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El Jardin Top


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Living not far from the Mexican border, I can(tm)t help but be influenced by Hispanic folk art and handcrafts. Ceramics, wall art and paintings, textiles and of course, white lace. El Jardin, my tribute to traditional women(tm)s blouse, is named after the town square, heart and soul of San Miguel de Allende, one of the prettiest destinations in Mexico. A simple, but very attractive lace pattern is used to decorate this top, which is worked in the round from the bottom up. Worn with jeans and a pair of sandals, this cotton top will make a great summer outfit. The body of the top is worked in the round to the underarm, then front and back are worked separately back and forth. Sleeves are worked in the round, with sleeve cap worked flat. Finished Measurements: 331/2 (361/2, 40, 431/4, 461/2, 50) inches /85 (93, 102, 110, 118, 127) cm bust circumference. Shown in size 361/2/93 cm on 37/94 cm bust with 1/2/1 cm of negative ease. Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows = 4/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on size US4 (3.5 mm) needle, after blocking. 24 sts and 36 rows = 4/10 cm in Lace Border pattern, after blocking. Four 14-rows repetitions of Lace Border Chart = 6/15 cm, after blocking. Tools: Size US4 (3.5 mm): 24-32(60-80 cm) and 16(40 cm) circ. Set of double-pointed needles (dpns) of same size. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge. 4 markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn. Materials: Sport weight yarn (approximate amounts): 920 (970, 1000, 1250, 1426, 1750) yards 828 (873, 900, 1125, 1283, 1575) m. Difficulty: Intermediate. Techniques: working in round, reading charts, lace knitting, ssk, k2tog. GAUGE 24 sts and 32 rows = 4/10 cm in Stockinette stitch on size US4 (3.5 mm) needle, after blocking. SUGGESTED YARN 1300 yards of Sport weight PREFERRED BRAND/YARN Premier Solids

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Happy Ewe
When I was about 7 or 8, my mum taught me both knitting and sewing. Or I would rather say she started to teach me back then and I am learning ever since. I love the sense of achievement I get from working with yarn, learning new techniques, enhance my fiber knowledge. And I love to share enjoyment of needlework with people!