~azuki top~

Finished!

#39 Azuki
Verena Knitting, Summer 2009
Size – 36″, for a 36″ bust
Yarn – Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK (80% bamboo viscose, 20% wool), shade 136, 9 balls used

This is my favourite finished item so far – unlike a lot of items I’ve knitted, I will definitely wear this one a lot!  It is really soft and drapy, and it’s not too hot to wear for an Auckland summer.  I love the yarn and the colour, in fact the colour range in this yarn is so gorgeous I found it hard to decide which one to use.  I suppose I can always knit another!

I can’t decide whether I prefer it tied at the waist or higher up – what do you think?
(I know – I’m so short-waisted there is not much difference!)

Can you see the little monkey in the photo in the background?  That is L when he was about 3 years old.  I’m missing him heaps at the moment, but he is due home today after 2 weeks staying with his grandparents, so it’s all exciting.

There is a small error in the pattern – you work even in p4, k4 rib for 27cm, not 17cm as stated.  The measurement in inches is correct.  Otherwise I followed the pattern exactly, and it is very well written.  I really like the way the decreases on the bodice are designed.

I would recommend using a fairly loose tension on the crocheted slipstitching around the front neck where it crosses the bustline, before you add the neck band – especially if you have a large cup size.  I did the slipstitching on the cast-on edge of the shoulder straps three times to get it even, and not too loose!

At first I thought the flower might have been a bit large, but I’m used to it now and like it.  Mine looks completely different to the sample, so I have no idea what happened there – but by then I just wanted it finished!

The quilt is coming along nicely – I’ve sewn all the blocks, and I’m pleased to report it has Tiggi’s approval!

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4 thoughts on “~azuki top~

  1. Definitely think it looks cuter tied up higher – that way the ribbed triangle it creates makes a more interesting dialogue with the neckline, to my eye. But then, I either like things to ride low on my hips, or to be super A-line, so I'm a bit biased.

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