I actually had already finished knitting Elorie when I wrote my WIPs post the other day, but she still needed to be blocked and the ends woven in. It took me forever to weave in the ends the other day because it was just one of those days and everytime I tried to sit and weave in ends, something else happened. So. Many. Distractions. But she’s finished! So meet my Elorie.
I bought Berroco Elba yarn, a now discontinued cotton tape yarn, last summer. I honestly do not remember what I bought it for (maybe another Togue Pond tank?) but the yellow was calling out to me and I wanted to knit with it. I needed something sunny and bright on my needles. I also enjoy tape style yarns and definitely love cottons because it means I can wear my knits more often in Maryland, so this was calling for me to knit with it. I had the Elorie pattern on my radar for a while and finally decided to cast on.
I was drawn to the pattern because of the texture, I think I’m going through a phase where I want all the texture, whether it’s from the pattern or the yarn. It was hard to see in the pics with the darker yarn but I could see it was going to be pretty in a solid. I will also admit, I did not swatch for this and I’m pretty sure all my needle sizes could’ve gone up one to give it a loser gauge so the yoke texture would drop lower like in the pattern pages. But, I don’t complain when I take a risk and don’t swatch. I either accept it as it is or I would’ve frogged it back and started over when I got to the sleeve separation if it was too small. It’s a risk I take sometimes. This pattern does require 4 or 5 different needle sizes based on which stitch pattern you’re working on so having an interchangeable set of needles makes working with it easier.
I like this pattern because of the way it floats away from the body and just how pretty the texture is around the bust and neckline. It’s different and it wasn’t overly complex or difficult to work through. I actually finished this in 13 days, so clearly I’ve got my knitting mojo back for a bit. I do have some of my beloved discontinued Patons Metallic in a pretty purple in my stash that might be just the yarn to use for another version of this with longer sleeves. But for now, I’m trying to finish up the other two WIPs I shared this week. Hopefully I get more knitting finished over the weekend before classes start on Monday!