Way back in March, I bought some gorgeous 4ply yarn from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. My original intention was to knit the Bette top from Knit Vintage but the pattern was so fiddly I gave up and knitted something else.
I give you the Cranberries top!
But this isn’t what the top is supposed to look like, and I made two massive mistakes along the way.
So what went wrong with this top?
Mistake #1 – Changing the yarn
I started out with this pattern, the BEPPU top on Ravelry. I expected something loose and baggy. I probably would have achieved that if I’d used the yarns suggested.
Not me. I decided to use the Knit Global 4ply I bought at the Edinburgh Yarn Festival.
So I was knitting with a single strand of 4ply, when I was supposed to be using two strands of the ITO yarn.
Mistake #2 – Changing the Pattern
The top is supposed to give a final bust measurement of 44″. I knocked a whopping 4″ off that, thinking it would still be big on me as I’m not a 40″ bust!
Combine the lower stitch count and the wrong yarn, and the top ended up fairly ‘form fitting’ where I was expecting loose and airy. Luckily it still fits.
But the top also wound up too short for me as well. It tends to ride up a little, so I was going to end up with a crop top – which looks stupid on someone of 33 who isn’t built like Scarlett Johanssen.
The Fix – The Accidental Peplum
I still had plenty of my second skein left, so I decided to pick stitches up around the bottom hem. The two rows of double rib could just act as an elasticated section!
But I managed to get that wrong, and I ended up with double the number of stitches I was expecting. By this point I just wanted done with it, so I knitted a straight section, and finished off with a panel of double moss stitch to stop the edge curling over.
I give you the accidental peplum.
It actually makes the top just the right length and stops it riding up too far.
Do I actually like the top?
Surprisingly, yes. It’s more fitted that I would have liked, but it’s also surprisingly stretchy. It doesn’t have side seams because it was knitted in the round, and grafting the shoulders together means I don’t have seams there either!
In terms of construction, it’s actually pretty simple. If I’d followed the pattern properly, I’d probably love the result, instead of just liking it.
But I did love the way the self-striping yarn pooled in places!
I do like the armholes and the neckline is pretty good, but I just really wish I hadn’t cut the size down so dramatically!