This pattern is one I wanted to knit last year, but just never got around to it. So at the first hint of my fingers itching for a spring knit this year, I cast on. It was a fairly quick project, and like most of my projects, would have been quicker if I could stop myself from casting on everything in the world.
I can’t say enough good things about this pattern. It’s got something for everyone – a little lace, some stockinette, and some garter. The top construction is interesting, and just when you’re ready for a little break, you join in the round and it’s smooth sailing stockinette.
I went back and forth when choosing yarn, and ultimately decided on Cascade 220 sport for a few reasons. I think this top will be a good transitional piece, for both fall and spring, and around here it’s better to be a bit overdressed than under during those seasons, so I thought wool would be a better choice than cotton or something similar. And the price couldn’t be beat. The materials for this top cost me about $20.
I am all about using American-made, sustainable, organic, insert-trendy-word-here yarns, and I think it’s really great that people are starting to be more aware of where their materials are coming from. But to keep up with all the projects I want to make, sometimes I have to be practical, and I have no problem doing that. I really enjoyed using this yarn, and could definitely see using it again. It’s a strong, workhorse yarn, and I have no doubt that this top will last many years.
The pattern calls for the hem, sleeve cuffs, and neck edging to be knitted in the main color, but I opted to use the same color as the lace section. Mainly because I wanted to use the whole skein, which I accomplished. I had about 10 yards left. I also just like the little additions of color. Other than that cosmetic change, I followed the pattern exactly as it was written. I made the smallest size, which gives me about .5-1 inch of positive ease, depending on the bra I’m wearing, and gives me a great fit all over.
This is my first project finished for Shannon’s Tops, Tanks, & Tees KAL, and I’ve already cast on my second. We’re going to the beach in a few weeks, and I’ve decided to try and whip out a Beach House beforehand. So far, it’s working up quickly, and is looking like it’ll be done in plenty of time!