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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