Pattern: Tunic knitted with a lace pattern in Muskat by DROPS design
Yarn: Ella Rae Baby Cotton (88% cotton, 12% nylon), colorway Spring
Needles: U.S. 6 Zephyr acrylic 60″ circular needle, magic-loop style
With a name like Spring, what else could you do with this yarn?
I was inspired by the bright green of this yarn — the perfect anecdote to the pinks and purples of the girls’ clothes I see all around me, the very embodiment of the season. And although I had never tried to decipher a Drops pattern before, I was willing to try. The Norwegian yarn retailer has an extensive archive of free patterns, usually in a flowing, modern style, but they have a reputation for a somewhat cryptic style. Nevertheless, this was exactly what I wanted. After the joyful experience of knitting this cotton for three elegant washcloths, I could not wait to drape my daughter in its sproingy softness.
I admit that there were times between the tunic’s inception in late March and its completion in mid-April when I almost lost my nerve. I was knitting a slightly thinner yarn at a slightly smaller gauge than specified, using the 7/8 size numbers, and expecting a roomy but well-fitting top for my size 6 wearing five-year old. I had 500g of yarn, plenty of yardage according to the pattern. But as I watched my third ball dwindle before getting to the armholes, I worried. As I looked at the generous circumference of the lace panel at the bottom and the depth of the armholes and front slit, I worried.
But when I used a three-needle bindoff to seam the shoulders, I began to believe. And when the garter-stitch neckline was complete and I laid it out on the back of the sofa, I dared hope beyond my expectations. “Oh my lord, I think it might be perfect,” I wrote in my Ravelry notebook late last night.
There’s no other word. Perfect yarn, perfect color, perfect style, perfect fit, perfect girl. Now all that’s left is the perfect summer to go around it.