If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I’m not very successful with summer knits. I’m never really happy with how they feel or look, or just make so many mistakes during knitting that I finally give up.
Well, I think I found the key to successful summer knits: they shouldn’t be for me. Very often I like a pattern, but then I just usually feel awkward wearing it (that is, if I manage to finish the project at all). Yet when I scroll through the projects for the same pattern on Ravelry, everyone looks so great in their summer tops or jackets! So clearly, that’s a case of “it’s not you (dear pattern), it’s me”.
Dear Friends, let me present you the Silver Blossom Tee, summer top designed by Amy Gunderson, my first summer knit in two years that I’ve actually managed to finish and hey, I’ve even enjoyed knitting it! I also love the final result. It’s made for my Mom and I really hope it’s going to fit, as I haven’t asked for her exact measurements this time (but I know she wears clothes about 1-2 sizes bigger than myself, and I think this top should be fine). It’s the kind of garment I can easily see in her wardrobe, I think she’s going to like it.
The pattern, as I mentioned, is called Silver Blossom Tee, and I took at least part of this name literally and used cotton and acrylic yarn with silver thread, Ice Yarns Cotone Stella. The silver thread feels a little metallic so I was worried, especially at the beginning of the project, that it would end up feeling like armor rather than a piece of clothing, but the final result is soft enough to wear even directly on skin. It may feel a little bit scratchy, so for more sensitive skin, I wouldn’t recommend wearing it as a base layer, but it’s not too bad, so honestly I think someone who doesn’t have sensitivity issues could easily wear it without any problems.
I took many photos to show that the yarn is indeed silver rather than grey, I think the one above shows it a little bit, although not as well as I’d like to. That was another thing that I found worrying while knitting, that it would turn up too silver and “festive” to wear during the day, but it’s not the case. It’s shimmery, but not overly so.
I also really love the simple lacy detail on the yoke, just like a wreath of petals around the shoulders, and the A-line of the top.
So there’s that, an actual (SUCCESSFULLY!) finished summer knit. Never knew this could really happen 😉