A Fall Butterfly over see-through shirt*:
This is the silly posing-like-Rowan-model
[I got other SHOW-OFF POSES
, too. Go on...click!]
Details, details: Butterfly camisole
from Rowan 37 using Kid Silk Haze in "Majestic" and a whole lotta teeny beads bought at La Droguerie [La Droguerie....oh la laaaaaaaa!]. I knit the XS size, but modified in two ways: I added one extra edge stitch at both ends and knit those stitches in stockinette stitch throughout. I also lengthened the camisole a tiny bit by adding a few rows at the hem because I wanted a tunic-style camisole that I could wear long. (I didn't knit the dress version, even though I was tempted to at first, because the dress length would stumpify my legs unless I wear heels, and as I'm not one of Charlie's Angels I don't wear high heels all the time. A tunic-length is doable for my 5'4" height, though. Let's make Butterfly wearable**, bay-bee!)
And here's the stand-still-like-a-mannequin shot.
[Click here to see a BIG shot of the neck.
I followed Rowan's directions for finishing by using mattress stitch for the side seams and grafting for the lace hem. I knit the straps at the length called for in the pattern but I pulled on the straps when I measured them so that they wouldn't come out too long. I didn't block Butterfly's pieces before seaming, but after Butterfly was completed I covered the whole thing with a damp lightweight cloth [baby cloth diapers (never used OF COURSE) work wonders] and gave it a quick steaming to make it look crisp. I didn't pin down or anything, though. Then I wore Butterfly to school to show it off, and I got slight case of Big Head when I received beaucoup de compliments
on it. This is a cool thing to wear!
Now, how about a few gratuitous dancing shots?
**A big SHOUT-OUT to the fabulous and talented Ms. Ei
, who knit a Butterfly that made me truly covet one, and who made it wearable anywhere by cleverly pairing hers with sleek jeans. [Fact: When I first saw it in the magazine, I didn't even blink an eye at it. It wasn't until I saw Eilene in her Butterfly
that I thought, "WOW! I want to knit that!"] Many thanks to Eilene for the inspiration!