This year, instead of making a cute dress, I finished a lacy top just in time for my birthday. It’s been a week, but the usual work overload, daily rehearsals and a challenging concert last Sunday, haven’t been exactly favourable to blogging.
The design’s name is really Bell Sleeve Pullover, but “Belle Sleeves” sounds much more fancy, don’t you think?
The pictures were taken at my parents’, in le Nord. Hence the typical yellow bricks.
The design is by one of my favourite designers, Doris Chan. For anyone interested, it is available for free
The only thing I changed was adding a few more rows to the body. I also crocheted the bottom rows and the sleeves’ bells with a 5.00-mm crochet hook, to add a bit more flare. I didn’t add any extra rows to the sleeves. Sigh… Love the sleeves! Especially the edging, with the picot and fans.
This turned out much prettier than I was hoping: nothing to do with the pattern, but I wasn’t too happy with the yarn’s texture. I was also afraid it wouldn’t be comfortable to wear as the yarn didn’t have much give at all, but as it turns out it’s fine.
The yarn is Rigato, by Austerman. It is a single colour, but is self-stripping through the variation in texture – from matte (linen) to shiny (rayon).
I love wearing this top – wearing black lace is truly a special feeling. This wasn’t the first time I made a black lacy top, and I can’t promise it’ll be the last, either.