Slushies Top

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The Slushies Top is an elegant, airy tank from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection of We Are Knitters, an international brand that offers everything-you-need knitting kits featuring chic patterns and high quality yarns. This pattern uses diagonal eyelets to form large diamond shapes throughout the fabric and includes We Are Knitters Peruvian Pima cotton yarn, which is available in an assortment of enticing colors. I chose Light Salmon, a pinkish nude color (rose gold?) that is strangely lacking in my wardrobe–until now! The kit for the Slushies Top can be purchased here. Below is a video showing all that is included in the kit:

Folks, this yarn is soft! So so so so soft. Luxuriously soft. Ideal for summer soft. In fact, knitting with this velvety goodness was so pleasurable that I was a little sad to reach the end of the project.

When I first started my Slushies Top I got in a rush and misread the chart included in the pattern instructions. Oops! The result was a stockinette fabric rather than garter (see below), so I frogged it and started anew–this time with acute concentration. I did quite like the stockinette version, however, so it would be nice to try again. For those of you interested, simply purl all of the wrong side rows.

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The top is knit in two pieces–a front and back–which are worked identically other than the neckline shaping. Since the cotton yarn is a worsted weight it knits up quickly, and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Once the pieces are finished the sides and shoulders are seamed together.

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Upon completion I realized the Slushies Top is actually more of a tunic, which is perfect for tights. It also looks great partially tucked in with jeans or shorts. I like to keep it slouchy, and an off-the-shoulder look would be easy to pull off. However it’s worn, it feels super comfy!

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From the yarn to the pattern, the Slushies Top gets an A+ from me! I look forward to making another We Are Knitters project sometime down the road.

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The tag below was included in the kit. It’s such a nice touch!

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Hollows Shawl for Mother’s Day

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When I decided to knit my mom a shawl for Mother’s Day I had no specific pattern in mind–which conveniently allowed me to relish making good use of the pattern search tool on Ravelry. After a little exploring I narrowed it down to a few shawls and ultimately decided on the Hollows Shawl by mandarine’s. While I had not previously knit a pattern by this author I was drawn to the simple ebb and flow design and felt strongly that my mom would enjoy this tranquil shawl.

I believed a soft color would be best for Hollows, and it occurred to me that I had not yet knit my mom anything in baby blue–though it is one of her favorite colors. I quickly headed straight over to the Quince and Co website, feeling confident they would carry the shade I had in mind in their Finch fingering weight yarn. I was right!

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The colorway is called “Stream,” but to me it’s appearance is more reminiscent of a cloud-and-sky soup on a less than vibrant day. It’s a lovely subdued shade that complements the calmness of the design, and vice versa.

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The simplicity of the pattern combined with its graceful eyelets and wavy lines (created by knitting short rows) seemed somewhat in contrast with the jagged picot edging called for in the instructions. I’m not a fan of picot, not to mention the work it requires as a bind off, and I also suspected my mom would not care for it either. Therefore I left it out and worked a simple bind off instead at the last eyelet-completing row (see below).

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I’m very happy with the results, and now that my mom has seen it I can proudly report that she is delighted with her Hollows shawl. Happy (early) Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!