Tuesday, July 15, 2008
FO: Eyelet Ribbed Bandeau
The Specs Pattern: Eyelet Ribbed Bandeau, from Interweave Knits, Summer 2007 Size: Small Yarn: Filati Italian Collection Tebe Extrafine Merino. I cannot say enough good things about this yarn, I immediately fell in love with it's sprongy-ness. I dont' care if that's not a word, this yarn is heaven. Heaven! Needles: 3.25 mm, 3.5 mm, 3.75 mm (straights and circulars) Modifications: Made it a couple inches longer. The waist shaping is done with needle sizes, so it didn't pose any challenges to the shaping and how it aligned on my actual body. Notes: I would have finished this a month ago, if I hadn't misplace the pattern for over three weeks! I bet a lot of people were put off by the eyelets in this, and figured it wouldn't be wearable. My original plan was to wear something underneath, but I found that the eyelets were small enought that my skintone strapless bra worked just fine. If I was knitting this again, I would make the button band longer. The pattern calls for the button band to be shorter than the length of the top, but I found that the top is only as long as the button band allows. So my extra inches in length were all for naught, and cause a bit of bunching sometimes. And I can I just say how much I love picot hems?You would think a merino tube top would be toasty, but I have to say- I froze my tail off in that thing. Those eyelets, while modest enough, sure do provide a lot of ventilation! a bit of a breeze, and it feels like you don't even have a top on. As for my final opinion? I'm not sure. I want to like it, but it's shorter than I thought it would be, and sometimes it's hard to appreciate a knit for what it is rather than what you were expecting it to be. The pattern is a breeze, but if you hate finishing, I warn you now- there is a LOT of sewing involved in this. Button bands are sewn on, not knitted on, and the picot is comprised of live stitches that are tacked down on the other side to form the hem. Hats off to G, who took the photos. I must admit, it's very nice to have someone else (other than me, I mean) taking pictures!