Saturday, March 9, 2013

Finished Object: Spring Garden Tee

Pattern: Spring Garden Tee by Alana Dakos
Needles: US 4 (3.5mm)
Yarn: Anzula Cricket

  • I used a worsted weight instead of a DK weight
  • Lengthened straight portion of waist by 1"
  • Did a 10% decrease before the garter stitch trim to prevent flaring
  • Knit garter stitch trim flat
This was such a fun and easy knit! I was really in the mood to just work from a pattern, not think about maths, and turn off my brain. This pattern really did the trick. The little lacy portion in the sleeves was a fun little distraction from the raglan increases, and after the body (which did seem to go on a little bit long towards the end) I was pleased that I didn't have to go back and knit more on the sleeves.

This is the first short sleeved top I've ever made, so that was kind of new and fun. It also means I have a lot of yarn left over, because I almost always buy a sweater's quantity. I'm thinking of making the Summer Flies shawl with the rest.

The only thing I don't really like about this top is the way the back neck droops. I thought my blocking would help it out, but it didn't do much. Here's an unflattering picture to show what I mean.

But, slight droop aside, it is a very beautiful knit and I know I will be wearing it a LOT. The Anzula Cricket was such a pleasure to knit with and it feels wonderful on my bare skin. (I'm one of those people who thinks wool is itchy. I love to knit with it, but if I wear it I usually put on a long sleeve shirt underneath.) I adore the color ("Madam" was the name of the colorway) and all in all I'm very happy with how fast this knit up.

Happy happy!


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