This is the first post of the Knit & Crochet Blog Week that I had not prepared in advance, because I couldn't decide what to write about. There is no one single FO that immediately sprang to mind. Checking my Ravelry page I find that there are a few completed projects: it isn't so much which one to pick but more a case of what to write.
I tend to go into way too much detail in my blog posts. I suppose it's the German in me: we just love to be thorough! It's dreadful: why would you want to go on and on and on about something as if you wanted to make sure to lose your reader's attention? I don't like that about myself and - still - I keep doing it! Oh, to be a bit more concise! Just a slightly more flippant approach in brushing past at least a couple out of the dozens of details! That'd be the ticket.
It wouldn't be me as much but I would really like to find the golden middle.
Back to the subject: for some strange reason I picked my Blue short-sleeved raglan top. It is a pretty simple design so I was a little surprised at myself for deciding on this. When I get an impulse, I like to go with it.
It is a modification of the striped raglan tee off the Lion Wool website. I already described that I changed how I decreased at the shoulders: After three repeats I changed the decrease row from every forth row to every third row. After six of those, it was five times every second row and then even every row because I wasn't getting a good shoulder shaping otherwise. The reason for this change is my yarn: it has a lot less give in it than the suggested Lion brand wool. Because it is less elastic the garment just wouldn't shape itself to my shoulders like wool would. If I had followed the instructions as given, then the neckline wouldn't have sat properly and the rest of the garment from the shoulders down would have hung like a sack of wet potatoes. The picture of the Lion tee does show that the shoulders look quite straight and the neckline is a slightly odd opening at the top.
I think I did pretty well with my adapted shoulder shaping: it sits and hangs well, and I lucked into a good neckline.
The hem was turned with a purl row for the ridge line, continued knitting for the same number of rows as from the provisional cast-on and then one stitch from the cast-on was knit together with one stitch on the needle.
The top is slightly fitted by a few decreases every ten rows and then increases towards the arm holes.
I learnt a lot from making this top. I was very pleased that I was able to adapt the shoulders to make the yarn work and to achieve a pretty good fit. I have not worn it much yet but that's mainly because it wasn't warm enough for short sleeves yet.
I am looking forward to better weather for a few more reasons than before I started knitting again!