Back in June I bought some pretty pale violet Cascade Ultra Pima at Unforgettable Yarns in Andover….
A mere three months later, and I have a new summer top!
Project: Purple Ruched Yoke Tee
Pattern: Ruched Yoke Tee
Designer: AnneLena Madison
Available: Interweave Knits, Spring 2011
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima
In general, a great pattern. Easy to follow, no errors (that I noticed, anyway), etc. I like the simplicity of the design. I found it to be great “travel knitting” because of the large swathes of uninterrupted stockinette. Like many other knitters of this pattern, I found the keyhole a bit too large for my taste. When I put the i-cord edge on the keyhole, I just skipped every third stitch to make it a bit smaller.
I wore it as written for a single evening … and the neckline stretched from “daringly revealing” to “downright scandalous.” I solved this by adding an applied i-cord edge (matching the keyhole edging nicely), and the top is now quite wearable. One other minor quibble — for me, the CO stitches under the arms weren’t quite enough — I should have added more. As it is, the fabric stretches a bit too much there (oh well). I also stopped about 10 rows early with the body — it was long enough already.
I really love this top! Comfy and cute. The Ultra Pima has been a dream to work with — soft, pliant, and not at all like most cottons I’ve worked with. Definitely going to use it again!
A month or so ago, I got an offer from IK that I couldn’t refuse: a year’s worth of subscription, plus the special issue, for just over $20. You had me at hello! At that price, I only need to use one pattern from each issue to make it worth the purchase price. Of course I want to make many more things from each issue, so here is my fantasy queue, where price of yarn and time to knit do not factor in.
Oh, one quick thing … based on the yarn review in the magazine, I just ordered a skein of Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk in the “Bahama” colorway, because it just sounds so divine. I’ll let you know if it lives up to the description.
Big cables and dramatic dropped stitches worked in chunky yarn on #13 needles — wow! Imagine it in Classic Elite Forbidden — 100% Cashmere! — in the creamy-mocha Caffe colorway.
I know spring is all about warm, bright colors this year, but I would still err on the side of caution and choose something more neutral for such a big piece. What about Alpaca Cloud in Smoke Heather? It may not have the drape of a linen blend, but it is still awfully nice — and one of my favorite lace-weight yarns to boot.
I think I’d use Gloss DK for this one … cozier, and still a crisp yarn with a nice sheen. Again, I’m not sure I’m up for hot pink. Instead, I’d go for the still-startling Peapod colorway.
I’m drawn to the ruching in this one, and the high armholes. Too often summer sweaters or tees seem to be designed with going bra-less in mind. I know most models can get away with that, but middle-aged moms of three boys, each breastfed in their turn, do not as a rule go outside the house without a bra holding everything firmly in place. (You could put an eye out!) I think I might try using CEY Cotton Bam Boo for this one — perhaps in Willow? Bam Boo is sportweight (not DK) so there would be some serious swatching to be done ahead of time.