My New Hand Knit Cotton Top
I finally finished it! This camisole top took three 50 ounce balls of cotton boucle yarn. Actually, after this picture was taken, I decided the top was shorter than I wanted, so I spent most of the weekend knitting a three-inch extension (140 stitches). I used a seed stitch border at top, bottom, and sides, with stockinette in between. The straps are seed stitch; I don't need them curling up on top of everything else straps do! Actually fitting the knit fabric to my form took some sewing skills but was really not difficult. I used a yarn needle and one of those marvelous needle threaders. I can't praise them enough.
My son Lawrence took this picture at Gerst Haus, where we had gone for a Mother's Day treat a few days early. Since his family lives in Gallatin, it is convenient for him to visit me here in Nashville after work. These nights are special; we discuss my forthcoming novel Befriending Aliens. Every novelist needs to bat ideas back and forth, and Lawrence is my key to science fiction. He enjoys television a lot more than I do, so he can clue me in on good visual effects. Already he's drawn the front cover for me - that's a relief!
Anyway, if I can knit a top like this, you probably can too, especially if you have some knowledge of sewing to make it fit. I bought the yarn from KnitPicks when I bought the latest lot I wrote about. This was a discontinued line of yarn - one reason I knit it on US 10 needles rather than the US5 or 6 suggested. Since I didn't want to play with circular needles while knitting straps, I knit those on my US9 straight needles. This boucle yarn was rather thinner than I expected, and the boucle bumps made it virtually impossible to crochet.
This is, unbelievably, a lightweight and comfortable summer garment.