Construction Mystery

Since I first wrote about starting my spring top, it's snowed. Twice.

I really shouldn't be complaining. These snows have been, at most, an inch, and have melted within a couple of days, and I know there are plenty of people who are dealing with much, much worse. I especially shouldn't be complaining because last week, it was in the 70s every day, and things started flowering, and grass started growing, and birds are singing... and I feel like it's safe to say that Spring is here to stay.

I've been surrounding my office and our home with fresh cut flowers, and it's amazing what a mood-booster they are.

And even though life has been hectic with work, school, and house projects, I've been able to squeeze in some time working on my spring top.

I'm pretty much just winging it on this one. Other than a basic design, the construction of this one is still a little bit of a mystery. I'm working it top down, the front and back separate until the underarms, and then it'll be joined together for the body. The section you see on the stitch holder is the front, and I'm currently halfway to the underarms on the back.

Will I add waist shaping? Who knows. Will I pick up around the arm and add on to the short sleeve that will be there? Only time will tell. When I was sketching out a basic design and thinking of how to start this top, working it top-down won because I wanted to be able to try it on as I went, so I could make any adjustments I wanted.

So even though there's a lot of mystery surrounding the construction, I really think this is going to be a great top when it's all said and done, and I'm hoping I'll learn a little more about construction, and myself as a knitter.


  1. Holly Priestley4/7/14, 10:57 AM

    Looking forward to watching this top grow and the organic process behind it!

  2. www.tresbienensemble.com4/7/14, 2:17 PM

    It's a great idea to have fresh cut flowers around! I should try that. I'm getting fiercely antsy for spring weather. The top is looking really good. I like the stitch pattern a lot. It's going to be neat to see how it comes together.

  3. MichelleCarter4/7/14, 2:37 PM

    Ha! When I read the title, I thought this post would be about your backyard project. Seems I saw something on instagram about that. But personal pattern writing is pretty cool too. I still follow patterns for the most part, possibly because I want a fast FO, but I know a day is coming where I'll want to just strike out and make something up from start to finish. Your design is looking beautiful, Jennifer. I'm anxious to see the end result.

  4. Ha! You're not wrong about that - I'm waiting for the grass to grow in before I post about it! I mostly follow patterns, too. I used to have ambitious dreams of creating all kinds of beautiful patterns, but it's just so easy to use other people's patterns - plus, there are so many amazing ones to choose from. With this one, I'm testing myself, in a way, to see if I can create something from scratch that fits me the way I have imagined it in my head. Plus, it'll be kinda fun to have knitted something that literally no one else has ever knitted! I just wish lace weight wasn't so slow...

  5. Yes - definitely try fresh cut flowers! It's really brightened my days! Plus, there's just something about that amazing scent - I got my ranunculus from Trader Joe's... super pretty & affordable!

  6. You and me both!! Haha!