There's been a definite slowdown on my ability to get to writing on my blog, and began to realize that I was dreading coming back to write anything because it had been so long. Then the longer time passes, and the more guilt I'd feel. Gotta just rip off that bandaid!! Here I am again! :o)
Earlier this month, I had another pattern release with Stranded Magazine, a lovely little online knitting magazine that is filled has a lot of insightful articles, recipes, and (of course) knitting patterns.
Matira was inspired by nautical fashion (and maybe just a smidge from Sailor Moon...) and has bottom-up construction, with simple garter st detailing. It is best sized at zero ease exactly. There is a decent amount of shaping in this pattern, so here are a few ideas for choosing sizes if your measurements do not match.
If you are needing a smaller waist, instead of adding more shaping, I'd actually suggest choosing the size for your waist measurement and having a bit of negative ease in the bust. For anyone wanting less shaping through the waist, try removing every other decrease and increase through the hip to bust sections, but still knit the zero ease for full bust size.
In other news, I'm still slogging away on my new version of Paulette (a version that will accommodate fingering weight skeins that are closer to 420yds/100g vs 438yds/100g). You may have seen some of those pics fly by on my Instagram feed, but it's b/c I just can't get enough of it! Mechita is gorgeous yarn, and the Anniversario and Water Green colorways go so well together, it's like magic. I really should pick up some of my languishing other projects/designs... but I just can't stop! Luckily, I'm on the last section now, so I'll be forced to move on to a new project after that. ;op