can i just say—i love atlantique! it is so soft and light and airy; perfect for warm weather and yet so practical for every season.
in spring, summer, and fall it stands alone, with sleeves or without as that piece you will wear again and again with shorts, skirts, jeans, and nice trousers. but it totally works with layering pieces for fall and winter, too.
barb already has plans to pair it with jackets and other sweaters as the weather cools (and of course she is already knitting another with sleeves in a different color, haha).
the secret is the fabric—these samples were knit in our new hempshaugh lace yarn, an airy blend of silk, hemp, and merino. it has all the best characteristics of these three fibers—softness, drape, and bounce in one lovely package.
just look at how beautifully the stitches line up to make a smooth, consistent fabric—the key to garments that drape just perfectly.
that’s important; with such a lightweight fabric, we want it to skim our figures and not cling in an unattractive way.
this design has a bit of short row shaping along the back hem to add a little length; great for activewear.
the armhole is high enough to give you the right coverage, even when you go sleeveless, but still super comfy so you can move around without binding.
a pretty, pleated neck finish (more short row shaping at work) secured with a few glass buttons finishes this simple silhouette with interest.
the body is easily lengthened for tall women, like barb (also easy to shorten if you need a more petite length).
karen carries it off stunningly; something about the fabric just sets off her gorgeous eyes.
the pattern is written in ten sizes and takes a surprisingly small amount of yarn—just two or three skeins of hempshaugh lace (well, ok, the skeins are very generous in yardage, but still . . .). the smallest size sleeveless version can be knit with just one skein!
we’ve put together a kit in the hempshaugh lace option that include pattern and yarn in your choice of colors—buckwheat (on myself and karen), millet (on barb), and kasha (so new we haven’t knit it up yet). quantities are limited; this yarn moves fast whenever we have it in stock.
if you’d like a kit in another yarn option, please contact erica (operationsATknitspotDOTcom) and she will get you situated.
you can go with several options for buttons; barb chose to use the signature BNW glass buttons created for us by moving mud. we have several other glass options as well as small shell and bone buttons—click here to see button options.
speaking of glass accessories by moving mud, we have a selection of sarina’s custom glass hoop earrings in stock as well, in a variety of shades that coordinate with our yarns. click here to view these special pieces. add a note in your order to tell us your preferred size and shade.
karen and i are wearing size small (36 inch chest) in the buckwheat shade of hempshaugh lace.
barb is wearing size 1X (45 inch chest) in the millet shade. some feedback on that—barb usually knits the next smaller size but thought with the lightweight fabric, she’d prefer the larger one. however she wishes she had stuck with her original size; the lighter fabric is more relaxed and forgiving than she expected.
i have to agree with that; this fabric is so stretchy without pulling or feeling tight; it’s best to stick to a slimmer fit than to go with one that might end up feeling baggy. we don’t find that the fabric actually grows or sags, just that it rides the curves of one’s body to an incredibly forgiving degree.
i like to say that it feels like a soft old t-shirt, no matter how many hours i’ve been wearing it.
to purchase pattern or view complete pattern information, please click here to purchase in our knitspot online shop and here to purchase in my ravelry pattern shop.
(if you wish the pattern to appear in your ravelry library, please use this ravelry store link, thanks!)
if you are finishing up your triticum project and thinking about your next knit, this could be it! meet up with us in our ravelry group KAL to knit along, chat with other atlantique knitters, and post updates on your progress; we’d love to see you there!
a little scared of the mention of the short row shaping involved in this project? our friend carol feller will be with us on monday, contributing a guest blog on the very subject—don’t miss it. she also offers a terrific (and FREE) craftsy mini class on short row technique; it’s a lifesaver.
now you go have a great weekend—knit, run, garden, LOVE in these last days of summer weather.