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Pattern: Gracefully Gathered Halter Top
Yarn: Spud & Chloe sweater
Another Yarn-too-nice situation! I bought this yarn a few weeks ago – it’s the new stuff from Blue Sky Alpacas. I was all set to do a baby sweater in it, even though it broke my rules on how much I spend on yarn for baby sweaters. Then a funny thing happened. I did so many gauge swatches and just could not get it to work with the sweet pattern I had my heart set on. As I swatched and swatched, I thought more and more how much I really loved the color. It’s kind of a raspberry red – Popsicle really describes it well. I love the feel of the yarn – it’s superwash merino with organic cotton. And I realized I wanted to wear it. Enter the Knitting Lingerie Style book. I have used this pattern book more than any other book in my collection. Surprisingly the super fitted designs are really easy to customize for yarn and sizes.
This top is a sleep set paired with shorts. I do plan to knit the shorts, but will definitely not be modeling them in photos. It’s great for wearing to the lake as well. I did the next smallest size, with needles two sizes smaller than recommended, and I still could have gone smaller. I wish I had gone down still another needle size. It sags a bit in the back. I plan to sew hooks to the bottom of the straps and to the back so I can use it as a cross back or standard tank top.
The yarn washed up beautifully. Soft as anything. I threw it in the machine, cold gentle cycle in a sweater bag. I put it in the dryer on low until slightly damp, and then air dried. The stitches softened, the fabric draped, and it’s just lovely.
I am including a photo of the front detail and one of me wearing it. I did tie it a little off center for the photo, but at least you can get an idea of the fit and drape. I included an extra waist decrease, and increased at a different rate for the bust. I also made it an inch longer than called for.