Pattern: Fresh Mint (Ravel it)
Needles: US size 6 and 8
Yarn: Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK - Logwood
First off, I want to make it clear that I do like this top. I will definitely wear it and it's soft as kitten butts. The yarn I knit this with is the most wonderful cotton I've ever worked with.
Whether through my fault or something with the pattern and my "disproportionate torso," this pattern gave me trouble and fit issues. I started this 3 times and in two different yarns before I even got to this point, and I'm still not 100% sure why it happened the way it did. My gauge was consistent through out and I did all of the math to make it work with the gauge I chose, so I suspect that my 45.5" bust with a L size torso may be partially to blame. Add to the mix that I'm 5'2" with practically no torso to speak of (seriously, breasts, a small waist indent and immediately to my hips) and vertical measurements can get tricky. [I'm always pulling 1.5-2" out of "short" patterns and for this one with its 14" measurement from under the arm? 3" pulled out.]
I've decided to let all of the frustration and confusion go for now; the top is adorable and wearable. But next time, I'll do the following:
- Stretch out the lace panel when measuring armhole depth.
- Make the lace section about 2 sizes down from the size I need to get it to look like the pattern and not stretch so wide.
- Creatively increase to get the proper full bust measurement and still look intentional.
Otherwise, this was a very straightforward knit. And did I mention it's cute?