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It’s National Crochet Month! So I’m crocheting my first garment!
I spied this pattern for the Sparkle Slipon at work and it just screamed VEGAS. Now, I’ve never once in my life been interested in visiting Las Vegas but Jon has a business trip there in the spring so I am tagging along to get a little sun. And now I’m making this top to wear by the pool. (I’d worry about granny square tan lines but I’ve never had a tan in my life.) It’s just so glittery! Can’t you just picture it?
I’ve already gotten started. I’m using the suggested Vanna’s Glamour in Purple Topaz, Garnet, Gold, Moonstone, Jewel, and Topaz. I figure that, since it’s machine washable, it’ll work well to wear over my bathing suit and I won’t freak out if I get sunscreen on it. Arabia, the crochet queen of the Studio, gave me some help arranging the colors and gave me some advice.
It feels so weird to me being a novice in something. I’m really second-guessing myself with everything about this. Since I’ve made granny squares, I feel like I can handle this piece. It’s really just a big granny square. But working into the chain was incredibly nerve-wracking. My chain looks awful. Jill suggested I try a chinless foundation row. I’m not quite sure if that would work here since it creates a single crochet row but I really need to do more investigating there. Also, don’t even talk about gauge.
How are your foundation rows when you crochet? Have you crocheted a garment?
So I’m usually not so bad at getting photos of a FO. Most sweaters I finish and I immediately want to get them photographed. (Can I tell you a secret? I plan photo shoots long before my knits are finished! My neighborhood has so many spots that I can’t wait to use for backdrops.) This time I totally slacked off so I’ve had the Poolside test knit finished for a couple of months. I even wore it for my appearance on Nora Meets the Maker. But there are real legitimate photos now.
I’m actually glad that I waited to post photos. Since I’ve worn this garment a number of times since completing it, I’ve been able to get a feel for what I like and dislike. Especially since I was trying out something new by knitting with cotton. I now have a full report!
First off, this pattern is gorgeous. The lace is so beautiful. I still love looking at it and I get lots of compliments. Isabell Kraemer’s pattern was a breeze to knit up. It was great travel knitting even though a few times I lost track of my lace and messed up a some spots while I was trying to keep myself from having a panic attack on the plane but I can’t even tell where that happened anymore. I’d love to make another one in a different fiber just to see how it turns out.
I’m also really psyched about this color. It’s kind of purple but not really purple but also kind of grey. Not a color I’d normally choose for myself (really the only color I wear is blue and I’m trying to change that). I’m proud that I switched it up a lot with this project.
Now, to get onto the stuff that I’m not crazy about.
The cotton was a great challenge for me but I’m still not really sold. Sorry, cotton, I just don’t think that plant fibers are really my thing. (That being said, the Blue Sky Alpacas is probably the nicest cotton yarn I’ve felt.) I love that this garment is summery but it’s still heavy and feels like it’s slowly stretching out the more that I wear it. Also, the stitches are still super pronounced and I should definitely have followed the rules and joined new skeins at the beginnings of rows instead of right in the middle of the chest. I learned my lesson there.
I also thought that I was being smart and knit the sleeve edges in reverse stockinette stitch in the round (purling every row) instead of doing faux garter stitch in the round (alternating between knit and purl stitches) as the pattern called for. That was stupid. The reverse stockinette doesn’t look neat and flat like the bottom of the sweater, it is all rolled and bothers the crap out of me. You can really see it in the photo below. I could’ve gone back and ripped it out but I didn’t and probably never will because I tend to never look back. Call me lazy or stubborn, I will pretend it’s some kind of life philosophy.
All in all, I’m super happy with the garment as a comfy, loose spring piece. It’s feminine and cute but it lends itself to my anti-fussy, easy-to-wear wardrobe perfectly. Some of the fitting issues that I have with it, I think, are really in my head. Seeing photos of the garment, it looks nice and not baggy or stretched out. Does that ever happen to you?
So, what’s your verdict? Will you ever love knitting with cotton? What fiber would you use for this sweater?