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Friday, August 04, 2006
Seaberry Shell - another one frogged?

Seaberry Shell
Originally uploaded by happy go lovely.
As I mentioned before, in my search for finished Seaberries on the web, all I could find was one frogged and another that ended up being completely different, only preserving the leaf lace pattern, not even the bobbles. For the most part I kept to the pattern, sorta. I was working with my own yarn, and didn't attempt to make it as bulky as that in the pattern. The pattern calls for Twinkle Cruise, a cotton/silk mix, and you're supposed to knit using 4 (!!!) strands. I used some nice mercerised cotton and only doubled it, which could then be worked on 5mm needles (the pattern uses 8mm/US11). Since the shell has no shaping, and I have long figured out how to decrease for sleeves, all that I needed from the pattern was the lace pattern, which in my version is not as wide, but still gives the same bulky lace impression which I found nice in the original. I added waist shaping (yes, really. Can't you see it??). A hell of a lot of good it did me. What worked out much better, though, was the change to the neckline. The original high neck was a little severe, and I thought I'd make a boat neck. Unfortunately, I had only 6 50g balls of the yarn, and it didn't look like it would be enough. So I knit up front and back as far as I could, and started on my now scooping neckband. If I had had a bit more yarn, I would have like to make the neckline a bit higher, and the band a bit wider, so that the neckline swoops across from shoulder to shoulder, instead of being the square shaped dip it is now. Oh well, next time experiment with more yarn, I guess :D I'm very town about whether to keep or to tear the thing up. I like the general look of it, but the bulky fabric is not exactly flattering. There just seems to be too much around the waist. I'm not sure if I would wear it the way it is, but since it's already knit, and it was only 300g of wallflower cotton, I may take the risk of running this baby through the sewing machine. If I took enough off the sides at the waist, so that it had negative ease and fit nice n snuggly, it would probably look a lot less boxy. *sigh* Why do I always fall for the patterns made for the scrawny little boobless girls??


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