Lattice WIP, etc

Written by Sarah on July 9th, 2012 Posted in design, knits, life, photos, style, summer, tank top, travel, yarn

I’ve been so busy over the past month yet I’ve done so much knitting! But I haven’t had any time to write about it. Really strange! I really need to do some catching up, though. So let’s start with what I’m working on right now.

As soon as I saw the pattern for the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top on the Purl Bee, I was obsessed. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was right in the middle of a pair of socks but I decided that I’d put them aside and run down to Purl Soho and buy some Madeline Tosh. I mean, there are only so many months that I can wear this thing and summer’s halfway over! And the pattern was written for MadTosh. How could I say no? I was leaving for a weekend trip to western Maryland so it would be easy road trip knitting. (Jon and I had never gone one a road trip before! It was very exciting and we saw a lot of cows and also a lot of signs about Jesus. Also, there are NO PARKING signs on the shoulders of I-78 in Pennsylvania. Who is parking there that they needed to go through so much trouble?)

Also, I generally hate summer knitwear. I like so few designs with short sleeves. I just think that they look awkward or I think, “Oh that would be really cute with long sleeves like a normal sweater!” Listen, I need cardigans and sweaters in the summer. It’s cold in restaurants and offices. And I don’t feel ashamed that I like having these things all year round and I don’t feel obligated to cast on tee shirts and the like just because the temperature is up. (Wow, am I a grouchy knitter or what?) This one, though, I think it’s really elegant and beautiful. Maybe I’m about to be converted!


Here’s what happened. I knit about five inches of the first side over the eight hours we were in the car. And I was pretty pleased with it although I would have liked something a little more challenging than stockinette. Then I got home and I started looking on Ravelry and I found diannabolical’s project page. I really like her style and I loved how her lattice top turned out. I really appreciate that it seems to fit her well. I think that some of the ones I’ve seen are sitting a little low and I’d like the lattice to start above where my bra ends. I also like shirts that are long so I don’t feel like they’re riding up all of the time. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. But diannabolical knit hers in the round and then put half on waste yarn and worked the top one half at a time, adjusting amount of bound off stitches.

Well, why didn’t I think to knit it in the round! I remembered thinking to myself how I wished it was knit in the round when I cast on but I was rushing around about the trip and didn’t bother putting my mind into the math. So I had that dilemma that I’m so often faced with: frog eight hours of work or finish the top and deal with the unsatisfactory construction forever. I agonized over it for about five minutes and then was reminded that I’ve been known to rip things out no matter how far along they are. So I did.

I cast on again, this time with 215 stitches (size medium calls for 109 stitches per side so I figured 218 total and subtracted 2 stitches which would be lost in seaming the two sides together. I went with 3 stitches in the end to keep the ribbing pattern consistent) and began again in the round. Of course, now I’m only about maybe eight inches into the body but I’m going to have something I’m very happy with. I often cut corners and deal with imperfections so I’m giving myself a big pat on the back for going back and doing things the right way.

Like I said, it’s not terribly exciting right now since it’s about a million rows of stockinette. But I push forward.

I am using Madeline Tosh Sport in Calligraphy for the body. The top lattice will be in Espadrilles because I’m really into this neon trend that’s going on this summer. Not that I’ll ever stop wearing neon when it goes out of fashion and not that I wasn’t wearing it in high school before it was cool (Disclaimer: I’m not cool nor was I ever).

Honestly, I’m really second-guessing my color choices. I feel like the pale pink of the Calligraphy is really nice but I’m not sure how it’s going to play with the neon pink up top. I keep trusting my gut, though, because it seemed like a really good choice when I bought it and I’d thought a lot about putting the neon up top and a neutral in the body for a while. I think I just get nervous especially when I have nothing else to focus on since I’m just doing rows and rows and rows of stockinette stitch.


I’ve got more WIPs on my needles right now and I’ll show them off soon! How do you feel about summer knitting? Or have you given it up for the sewing machine?

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Comments (6)

  • July 9, 2012 at 3:27 pm |

    I totally know what you mean about summer sweaters. I find myself wanting 3/4 sleeves for everything. However, I think Sophia or Creme Brulee by Juliet Moody (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/juliet-moody) are really cute summer patterns similiar to the one you’re knitting.

    • July 10, 2012 at 7:42 pm |

      Thanks for the suggestion! I like that one! Maybe I’m changing my mind 🙂

  • July 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm |

    The same thing happened to me! I’m not one for summer knits, but the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top was so pretty, I couldn’t resist! It was an impulse knit: I hurried to pick my yarn, hurried to pick my colors, then hurried to cast on and knit! And I never knit impulsively! I’m sad to say that I decided to frog it. I hate seaming but didn’t do it in the round. The colors I chose were nice, but weren’t right. I probably wouldn’t have worn it because I’m not one for summer knits. I guess it was doomed from the start. XD

    • July 13, 2012 at 8:39 am |

      I’m learning that sometimes it’s better to sleep on it. I’m a little obsessive but if I give myself a day or so, sometimes the passion dies down. Whatever sticks, though, is what I know I should be working on!

  • July 21, 2012 at 10:40 am |

    Girl, I want to buy you a beer for so many reasons. A nice microbrew, not even the cheap ones. I totally can’t stand most knitted tshirts too. Like seriously, if I’m going to sweat profusely, I’m not going to do it on something I spent hours making. It’s like making your own jog bra. Ew. But I bet somebody’s thought of it. A lot of those tees seem like they’re trying too hard to be a summer sweater anyway – like a nice regular sweater that somebody lopped the arms off of. And cotton thick enough to knit is usually uncomfortable and inelastic. But Purl Bee = YES! Road trips = YES! Peewee = YES!! And I, too, will never be cool, and I’m totally over it. It seems like a lot of pressure anyway.

    But yeah. Have fun – the sweater looks great! It’s probably done by now anyway, but I haven’t read that part yet, so don’t tell me the ending.


    • July 23, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

      hahaha THANK YOU! I’m so glad we see eye-to-eye on this! I just love sweaters and I don’t want them bastardized! And I’ve been so distracted by my Maxfield cardi that I haven’t been working on the lattice. Oh bother.

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