Monday, June 8, 2009
The pictures are a bit woozy, probably because they were taken inside on a rainy day, but you get the gist. The pattern is Buttercup, by Heidi Kirrmaier (ravelry link). The original pattern is in a bright, cheerful buttercup yellow. This version is in the new Knitpicks Simply Cotton in the Ginger colorway, which, while smugly organic and undyed, is unfortunately not quite as happy as the original. The color is rather fleshy, but I've decided it's too much to dye this top (and potentially mess up), and instead will just wear a shirt underneath.
I made several modifications, including gathering under the bust with lots of double decreases, fitting through the waist, doing extra lace at the bottom, and adding a feathered-and-fanned panel on the side for hip increases.
This top has poofy shaping at the top, which works for the sleeves and front, but not for the back. It's slightly hunchbacked as a result, which I'm not sure is the best look.
Otherwise, it was a fun quick little knit, and you've gotta love the groovy scalloped edges from the lace pattern!