I finished my Slanting Gretel Tee over a week ago, but am finally getting around to blogging about it. Part of the delay was my inability to get a good modeled picture. It was so rainy and dreary here last week (It was very atypical Texas weather; I felt like I was back in Ohio.) that I couldn't get a decent picture.
Anyway, this was actually a pretty quick knit despite the cables and seed stitch that make it look more difficult than it is. The project also moved along more quickly because I am totally OBSESSED with knitting right now. It's all I want to do. My house is a pigsty. I got my first Wii injury...because I was trying to knit while doing Wii Fit. Stupid, I know. I thought I could handle running in place and knitting. Not so much. Oh well.
I enjoyed knitting this top because I love knitting in the round. The cables and seed stitch made it interesting while the stockinette stitch gave me some quick mindless knitting as well. I loved that when you finish knitting, the only finishing work is binding off the sleeve stitches and weaving in a few ends. The only thing I didn't love is the way my M1s look next to the cables on either side of the seed stitch section. I kept getting holes (mostly with my M1Ls). Since I used a cotton, there is no halo to hide these. Oh well. I've already worn the top once and liked it. It's a fun little top. Makes me feel part Maid Marian and part Xena.
Pattern: Slanting Gretel Tee by Petra Manis (in Interweave Knits Fall 2009)
Size: Smallest (30 1/4" bust circumference)
Yarn: ella rae Baby Cotton (50g/100m/88% Cotton-12% Nylon/Color 07 Dusk) 5 skeins
Needles: Size 5 (24" and 16" circular)
Modifications: I added about an extra inch of length before starting the raglan.