Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Poetic Lacy Top

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Sweet mother of pearl, it is hotter than blazes here in my neck of the woods.  My hair looks like a meringue.  My glasses are sliding off my face.  It is summer with a capital S.  There isn’t enough iced tea in all the cupboard.  And still, I rather like it.  I do, what can I say?  This is my favorite kind of weather.  While that is the story of the day for anybody within five hundred miles of here, in other news, I have made this awfully pretty lacy top. 

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[Artsy photos of me by Dean Johnson.  That one has kind of a cool graininess, which I sort of adore, with the blowing curtain adding a certain Wyeth-ish quality.  He’s pretty good at almost everything.]

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[Dang, I think I like the photos better than I like the sweater.  I always tell him to keep my face out of it; otherwise I’d have to spend an hour getting all spruced up for having my mug on the internet, and who’s got time for that?] 

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So, this little top.  I looooooove it.  Also, I love that I actually managed it, because it turned out to be quite a brain teaser for me.  This thing almost beat me.  You join the motifs (which are easy enough on their own) as you go, working in the round while following a flat chart, and there are square motifs and pentagon motifs and hexagon motifs, and they are strategically placed in order to make the shaping happen, which is just tremendously clever, but I had to use about eighty markers and sticky notes and diagrams to keep everything straight.  Four times, I said out loud, “Omygosh, this is too hard for me.”  Then, I’d go off and do a load of wash or mop the kitchen.  After awhile, I’d come back and try again, make one little breakthrough, then get stuck.  Off I’d go to clean the tub.  Back again, another mystery solved.  And so on, until lo! It was done.  It felt a little miraculous, and I was very proud of myself. 

The pattern is the poetically named “Lacy Top” from the 2012 crochet issue of Vogue Knitting.  It is clever and without flaw, and I am feeling like such a brainiac for figuring it out.  I used Jo Sharp Soho Summer, which is a DK weight cotton (and is practically unplied—it’s like a bunch of individual threads that just lie near each other) but which is very soft and is the most gorgeous shade of pearly gray.  I think I used about four balls of it—I have so much of this in the stash that I honestly don’t notice when some of it is missing—and a US F hook. 

The only thing is…

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Do you see what I see?  Have you seen Mean Girls?

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Alas, this is a result I did not anticipate, and I can only blame myself, after all, and I swear in all my trying-on I never saw it, though Dean later said, “Yep.  I noticed.”  So.  Any ideas? 

41 comments:

  1. No, but besides...that...it is a lovely top! I would be at a loss, too.

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  2. I would make two more small motifs and sew them in. But that is just me. I love it though. It is very pretty. Or maybe wear exactly the same color top underneath so that it isn't quite as noticeable. Or maybe just do nothing. It is a beautiful sweater after all.

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  3. my thoughts were just what Kashi said!

    it's really lovely otherwise!

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  4. Haha, funny! I love that movie :) maybe try sewing those motifs that are there together at the center? I don't know if that makes any sense? Also, I don't know if it would change the look but maybe it's worth a try

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  5. Hi....love your blog. I found you just a couple weeks ago. I think you should draw the circles together (fill in) with a couple chain stitches so they aren't so noticeable. I really like the top!

    Amy

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  6. eh!eh!eh!.....so funny, indeed!!! The top is nice and I just imagine the hard work behind it! I agree with Kashi advice about wearing a top underneath of the same colour.....;-D
    xxxx Alessandra

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  7. I don't have any good idea about how to fix this...otherwise, your top is lovely.

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  8. I didn't notice until you mentioned it! But I'm working on a dress and I'm afraid it's going to have similar issues......

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  9. I noticed as soon as I saw the pic and I'm sorry, but I'm laughing as I type this. I don't have a solution but it does make for an interesting top! Kashi's idea sounds like a winner.

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  10. Oh who cares? This is gorgeous! Its a conversation piece. I love it. Wish I had the patience for something so complex. It fits your personality ... it has class and moxie.
    I have the same dilemma. I love this hot weather and love to knit in dk cotton too. Though now I am doing a silk wrap.

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  11. How about just drawing some winking smiley faces on your shirt?

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  12. Was the model in the magazine flat chested? Just curious how you didn't spot it on her. I think if you try to fix it, you could end up drawing more attention to it -- but it looks great from the side view!

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  13. LOL!!!!Oh my goodness..I have tears from laughing so hard!!!!! I was thinking the same thing before I saw the ??? picture and when I saw the picture in question...I laugh even harder!! Oh...laughter is great therapy!..I love the top anyway...You did a very good job!

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  14. Oh no!! What a bummer! It looks like there are some good suggestions to help here. Regardless, you did a great job.

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  15. LOL Oh my goodness! Was it a design floor in the pattern? Ummm... could you do 2 or 3 repeats of the line of stitches that is above and below the unfortunate "headlight" scene through the middle of the gaps? I realise it would throw off the patterning, but... it might make the gaps less noticeable. (Hopeful shrug)

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  16. The blouse is gorgeous and instantly makes me want to make one ( just like I did when saw the shawl you jus made - if you want go check the one I just started after I saw yours :)) it's so beautiful I don' t think you will notice because as you move it won' t be so noticeable. However, if it really bothers you you could maybe make a couple of the center of the motif and try to introduce it where the holes are showing... You might have to place a few around the shirt so it does not look uneven ... Don't have any idea if it would work ... Just thinking out loud ... But since it's so late here now I might not be thinking clearly... Anyways ... Just absolutely LOVE the top... It inspires me l great work :)

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  17. hee hee, wear it backwards?

    congratulations on conquering such a difficult pattern kristen, you amaze me everytime i come here :)

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  18. Ha-Ha! I am laughing out loud, literally. It is very pretty but seems that strategic placement might have been off just a bit. Maybe you could make some little motifs to stitch in there. Good luck! :) Tammy

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  19. Oh dear.
    The good thing is that unlike some people I could mention who probably have a few years on you, (probably me...) your boobage is not peeking out from a pair of holes lower down on your lovely top. Or indeed even hanging out of the bottom. (Not me just yet thankfully.)
    x

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  20. Can you turn it around?? Haha. I love it though. It looks like a cross on the front. I reckon just do a few filler stitches in there.

