This is one of the fastest garments I’ve ever knit. I do think the insane number of hours spent on a bus helped me a little, as well as the fact that it’s stockinette in the round. I love this shirt so much, but I have to admit there are some things I would change to make it fit my body better. I would have started the color striping for the medium instead of the small, so that the length was better. I would have nixed the side increases for the body, so that it was a bit tighter fitting, which I think would help with the bottom folding up. That’s pretty much it though. For my first experience with the contiguous sleeve method, and my first top-down garment as well, it was definitely interesting to see how it all got done. I think the fit for the sleeves isn’t as great as seamed sweater, but that might just be this particular version of the contiguous method, I’m not sure.
Now that we’re through with my complaints, let me gush. As the first knit top I’ve ever made (not a sweater) I love this. I think casual tops are going to be my next design genre. Elfe is so comfortable, even yesterday, when it was nearing 90 degrees. Yesterday morning as I searched for a skirt to wear with it (nearly all of my skirts are patterned) I decided to class up a bit and wear my grey pencil skirt. I think it looks super cute in this outfit, but what I love about this top is that when the weather cools down a bit I can just as easily wear it with jeans and sneakers. I even think it would keep me realtively warm in the fall.
I love the color combination too. Even my friend commented that although she’s not normally a fan of orange, it worked perfectly for this top. She then proceded to ask me for the pattern and help with choosing colors. I think this top is a little contagious! I was worried at first about mixing two different sock yarns, but the Madelinetosh and the Wandering Wool paired remarkably well together. The top feels like one fabric as they’re both about the same weight.