05 January 2008

First FO of the Year

Does giving up and calling it finished count? This puppy's been in the pound for months. There was much futile searching for one more skein. Then followed two attempts to knit the sleeves in 2 different matching yarns. The results were hideous. I looked like I was going yodelling in those solid coloured cap sleeves. So, last night, I decided that this is a vest instead of a tee shirt and finished the edging of the armholes appropriately.
I plan to make another of these with sleeves.
Pattern: Shaped Lace Tee from Knitting Lingerie Style
Yarn: My beloved, discontinued Needful Kikki (sob!)

Modifications: Made the back with one pattern panel less than the front. This created the nice tight fit I was after. Also, because I capital S Suck! at crochet, I finished the neck and arm edges by picking up stitches on the circs, purling one row on the wrong side, then casting off in 1 x 1 rib. I cast off edges in rib wherever possible. I find this prevents rolling.

Most Adored Pattern Element: The waist shaping that's effected by simply switching to a smaller needle size for two inches. That curve really emphasizes the corset inspiration behind the garment. My wireless push-up bra completes the effect.
A somewhat blurry sideview. See the pretty shaping? Ooh...aah...

12 comments:

mjm knitting said...

amazing!

looks great-even better without the sleeves.

job well done!

Little Knitter said...

I think it looks great! Pshaw to the sleeves I say!

Baa Bonny Belle said...

Yvette...it's beautiful. Excellent job! I like the colour too.

koko puff said...

It looks great! Nice finishing; thanks for the tip on the 1x1 rib cast off.

Vaedri said...

Lovely! And that's a gorgeous colourway.

Not An Artist said...

Ooh, it looks fabulous without the sleeves ;) You've reminded me of all the great patterns in that book!

Susan said...

Ooooooh!

Love it and it looks so good on you too :)

sleeves...Sleeves???? we don't need no stinking sleeves!

Miss Scarlett said...

Wow - I love it without sleeves! Great tip for casting off. Thanks - I'll remember that.

Can I just say that I love your hair? I really do. Hope that's not too weird a thing to write.

Marin (AntiM) said...

Hey, if it's finished, it's finished. I'll back you up on that against any nay-sayers.

I second the hair thing and add a "you look downright sultry." Maybe it's the push-up bra.

Jess P. said...

I think it looks great without the sleeves.

Yvette said...

Thanks everyone for all the great feedback!

Crazy Lady with purple fingers said...

I love it as a vest, maybe it was meant to be! Great job!