(and please excuse my face - it's 6am and I'm still asleep!)
The pattern is Made So Quickly, from A Stitch in Time Vol 1. I wanted something quick, and knitted in cotton for summer - this seemed the likely candidate, but I knew there would be some serious modding on the horizon based on the photo below.
Can you see how loose the arms are, and the blousing effect just above the waistband?
It's definitely very thirties in styling, and I prefer a more tailored and fitted forties look.
Firstly, I knit the size 36 as there is massive amounts of ease in this pattern (my bust is about 39 inches around). Then came two easy design changes to forties-ify this pattern:
1. To achieve a fitted body without changing the stitch count I simply changed needle sizes.
This meant knitting the waistband on 3.5mm, and the first inch of the body on the same. Then knitting the next two inches on 3.75mm, and finally the rest of the body on the 4mm.
2. Changing the sleeve to make it more fitted, with a puff head.
When I looked at the stitch count around the widest part of the arm, I realised the finished sleeves would be massive and droopy (that was the intent of the pattern though).
Instead, to make a fitted sleeve with puffed heads I cast on 38 sts. Increased every 4th row until 60 sts. Then increase every knit row to 68 sts. Knitted the sleeves from the top down until they were long enough.
The complete list of Mods are here on Ravelry.
The yarn is 8ply Cotton from Bendigo Wool Mills, in Regal Purple. I promised myself to never use that yarn again, but then they went and bought out a gorgeous, rich purple colour. Darn.
It took less than two balls as well!
The deep purple buttons are vintage (from Etsy) and took me ages to find the right ones! Do you ever struggle over choosing the right buttons? These took three weeks to decide on.
I admit I was doubting this would look good on a bigger busted gal but with the right pants/skirt it looks OK.
I do like the multiple buttons along the front, and I'd love to knit something in the future with that pattern detailing.
Well... how did your crafting year end?
Has anyone posted a retrospective on everything they made for 2013 yet? I would love to see!