“Star Camisole”, Vogue Summer 2009

Posted: August 22, 2010 in Cotton

I recently listened to a KnitPicks podcast talking about how sometimes your original intention for a yarn and pattern loses its appeal over time. Sometimes it’s the right thing to abandon your original concept of creativity to embrace a new use for your yarn. I totally had that experience with this project because I originally bought this yarn for a Debbie Bliss St st shell pattern. What looked like a quick summer knit in a beautiful cotton/bamboo yarn became so laborious after casting on and working 9 inches that I was about to abandon the pattern and yarn. Then I discovered this pattern from last summer’s pattern stash and I had a new burst of motivation. So I unraveled all of my previous work, sat down on a sunny afternoon and devoured the new pattern and took the plunge into casting on a new project. Since then, I have had nothing but pure knitting pleasure with the right yarn matched with the right pattern for a purely loveable knitting experience.

The Star Camisole is a very clever design where the pieces are “built on” from the center rays. Although it is graded as an advanced pattern, it’s been quite quick to knit because each piece isn’t very large and the construction is so unique it slowly grows into something distinguishably wearable before your eyes.

the inc's are part of the decorative effect

I was puzzled by the direction of the increases in the same stitch starting front and back and consequently creating a purl stitch on the St st (RS) and thought I was doing it wrong. However, this purl stitch became more obviously intentional and I saw that it was actually creating a two row moss stitch contrast to the St st that gave the rays definition and beauty.

One of the details that caught my eye in the magazine/pattern photo was the beauty of this transition from the St st ray into what is the strap. It was really fun to see how this detail was constructed through a gradual dec and introduction of the ribbing pattern that is the strap. Here it becomes a simple 14 st ribbing for the rest of the strap length.

I assume with blocking that the ribbing will become a little more even. I was a little bewildered why the ribbing looks so uneven. I don’t usually notice this in my ribbing. At this point, I discovered a hidden virtue of my yarn: it has quite a lot of spring or elasticity to it. I found this out when measuring the strap and realized that a very little pull really made a difference in the length.


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