Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pret a porter!

IK Lotus Blossom - it's done!
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
It's ready to wear!

I am so glad I added the extra stockinette. I really didn't need the fifth lace repeat, as I needed more bra coverage than overall length. So, as suggested by Jacqui, and considering her warning that the front tends to pull up, I knit an extra inch of stockinette plus 12 short rows for the bust shaping. This worked out perfectly!

Like others, I absolutely hated picking up the armhole edging since it's such a small round to work ont, but at least it was over with quickly. It didn't roll too badly, and a light pressing with steam helped it stay in place. I also steam blocked the lace a bit so it would be more open. Not that I really want to show extra skin, but it draped more nicely and didn't bunch.

I'm really happy with the result and enjoyed knitting it. Thanks to everyone here for tips, inspiring pics, and encouragement!

(crossposted to my own blog)


Batty said...

Pretty! You really didn't need the 5th lace repeat. It looks great on you, and the short rows worked beautifully.

Besides being pretty, I'm finding the picture of a top with extra stockinette very helpful. After the bra issues mentioned by several people, I'm sure I'll need extra stockinette to hide the boobage.

Katie V said...

It looks wonderful! Great fit! I am so glad I read all these posts before even casting on. Hopefully I can avoid some of the potential pitfalls.

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

Yours looks wonderful!

OCDeviant said...

Nice job! I like the idea of the short rows in the bust area, too.

Kel said...

Short rows on the bust: genius! I think yours is the best fit we have seen so far. Nice job taking the suggestions and finding solutions for them. If I do this pattern again, I will shamelessly steal your ideas!

Julesdaisy said...

Just a question, the extra 12 short rows, is that added after the circular rows? Only on the front of the tank? I'm right at the point where I'm adding an extra inch of stoc. st, coming from a busty woman, I need all the help I can get!! :) Thank you!!!