I present to you the culmination of my knitterly efforts…
I made it, it fits me, and it’s done! Three things that make me unspeakably happy.
Pattern: Ballet Camisole by Alexandra Virgiel
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Orchid
Needles: Knit Picks Options in US 5 & US 7
Time Spent: I started swatching on April 20th, and finally cast on on April 29th. I finished on the morning of June 26th. I’m late with pictures because I’m on vacation and therefore much more busy than I was when I was just working.
What I Learned: I learned more about shaping and directional decreases on this piece than I had before. I tried to outthink myself (sometimes it’s too easy) on the directional decreases and ended up with a kind of funky look, but I’m okay with it. It looks great and is finished. I also learned, thanks to Heather, that even though my cami looked huge when laid out flat on the table, it would still fit me because I am three-dimensional.
Thoughts: I made the 2nd smallest size, which calls for 5 balls of the KP Shine Sport, but I ended up knitting from 6 balls of yarn because you have to divide and work from two yarn sources for the straps. The cami is perfect — it does cover up my bra straps quite well, and is a nice length, and the gather at the bust gives it an extra kick. I like the pattern a whole lot and might knit it again.
I love this color of pink. One might say I love it too much — when I put the cami away in my closet, I counted FOUR other tops in that same color. Perhaps it’s time to move on to the navy of my upcoming Tomato top.
* Sorry about the craptacular pictures. I had to take the pictures after my last knitting class at the library, and the scenery leaves much to be desired.