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Stratford Halter Top

If you can’t tell, I’ve been putting off taking proper photos of finished knits.  I have a sweater, four hats, a shawl, and a cowl finished and just waiting for a photo.  My phone is full of photos, my camera’s full, and my computer and hard drive are full of back-ups.  I’m at that point where all photography is about to come to a grinding halt if I don’t do a little tech clean-up.  But this photo looks good enough to suffice as a “Finished” photo, so here you go.

(ravelry, kollabora, instagram, flickr)

This is Tara-Lynn Morrison‘s Stratford Halter Crop Top.  It’s similar to the Leeds Halter I knit a week ago, but only has one tie at the back of the neck.  It also has a bit more coverage.  I really like the look of this one and I think the Rowan All Seasons Cotton is a quality warm weather yarn for it.  I was testing this out for re-writes, so I knit it as written.  I have started a second one, however, with 20 less stitches in the cast-on so that it will fit me the way I like.  I will totally wear this for Galveston weekends next summer.

The All Seasons cotton yarn has a suede-like feel that is a bit nicer than dishcloth cotton.  Knit at a tight gauge, I find it gives enough coverage, too.  My gauge for this was about 4.5 sts and 7 rows per inch knit on size 3 needles.  I went searching, out of curiosity and since I do live in a warm climate, for information about good yarn for halters, bikini tops, etc that are appropriate for summer.  The consensus is that cotton, knit tightly, and a bit small so that it stretches and holds it’s shape works best.  They also seem to unanimously agree that knit bikini bottoms never really look good.

So, though it looks like I’m in the middle of summer with these last two projects, I’m actually hard at work on three sweaters, a shawl, and a bulky wrap.  That’s besides all of the finished knits awaiting photographs.  Get ready, because when the FO photos start coming, they will be in droves.

Speaking of serious Fall sweaters, have you guys seen the round up for the Summer Sweater Knit-along 2015?  They’re all so beautiful.  I love that when I read the names of the giveaway winners, I could say, “Those are my friends!”

In other happy news,  I was pretty psyched that The Great Northern Kickstarter was more than a success and I will, indeed, be getting that book of patterns in the future.

So, are you guys doing Fall oriented things or are you still stuck on summer?

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