Yes, I know Ravleympics was over quite some time ago, but you know me, I’m a day late a dollar short. However, this still doesn’t mean I didn’t get the gold. When I saw there was a WIP Wrestling event in Ravelympics 2008, I knew this event would be my cure for all my UFO’s. There always seems to be so many of them.
Although I started with DROPS Design 95-25, (Ravelry) a fitted tank top, about halfway through I tried it on and disliked the overall look of it. At each point where the rib-like pattern changes, it looked like small “rolls” going around my body, kind of like the Michelin Man. I knew that if I finished it, I would never wear it and that would be a waste of yarn and my knitting time. Since this was to be Ravelympics project, I was unsure what to do. I decided to start over and used the same yarn for this:
This is the first top down sweater I’ve knit and honestly, it was so simple that I’ll definitely knit more in the future. It was wonderful to be able to try it on as I knit it and this was especially true since I was tempting fate by not knitting a gauge swatch and knitting a size smaller than I thought might fit.
I followed the straight neck edge of the instructions, but honestly it should be called rolled edge since that’s exactly what it does on the neckline and armhole openings. When I got to the bottom of the sweater where I was to cast off, I added a purl ridge and then knit a few more rows of stockinette and cast off loosely. I turned the edge under at the purl row and seamed it with one of the yarn plies.
I debated about what to do regarding the rolled edges and they were okay, but I felt like the sweater looked unfinished. With crochet hook in hand I worked a single crochet along the armhole and neckline edges.
The yarn was purchased in February in the WEBS booth at Stitches West. I believe it was $3.49 per skein, but I purchased so much yarn that day, that I also got a 25% discount. With tax and everything, this cost under $12.00 to make. I have socks that cost more. In fact, I have socks that cost double! Overall I’m pleased with the yarn and would probably purchase it again. For the price, it really can’t be beat!
It was a quick simple knit and if you haven’t made it, it’s a pretty great item to add to your wardrobe.