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!