Now that I completed my squealing with excitement over being physically published, I thought I’d share some of the details and design inspiration behind the Westwood Blouse.

Vivien-Sketch

I was initially attracted the Knitscene call for submission when I came across the “southern comfort” prompt. My brain started thinking of hanging moss and Gone with the Wind and I ended up looking at a bunch of photos of corset covers, which, along with a tank I had from Banana Republic,  served as the starting point for the design.

I was specifically drawn to the blousey shape and sometimes embellished necklines.  I ended up choosing this very simple openwork (two-sided lace) pattern and starting thinking about construction.

VIvien Swatch Scan

This top couldn’t be easier to knit. It’s knit in the round to the armholes and then split at the armhole to work the lace and then seamed at the shoulders into a boatneck. Even if you’ve never knit lace before, the stitch pattern  is an easy two-row/ four-stitch repeat that gives a lot of visual bang, for a small amount of complexity buck.

The swatches above where done in Quince & Co’s Lark, but the final design was done in Kollage Yarns Riveting Sport, a recycled denim yarn. I’m always a bit wary about recycled yarn, but I found this to be lovely to work with. It’s not splitty and very light.

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I will note that the yarn is machine washable/dryable, but my gauge information was based on a swatch/sample that was hand washed and blocked flat, so if you have plans to machine wash/dry your final garment, do so with your swatch and adjust needle size as necessary.

The magazine is currently on newstands or is available as a digital download from the Interweave store. Eventually the pattern will be available as a stand-alone download in the Interweave store (presumably after the magazine is off shelves).

You can also queue it up on Ravelry.

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