Sunday, April 22, 2007

shopping tunic

It's not often that knitters experience (relatively) instant gratification, but if that's what you're after, the Twinkle Shopping Tunic fits the bill! It felt like it took no time at all, and I wasn't even working on it very consistently. I used 3 skeins of Twinkle Soft Chunky in "urchin," which is sometimes purple, sometimes blue, and sometimes gray, depending on what kind of light (and mood) you're in. The color is gorgeous, but very difficult to capture on camera. I knit the small even though I am NOT a size small, because I had heard that the pattern was very stretchy, and it fits just fine. I ran out of yarn before doing all 13.5" of the collar, but I don't really mind. It's still cowl-y enough for me. The only modification I made was to switch up the reverse stockinette stitch part of the way through the collar so that the reverse stockinette would still show it's reverse side when the collar was folded down...if that makes any sense. Overall, this was a very satisfying knit. It was quick and fun and I think I'll actually wear it!

35 Comments:

Anonymous melissa said...

i was confused about that color when i viewed it online. it looked grey, blue or purple, but i really wasn't sure. now i know it's all of the above.

it came out great and looks really cute on you!

3:54 PM  
Blogger jillian said...

That looks great! Especially altogether in that outfit. Very sassy.

3:55 PM  
Anonymous Gail said...

It looks great! I thought I'd never fit into anything in the book cause the measurements are so small. Good work! How much was the yarn if you don't mind me asking? Those bulky yarns tend to be "out of my budget".

4:06 PM  
Blogger Karin said...

That is really cute...some very creative designs from that book I must say.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Alice said...

It really looks perfect on you! It is maybe the best FO I've seen from this book yet!

P.S. Your shoes are fab too.

4:45 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

gail, the Twinkle yarn is about $17 a skein, but I only needed 3. I believe the yardage is way off in many of the patterns. If you check the message boards on Flickr or Craftster I think there are some good suggestions for yarn substitutions.

5:28 PM  
Blogger VickeryKnits said...

I love it and kudos on the shoes too!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Super cute! The whole outfit is fantastic, actually. :)

5:35 PM  
Blogger  said...

That is awesome! I love it! Definitely gonna have to pick up the book, I have been debating it for some time. The change up on the reverse stockinette was a good idea. It makes perfect sense.

5:37 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

very fashion forward and flattering! and please tell me where you got those shoes!

9:09 PM  
Anonymous binet said...

stop it. i was a little skeptical about that color with your hair, but it looks perfect.

9:21 PM  
Blogger knitlit kate said...

love it...and continuing the rev st st on the cowl is pure genius. fun to hang out with you gals the other night. we must do that more often!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous prettyknit said...

absolutely beautiful!!!!, I love it, I want to make it so badly.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous yaiAnn said...

I think it's perfect, the length of the cowl and everything!

2:58 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

very cool!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

what a great quick knit! not often you see things knit up in chunky yarn that are figure flattering, but that one fits the bill! beautiful!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Saun said...

The tunic looks great. You look so stylish in it. I love the shoes too!

10:29 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

It is smashing, Jenna. Simply smashing :) This color is wonderful too. I love how versatile this piece is. You can easily layer it in winter. Enjoy!!

1:35 PM  
Blogger shopgirl said...

I commented on this earlier on craftster, but didn't mention how much I love your cowl neck mod. So clever! Looks fantastic.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Bridget said...

What a beautiful sweater! It really looks nice on you, too.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous kelp! said...

That is SO cute on you! And I also want to know the deets on your shoes.

8:55 PM  
Blogger jenna said...

The shoes are nothing special---I got them at Famous Footwear! :)

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Liz in IL said...

Long time lurker, first time commenter - love, love, LOVE this knit... and almost everything else you've knit! Thanks for sharing!

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

This book has made me very nervous. Knits with such a big gauge don't tend to work well on me. But on you...the sweater is totally fab.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

Fantastic! I'm not sure if you're aware, but you can go to Twinkle's website and submit pictures of your knits. I think you should, this is great!

9:40 AM  
Blogger Siow Chin said...

So chic! Lovely on you and the wedgies, love them too!

3:37 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Hi! First time visiting your blog, and everything looks so gorgous! Your tunic looks like something I would want to wear, although I don't know if I would look good in it. Thanks for the tips if I ever do try it!

8:36 PM  
Blogger erin michelle said...

Damn, girl, how big ARE your boobs in France? Hot. Love it. Do you have to take like thirty shots of yourself looking into the camera into the mirror or does it always come out nice the first time? I luff you.

9:03 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

beautiful top jenna!! it's such a great fit on you. love it!

9:35 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

you look awesome in that top. good job.

1:42 PM  
Blogger kelliann said...

i have to say... you look great! i really like this pattern, and have considered making it myself but always wondered if i would be much too warm in such bulky yarn in the summer.

thanks for your comment about my vogue dress! I'll post an update soon. :)

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Vanessa said...

That looks great on you!!! I am *loving* reverse stockinette. Great job!

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like it. You did a great job on it.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

Oh, that looks really really nice! I wasn't sure how that would knit up but it looks great on you. It just might inspire me to knit one now!

12:49 AM  
Blogger Livet i Finlandighet said...

This looks very good on your pictures. Did you end up wearing it a lot? And if so, did it stay good looking? :)

4:00 PM  

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