The Land Rover Owners Wife

King Cole Top in Splash DK

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Little Mudlet loves her new top

In between ticking items off my Holiday List, I have been finishing off a lovely little summer top I’ve been knitting for Little Mudlet. The King Cole pattern has two tops and was bought as part of a kit from Deramores, a kit which contained enough King Cole Splash DK, to complete the largest size of both patterns, in the colours shown on the actual pattern. Little Mudlet and I agreed that we didn’t like the sleeved variant of the top but we both loved the off-the-shoulder top and the corresponding yarn which was shade “3083 Pavlova”.

Spot the side seam.

Although the majority of the garment body is knitted in stocking stitch, the waist band and shoulder frill are knitted in an effective but simple four row lace pattern, and I have really enjoyed knitting this little top up. Talking of the frill, that was knitted up on a circular needle but not in the round. It was the sheer number of cast-on stitches (301) which dictated the use of the circular needle but the actual knitting of the frill itself was carried out as if I was using single point needles, i.e. right side, wrong side.

The neckline foundation row, to which the frill would eventually attach to, was also knitted up on a circular needle for exactly the same purpose as the shoulder frill …. which was a relief to me as I don’t have much experience knitting in the round and on those rare occasions when I’ve had to use that technique, I’ve usually had several abortive starts before the method clicks back in. There is a reason I don’t knit socks!

Once the shoulder frill was completed and the number of stitches had been reduced to equal the 217 of the neckline foundation row, my next challenge was to graft it to the neckline foundation row, the stitches of which had been left on a needle ready for this process. I’ve only ever used the grafting technique once before but it’s a really straightforward process and extremely effective:

Step 1: With the right side of both pieces facing, place the shoulder frill in front of the top body section

Step 2: Knit the first stitch of each piece together by passing the needle point through both stitches

Step 3: Wrap the yarn around the needle and bring it back through both stitches, dropping both stitches off their respective needles

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for all the stitches on your needles until you are left with your newly grafted stitches on one needle

A single row of grafted stitches on one needle.

The seam is beautifully neat and tidy.

The beauty of this method is that the join between the grafted pieces is extremely tidy, almost invisible and it gives a really nice finish to the item you’re working on.

The finished top is very pretty and I’m very happy with the way the bands of colour have matched up at the seams, due in no small part to my careful scrutiny of the three balls of yarn before I started the top, to try and ensure that I got as close a match as possible for the start of the front and back sections.

Little Mudlet is delighted with her new top but I need to press it before she can actually wear it. I’ve threaded some ribbon around the bottom of the frill to gift it a lift but I don’t have a picture of that just yet because I’m not entirely sure I like it – we’ll see.

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