Welcome to Staff Show & Tell, where Lion Brand Yarn Studio staff members like to show off our beautiful yarn in their own projects. Read on for expert tips and yarncraft inspiration!
We sat down with Edita to hear all about her beautiful new crocheted top.
Tell us about your project.
I made the Serene Shell, which we’re all crocheting in a class I’m teaching at the Studio. It’s going to be a great garment for the summer! I crocheted the sleeveless top using our LB Collection Mulberry Silk. The yarn is fancy, the fabric it creates is flowy, and I just love it!
Oh yes. The pattern alternates V-stitches and shell stitches, with V-stitches stacked on top of each other and shell stitches stacked on top of each other. However, I’m modifying it so that the stitch patterns are offset (with shell stitch on top of V-stitch and V-stitch on top of shell stitch) to give it a little extra interest.
Some students in the class are modifying the shape of the garment slightly to create the fit they desire, and I’m changing the shape a lot. I prefer to wear flowy and boxy garments rather than the close-fitting style of the pattern. So I’m modifying the pattern to match my preferred silhouette.
How do you plan on wearing your shell?
I’ll wear the shell over dresses, skirts, pants – anything really. It’s a flowy shape, and I usually layer it with something underneath, such as a simple tank top in a contrasting color to highlight the layered look.
How long did you work on this project?
Working along with the pace of the class, the project took me six weeks to complete. If I were working on this project on my own, I could have finished it faster, say in about two weeks.
Everywhere! I carried this project along with me – on the floor while working in the Studio, around the city, etc.
What’s your favorite part of the process?
Getting into the zone. I watch a lot of documentaries, and I enjoy keeping my hands busy while I watch.
Did you learn any lessons working this project?
Silk can be very, very slippery! I recommend using a bamboo hook.
What’s on your hook now?
I’m working on socks, stockings, and a baby christening dress.