Sunday, April 19, 2009

PIP (pattern in progress)

The weather has, sort of, turned, and now it's time to knit up the yarn I got to make some tops. It's so hard to find a good sleeveless or short-sleeved top pattern that's appropriate for work--there are lots of tanktops, lacy camis, halters, and so on, but not many normal tops that cover up all that needs to be covered up (skin and straps). And, of the ones that remain, I've already made a couple (St James and Ballet), some are too poofy (what's with the pregnant look these days?), some have lace in areas that require another shirt underneath, and some just have too many annoying parts, like lots of picked-up stitches. So I decided to design my own cap-sleeved top. It's meant to cover the shoulders (and straps), have a shallow and not-too-risque V-neck, and be well-fitted but not tight below that. Here it is so far.

Top-down patterns are so fun, because one can spend half the time holding it up and admiring one's work. The cap-sleeves are knit sideways with little garter ridges for some interest, and are made with short rows to smoothly "cap" the shoulders. Most of the hard part is done, and after bust shaping, it'll be smooth sailing until the end. This is so fast, after knitting the Poplar (which is on break, I just can't stand it anymore right now), and sport weight yarn feels HUGE.

I just need a good name for this top, and if anyone is willing, one or two test-knitters for the pattern. Comment with any name suggestions, or if you want to volunteer to be the next person to knit this top!

10 comments:

Mommab@sbcglobal.net said...

I like the name Cool ocean breeze, and I would love to knit up one of your patterns!!!! God Bless you!!! Huggs Marion

Barbara said...

I don't think I'm talented enough to test knit- but these sleeve caps remind me of the Sydney Australia Opera House.

tina said...

Looks really cute and It DOES look like the Opera House! You will sing while wearing this top and wonder why! :)

mooncalf said...

Those little sleeves are so cute. Looking forward to seeing the FO. Lovely colour too!

Rachel said...

Looking good! I rather like the reference to the Sydney Opera House too. Of course, I sing opera, so I'm slightly biased. How about "Aria"?

betty said...

I really like the pattern. I'm interested enough to consider being a test knitter, depending on what kind of yarn is used, what the gauge is, and what is the time frame. I've never done a test knit before, so I don't know how it goes.

Team Knit ! said...

I completely agree with you about the lack of warm weather office appropiate knitwear! I can't wait to see how the top turns out. Looking pretty great so far!!

- Julie

Sally said...

This is perfect for the office! I have been trying to find something appropriate, but hit the same problems as you.

If you're still looking for test knitters, I'd love to try this!

Susan said...

Ok, I'm a nerd. I saw your lines about being able to wear this top to work so I think it could be called Work or Play. I'd love a top that is modest enough to wear to school (I'm a teacher) without having to do constant strap patrol!
No matter what you name it, I'd love to have the pattern!

yoel said...

If you are interested in being a test knitter, please send me an email at yoelknits at gmail. Stupid blogger doesn't tell me your emails unless you're logged in.