Pattern from Interweave Knits (web pattern), available here, size 29″. (yay negative ease)
Yarn: Alchemy Silken Straw in “Scarlett’s Dark Secret”, 2 skeins (with significant leftovers), 100% silk.
Needles: 3.5 mm
Finally done (okay, it was actually pretty fast). It is SO not a nightie, but I love it! It goes well over a cami for a bit of a dress up without heaviness – it only weighs maybe 60 grams. My row gauge must have been pretty off – I lengthened the body by another pattern repeat before the back bind offs, and it’s still not nearly so long as the one in Interweave’s photo.
On the Silken Straw: a wee bit tricky to knit with, because it is not a plied yarn. Instead, it’s just a bunch of threads held together with a sizing. It’s pretty easy to not catch all the threads, especially in the lace pattern, but once you get used to it, everything goes pretty smoothly. The skeins are quite large – I have maybe a little less than half a skein left!
Before blocking, the top was all scrunched up and also? tiny looking. But a good soak, a nice stretch out and although it still only measures 30″ at the bust (I’m 35″) it stretches nicely. The fact that it has such a low back probably contributes to that! The fabric is sooooo nice after blocking – crisp, but very smooth and drapey.
More, and flat, photos at my flickr. Did I mention I love it?
Happy Canada Day!