FO: Verso Test Knit

I didn’t want to share my test knit project until the pattern was released and it was finally released this week! So allow me to introduce you to Verso by Alice Caetano and you can see my project page as well.
Verso Test Knit
This is a perfect spring into summer top meant to be knit with a dk weight yarn that isn’t necessarily made with wool so that is has a nice drape to it. I knit mine with the Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Pearl yarn I bought up when they discontinued it – again, every yarn I love gets discontinued. It’s made with bamboo, merino and silk and it creates lovely light and flowy garments (as you’ll remember from this project and this project). I also love that it’s just insanely soft.
Verso Test Knit
The original version was knit in grey but of course when given the opportunity to add a second color I always take it. So I knit the sleeves in the classic red shade I had in my stash and I’m glad I did! This project taught me some new techniques (crocheted cast on) and kept me entertained even while I was in the middle of a sweater knitting road block. But really I agreed to test knit this one because it looked like something I would buy. I love the little shoulder pleat detail. It gives it something special.
Verso Test Knit
Now I’m just waiting for warmer temperatures so I can actually wear this one out! So what are you looking forward to knitting for spring?

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Stitching Status: Is It Spring Yet?

How is it March and it snowed last night?
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My husband took the dogs out for their last walk of the evening and came back in covered in big fat snowflakes. I’m pretty sure Jellybean would like to transition from her sweaters and hoodies to a light weight t-shirt (yes, even in the summer she wears clothes or she’s shaking and freezing). And speaking of the dogs…
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Our furniture style is pretty mid-century modern and when I saw this velvet couch for dogs in HomeGoods I couldn’t resist. It goes perfectly with the living room refresh I did in the fall. And although we cover our couch in blankets during the day so the girls can lounge on it, it’s nice to have a spot for them that’s all theirs whenever we have people over and the couch isn’t available to them.  Right now I have to bribe them by putting blankets or their heated mat on it but I have a feeling it will become Cher’s place to go when Jellybean is annoying her. And even though it’s snowing and cold today, I can feel spring around the corner. Here’s a little sneak peek of my test knit I just finished.
Vero Test Knit
I’ll definitely share more details once the pattern is released next week but I knit this up with the now discontinued Crystal Palace Panda Pearl Yarn I’ve used before (this cardigan and this top) and it’s a lovely and light piece begging for warmer days. Also why do all the yarns I love get discontinued? And I think my sweater knitting mojo is coming back. I’m knitting not one but two right now! I started on the Tamsyn cardigan last week after I picked up some yarn from Fringe Supply Co. in a lovely warm toffee color and black. I’m also adding in a random white stripe through the body as well. I’m halfway through the body but I’ve been hooked by the Carbeth sweater craze and decided to cast on the Carbeth cardigan for myself last night. I just can’t resist after seeing so many and clearly it’s a quick knit. I also want to make the pullover version for my cousin in Chicago too because in Chicago she can pretty much wear a sweater most of the year. So yes, I’m still knitting even though spring still feels like it is miles away.

FO: Something for Spring

It’s Friday! I have no real plans for the weekend and that makes me super happy. Today I thought I’d share a finished object to usher in the weekend. When I finished my Little Women cardigan I had 3 and a half skeins leftover and I didn’t know what to make with the leftovers. I loved this yarn a lot and had an epiphany that if I used larger needles I would have enough to make a top for myself and I was right! Here’s my Spring Tee and Jellybean, my constant shadow and my one grey hair that is determined to be featured in any photograph. Sigh…those greys are strong!
Summer Top
I pulled out my copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, did some math and some guessing (totally didn’t swatch on the larger needles) and just improvised a top. I even decided to do a cable cast-on at the neckline to give it more of a scoop/u neckline instead of a v neck. Who am I?! But I’ve made enough basic top-down sweaters to know what works, what doesn’t and what I like to knit. I probably could’ve made the sleeves a little bigger since I kept them short but they’re fine. This was just a total make it up as I go along after I cast-on 40 stitches with size 10.5 needles. I’m proud of myself for winging it.
Summer Top
The other thing I always second guess is length. I’ve got hips and a butt so I hate clingy tops but I like layering and didn’t want to make it too short and have a tank top hanging really low. Add in how much I wasn’t sure it would grow when I blocked it and I think in the end I got a good length for me and it is a perfect length to layer tops underneath. I’m sure I’ll pick up a long sleeve from Target in the fall to layer underneath this so it becomes a year round top. Side note, I really need to buy myself some blocking boards (perhaps that will be my birthday gift to myself?) because my hemline is slightly wonky since it got squished a little when I put it out to dry. Oops!
Summer Top
I really do love this yarn and hope that it wears well over time. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing this top repeatedly all year long. Next up on my list? Finishing up my third hat, starting on same baby knits and finally working on that saddle shoulder sweater with stripes I want to make for summer. We might be taking family pics soon and I think the top I’ve envisioned in my head would be cute for photos. We shall see. What are you working on this weekend?