I love all fiber sports. And like many of my colleagues here at Interweave, I have admired Interweave products since long before I began working for Interweave. Interweave Knits is a favorite—not least because it was in the Fall 2004 issue of Interweave Knits that I happily discovered the crochet insert that grew up to become Interweave Crochet.
|I'm happier than I look here, modeling the Betty's Tee with crocheted edging. (Thanks to barista Chantal at Dazbog in Loveland, Colorado)
Nowadays, it's actually part of my homework to read Interweave Knits. And happy homework it is. In the Spring issue of Interweave Knits, I was immediately drawn to Betty's Tee designed by Tram Nguyen. (Tram also designed the Tunisian crochet Aubrey Coat in the Winter 2009 issue of Interweave Crochet).
I love the exploded entrelac of the Betty's Tee and was intrigued by how its shape evolved under the needles. Not one to dally, I ordered up some yarn and got to work. It's a very engaging pattern, which makes it relatively fast work. As I knitted it, I thought about the many places I would wear this versatile garment.
When I was done, though, the V-neck was a little too Vee, you know? On Knitting Daily, Eunny Jang suggests some knitting variations for Betty's Tee that fill the V-neck. But I opted for crochet to solve the problem.
I set up for the rescue by crocheting a round of single crochet all around the neck edges. Then I worked a row of half-doubles. I tried it on and saw that the shoulders fell a little low. So I pulled out the stitches (love, love that about crochet! When things don't work out, it's so easy to pull it out keeping track of just that one loop).
This time, at the top portion of the shoulder, I worked a few strategic stitches together. Then I worked a row of doubles, a row of half-double and a row of reverse single crochet. The sum of all this is that I filled in the V-neck gently and pulled in the shoulders. (Around the sleeve openings, I crocheted a round of single crochet, then a round of reverse single crochet.)
I now have a sweater I love.
And now that my needles are empty, I'm eyeing the Stria Art Jacket in Summer—it's a tie with the Gretel Tee from Fall 2009. Of course, first I have to finish the Ocean Pearls Cardigan for the Crochet-Along.
So many great ways to tangle fiber. That's our great love at Interweave. And what we truly love is being able to deliver these patterns to you. Right to your doorstep, if you like.
Whether you like knitting, crochet or both, enjoy your fiber!