Pattern: Isabella by Knitty
Yarn: Austermann "Algarve" in black (obviously) - 100% cotton.
This yarn knits up like a dream, I surely will use it again!
Knit on 3 mm circs.
If this were a pattern review I would have to say "pattern did not work for me" - with accentuation on "for ME".
Let me say it: It's a beautiful tank top! I fell in love with it the moment this Knitty issue came out. Some time later I went to the shop and really got some yarn that would work. I made a gauge, adjusted needle sizes and off I went:
Pretty satisfied with the built-in picot edge hemline. Yes, I think that would have been the way to go.
I *love* the lace pattern!
The picking up stitches around the armhole went well. I dare to say it even looks good if you just look at the pick-up-line, not at the picot!
The latter turned out to be the "nightmare factor" of this project. I wanted a picot edge, not wings! (Have those already ^.^)
Afterwards, I just can say it's my personal knitting nightmare.
The knitting itself went well and it was fun (though I would change the pattern now), but the outcome ist just.... *sigh*
I still don't know if to frog the armhole edging or not. If I do, I know exactly that I won't be in the mood to reknit them and Isabella will finally die, buried in my big black box of UFOs.
If you have a solution that doesn't contain the words "frogging" or "ripping", tell me!
Things I would improve if I would do this again / hints I would give to others:
- Knit the main body in the round. No seaming, no bulk, no fuss.
- Pick up less stitches around the armhole for the picot edging!
The pattern calls for 1 st in each bound off st plus 3 st for every 4 rows. Too much, believe me. Don't trust me? Well, then have a look at my "wings"...
- Adjust neckline to be "finished". The neckline is left with raw edges and some curious points at the upper front V-neck. Nope. Definitely.
Yes, I will wear Isabella.
Maybe I will also take her to town, but I'm not sure of it right now.
At the moment she sleeps in my wardrobe, waiting for better weather and a better mood of "someone who randomly knits".
EDIT #1 (29.07.07): RIP IT!
Thanks for your comments, I really appreciate your help. Of course I know that you were right about the ripping. I knew it from the start, but... well... one tries. I knew I wouldn't wear this the way it was. Maybe all I needed was you kicking my lazy "lower backside" ;)The wings have been ripped and one side is reknitted already, using a smaller (2.5 mm) needle and only the bound off stitches were picked up (and I even omitted some of those!).
Until now it looks good to me, but it isn't sewn yet. I'll keep you updated with the results.
EDIT #2 (31.07.2007): FIXED!
After ripping those odd looking picot edges I reknit them on smaller needles (2.5 mm) and only used the bound off stitches.
Now... doesn't she look wonderful?!
I really ove her and can't wait for better weather to take her out!
Guess who's happy!?!
LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Isabella! ^-^
(Still - If you want to knit this, have a look at my hints above...)