By and large, the average (non-knitting) person automatically thinks of wool as the go-to fiber for knitting. And while I could extoll wool for many a-blog post, I can also say that wool just is not suited for warm weather knits in my “neck of the woods” where it gets hot and steamy and sticky in the humid summer. While we seem to be in a bit of a cool spell after a little heat wave earlier in the week, my mind is racing thinking about all of the spring/summer knits for those 90+ degree days!
This is the A-Line tank from the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of Knit Simple. I used leftover Classic Elite Classic Silk yarn in this lovely perwinkle color. The tank is knit bottom-up, flared at the bottom with small decreases all the way up along these faux princess seams – then a small ribbing in the middle to gather the stitches. I modified it to knit in the round, adding an edge stitch to each side. The pattern only goes up to a 36″ bust, and since I wanted a little ease, I went up a needle size (size US 8 and 9s) to make it more of a 37/38″ bust. My plan worked, for the most part. It isn’t the most “flattering” knit I have ever made, but it is cute and it will be worn.
If I made this again, I would add some more length to it. I often forget that my torso is longer than I think it is, and I tend to like my tops and tanks to be longer – around the top of the hip. Luckily, I have a periwinkle camisole that is nearly the same color underneath to give the illusion of a bit more length.
This pattern page on Ravelry has some lovely projects by other knitters, but none of the other knitters have my body shape – so I wasn’t quite sure how this one would out since I have a larger bust and wider hips. Jury is still out if it is a success or not!
My newest knit – which is nearly done after lots of weekend knitting! – is another version of the Forrest Pulli top that I made last March. This time, I am using a different fiber to get a more relaxed shape with some more ease. This RYC Natural Silk Aran reeled me in hook. line. sinker. at the LYS awhile back. The steeley blue/gray with little color flecks was just too much for me to turn down. I didn’t have a pattern in mind when I bought it, so I was quite happy to match this pattern to this yarn. The picture shows the knit as it looked late last week… you can now imagine a completed back and a front left panel. Now onto the right and the sleeves, and it will be good! I didn’t expect to motor through this knit so quickly, but now that I have, it seems almost possible that it could be done by the weekend – for Maryland Sheep and Wool festival
I am analyzing many garment shapes in my Ravelry queue to see if this is really the best style and knit shape for my body… luckily, I have Amy’s *amazing* new series of blog posts called “Fit to Flatter” to help me determine this kind of thing. Amy has put together two amazing tutorials (so far) with lots of visuals, drawings, models, etc. to aid the knitters/crocheters out there on the search for the perfect garment for your body shape. Check it out. You will definitely learn something.
Right now, I am particularly drawn to long tunic-style tanks and shifts – and while it’s a lot of knitting, it’s also a nice stashbuster too. Some of the patterns that have caught my eye:
- Berroco’s Moska
- Interweave’s Summertime Tunic
- Purl Bee’s Leah Tunic
- Pegboard Lace Tunic
- Bottoms Up Tank
- Rebecca Yoked Lace Pulli
…and the list could go on and on! Wonder how many I will realistically make this summer…