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Kirsi’s Frippery

Hello, everyone!  I may have been silent, but I’ve been doing lots of crafting! I’ve been focusing on some child and baby projects.  They’re relatively quick, and you know I love instant gratification.  We’ve all been sick (and still are), but I managed to sneak outside with Kirsi for a few minutes to photograph her new Frippery.  I quickly regretted that decision once we went back inside and discovered that Eva had found a way to entertain herself in our absence.  You see, Eva got a pet fish (Frank) a couple weeks ago.  She was told NOT to feed him without Mommy or Daddy present.  She must have thought that was just a suggestion, because she fed Frank an entire bottle of pellets while we were outside.  There was more food than water in Frank’s tank.  Needless to say I banished the kids to the porch while I performed an emergency cleaning.  Now Frank’s tank is cloudy because the cleaning messed with his biological filter.  I’m more than a little upset.  I need to stop talking about this.

Anyway, I did get some cute pictures of Kirsi in her top.  The color really compliments her complexion and eyes.  The yarn was a birthday gift from my friend, Kristin.  Usually I shy away from variegated yarns, but this colorway worked.

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035The yarn is Malabrigo Rios in “Lotus.” I knit the 4 year size with size 6 needles. I want her to be able to wear this for a couple of years.  Right now it looks like an oversized tunic, which is cute.

011020028015I took a lot of pictures, mainly because she was rocking that top. I wish I looked that cute in my knits!

I did find a couple of errors in the pattern.  They are listed in my project notes. I contacted the designer a while back to let her know, but she never responded, and as of this post, no updated version has been released.  Besides the errors, it was an easy knit. I bet Eva will be asking for one in blue (of course) very soon!

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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Complete!

I am finally done ruffling.  🙂  I love the finished top.  It is soooo cute!

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It fits Eva pretty well right now.  It’s just a tad big.  As long as she doesn’t have a huge growth spurt, it should fit for the fall/winter, which is when it’ll be most useful.  I thought it would work for summer, but it’s kind of heavy.

After a wet blocking, my gauge measured at 17 sts x 18 rows = 2 inches in st st in the round.  The top itself measured 15.25 inches from the neckline to the hem, and 19 inches around the chest.

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The Back

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The Front

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Shiny Black Buttons

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RUFFLES!

I followed the pattern exactly except for knitting four ruffles per sleeve instead of five.  I used way less yarn than called for in the pattern.  I managed to knit the whole thing with less than 3 skeins of Knit Picks Comfy Sport in “Peony.”  The pattern called for 4 balls.  Of course I knit two less ruffles, but I think I could have finished them with the leftovers from the 3rd ball of yarn.  Your mileage may vary, though.

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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Fifth Progress Report

I managed to finish the sleeves and add a few ruffles today.

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Eva's Ruffled Top sans ruffles.

I love the look of the slightly puffed sleeves.  I’ll have to remember that design feature the next time I knit another baby/toddler top.  I actually like the look of the top sans ruffles and wouldn’t mind knitting another one with the purl ridges extended all the way around the yoke.  Maybe that’s what I’ll do for Kirsi’s top since I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to knit the ruffles with the amount of yarn I have.

The ruffles were a whole lot less complicated than I thought they would be.  (I had no reason to think they would be, I just make mountains out of mole hills.)  It’s going to take forever to finish them, but they’re easy to make.

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Picking up stitches to make the ruffles.

Since I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, I’ve been thinking about my next project.  (Well, my second to next project.  I have to finish up that pair of socks first.)  I’m going to be in a wedding next month, and I’d like to knit myself a shrug to hide as much of myself as possible.  It’s a lace pattern, which will be difficult to pull off successfully with all of the distractions in my house, but I think I can totally do it.


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Fourth Progress Report

I know you’ve been waiting for a crafting update from me.  😉

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Slowly but surely I’ve been making progress.  The body is done, and I’ll be moving on to finishing the sleeves next.  I hope that weird “seam” looking line and the flipping hem sort out after blocking.  (The seam is from magic looping.)  In hindsight, I wish I had switched to larger needles when I went from knitting flat to knitting in the round (the difference in gauge is really noticeable), and I wish I had followed my instincts and knit the body shorter instead of following the pattern.  The body looks unnaturally long, unfortunately.

Anyway, I’ll provide another update once I’ve made some sizeable progress on the sleeves.  🙂


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Third Progress Report

I haven’t had much time to knit lately, so I’m still working on the body.

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The whole thing measures 10 inches.  I need to knit to 14.5 inches before starting the bottom ribbing.  Hopefully I’ll be able to make some progress once Kirsi gets past her I-must-be-attached-to-a-boob-24/7 phase.  I guess she’s having a growth spurt!


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – Second Progress Report

I’ve finished the raglan portion!

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Those purl ridges show where the ruffles will be knit.  I was supposed to knit one more purl ridge, but I forgot.  I’m calling it a design element.  🙂  So far this has been a pretty simple knit – nothing too complicated, just some knits, purls, and yo’s.  I’m already toying with the idea of making Kirsi a matching top in ivory.  Can I stand to make two in a row?  We’ll see.


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Eva’s Ruffled Top – First Progress Report

I was very naughty yesterday and put my MIL’s socks on hold so I could start this top for Eva.  My reasoning?  The socks aren’t due until Christmas, but Eva’s top can be used right away.  I probably shouldn’t have cast the socks aside, but at this point, what’s done is done.

I love the look of the ruffled sleeves on this top.  I’m determined to dress Eva in tons of ruffles until she’s old enough to fight me on it.  Right now she seems pretty thrilled with frills, so I’m hoping she’ll love her new shirt.

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I’m still working on the raglan part, as you can see.  I have 5 more rows to go until it will be joined and knit in the round.  As for the yarn and needles, I’m using Knit Picks Comfy Sport in “Peony” and size 4 needles.  The Comfy Sport seems heavier than sportweight, but that’s not a big deal.  I’d rather the top turn out too big than too small.  Eva can always grown into it!