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  21. Hi there Kristen! I am sitting with a cup of tea and wondering why on earth it has taken me so long to discover your blog! Well, that maybe due to the fact that I have been so behind these last few months on the blogging front......but it's just incredibly lovely to find a beautifully inspiring blog, and know that you could spend a whole day catching up with all the posts!

    Hopefully, in the summer hols I can catch up completely, but am so excited!

    Take care

    Vanessa xxxx

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  22. oh my!...it is a beautiful top Kristen.
    I would do some loose diagonal chain stitches
    in those two obvious spots :)
    Have a lovely day,
    penny x

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  23. The top is SO pretty, it's a shame to add anything else to it, maybe if the circles bother you add some stitches across them but I do think it's beautiful.

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  24. I have no answers to your dilemma, except maybe adjust from the top of the shoulders and draw it up a bit if possible.

    I was so excited that you mentioned the Vogue Crochet and then provided a link for me to buy it! I have been wanting a copy of this magazine and didn't know how I would get hold of one. I have now purchased it and now have the delightful anticipation of waiting for it to arrive in my mail box. Thank you!!!

    xXx Helen

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  25. oops! I think you should so what Kashi suggested as anything else will drawer more attention. Trust a man not to point it out when they noticed it!

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  26. Love your blog! Just lovely! Tiny chain motifs using the join as you go method should fill in the space. Probably just a ring then a few chain loops of say 10 chs each connected to the surrounding motifs. Using chains will keep it lacy and open and fit with the look of the top, which btw is gorgeous! Have a great day!

    Sarahsweethearts.blogspot.com

    Sarah

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  27. Love it...could you make the same medallions that are above and put them in like it was planned?

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  28. First I have to say, wow, you have such a darling little figure!!!! I love the lacy top. But crap....what to do about the peek a boo front? Hmmmm...tassles maybe. No..sorry, did I say that out loud?
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  29. Wow, this is such a pretty lacy thing, and what a journey you went through to get there! Got the housework done at the same time too, well done you!
    A small flowery motif in the centre of the holes might do the trick, or a few extra chains so as not to spoil the balance of the pattern,or as so many other clever ladies have already suggested, a top in the same colour!
    I have great faith in you that you'll figure out the perfect solution!
    Gill xx

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  30. I don't think it's that obvious - I couldn't figure out what you meant at first, until I looked a few times.
    I think it's a gorgeous top - so pretty!
    Maria x

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  31. OMG! Sorry but I noticed right away and thought...does she realize how the spaces are positioned? Its a beautiful top... maybe as the one person said make a couple of motifs for those spots but, you might need to make a few more to scatter around other spaces so it is not obvious that you are trying to cover those! Good luck! Let us know how it works out!:)

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  32. I was so lost in the loveliness of it, that I did not see it till the end. It's poetic alright, how about "Ode to the Girls".
    Kidding aside, it's so pretty that I don't think it's an issue, but if it bothers you, throw in a few more motifs, knit a shawl to cover it, or maybe a breast reduction? (Sorry. Suddenly I'm like Chandler on Friends, there are just so many good lines that could go with this.) Dean would probably like the tassel idea. Wear it and be proud!!!!
    You did a beautiful job : )

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  33. I agree, two small motifs would solve the problem. Its beautiful otherwise! Congratulations!

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  34. I've been catching up on blog reading and only got round to this today. I didn't notice till you pointed it out and I am now laughing. Reading todays post I believe the problem is resolved. But I did wonder what did the model look like on the pattern. Thanks for sharing and making everyone smile. Ali x

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  35. WOW! Beautiful work. You can't get that Vogue edition here for love or money (it's also known by another name here)so wonderful to see your finished article which I LOVE to bits (glad you got the 'modesty' problem sorted!)Thanks for sharing.

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  36. Oh hon you have absolutely reduced me to tears! I was happily reading your post, and totally loving your new creation and hadn't noticed your 'issue' until later on once you mentioned it. Then I lost the plot and laughed so much that my husband had to come and see what was going on. I loved his comment, he said - "oh yes, trouble with the headlights"!!! Typical bloke.

    PS: Love, love, love your blanket too!
    Leah
    xxxx

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  37. Its just lovely. Love your blog its so inspiring.

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  38. The top is so very lovely, the wholes aren't very well placed though(at original pattern), but that big "flower" just underneath would fit pretty well in the wholes above? Is it possible to crochet just two and sew them in? Or as someone suggested, make more and spread them uneven...

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  39. Oh yes i see it! Thanks for giving us a giggle, hubbys will always notice, smile and say nothing, you have to love them! It looks beautiful!

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  40. Oh my gosh. I love this! It is stunning.

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