Saturday, May 2, 2009

Leap of Faith

I am generally not much of a risk-taker. I don't ride roller coasters. Or even spinning teacup rides. My husband manages our stock portfolio because I don't have the stomach for it. But in knitting? Knitting is where I dare to be just a tad more adventurous.

I love experimenting with fresh-off-the-press patterns and those that are on the road less traveled. I like playing with interesting construction and unique geometry. After all, it's only yarn. So, when I saw Olga's Petal Halter in the IK Spring issue, I of course had to knit it.

I loved doing the modular petals. They are the perfect portable project--small and easy to memorize. I almost always block and seam as I go along in a project, so that I can ensure a good fit, but I had to take a leap of faith with this one since it's really hard to try on properly until you're all done. I did run into a sizing problem (of my own making, not the pattern's), but I rigged up a solution and it worked out okay. I did also tink with the straps. Understand that my posture is not the best, and I really had a feeling that the original straps would have worked to accentuate this. So, I fiddled around a bit and ended up doing a little cord.

For the curious, more info is on Ravelry and in the gallery.


  1. ohmygosh! I LOVE it! I thought this looked like such a great pattern, but didn't really like the halter on the original. I love your modification! So cute!

  2. I love the gradation of colors! Gorgeous and perfect for spring!

  3. I never would have thought of using three different colors. It looks great! This is actually the next project I plan on starting after I finish my current WIPs. I hope it looks as cute as yours! :)

  4. I'm with Christie -- the modification you made seems more flattering.

    You know, I tend to think that the risk-to-reward ratio is so much better in knitting.

  5. Gorgeous! I love how you used the three different color yarns. I also love the icord strap. So pretty!

  6. WOW! Very sexy and flirty. You always manage to choose nice pattern to begin with, add extra something to make it special and execute it perfectly