On the needles

I have some high quality cotton yarn that’s been in my stash for a long while and been looking for something to knit with it. Being cotton, it will make for a great spring/summer top and I think I might have found the right pattern.

I found this free halter top pattern online:

http://platinumknits.com/designs/9

It’s a relatively easy knit with a chart pattern for the candle flame motif. I’m doing this with black yarn so I’m hoping the design will show. But if the top turns out well, it should also hide my flaws as well. I’m not usually drawn to halter tops like this but I think I have the shoulders to pull off this particular pattern.

I’m using a thinner yarn than the pattern calls for, so I’m making up for it by using larger needles. After a couple of false starts, here’s what I have thus far:

It’s hard to see but it’s stockinette stitch on circulars with a see stitch at the hems. I haven’t had the best luck when it comes to knitting tops so I’m crossing my fingers as I make this. All I need to do next is buy one of those dress forms.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. pyaspirite
    Mar 14, 2011 @ 10:16:02

    Can’t wait to see the finished product. I should save that pattern for when I get better.

    I’m posting the rug pattern for you below. It asked to gauge but I’m not, I’m just measuring what I do against my bathroom space as I go along to custom size the pattern.

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    Materials
    assorted yarns from your stash (you’ll need approximately 1-3?4 ounces [50 grams] of yarn for one strip measuring 32″ long and 3-3?4″ wide)
    1 pair size 10-1?2 (6.5 or 7mm) knitting needles, or size for your chosen yarns
    sewing needle
    sewing thread

    Size
    The size of this rug is determined by the length of the knitted strips, which can be varied as required. The rug shown here measures 32″ long by 24″ wide.

    Gauge
    12 stitches and 16 rows = 4″/10cm in stockinette stitch using 10-1?2 needles.
    Always work a gauge swatch and change needles accordingly if necessary.

    Making a Knitted Tube

    Cast on an even number of stitches. (The rug shown here is made of double knitting strips of 20 stitches.)

    Row 1: * knit 1, bring yarn to front of work between needles, slip 1 purlwise, take yarn to back of work between needles, repeat from * to end. The last stitch of every row is a slipped purl stitch.

    Repeat this row until knitting measures 32″ or required length.

    Bind off by working 2 stitches together (in other words, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, then slip the first stitch over the second) to end of row.

    Thread the yarn end through the last loop and pull to fasten off.

    Weaving the Knitted Strips

    Once you have made the required number of long and short strips, simply lay them out in a grid with the longer ones running lengthwise and the short ones running widthwise.

    Weave all the strips together, working them over and under each other alternately.

    Where the lengthwise and widthwise strips cross, secure each strip in place with small stitches using the sewing thread.

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