The first summer I spent in South Florida, it felt like I was having one long hot flash. I learned very quickly that daily dips in the pool and light loose-fitting clothing was necessary for survival. Life without air conditioning is just not possible.
This summer I'm going to focus my knitting on summery things. My first foray: lace panels provide built-in ventilation.
Pattern: #3 Drape Neck Top by Jacqueline Van Dillen
from Vogue Knitting Magazine Spring/Summer 2011
Yarn: Narvik Young Touch Cotton DK 100% cotton
12 balls or approx 1368 yards
Shade 7500 (white)
Needle size: US 4 for the neck and cap sleeves
US 6 for the body
The cotton yarn was a gift (thanks, Bobbi!) and perfect for this pattern. It knits up into a crisp fabric. Despite that, I wouldn't recommend it as it was extremely splitty. It is very loosely plied and I had to redo a lot of stitches to avoid snags.
1. The gauge I got with this yarn was 6 stitches per inch (pattern gauge is 4.5). After swatching the center panel, I decided I liked it enough to rework the pattern to fit my gauge.
2. I opted against the split bottom hem and made the entire hem 10 rows of garter stitch.
3. After completing the collar and trying it on, I decided I didn’t like all that fabric around my neck - too warm! I frogged and reknitted it so that there’s only three rows of garter around the sides and back of the neck. Left the front neck at 20 rows so that it would drape accordingly.
4. I turned the sleeves into "cap sleeves" and made them more fitted.
A little winter white for what promises to be a blazing hot summer...