My friend Diana just got a new blog called Bestitched. I’m so excited about this because she’s very prolific and has knit some gorgeous sweaters. Finally, a blog – it’s about time!
Tivoli t-shirt – my quickest FO ever (as long as we don’t count that pot holder I made using shadow knitting). I think it had something to do with writing a pattern and a rush of anxiety to see if it would actually work… hehe.
Before you say anything, I’m aware of how bad that shag on my head looks (compare with pretty VPC hair): I’m getting a haircut on Wednesday.
Yarn: Crapolistic by Classic Junk (see discussion below), 93 yds/ball, 6 balls
Needles: US 7, 20” and 29” circulars
Gauge: 19 sts and 32 rows per 4” square knit in st st
Size: bust 36”, waist 33”, hips 36” (I modified the hips measurement from my original sketch)
Time to finish: 5 days
Pattern: This is my own pattern, and… can I say it? It’s awesome.
- Knit in the round from the top down in one piece: no seaming, try on as you go, fewer ends to weave in.
- Fits me like a glove. I love making stuff that fits.
- Features full fashioning (shaping as a design element), which is my absolutely favorite part of the top.
- Looks exactly as I envisioned. I love when that happens!
Here are the details of the raglan and waist shaping:
I’m pretty excited about this top, and I hope you don’t take it as boasting. It was an uncertainty from the beginning: this is the first pattern I wrote by myself, for myself, rather than modified someone else’s pattern to fit my body. I photographed and wore the top even before blocking because I wanted to share right now as opposed to two days from now when the cotton would dry. This is a pattern from which I can imagine knitting lots of tops from different yarns for many years to come. I’m very happy with this FO.
Now that the cheery section of this post is done, let the Grumperina come out. The Tivoli Santos Aran (no website) yarn I used for knitting my appropriately named Tivoli t-shirt is total crap. For whatever reason, I didn’t realize that this is like Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton or Sugar ‘n Cream. The yarn is decently soft, but has color irregularities, especially at the ends of the skein, and also texture irregularities, like sections where one ply is fluffy (not spun). Also, 5 out of the 6 skeins I used had at least 2 knots or slubs in them (1 skein had zero imperfections). All this is fine for a yarn one uses to make dishcloths, except it’s hand wash only. Hello? [insert favorite expletive here] So, I was royally pissed off about all the knots and weaving in way too many ends for a seamless sweater. I would not recommend this yarn to anyone for any project.
Which brings us to point #2. I am so happy many of you liked my sketch for this t-shirt, and I’ve been receiving some comments and e-mails with suggestions (maybe even hints of pressure) for writing up this pattern for multiple sizes and submitting it to a knitting magazine. I do not plan on doing this for two main reasons: (1) I would have to knit an entire new top from a different yarn because this yarn is total crap; (2) I would rather be knitting than figuring out the directions for this top in a multitude of sizes. If you have the same oddly shaped body as I do, bless you and your curves! If you have an interest in modifying patterns to fit your own body, ditto! I’ll make the directions for knitting this specific top available some time soon so, please, feel free to give it a go!