Need some spring/summer knitting inspiration? As the weather has been warming my mind drifted to a glorious little piece of linen that I had on the needles. I can’t believe I started this Linum Tee last July and didn’t finish it till now. I kept thinking I must have started it in late August and that explains my indifference come fall, but I had it on the needles for the majority of the summer. It just doesn’t make sense. I love the swoop at the top. I used Shibui Knits Linen in Fjord. I altered the gauge a bit and used size 3 needles. I used the numbers for the 48″ size and ended up closer to the 38″ size with my 26 sts over 4″ gauge. I was initially hoping to be able to wear this without an undershirt, but I doubt that will be possible regardless. I think the gauge ended up being better for this delicate chain-plied yarn. It seems like it could easily snag, so maybe a tighter gauge will keep it safer.
This was an enjoyable piece to knit. I think one of the reasons I may have put it down is that it was a knit that I would have to look at often to work on because I sometimes snagged the chain ply as I knit it. I added waist shaping. I decreased with mirrored ssk (left leaning) and k2tog (right leaning) decreases every other round. The pattern did not include waist shaping, but I thought it might be nice in such a flowy top. I only did them on the back. I did try this on and it fit over my preggo belly, but I thought dressmaker dummy pictures would be easier to get quickly. It gives me hope that I’ll be able to wear this post-pregnancy fairly quickly, and I can easily wear it over the soon-to-be-endless nursing tanks.
I was able to take these pictures mostly sitting down or moving little. I’m on bed rest till next Friday, rather than next Tuesday or Wednesday like I thought. I can do it. I can do it. I must keep telling myself that while trying not to focus on the beautiful weather or flowering spring trees I’m missing outside. Now I must go finish another warmer weather knit, a Vitamin D I started last September.
In the midst of a few secret and public projects, I forgot about my Linum Tee. I’ve been so excited about fall knits like Coda and a secret sweater project I’ve been working on, that it completely slipped my mind that I have a fabulous lightweight linen top that is perfect for this unabating August. Seymour is an expert project inspector. I’ve altered the gauge to be about 26 sts over 4 inches, hoping this will be a top that won’t require an undershirt for casual wear. It will depend on how low that wave on the front of the fisherman’s rib dips when wearing it, of course. I’m making the 48″ size, and it should end up around 37″. That way I don’t have to think about altering numbers and I get the size I want.
I’m ready to do the short rows and neck bind off at this point. It requires too much focus to be taken to work for breaks or meetings, so it will be an evening and weekend only project from now on.
Really, Seymour isn’t even a little impressed.
Z isn’t two until the 31st, but today I got the feeling that this top must be knit, so I cast it on. I bought this Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton yarn last summer at my LYS last summer deeply discounted, and I meant to do this sooner, but you know…time escapes me! I almost forgot about the yarn completely until I had to rearrange my stash to stuff in some new acquisitions. Then I saw it and I knew it had to be a top right now or it definitely wouldn’t be enough yarn for a larger size. What am I making? A mini Gemini top. I cast on 88 stitches and worked back and forth. I knew I would have to leave some kind of slit in the back that could be buttoned to make sure her noggin could fit through the space. I used a size 4 needle and worked the lace pattern for 10 rows only. After that I increased on all sections on the RS and only the body sections on the WS till I had 38 sts on each sleeve section. Then I stopped increasing on the sleeve and increased on the body sections, from that point on the RS only. I have 50 sts for the front and 50 for the back and 38 for each sleeve. That puts the chest size around 22″. I knit until the armhole depth was about 3.75″. So far this has been a super quick project. I will likely mirror the one I made and leave the sleeves with a bare stockinette edge. This is one of my favorite tops to wear, so I’m very excited for Z to have one too!
My Linum Tee is growing up and getting curves in new places. This pattern doesn’t include waist shaping, so I’m experimenting a bit. I decided to keep all the shaping on the back, and I decreased and increased in a somewhat dramatic hourglass. It will be interesting to see how this fits when worn. I decreased a total of 22 stitches, or about 3.5 inches in my altered gauge. I’m knitting this project on a 3 in hopes of making it solid enough to wear without a layer underneath, so my gauge is closer to 26 sts over 4 inches. The Shibui Linen seems easier to work with than the last time I knit with it. Maybe I’m just getting used to the feel of it, but I find myself catching the individual strands of the chain ply much less than I did before.
