Using the Drops Sunny Day Top pattern, I decided to start on the front before I got to the armhole shaping for the back. I want to use as much yarn as possible and at this point, I can make the top a bit longer or shorter as needed.
The top has a two stitch garter edge that should make seaming a breeze as well as four rows of garter stitch at the bottom to keep it from rolling too much.
My markers indicate the decrease rows. Only eight stitches in all but it should give the top some shaping.
The charted back is relatively easy but I need to concentrate.
As you can see, I missed the correct placement of one of the yarn overs. It’s closer to the bottom than the top and I’m not going to fix it.
I began this sleeveless top over a year ago. No real pattern, just knitted what I thought would fit. I don’t remember when I finished the actual knitting but I didn’t get it seamed up until the beginning of May.
I don’t like it.
It’s too large.
I’m swimming in it.
I don’t like it. Did I already say that?
Nobody wants to see that!!!
So I took it to the Frog Pond, ripped it out and wound all the yarn into balls. I started knitting Sunny Day Top by Drops Design 170-32.
April showers bring May flowers so the true colors are not quite shown in the photos below due to the snowy/rainy and cloudy days we’re experiencing this week.
Finished the body and began one sleeve.
I need to find my bamboo double-pointed needles as these metal ones are very slippery and the stitches fall off the ends. Of course, I could use more than four needles with fewer stitches on the needles.
Picot hem – though I did not cut the green yarn yet. Just in case I don’t like it, I can rip it out and try something else without worrying about having too much or too little yarn to work with. I really hope blocking will keep the bottom edge from curling. If not, I’ll need to come up with another plan.
Cable cast-on two stitches and bind off five. Place the last bind off stitch back on the left needle, cable cast-on two stitches and repeat to the end of the row. Not hard but it uses more yarn.
If you have been following me for some time, you know I don’t like to sew seams. However, seams do add structure. So I made fake seams by doing a reverse stockinette stitch at the center underarm point all the way down to the hem.
It looks like a seam and will (hopefully) keep the sweater from twisting out of shape. Have you ever used that technique? More importantly – does it work?
The colors are so close in tone that they almost blend together.
It’s very difficult to tell them apart while knitting particularly under incandescent lights.
I decided to go with a two-row stripe and since I have one more ball of the mallard (green) color, I began with it and will use it as the button band color.
The increase rows are distracting to me but that’s the nature of this beast. Hopefully blocking will even out those stitches so they are less noticeable.The wrong side.The neck edge is just four rows of garter stitch. I was thinking of making a picot hem for the sweater but keep the garter stitch at the sleeve hem. Just not sure. Would two different hem edges look dumb?