I didn't know this was going to be a series, but I should have known from my tendency to treat patterns like flapjacks! In Part 1 of this tale, I was in doubt about a pattern, and I Flipped It.
When I first saw Alma by Carlo Volpi from Rowan Magazine 55, it really jumped out. I loved the combo of the chunky Summer Tweed with the skinny Fine Lace and how it all jumbled together.
I used Summer Tweed but replaced the Fine Lace with Kidsilk Haze. It was my first time using Summer Tweed and I didn't enjoy knitting with it much, BUT the look is totally unique and the smell of the raw silk is a pleasure every time I throw this baby on. I did hear that Summer Tweed might be on the out (according to the telltale sale bin in John Lewis stores in the UK), so if you like it, stock up just in case.
The stitch goes quickly because it's a slip-stitch pattern, but as I was working on it, I realized that I Very Much Preferred the "wrong side" of the pattern.
It was neater, smooth and looked like fancy colorwork without the actual "work"! Hmm. I didn't have to decide until seaming, so I carried on. The pattern is a large rectangle and moves right along, I really enjoyed it.
All finished, I canvassed the crowds: our fabulous Rowan Love Ravelry group, my Facebook Page and... the final critic, my husband. Most preferred the wrong side, and my husband said about the right side, "Yuck, that looks like the bottom of my shoe." Dramatic, that is he.
Yup, I was going to TURN THIS SUCKER INSIDE OUT.
This top fits right into current fashion: oversized, shapeless, decorative. Over a mini-dress it's perfect!
Don't neglect to do the crochet edgings all around, they really make the piece. It was my first time crocheting with Rowan Cotton Glace, and honestly after these edgings I caught a bit of crochet fever! (If you like crochet, you might want to check out my collection of Japanese crochet patterns I am slowly putting up on a special Pinterest board.)
I crocheted the bottom a little tighter to bring the hem in like a bubble top. So cute, I love it.
AND NOW FOR SOME FANTASTIC NEWS!
|Image from The Seasoned Plate, mmm.|
We've been busy popping champagne in the Dayana Knits household, because it is CONFIRMED, we are moving to a new life in Bar Harbor, Maine in December! My husband will be starting an Assistant Professorship (he's a scientist and you can read a little about his research here) and I'll also be continuing in science, hopefully with a biotech twist. We're excited for a million different reasons, but here are a few:
1. B. worked his ass off through untold hardship for this success, it is so well-deserved!
2. We are more than ready to shed the Urban Life and live by the sea.
3. Mount Desert Island (where Bar Harbor is), is the home of Acadia National Park, a real treasure.
4. Maine is a crafter's paradise, seriously. Everyone crafts! Your dog crafts!
5. We are finally growing up.
6. I do really freaking like blueberries.
Do message me if you know of any knitting peeps around the area, I'm always shy about integrating into a new community and would love to chat.
See my Alma, Inside Out on Ravelry