I’m about to get to the interesting part…
Today is my 33rd birthday. I have a new shirt to wear. It’s a finished Waterlily out of Louet Gems Fingering in Terra Cotta. I’m very pleased to have another warm weather top finished! I added waist shaping to this, decreasing 4 stitches a row about every 6 rows, then increasing back at the same rate. I like customizing this to my shape, so if I’m working from the bottom up I start decreasing around 6-6.5 inches and begin increasing again around 9-10 inches, depending on the length of the garment. This one is about 15.5″ from the armpit to the bottom of the garment. I added about 4 extra inches. I am fairly long waisted, and I like my tops to dip down an inch or so below the top of my pants. I loved knitting this top. The yarn was soft and bouncy, the color makes me happy, and this project accompanied me through quite a few things. I worked on it during some Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training, while watching The Fault in Our Stars, and while listening to The Silkworm and Shadow of Night. It holds many memories. I love the finished item too. It’s dressy enough to wear to work or on a date, or casual enough for anytime wear.
The lace was fun and addictive. I took a few days break when I got to the front neck division because I had little time for focus at that juncture, and that part definitely required some focus. I couldn’t get the number of stitches to match the pattern on the row for dividing stitches. I was 2 short, but I ended up just dividing it evenly and forgetting about it. At the point for the kitchener and neck edging, I wish I had used a smaller needle. The neck edging is a little loose at the back of the neck, but I doubt I’ll notice it later. I love this top.
One of my birthday presents this year was a Fitbit Flex (the blue armband in the second picture). It’s a pedometer/sleep monitor/general motivator that’s inspiring me to move around and meet my fitness and nutrition goals with real time feedback. I love it so far. I also have some Eaden Yarns self-striping sock yarn coming in the mail soon… I love birthdays!
Happy Bastille Day for those that celebrate it!
To folks in the United States, Happy 4th of July! To everyone else, Happy Friday! Either way, it’s a good thing.
I’ve been taking a little break from my Waterlily. I have the lace done until the neck shaping on the front (so I’m very close), but it became too much of a thinking knit for the weekdays, so I cast on a Linum Tee in some Shibui Linen in the meantime. The color is Fjord. This might be the last summer tee I knit for myself this season unless some pattern just smacks me in the face with its awesomeness (feel free to enable in the comments). I believe Shannon will start a Summer Sweater KAL sometime this month and I want to be ready to tackle a fall garment without too many summer knits haunting my needles. I am making a few mods to this pattern. I am knitting it on a size 3, going down several sizes to hopefully produce a fabric that will allow me to wear this casually without a tank underneath all the time. To do this, I just cast on the size 48″, which will let me follow the numbers without changing much else, due to my smaller gauge. I will add a little waist shaping as well, as I often do.
Hope everyone has a safe and happy Friday and 4th of July!
My Kit Camisole #2 is finished! I did the final edging and binding off last night and soaked it briefly, wrung it out in a towel, slapped it against my thighs to straighten it out, and let it dry until tonight. I think I love it even more than the first one!
This definitely has a few more mods than the first time I did it. I used Louet Euroflax Sport in Sunset. Since I used a heavier yarn (again), my gauge was off…more like 26 sts over 4 inches instead of 27. It’s not a huge difference, but it does add more ease. I cast on for the 38″ size and made mostly as specified until right before the linen stitch at the bust. About 2 inches before that, I decided to add some additional decreases around the linen stitch column in the back. I decreased an extra 6 stitches total. Then after dividing for the front (I split the total evenly between front and back), I did armhole decreases until I reached the number for front of the 34″ size.
I think I could have decreased even slightly further, because I’m not crazy about the way the front gaps forward sometime, but it’s still a marked improvement over the last time. As for the straps, the pattern instructs where you are supposed to mark on either side of the center stitch for seaming, and that is meant to be the innermost strap seam point. I made that my outermost strap edge for seaming, moving the straps in further than the last time I made this top. I think this move makes it much easier to keep my bra straps covered.
As I was taking these pics I got A MILLION mosquito bites! Argh! I could see them swarming, but there was little I could do because I really wanted some good shots while there was still light. You can see some bites if you look closely in the pics. Note to self: apply liberal amounts of citronella spray next time. My ankles and all exposed upper body flesh are screaming right now, but I got the shots.