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
Recipient: moi

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!

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Lelah in Progress

Posted by jess at May 3, 2005 2:00 PM

Your Lelah looks so pretty! You look great to. Don't think *messy* hair, think sexy, tousled hair!

Posted by: losmills at May 3, 2005 5:10 PM

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!!!

Posted by: christine at May 3, 2005 5:30 PM

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...

Posted by: scarrie at May 3, 2005 5:42 PM

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!

Posted by: Jenn at May 3, 2005 5:51 PM

think 'empire line' not 'pregnancy'... it looks lovely on you.

Posted by: anna at May 3, 2005 6:54 PM

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!

Posted by: Sara at May 3, 2005 6:55 PM

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!

Posted by: Marcela at May 3, 2005 7:28 PM

It looks great and would be one helluva pregnancy top...

Posted by: Lauren at May 3, 2005 8:30 PM

Girl, you look hot!

Posted by: Karma at May 3, 2005 9:13 PM

Goooooorgeous! The color is so soothingly rich!

Posted by: la chica alta at May 3, 2005 9:28 PM

Gorgeous...simply gorgeous! I am jealous of your petite frame too...

Posted by: Skylar at May 3, 2005 9:42 PM

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. :)

Posted by: semaphoria at May 3, 2005 9:44 PM

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.

Posted by: Sydney at May 3, 2005 11:52 PM

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!

Posted by: Lynne at May 4, 2005 6:09 AM

Wow, that's fabulous! I've been putting off starting this project, but I don't think I can torture myself any longer!

Posted by: Tara at May 4, 2005 9:49 AM

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!

Posted by: christine at May 4, 2005 10:31 AM

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!

Posted by: Aasa at May 4, 2005 11:21 AM

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!

Posted by: stinkerbell at May 4, 2005 11:24 AM

you look fabulous! you have a good eye for matching a yarn to a pattern. very nice work, jess!

Posted by: heidi at May 4, 2005 5:00 PM

i'm totally about to knit this. it looks soooo good!!! congrats on the wonderful FO!

Posted by: Yifaa at May 4, 2005 8:19 PM

So cute!!! Love it, thanks for posting so I can make one, too!!

Posted by: Jenifer at May 5, 2005 3:25 PM

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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Posted by: Terbinafine at June 24, 2005 12:56 AM

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...

Posted by: seamus o'brein at May 15, 2007 5:51 AM

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.

Posted by: Ruthie at December 29, 2008 8:56 PM
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