WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater

WIP: Wildflower Top

If you are subscribed to my newsletter, then you've probably already seen a sneak peek of this next project. It all started in a thrift store, where I bought a jean dress that fit like it was made for my body. It seriously couldn't get any better. Then, I found a knit vest that would have perfectly complimented the perfect dress. Unfortunately, the vest was too big. So, I salvaged the yarn and decided to make something different (want to know how I salvaged the yarn? Check out my article on how to deconstruct a sweater).

WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater
WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater

My original idea was to make a sweater with a lacey stitch to provide some light coverage on hot days. I also wanted to make it a crop, so it wouldn't cover the dress too much. My final requirement was that it had non-straight rows, to really highlight the color-changes in the yarn.

Everything went smoothly until I finished the body. Then, I started doubting my original ideas. The body itself is so cute, and it was so easy to construct, now I'm not sure I want to continue with the sleeves and the neck/waist borders.

WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater
WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater

For me, the appeal of this top is it's simplicity. Part of me wants to complete my original design, but another part of me doesn't want to risk over-complicating it. If I were to continue, I would put on full-length sleeves, ribbing around the neck, and a straight border around the waistline that would completely hide the current jagged edge.

WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater
WIP wildflower top - asking for opinions on my next knitting pattern https://killercrafts.co/2018/07/20/wip-wildflower-top/ #knitting #croptop #tanktop #knit #workinprogress #pattern #sweater

So, what do you think? Does this top's slightly undone, simplistic look appeal to you? Or would you rather see the pattern finished to make a sweater? Maybe you have different ideas?

 

Let me know in the comments!

 

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I really do want to hear your opinion.

Leneta is a graduate from Oregon State University currently living in Paris, France. When not writing or crafting, you can find her sipping espresso from tiny cups, watching true crime documentaries, or cuddling her cat, Jack.

6 Comments

  • Valori Dauma

    It is very pretty! I love that you repurposed the original and so carefully wrapped the individual colors into ball form.
    I might have chosen a bolero or shrug instead of the crop. It would have allowed more of the bodice of your dress to show. You could use some of the other yarns and stitch some edging around the neckline and straps of the dress. That would also give you another option for its appearance.
    Great find, awesome crop and wonderful recycling!

    • Leneta

      Hi Valori. I agree, a bolero or shrug would have been great to fit my criteria for this project, but I think I was hooked on this cropped idea from the very beginning. For me, the jean dress brings me back to the 90’s (I don’t know why, but I could totally imagine a spice girl wearing it), and I wanted to follow that vibe with a funky crop.

      But overall, I love your ideas! Maybe I’ll find a way to incorporate the other colors like you suggested.

    • Leneta

      Thanks Jane! That seems to be the general opinion, judging by the emails I’ve been receiving. But I’m tempted to wait for just a couple more responses before making any final decisions.

  • Barb Kartz

    Commenting love it just the way it is. I love the simplicity and that adds to the appeal of it and the colours are what makes it

  • Christine

    This looks just great as it is, but why not do two? Leave this the way it is and do another to follow your original idea. That way you can have the best of both worlds!

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