Are you jumping into Summer with both feet!? I'm already looking forward to days spent reading outdoors, making tons of tasty BBQ food and doing yoga in the sunshine! Like many, once the weather gets toasty I don't want to be trapped under a big wool project so I started working on some fun Summer tops!
My first pick is the Mountainberg Top by Bitchcraft, I'm using the free pattern from her website.
Photo by Bitchcraft
I'm knitting this beauty in Expression Fibre Arts Luster which is a Superwash Merino/Lyocel blend. This yarn has beautiful drape and shine.
I am using a size 5 needle and cast on an extra 24 stitches to the body since my yarn and needle are smaller than recommended. So far I've finished working down the back and picked up the front panels at the shoulders. I'm working the panels to form a V-neck then will be picking up the back and front stitches to work in the round. Since my top is turning out a little small, I might do one more lace repeat before starting the circular section.
I realized I do not have enough of my lovely pink yarn to finish this project so I ordered another Expression Fibre Arts skein of Luster in a light purple to fade into the bottom of the project.
I've never done a "faded" project before, I'm hoping I can make it look like a gradual and purposeful color gradient instead of a stripey mess.
My second Summer top for the season is a crocheted crop pattern by For the Frills called the Sea Breeze Tank Top.
Photo by For the Frills
I'm crocheting this top in Expression Fibre Arts worsted weight Luster.
I played yarn chicken with this top and ended up losing so I had to order another skein for this project as well. I'm going to use the lighter color for the bottom ribbing and the trim around the collar and sleeve edges.
I definitely had a little trial and error with this project. I'm substituting a worsted weight for the recommended DK and I'm using a wool blend instead of a cotton, so not only is my yarn fuller and thicker it's also a larger weight class. I ended up starting with the size large, then tearing it out and making the size medium. I'm considering tearing it out again and making the size small! I just seamed the straps and it looks like they're going to be too long. Fortunately this is a pretty quick project so it won't be a huge inconvenience to start over. I'm clearly not as good at gauge swatching crochet as I am with knitting!
Those are my selfish Summer knits! I'm still plugging away on Jeanne's wedding blanket, I'm also working on another pair of Luna Lovegood Legwarmers for the Etsy shop, and I still have two granny square purses to line. I'm keeping nice and busy as we head into warmer weather. What's on your needles?
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