Short-Sleeve Empire Waist

Off the needles:
Over the spring I finished a short-sleeved top for myself and I am pleased with how it turned out. This sweater has a little empire waist and a ruffled neck line knit in stockinette stitch. Of all the sweaters I have made for myself, they have all been bulky and long sleeved, as well as knit in multiple pieces, so this was a whole new adventure for me.  The pattern was knit from the top down in the round, which made it incredibly simple and a very fast knit. The pattern is from a book I got for my birthday with many top-down knitting patterns. It is called "Custom Knits" by Wendy Bernard. There are so many cute patterns in it, I can't wait to make more cute, stylish, easy sweaters from this book for myself. The yarn is a hand dyed 100% organic cotton from Tahki Yarns and I used size 6 circular needles (a set of Knit Picks harmony wood needs which by the way are amazing to knit with). Although the needle size was very small from what I am used it, it still knit up very fast, probably due to the stockinette stitch and small size. The stripes formed in the sweater from the way the yarn was dyed with long sections of either dark, medium, or light blue. I wasn't so sure about the striping at first, but it grew on me and I think it gives the sweater lots of character. The neck was picked up after the body was done, and the many knit increases caused the ruffling edge.

I didn't get a chance to wear the sweater many times during the summer since it was way too hot. This will certainly be a great sweater for the fall and again next spring. I love the way the yarn knit up and I like the light weight cotton. I generally wear the sweater by itself, but can also easily wear it overtop some of my favorite shirts, as you can see in the photo. I really like the short sleeves and I am already thinking about making another one for myself. Not only are they cooler for fall and spring wear, but they take a lot less time to knit, and as you can tell I like things to go fast and be relatively easy. I recommend that anyone to take a favorite long sleeve pattern and turn it into a short sleeved sweater for a new style that's as trendy as it is comfortable.

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