
One repeat of the pattern on the leafy top. I’m using size 5 needles, which swatched fine in stockinette, but I’m pretty sure I need to go down to 4s, so I will probably start again. My gauge is different in the lace pattern. Out of the two, this is my favorite pattern so far. I love watching the lace appear, it’s so pretty! The lace does pull the fabric in a bit, but I would still end up an inch too big overall if I continued on this size… I will start again, but it is not so bad! It’s certainly much faster than the Josephine top! So far I just love the Karabella Zodiac yarn. It’s pretty soft for a mercerized cotton, and the stitch definition is fabulous!
Right now I’m planning to keep both tanks going, although of course we know how bad I am at that… so probably one of them will get finished much faster. Ah well. I am very excited about both!
I will have pictures of the fitted tank later, hopefully. I’m wearing it right now, and happily it has stretched lengthwise to fit better. I’m going to pick up Marc at UofL so we can go to our pre-marital counseling session, and I’ll try to coerce him to take some photos on the campus.