I finished my beach tunic in plenty of time for the scheduled trip to California. Take a look!
Pattern: Summer on You by Svetlana Volkova. Click here for my Ravelry project page.
Yarn: Isager Strik Japansk Bomuld, colorway 10. No actual color name, so I’m calling it Sea Glass. Used just under 2 skeins (630 meters/689 yards, total). This is a 100% cotton laceweight tape that feels almost like paper. It’s really cool and crisp and a little hard on the hands, but it has amazing texture.
Needles: US 6 and US 7, Addi nickel-plated circulars
Size: 41.3″ bust
Satisfaction with end product: Mostly good. It turned out larger than I expected, but I knit it three sizes larger than I usually wear, because I was using laceweight yarn rather than the sportweight the pattern calls for. I also didn’t do a gauge swatch. Oops. So I’ll consider this my bi-annual reminder to NEVER SKIP THE GAUGE SWATCH, ANGELA!
So, yes, it’s big, but big isn’t necessarily a bad thing for a beach cover-up, which should be loose and light and breezy. Achievement unlocked. Now, it may shrink some once I’ve run it through the washer and dryer, but if it doesn’t, I’m still okay with it.
I added a few extra rows of stockinette and eyelets for length, since I was going for coverage to about mid-thigh. Other than that, knit as written. If I make it again, I’ll definitely do a gauge swatch and I’ll take a good hard look at that neckline, since it turned out so wide and deep (again, that may be due to the size I chose, but some mods may be in order).
I have two skeins of the yarn left, and the yarn store where I bought it is closing, so they’re not taking returns. Thus, a summer tee or tank may be forthcoming to use up the rest of the yarn.
Okay, ready for my trip to California now!
Pattern: Glacier by Joji Locatelli
Size: Medium (38″ bust)
Yarn: Newton’s Yarn Country Merino Nylon Superwash, in colorway LB Print, 1422 yards
Needles: Addi Turbo circs, US size 6 for the body; Hiya Hiya steel circs, US size 2 for the ribbing
Mods: Only 6 decreases on the sleeves, because going the full 10 as called for by the pattern would have made the sleeves way too long; ended mitered knitting approximately 1 inch sooner than called for by the pattern
Satisfaction with end product: Quite happy indeed. Now if it will just get cold enough in Atlanta to wear it.
By the way, here’s the link to my Ravelry project page.
I was working from the paper book (Interpretations 5) rather than the e-book, and I was a little flummoxed when the pictures of the tunic showed ribbing at the bottom edge, but no instructions for the ribbing were included in the book. Because of the way the garment is constructed, stitches for said ribbing had to be picked up after the rest of the garment was finished. A post in the Ravelry Interpretations forum quickly resulted in a private message from Interpretations pattern support with the missing instructions. Kudos for the prompt response!
The yarn is some deeeeeep stash that I bought at Stitches South in 2010. It’s actually a wool/nylon sock yarn, and I had something like 1600 yards of it. It was a bulk purchase in an absolutely HUGE skein. Over the years, I’d occasionally pull it out and look at it, then put it back because I just couldn’t imagine what I was going to make with 1600 yards of fingering weight sock yarn. Finally, this tunic pattern came along: a perfect match. So, the moral of the story is don’t despair! Even the oldest yarn in your stash will find its project. Eventually.
A couple of WIPs are nearing completion. I haven’t blogged either of them before so here’s your first look. These are exciting times.
First up is Marigold from Rowan 45. I’m at the sewing-together phase, as you can see.
Once I finish sewing it together, I have to add the button and neck bands, embroider the flowers, and find the right button.
Unlike a lot of people, I actually enjoy seaming. Well, maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word, but I don’t hate it. I view it as a necessary step in the process. Sometimes I procrastinate on the seaming, but that’s usually because I’ve distracted myself by getting started on another project.
Like this one:
This is the top-down Glacier Tunic from Interpretations Volume 5. I love Joji Locatelli’s patterns. I’m shaping the bottom now. Then will come the sleeves and the neck band.
Both of these projects are so close to done that I’m struggling with cast-on-itis right now. Must. Resist. The Call.