I finished my Denis top this week. Another piece for summer, yay!
My list of what I want to knit for myself keeps getting longer and longer but I’ve gotten some really good cotton recently that I just want to dive into. I think once I finish my second Love Note I will cast on another wool piece for fall and simultaneously work on another cotton piece. It’s all about balance.
One of the things people ask me all the time is how do my knits fit me so well. Typically I say, “you have to know your measurements.” But I was thinking with this particular top and style, you also have to know what looks best on you. I typically knit for a 40″ bust but I know that sometimes the bigger and more ease in an item, the sloppier it will look on me. Instead of going up two sizes for the recommended ease, I only went up one. I wanted the fit to be roomy and breezy but I didn’t want it hanging off my shoulders. Just because they suggest certain things in a pattern doesn’t mean you have to do it.
I really love the open lace pattern on the body and just a little bit on the back. For pictures I put on a camel colored tank and it almost gives a nude illusion underneath this, which I like. The pattern was easy to memorize and I like the little details on the sleeves too, it’s a very well constructed pattern. It’s from the Quince & Co. Kestrel yarn collection but I didn’t use Kestrel yarn. At $10.50 per 76 yards, this top would’ve cost me $94.50 + shipping and that’s just not in my budget. I knit this with Berroco Maya, a now discontinued yarn, that I’ve used before for my Bar Harbor top and Bragita (which I don’t wear and should frog to use the yarn over). I bought this lovely red and a deep blue when it went on clearance on yarn.com for $3.99 but I did find it on Little Knits on sale too if you want to snatch some up. They have a few colors left.