Nothing like a sunny lazy day, right?
This is my take on the Villeneuve top, the free racerback tee knitting pattern from Espace Tricot. Isn’t that color luuurvely?
The pattern is knitted in the round, bottom-up, in stockinette stitch with a few shaping techniques. The hem is flattened by three rows of garter stitch and dipped by short rows in the front and in the back, making for a very flowy drapy piece. A few symmetric decreases on the sides make for an almost fitted bust, and the armystice and neckline are deep, drawing the racerback.*
* Villeneuve >> Racing >> Racerback, getit? Yup, my racing knowledge doesn’t go that far, also.
The touch is excellent – 100% mercerized cotton tape, the Tahiti from Katia, in beautiful rich aqua (color 12) – breezy and soft. Gift from Dad, so double win!
I learned a lot from this pattern, and I recommend it for a beginner: it asks for a few techniques, but it is a quick knit and the fit is very forgiving. Short rows worked out cool, but my bias bind-off was ghastly, so I covered it up with a crocheted edge. I guess I deviated from the pattern from the start, since I knitted everything from the wrong side – I knit Portuguese style, so purling goes faster than knitting.**
** Wut? Don’t know what is Portuguese knitting? You’re missing out, give it a try!
*** Look at those neat side decreases! Look at that wonky-but-cute edges! Look at that subtle curve from the short rows! *drool*
The fit is so forgiving, in fact, that it didn’t matter that I ended up with an incredibly different shape from the original… I thought the original had too much cleavage to be practical in the summer, so I attempted to close it up a *little*. Besides, crochet makes for a very tight edge. Now the neckline is so fitted that I can barely pass it over my big head!
**** It is like the plumper and happier BFF of the cool chick from the block… Apparently, I can’t count rows and/or convert inches to centimeters!
Anyhoo, I am loving it! Knitting in the summer, who would’ve thunk it?
I guess knitting gives you an even worse case of DIY-googles – since it takes 100x more time to knit than to sew, you’ve got to love whatever comes out!
What do you have on your summer needles?