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FO: Smock top

Pattern: Cotton Bamboo Smock top by Pam Allen, from Classic elite booklet “Make it modern.”

Yarn: Knitpicks Shine sport, 9 balls in aquamarine (discontinued color.)

Needles: US 3 (stockinette) and 1 (cabled sections)

Notes: Although this pattern has no sleeves, it still managed to take longer than I thought it would – there are a lot of little tiny cables on this sweater!  I love the end result – it manages to look modern and current without being trendy exactly – I’d imagine I will get a great deal of wear out of this sweater!

I used Shine Sport to make my first sweater ever (Rusted root) and immediately bought 13 balls of aquamarine, because I loved it so.  I then proceeded to fall out of love with it, and was unable to find anything to make from this yarn for the past 3 years.  I’m happy to report that it was a pretty good sub for the Classic Elite cotton bamboo called for in the pattern, with one caveat.  Shine sport is not really a sport weight yarn – no matter what I do, it will end up at about 5.5 st/in instead of 6.  I made the smallest size, aiming for the 2nd smallest, and that’s about what I g0t.  The cabled portion looks ridiculously small when it isn’t being worn, but it is extremely stretchy, so don’t be thrown off by the tiny sizes – go with the one for your bust size and it will work out.  Mine measures about 28″ at the bust when it’s off, but stretches 5 inches to fit me easily.

I knit the stockinette portion of the sweater in the round, and then split to work the top in 2 pieces.  The stockinette is still a bit uneven, but it would have been even worse flat… it is hard to hold even tensi0n with such a slippery, soft yarn.  I’m ok with it.  I thought the pattern was pretty clear, except on the neckline.  The eyelet edging instructions were challenging to figure out, but I managed.  The really hard part was that it contained a lot of places where instructions needed to be written out again, but the front said only “work as for this row of the  back,” which was confusing since the pieces were so different.  It’s hard to explain, but trust me…   Plenty of “at the same time” instructions as well, but I’ve gotten pretty good over time at juggling those.  At one point I had to look at the schematic to figure out how long to knit one piece, because it was confusing.  The neckline is beautiful, so it was worth the acrobatics.  It’s a little wide, but the sleeves do not fall down.   I would definitely recommend this pattern, as well as this whole booklet, which has several lovely designs.  I have at least one more on my “to do” list!