I went to Michael's looking for a ribbon for the blouson. Thinking of it now, I should have gone to Jo-Ann's. But anyway, I couldn't find anything that would go well with it. Then I strolled to the beading section and saw some leather lace. Bingo ... the taupe leather lace is perfect:
It may not be as cute as a beautiful ribbon, but I like it very much. I've seen some knitters not working the eyelet row. After some thoughts, I decided to have it because I like the tank the way it was presented in the magazine.
Pattern: Lace Blouson designed by Kim Dolce (IK Summer 2004)
I got this issue of IK from erin ... and I have to say I love this issue because there are quite a few lovely patterns. And of course, I fell in love with the cover pattern. I made the smallest size with a 35" chest circumference. I have to tell you the fit is perfect. I am especially happy with the armholes.
Yarn: Sunrise Cotton Blend (50% Cotton 50% Rayon) distribed by Taiga Yarns; 3 balls with LOTS of leftovers
Love this yarn ... though it was a bit rough to the hand. However, once washed, the fabric softens a lot. Since it is a fingering weight, the tank is good for really hot weather ... it feels just like cotton tee. I hope they would have a wider choice of colours since I would certainly use it again for summer knits.
Gauge and Needles: 30 sts per 4" in stocking stitch using KnitPicks Classic Circulars US2 and US1
The needle points of the KnitPicks are just perfect, only that the cords don't feel as durable as the Addi's ones. However I like working with the KnitPicks needles more than the Addi's ones because the former cords stay out of my way while knitting, while the Addi's ones, though not twisting, always get in between my hands in a big circle (I hope you get what I mean!).
Since I purl more loose than knit, I have to use the smaller-sized needles for the purling side in order to get the right measurements. It was a bit of a hassle at the beginning. But that just needs a bit of getting used to.
Start date: 07-26-2006
Finish date: 10-05-2006