After my triumph with the new Girl Friday sweater, I went back to the Demla coat that I started in the fall, which was languishing in my knitting pile over the holidays while I focused on gifts and holiday sweaters. I was actually farther along than I thought, and had completed both fronts pieces and most of one back piece. But after finishing the first front piece and knitting the second back piece and one of the facings, I really needed a break. There isn’t much shaping in this coat, and it gets boring.
I decided to make a short sleeved raglan pullover. Not only would it add another needed top to my wardrobe, but it would knit up quickly and give me a rush of accomplishment. At first I thought I’d use up the rest of the Kertzer yarn that I used for my Must Have Cardigan, but it’s turned out to be a difficult color for me to style and I don’t think it would look well as a top. Luckily for me, I had some light blue Plymouth Jeannee yarn tucked away in my stash.
I made up the pattern on the fly, going for a 1930s sportswear look. It think it’s mostly a success, but there is maybe 1/2 an inch too much ease, which is often a problem for me. The top looks cute belted, but I haven’t found a skirt to wear it with unbelted, and it is a little too thick to tuck in. All in all, it was a successful experiment that makes me want to knit a few more short sleeved tops.
The space between the raglan shaping at the neck is just calling out for a brooch, don’t you think?