While I was away I got quite a bit of knitting done. I brought four projects: of those, I finished two and made considerable progress on the third.
The Pattern: Smocked Tee from Knit.1 Magazine
The Yarn: Vickie Howell Rock (7 balls black) and Trendsetter Tonalita (1 ball, color of your choice!)
The Needles: US 6’s and 7’s
The Verdict: This was a sample for A Mano, and was a fun little knit. Honestly it’s not quite my style, but it looks great on Annette (one of the LYS owners) and it’s a cute knit to display on their table. As for the yarns, I LOVE Tonalita. Rock was a little harder to work with because the hemp tends to shed – I hope that will abate with wear. I love the detailing on the back of this – both the pleat and the seed stitch really set off the top.
The Pattern: Grumperina’s Picovoli (Can’t get enough of this pattern!)
The Yarn: Frogtree Cotton and Silk
The Needles: US 5’s
The Verdict: I LOVE this top and have already worn it twice – and I just finished it last Wednesday! This was an easy knit and the yarn is fabulous – so soft and cool. This will be a great summer top and I can’t wait to wear it more!