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Archive for July 14th, 2005

The Dance Top is a Success!

Thursday, July 14th, 2005

LynnH in Self-Designed/knit Dance TopI finished my dance top and wore it to Habibi Dancers’ rehearsal Wednesday night. Brian is gone so I have taken the artsiest of photos, of myself. I have no real way to get any other sort of photo right now.

I designed this top myself, with some help from Knitware Sweaters software. Of course, I had to change the pattern or I would not be me (I knit in the round, for one thing, and the straps are about half their specified height). But the software made a much better pattern than the one I knit from a magazine recently, by a long shot.

It’s funny. The garment looks like a bunch of rectangles when it is on a flat surface. The back and front were knit identically. But on me, the front has a deeper scoop thanks to the pull of my curves, and it actually is enhanced a lot by the stretchiness of the fabric. What a nice neckline it turned out to be!

The yarn is Cascade Fixation, cotton-lycra yarn, DK weight, knit on 2.75mm needles (US2 in Crystal Palace needles, US 1.5 in Brittany Birch, I used Crystal Palace circulars here) at approximately 25st/4″. I would perhaps do this again! Maybe a full-length tank next time, with skinnier straps. Or not. I sure have enough projects already on the list, where I currently own the yarn.

At least from this angle, I think Brian is right. It *is* “kinda cute.” Thank goodness! I had real visions of ripping out the whole thing once I had it done. Can you hear my sigh of relief through the ether?