FO: Dolores


   Pattern: Dolores by Dawn Catanzaro, size small

Yarn: Villa by Classic Elite (alpaca-bamboo blend) in the Emerald colorway

Skeins/yards: The pattern called for 1,326 yards (1,212 meters), but I only used less than 1,000 yards and have two plus skeins left. This always happens to me…yarn overbuy because I don’t want to run out at the end. I am sure I will put the extra skeins to good use come the holiday season. Now what should I knit with the leftovers?…Probably 500 or so yards, if not more.

Time on the needles: Two months plus of dedicated, hard core knitting!

Mistakes: Many, particularly here, here, and here.

Construction approach: The pattern calls for two identical sides that are seamed together.

Modifications: I left an extra ten stitches on each shoulder for the three needle bind off so the neck opening wouldn’t be so wide. Otherwise, it would have slipped right off my shoulders and been a skirt with arms.

Seaming notes: Here. If I had it to do over, I would have seamed from the wrists to the waist instead of the waist to the wrists to hide more of my seam flaws under the armpits where they might have been less visible. The arms seams could look better…they are a bit bunchy in places. Definitely hand made (AKA flawed).

Future modifications: I like the shape of this top and would knit it again someday, although I would modify it to knit the body in the round and save on seaming to the greatest extent possible.

Blocking notes: I didn’t block my swatch (gasp). The piece grew a bit but not too much. The biggest change was in the arms, which went from 3/4 sleeve to an inch longer than the wrists! I wasn’t expecting that much growth in sleeve length, but it worked out just fine.

Overall: I love it!

Well, I may have knit it up the hard way (as always), but I finished. And it came out great!

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  • Reply littleblackdogsa July 16, 2015 at 1:35 am

    I love it as well. I am so seriously thinking that I need to knit a sweater or something in that line. I have been seeing the most stunning sweaters lately. It must be a “sign” that I should be knitting something a bit bigger than my usual goodies. 🙂
    I adore yours, and the colour is perfect!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life July 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks my dear. I always wonder if it is worth it to knit a top…so much expense and work and you never know if they will fit as desired. But, it is fun.

      • Reply littleblackdogsa July 19, 2015 at 11:42 pm

        It is a lot of fun. I have done sweaters, mainly for myself and my daughter. Mine I love to wear. Maybe because I know they are exactly what I wanted. 🙂 Takes a bit longer than going shopping for one, but it is so much prettier.

  • Reply karen July 16, 2015 at 4:54 am

    beautiful! I love the way it fits and the lace detail, you must be thrilled with the results 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life July 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks. I am relieved, mostly. Nothing like going to the trouble to knit a top and have it not fit…the worst!

  • Reply soknitsome July 16, 2015 at 6:19 am

    It’s lovely. The lace effect is great with the yarn you’ve chosen. And I can understand your frustration with seaming!

  • Reply Louise July 16, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Looks great, the sleeves ended up being perfect.

  • Reply knittedblissjc July 17, 2015 at 8:50 am

    It’s so gorgeous!! The green looks awesome on you, and I love the lace detail. I find that I usually come in under the estimated yardage for almost all my projects, but I also find that most are written with a generous surplus on the yardage front, just to help prevent knitters from running out of yarn on their projects.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life July 18, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      You are probably right. Except then I always add more caution onto the designer’s caution…Better safe than sorry.

  • Reply wolfberryknits July 17, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful knitting and looks great on you!

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