I have played the patience game called blocking for a day and a bit. It has been a painful wait for the Watermelon Top to dry, but today when I touched it tenderly it was just soft and dry and ready to wear. I wonder if there is a blocking mat with built-in gentle heat on the market? Now, there’s an idea for the entrepreneurial type!
I’m mad about the colour which is called Poinsetta. When looking closely you realize that the yarn is spun from yellow and pink fibre which gives a lovely play in the colour. The colour of the yarn lent itself naturally to a real girlie top. I used the Fern green colour as a contrast and think the picot edge is a pretty addition to the overall look without reaching Barbie levels of pretty. The top is worked in Artesano Alpaca 4ply which drapes beautifully. The weight of the Alpaca hair makes the drape just right.
I have used Liselotte Weller’s simple but effective and clever Bellflower top as the base pattern but in a very heavily modified version. It is worked from the top down and the flower border is based on a pattern from a stitch dictionary. It is worked on hook size 3.5 mm.
This is a winner. I’m delighted with it and I cannot praise the yarn enough. It was such a pleasant crochet. Very gratifying – and that is what it’s all about, isn’t it?