Project 38: #25. Top (Топ) and skirt
Started June 29, 2014 - Finished July 15, 2014
#25. Top (Топ) by Lu Lanne
Size: 36" Bust
US 1 - 2.25 mm US 2 - 2.75 mm US 4 - 3.5 mm
Yarn: Knit Picks Curio
1.5 balls = 1081.5 yards (988.9 meters), 150 grams
by Knit Picks
Thread, size 10
721 yards / 100 grams
My tutorials. See my tutorial how to block dresses: https://www.heavenlyclassyknits.com/tutorials
Note on yarn selection and prelude. What a gorgeous a motif. You can find it here (on the very bottom find the word “Blog”.
I did not have pattern, just a motif. While it is a complicated motif because of drastic st count variation from 21-47, it is still manageable. That is why I chose mercerized cotton for its sturdiness (stiffness), crisp look and shininess of the silk. I was afraid that silk is too soft to hold the blocking. The project is dyed/painted with a small brush using 4 different colors Jacquard acid brand mixed together (purple, burgundy, pink, red (russet) and gold). I was not sure about the color, so I just started mixing until I was happy with the overall results. Must note that mercerized cotton does not take dye easily while I was cooking it in the pot! I applied concentrated colors directly on the fabric without diluting (except for shading).
Top. I decided not to bother with gauging and making a swatch. Instead, I simply knitted 2 panels on US #1, 3 reps wide and 3 reps long panels for the front and the back (no shaping for armsye). Then joined them by picking sts on each side from bottom to armsye (where I thought fits since no shaping was made). Then knitted in st sts for 10 R on one side for each panel (this is optional and can be knitted in any amount to fit your size). Then, using 3 bind off method put 2 pieces together. This way I had a perfect fit without swatching. Collar was crocheted with hook #4 in single sts for 3 rows embellished with picots. The bottom of the top was embellished with 2 layers: “Victoria fine art lace” border on crochet hook #4 and mohair yarn ruffle made in plain st sts with 142 sts count in circle on US 11 to elongate the top ( the top was made purposely slightly shorter than desired).
Sleeves. On US 2 picked up sts all around armsye. Started to knit short rows placing the full repetition in the middle of the top cap sleeve for 15 set-up rows, then cont to knit 2 full reps for the length in rounds. Total circumference of the sleeve was 2 reps around. Cuffs was crocheted with hook #4 in single sts for 3 rows embellished with picots. Jun 29-July 7. Used up about 650 yards.
Skirt. Circular, bottom up, on US 4 casted on 8 reps wide and knitted for 3 reps long, then switched to US 8 and knitted in st. sts reducing st count to 148 for the waist line. 3/4” elastic is sewn on the skirt as a waist band. Then on US 11 using Mohair/silk yarn added ruffles on the bottom of the skirt by picking up 350 sts knitted in st. sts for 3”.
Note on the project. I am glad I used thinner yarn than called for, which opened up the knitted fabric and made it lacier. The result is light, but crisp (looks carved) with complex motifs! This this is my cheapest project ever. Total cost $5!!! Cotton is that much cheaper than silk. Who can beat this price?