Thursday, July 5, 2012
FO: Caeles top
Pattern: Caeles by Hilary Smith Callis, published in Twist Collective Spring/Summer 2012. It's a basic top down tank made special by the dramatic Snow White's Evil Stepmother collar. The collar and sleeve caps make use of short rows. There's no seaming, but there is a lot of finishing work, as the collar, sleeves and hems all require sewing live stitches to the fabric.
Process: I love short rows! So fun. This was a breeze to knit, since it's mostly stockinette in the round. I knit it as part of a KAL hosted by Webs yarn store. I also love finishing work, so that was fun.
Product: I'm really happy with this FO. I was a little dubious about a worsted weight top for summer, but I think it will be okay. It will definitely be great for spring. And I love love love this color.
Yarn: Valley Yarns Goshen. I am not a fan of cotton and I always swear I'm never going to use it. But when May comes around, I lose motivation to knit wool things that I won't wear for 5 months, and I start wondering about knitting some summer patterns. Goshen was on sale, so I took a chance. I think I might have had a change of heart about cotton! I think this yarn looks a little sophisticated, and it didn't hurt my hands at all. It was very pleasant to knit with--I didn't have any splitting issues. I'd use it again.
What I learned: I learned how to do a turned hem and sew live stitches to the back of the knitted fabric. The videos on the Webs blog helped a ton and made it easy peasy.
Ravelry page: here