Somewhere in the past weeks I power-knitted a whole entire sweater.
A Shakerag Top.
There was a hard deadline to get ’er done by the start of the MDK Knitting Getaway at Shakerag Workshops. I wanted to join the legions (OK the little mini legion) of folks who would be wearing their Shakerag Tops at Shakerag. If nothing else, I’m a joiner.
Proof of wearing Shakerag Top, at Shakerag, with fellow Shakeragger Stephanie B. who is also wearing Shakerag Top.
I don’t even remember most of this delirious project. It went really fast, and as the clock ticked toward my deadline, I loved the simple construction of this design. You won’t see me stranded on Sleeve Island, because there were no sleeves.
I ended up not weaving in the ends, or finishing the sleeve edgings, but that didn’t stop me from wearing it at the Knitting Getaway fashion show where a group of Shakerag Top Wearers really gave the Rockettes a run for their money.
It is a sweater that looks great on everybody! Makes you want to kick up your heels, or, in my case, kick somebody else’s heels and apologize real quick.
Things to Note
This pattern is a fan fave. (See 388 of them on Ravelry.)
It’s the clever work of Amy Christoffers, the designer featured in MDK Field Guide No. 6: Transparency. A subtle effect comes by working stripes with one strand of yarn, then two strands held together. It’s lovely, almost invisible.
The original yarn specs call for Sylph by Jade Sapphire, a gorgeous and rare combo of cashmere and linen. We love it and carry it in the Shop.
It occurred to us that a cotton version would be a) less costly and b) practical and c) great. So a while back, we started carrying Rowan’s Summerlite 4ply for this pattern.
We’ve got a jillion colors in the Shop. I submit that every single one of these would make a fine Shakerag Top.
How many skeins will you need? If you’re doing the one-color version as the pattern specifies:
Size S (finished bust measurement 39″): 6 skeins.
Sizes M, L (finished bust measurement 44″, 48″): 7 skeins.
Size XL (finished bust measurement 53″): 8 skeins.
Size 2XL (finished bust measurement 57½″): 9 skeins.
Size 3XL (finished bust measurement 62½″): 10 skeins
If you decide on a two-color version, like mine, order half the quantity in one color, half in the second color, and add an extra skein for the color that will be used throughout the single/double stripe pattern. (One of the colors is used only when holding two strands of yarn.)
Coral Blush and Langoustino here. At night I couldn’t even see the difference in the colors, but you know how it is: I could feel it.
Seriously, I think this Shakerag Top took me about a week. It’s knit in the round. It was big fun to crank it out. This is the first sweater I’ve ever knitted in cotton, incredibly. It won’t be my last, and I encourage you to give it a go if you’re looking for a cool breeze of a project.