|Yarn||Schachenmayr nomotta Catania|
|Pattern||made up as I went along|
For once I did not knit this in the round but did a separate front and back piece because I wanted the stability from side seams to keep this to a better shape.
I used a little bit of a tapered waist, more on the front than the back because I cast on a few stitches less for the back (unintentionally, no idea how that happened). The only issue I have with this top is that I should have done a couple of short rows across the tummy: the front unfortunately rides up a bit which isn't hugely attractive.
I started with a Purl 2, Knit 1 ribbing but then felt that the reverse side looked better, so before the first stocking stitch row, I turned it over to show the K2, P1 side. In this cotton DK this type of ribbing makes the purl stitch retreat in the background and leaves the two knit stitches as a very smooth looking surface. In contrast to stocking stitch this ribbing does not curl up which is exactly what you need for the bottom of a top. I may use this again, I really like the way this looks!
I wasn't very happy with the raw edges of the neckline and armholes so I attached an applied i-cord made from three stitches. As per a very handy YouTube clip that I saw, I knit the first stitch of these through the back loop and used a SSK to attach the third stitch to the live stitches I picked up around the edges.
An interesting technical bit is that because I did not pick up enough stitches around the edges, I used my working thread to pick up another stitch every 4-5 stitches. This means that my working thread loops around the raw edge on the inside and in the process stabilises this raw edge by binding it closer to the i-cord. I thought that was a very useful, even if completely unintentional, side effect of what started life out as a mistake! Again, I may use this again - probably more with quite inelastic yarns like cotton and bamboo than with wool.
I like the effect that the applied i-cord has on the edges: it neatens them up no end, and stabilises them very well. Again this is a technique I will use in future - I may experiment with how 2 stitch or 4 stitch i-cords look.