Purl Soho - Cable Back Shell

Hello Everybody,

I wanted to show you a knit garment that I finished at the end of June. I initially picked this project so that I could participate in a KAL that was being co-hosted by Kristin of the Yarngasam Podcast and Voolenvine Yarns and Shawna of the Adelaide Cottage Podcast. The deadline was June 30th, so I finished it just in the nick of time!

As you can see, the cables are the star of this show. Since it was a 22 stitch cable they were not the easiest things to knit, (let me tell you!) but the end result is absolutely worth it. This is a free pattern from Purl Soho called the Cable Back Shell. I knit it out of some yarn I had in my stash. It is two different colors of lace weight yarn held together to be fingering weight. 

I am going to be completely honest with you: this top isn't my favorite. It ended up much boxier than I expected. I did do a gauge swatch and got gauge, but I don't think I looked closely enough at the final measurements. I knit a size Small, and I have about 7.5 inches of ease at the waist. That's a massive amount of ease for someone like me who usually wears garments with very little or negative ease. Looking at it, I should have knit the Extra Small size since that would have been closer to my style.

Right now, it is just too hot to wear it so I haven't been able to play around with styling it very much. I am still planning to wear it once the weather gets a little colder. I think it would look lovely layered over a long sleeve tee or paired with my navy pencil skirt.

I have noticed that the more I knit, the better I get at picking patterns and yarn that will result in something I want to wear all the time. I would love to have a more extensive hand-knit wardrobe to compliment all of my sewn clothes!