Pattern Review: Summer Trellis

In keeping with finding new to me designers who offer size inclusive patterns I stumbled across Kniterella on Ravelry.com and her Summer Trellis top. I chose this pattern primarily because I loved the simple yoke design. It gave a little intricacy without seeming too involved.

This pattern has charts AND written directions which for this new chart reader was a true plus! To be fully transparent the charts themselves are not necessarily easy to remember but the stitches themselves are easy enough to remember in each row.

There’s a sweet dancing pair of stitches called Left and Right Twist that I just loved! By the time I passed the yoke I was sad to see them go. This worked up surprisingly fast. I used Fairmount Fibers ‘Alegria’ yarn which is a superwash merino and polyamide blend sock yarn.

I made the size six (6) in the short sleeve version and used three (3) hanks of Alegria. Once finished I went ahead and blocked it by soaking in a sink full of cool water and wool wash. The stitches relaxed beautifully and evened out which made the top look very polished.

Final thoughts:

  • I like that charted and written instructions are included. I’m sure that’s a tedious step for the designer but it’s so helpful when having to remember left versus right symbols.
  • It’s really nice when designers split out directions for sizes in individual sections versus having them jumbled in a long paragraph.
  • More than all else, the shaping in this pattern gave me just what I wanted. To avoid the boxy look and give some actual dimension to my non box shaped body.

Here’s a few pictures of the project, if you want to follow along as I work through the pattern in real time follow my instagram documentation

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