Lelah Strapless Top
Pattern: Lelah Top (free from Knitting for Boozehags)
Yarn: Recycled Acrylic / Mohair / Metallic blend, about 6 oz.
Needles: US 7 circulars and US 9 circulars
What a fun pattern!
If I can just get over the "pregnancy top" feeling of this thing, I'll be 100% loving Lelah. (Okay, I'm over it, thanks to your flattery and insights, Dear Readers: empire waist! empire waist!) I modified for size (FYI, my calculations are that a "S" size, which is what I did, = 132 stitches, though that's not included in Christine's pattern). I also used smaller needles and did 8 repeats of the lace pattern. The only substantive modification I made was that, at the top, I purled a round where I was going to turn the hem to get a crisper fold. Though you can kinda see the elastic (3/4" by the way) under the fabric in the model pic, it's actually not that noticeable in most light. An olive green velvet ribbon finished off the project. Thanks for a great pattern, Christine!
A note to the photo: is there one time, just one time, I could take a photo when my hair's not a mess? Apparently not. Oh, and since the sparkle doesn't photograph well, here's a close-up:
By the way: I think this pattern looks good on just about everyone. If you're thinking of making it, check out the Craftster thread and Christine's reader gallery for plenty of examples!
Posted by jess at May 3, 2005 2:00 PM
Lelah in Progress
Your Lelah looks so pretty! You look great to. Don't think *messy* hair, think sexy, tousled hair!
Jess, toooooo funny! hahahaha, you see, I HAD A KID! And lelah is a great way to uh, mask that lil bit of gut that's being stubborn!!! I'm a big huge fan of all things a-line for the time being!
I love the yarn too! The glitter is totally cool!
I'm not a natural born math wizard, in fact I probably have no business designing when it comes to that element! I need someone to "do the math" for me so to speak. I'm working on that though and future patterns should have more (and correct) sizings! Maybe I could post on craftster thread your size?? Let me know!
But thanks for making it!!!
You look fabulous--that's a gorgeous top and I very much like the choice of yarn. Oh--and YOU don't look obviously pregnant...
It looks adorable! I love that pattern, and can't wait to give it a whirl myself. Don't feel like it has a pregnancy look, because that seems to be the in thing right now- tops that could masquerade as a pregnancy top. I love it, as I have a girl gut, so any style that helps me hide it-I'm all for!
think 'empire line' not 'pregnancy'... it looks lovely on you.
Oh lala, c'est mignon! You do such good work, and are such a little speed demon! And take it from me, you do not, I repeat NOT, look in the least p.g............... You find the grooviest stuff!
WOW! That looks so amazing on you! and the yarn you used looks perfect for that pattern. Enjoy wearing that in NYC summer - you'll pass for a model walking around Soho!
It looks great and would be one helluva pregnancy top...
Goooooorgeous! The color is so soothingly rich!
Gorgeous...simply gorgeous! I am jealous of your petite frame too...
HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA! take it from a pregnant gal that there is no possible way that i could've fit into that top past the fourth month. if that.
pregnancy tops have to be long in order to mask the bulge - that is just a gorgeous empire waist, and it looks fab on you. :)
First time commenter here, and I just had to say Lelah looks great. I'm generally wary of knitted tanks, but that one looks like so much fun. Have you worn it enough to get a sense of how heavy it'll be? Living in the South, I worry about the practicality of tank tops made out of wool or any wool-like substance. But Lelah looks nice and light and not sweat inducing, so maybe I'll give it a try.
Well Jess. That is just too perfect! Flattering fit, very trendy, lovely knitting, perfect design. Very nicely done, and it looks good on you, too!
Wow, that's fabulous! I've been putting off starting this project, but I don't think I can torture myself any longer!
Oh my god, you got spammed by a penis enlargement thingy!!!! Ewwwwwww. At least they left a personal comment..
I just put the pics up in the gallery!!! Thanks for the kind words and for sharing the pics! You do look amazing!
That top looks gorgeous; I'm waiting for some yarn to come in the mail so I can make one for myself.
Also, I've been reading your blog for quite a while now, but have never commented before. Hi!
I love it!
Empire waists and Surplice tops are your (petite person speaking) friend and not preggers clothes
I TOTALLY want to make that top now! Now to see if your size S will be my size S :) Thank you for doing the thinking on it!
you look fabulous! you have a good eye for matching a yarn to a pattern. very nice work, jess!
i'm totally about to knit this. it looks soooo good!!! congrats on the wonderful FO!
So cute!!! Love it, thanks for posting so I can make one, too!!
That is really lovely - beautiful work. I'm coveting a Lelah now - although I can't do strapless. But I think it might look nice with little straps...
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ok... i've tried the site... but the pattern has been moved... and i can't find where it moved to... please help me find it... i'd love to make it for my girlfriend...
this shirt is super super cute! i absolutely luv it! i wish i had it. it is very unique and i have never seen anything like it.