Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer knit FO! Aleita Shell

I have actually finished a summer knit top before we get into the heat of summer! I'm astounded, myself, as I usually end up starting way too many summer tops and not finishing them before the end of summer (if at all). And I'm happy with it! Equally astounding!

Aleita Shell
Pattern: Aleita Shell by Bonne Marie Burns in Interweave Knits Spring 2008
Yarn: recycled from a thrift store sweater. I have long since lost the tags, but I remember linen and cotton in the fiber makeup.
Mods: I made the body longer before the split but other than that I followed the pattern (I think). Now that I've worn it, I think I should have knit another 1" - 1 1/2" on the ribbed top portion before splitting for front and back, but it's not something that will keep me from wearing the top.

It was a fairly quick knit but the yarn was getting on my nerves so I ended up setting it aside for a couple of weeks. The yarn is a flat tape type (not sure if that makes sense) yarn and is very inelastic, and I found that I was getting frustrated with how tired it was making my hands.

All in all, I love it. In fact, I think I need another one. In navy. or green. or maybe more than one.


  1. It looks great! I love the color and how it looks with your skin. Sorry the yarn was sucky, but you're looking good though :)

  2. That is a very beautiful top. I never before thought of picking up sweaters at thrift stores and using those before, thanks for the idea. I'm still getting used to knitting blankets. I haven't even attempted to make any kind of clothing yet.


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