I finished my Miss Kitty top from the Louisa Harding Jesse book!
I used Jesse yarn in color #103-Faded. Jesse is a 100% Cotton Denim yarn that comes in 97 yard (50 gram) hanks. There are six new colors joining the 15 introduced last spring.
I soaked the sweater in the sink, then squeezed out the excess water. Since this is a sweater that will be washed and worn, I decided to treat it how I will after wearing it. Rather than pinning it out, I pulled it a bit to open up the eyelets, then patted it into shape.
Coincidentally, the Yarn Harlot recently blogged about blocking a sweater. Her discussion sounds like what I did to my Miss Kitty top.
I like this picture because my dog Baru photo-bombed me. Also, I think the sweater is adorable!
I’m actually kinda excited it fits so well. I’ve been doing more knitting than sit-ups this winter and might have gained a couple pounds.
The sweater has two sizes: for actual bust of 30 3/4″ and 41″. I made the smaller size and am a 34″ actual. The schematic says the size I made is 33″ at the hem and 23 1/2″ at the collar.
But now that the weather is nice and the dogs and I can take longer walks, I might shrink down a little!
As it happened, my mom brought my niece and nephew down for a visit a few days after I finished the sweater.
I think it looks great on both of us, which is why I hid it for the rest of the trip so she couldn’t swipe it.
If you want to increase the bust size, the pattern tells you were to place stitch markers. There is a two pattern panel difference between the sizes in the book, so you might have to add them in pairs. As you can see from mine, it has a good amount of give.
It should be easy to make the sleeves longer. The pattern starts with working a garter stitch edge, during which you place markers. You’d have to work at least one full pattern repeat before setting them aside, otherwise you’d mess up the pattern when you start the yoke.
With a little planning you should be able to make tweaks.
Now that my Miss Kitty top is finally finished, I’m all set if warm weather every shows up! Have you started knitting and crocheting your spring wardrobe?
Find a local yarn store near you that stocks the Louisa Harding line so you can knit a Miss Kitty of your own.