Monday, July 07, 2008

Surplice Lace Top

Surplice Lace Top
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Overall, I'm going to give it a thumbs up. The only thing I'm not completely happy with is the size I choose. I made the 43", but I should've dropped down, since I added bust darts. It's a little big in the shoulders (not bad in the photo, but as I wear it, it tends to move around a lot on me). However, it's a very minor thing, and I'm not disappointed in the project at all.

Project Stats:

Pattern: Surplice Lace Top by Gayle Bunn (Nashua Handknits Designer Collection #4)

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Cherry Moon (photo is a little washed out, much prettier in person)

Changes to the pattern: added bust darts and lengthened the body a little

Problems with the pattern: none that I remember

General comments: I did end up doing the pattern as written, in that I made the lace panels and top section seperately. I figured that it would be easier to fix if my bust darts didn't work out. To make seaming the top to the bottom easier, I used a crochet cast on for the top pieces. Basically I had crochet edge seams, which are a piece of cake to whip stitch together. As I stated earlier, I do wish I had dropped down one size, as it's a little big thru the shoulders, but that certainly doesn't keep this from being a thumbs up project.

I also got photos of my Mermaid, but I'm going to do a seperate blog entry for that later.


  1. Gorgeous! I'm glad it fits you, even though I would have loved to steal this one! ; )

  2. Anonymous12:21 PM

    It looks very good on you. You have a right to be proud of it. One suggestion ... would running a right row of crochet chain stitch along the back neckline help keep the shoulders in place?

  3. That looks terrific on you!

  4. Very pretty. I love the color!

  5. It looks beautiful on you. What a fantastic job you did on it.

  6. I have been debating CO for this for a year! Your photo did it. You're about my size and I *always* have to add bust darts. I think I'll try to knit the whole thing in one piece, but will take your note and CO for the neck edging. thanks loads!


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