I love that this summer top was knit entirely in Utah. It will forever be associated with hoodoos and slot canyons in my mind. It’s Just Beachy by Emma Welford, who also designed the Holla Back Tank I made last fall.
The yarn is Goshen by Valley Yarns in dark olive and sage. These colors even seem campy and are very, very me so I know I’m going to wear the heck out of this. I like the weight and feel of the Goshen, but I was a little disappointed in the number of knots I encountered. However, that didn’t stop me from ordering more, on sale, for a Lace Striped Sweater in one of the brief moments where I found cell service on this trip.
Check out the I-cord bind off neckline. I used size 1 needles to knit the ribbing, then went up to 2 1/2’s for the body, but the pattern calls for 6’s and 7’s. I didn’t exactly think this through when I packed all of the yarn for our trip. Having three balls going at once in the truck would seem difficult to maneuver. But, I think the confined space made it easy to keep track of them. Around the campsite, I used a giant rubbermaid yarn bowl. No problem, but I wouldn’t want to convert this to knitting in the round, though. I’ve never knit anything in vertical color blocking before, but I love it! I’m also digging these summer tops with no waist shaping.
Knitting the mesh lace felt so natural after all of the lace I’ve been attempting lately and the cable pattern was just challenging enough to be fun without distracting me from the view. Normally, I’d have lost my cable needle one million times on the floorboard, but this was knit in a relaxed gauge, so I tried cables sans the needle and it worked great.
The finishing on this made me a little nervous because I made a mistake in the lace very early in the knitting of one side and I thought when it was seamed with another piece of lace it might show. It doesn’t, though. One last note- this knit up fast! Want to watch it grow?
Here I am wearing it with strings hanging out at the worst hotel ever. (I really do own more than one pair of shorts.) There is nothing like getting back from vacation well-rested, sunburnt, with a full memory card, and a couple of finished knits.