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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

A finished summer sweater: Fire Opal Tee

Lookit what happened: I finished a thing.

Fire Opal Tee 4

This is my Fire Opal Tee, and I finished it a few weeks ago as part of Allyson's KAL. Oh, what a satisfying knit!

Allyson designed the tee to be knit with wool yarn, but I live in California, so I subbed Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Parchment, and had to make few modifications. This yarn knits up so soft and drape-y, I know I will wear this all summer (and let's be honest, winter) long. 

Fire Opal Tee 1

Although the pattern was designed to be knit with positive ease, I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I cast on the 38" size (my actual bust measurement is around 40"), and a few inches in, I realized it was going to be far too loose for my liking. So I painstakingly ripped out a good 6" of knitting and cast on the 36" size. I lengthened it by about an inch before separating at the sleeves, but otherwise knit as written. It's perfect. 

Fire Opal Tee 2

And yes, I'm modeling it without a tank top underneath. Once I had finished it, I knew it would lend itself nicely to being sauced-up a bit in this way. I'm not sure if it's because I'm smack-dab in the middle of LA, or if it's just the way fashion trends have turned, but I would have never worn it this way a few years ago. 

Fire Opal Tee 3

Is it the reasonable color? The sophisticated cables? Whatever it is - I'm a-ok being a bit scandalous with just a bra underneath. Maybe it's the short hair. I'm a risk-taker now! 

Fire Opal Tee 5

14 comments :

  1. I don't think I have it in me to wear it without a tank underneath, but it's super cute! Props to you, you're workin' it!

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  2. This is so cute! I love it on you! I'm never energized by warm-weather knitting, but I actually want to make this now!

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    1. Awww, yay! I agree that this one is SUPER wearable! And after moving to LA, I sort of HAD to fall in love with warm-weather knits, right?

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  3. Totally cute, it looks great on you!

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  4. I love this!! And I really like the way you styled it.

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    1. Thanks! I found the high-waisted skirt worked really well with the cropped shape.

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  5. So great! I got more Comfy Fingering yarn to make another Fire Opal to fit exactly like yours... hopefully.

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    1. I'll cross my fingers for you! You can do it!

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  6. It looks great! And I love your mods. I would have skewed toward negative ease as well, especially with the yarn being cotton. (ps: love the entire outfit. The boots are so cute!)

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    1. Thank you! Yup, me and you and the negative ease. Makin' it happen!

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  7. Hi! It looks really great! I'm about to start knitting my own in teal. Can I just ask you for a little help? I was checking the pattern on Knitscene and they mention needles size 4 16" and 24" and size 5 24". However during the text they only say smaller ir larger needle.. What did you used?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks, Rita! I believe I just used size 4 when they said "smaller" and size 5 when it said "larger." Hope this helps!

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