Finished - Purl Soho Cap Sleeve Lattice Top! YEAH! But no......

As you may or may not remember I started knitting my first jumper while we were on our honeymoon in New York (raunchy I know, curb your envy) - the Purl Soho Cap Sleeve Lattice Top. I bought the yarn, Cascade Pima Cotton, from Purl Soho - the girls there were just lovely and spent a lot of time helping me choose the right yarn. The original pattern was designed for wool, but I thought it a bit pointless to make a short sleeve jumper (sweater, whatever) for the Australian summer out of wool, so I went for a cotton yarn instead (but really I shouldn't have worried - as I sit here typing the crazy Melbourne sky is hammering us with enormous chunks of hail....).

The Inspiration - from the Purl Bee
So I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but for some reason wasn't super keen to finish it off by doing the side seams. I think I had some premonition that after 2 months of knitting, it was going to be not the most fabulous of knitted garments......

For a beginner pattern it was very easy - I learned how to make eyelets, and the lattice lace pattern is actually very easy. My stockinette body turned out very well, and most of the lattice is pretty good but I must have stuffed up somewhere on the front as it does go a little wonky at one point. My neckline finish isn't great - and it's way too wide. And despite making the smallest size I think the choice of cotton yarn wasn't great because it is pretty big and drapey.... But, you know, despite it turning out just a bit.... well.... shit..... I am really very happy with my poor droopy top! I'm hugely proud that I have made a whole adult garment that is not a scarf (despite having very little in technical construction) I thoroughly enjoyed knitting this.


You'd think I'd be gutted, and once upon a time I probably would have been - had a tanty and been all miserable at wasting 2 months and $40 worth of yarn, but I am feeling remarkably zen about it because I have a plan B for it.....






I'm already addicted to trawling through Ravelry for beginner sweater/jumper/cardigan patterns, and have about 10 already queued up, and am well into my next project. I was drawn to Andi Sutterland's Riverine Pullover, but because it looked so similar to this top I thought it a bit silly to make it - but I think it's going to be my saviour.


I'm planning to keep my navy stockinette body, and unravel the lattice part, and reknit the lace work using the Riverine pattern - GENIUS I think! The third size of the Riverine has only one more stitch than my Cap Sleeve body - easy enough to add another. The lace pattern appears far less stretchy than the lattice lace, and if I knit it with slightly smaller needles, it should contain the slouchiness a little more - what do the knitters out there think of that plan?



Comments

  1. I think that's a great idea! I've only knit a sweater (other than scarves/hats), but you gotta love it after all that work! I think your plan should work, but perhaps there are some slightly more experienced knitters out there. I'm also about to start a tee, just waiting on that pesky yarn to arrive from the UK. Grrrrr... Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Jillian! I'm relying on the enthusiasm and naïveté of the inexperienced for this experiment! Hope your yarn arrives soon, look forward to seeing what you make!

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  2. Sounds like a plan to me! I haven't had a huge amount of experience in altering/combining patterns, but your reasoning sounds spot on. I'm glad you've found a way to make it work, because it's looking beautiful. I love the colours you've picked :)

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    1. Thanks - your knitting is fab so if you think I'm on the right track then I'm very pleased! :)

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  3. Oh man.. I don't knit but I almost started when I first saw the Purl Soho pattern a few years ago! I actually like your version as-is but totally support you making it into something you'd wear more.

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    1. Thanks Morgan! It's such a cute pattern isn't it - I should have been smarter though and stuck with wool! Fingers crossed version 2.0 is more wearable!

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