I don’t know why I let her languish for three weeks, unseamed. I think I was afraid she wouldn’t fit. And I didn’t want to know that.

Last week, I pinned it together and realized that it would be fine. I started the seam and then got sidetracked by the toe-up sock. So many projects, so little time!


Last night, I finished seaming. It didn’t take long. And voila! C’est Josephine! It’s very comfortable to wear. Kids were still asleep when I left the house, so no action shots. Maybe tomorrow. But here’s a detail of the neckline. I love the rolled reverse stockinette edging.


The same edging is on the seed stitch sleeve. (And this picture below is pretty close to the actual color.)


The little cord tie is sweet. I laughed out loud when I read the instructions: “Cast on 300 stitches. Bind off all stitches.”



Josephine Top, Summer Interweave Knits, 2007

Karabella Vintage Cotton, 6 balls for smallest size

Started: May 22, 2008 Finished July 29, 2008

Mods: I made it shorter, adjusted so the ribbon goes *under* the bust, and raised the deep V neckline so I wouldn’t have to layer over another garment. Skipped the rolled reverse stockinette edging on the hem; the cable cast on is a nice edging in itself.

I’m happy with how this turned out. I didn’t love working with the yarn; it has a lot of spin and kept twisting back on itself while I was knitting. The knitting also biased, partly due to the twist, and partly as a function of the lace pattern, I think, but steam blocking took care of it.

Happy dance!



12 responses to “Josephine!

  1. It looks great! Love the detail on the neckline too.

  2. but isn’t CO 300 BO all so much nicer than 300 rows of I-cord. Well at least it would be in my mind.

    It looks lovely and I am so glad you finally finished it.

  3. So cute! I hope you wear it to knit night!

  4. Way to go!! Beautiful!

  5. I spotted this in your Ravelry this morning, very nice. I really like it. Not sure if I am talented enough to make one, but I’d love to give it a try

  6. Amanda Ruzin

    Oh, beautiful! I think I’ll have to take my Josephine down out of the closet and finish her up once I finish Rusted Root. I’ve got the back done and am through the lace on the front. Hopefully your final product will be the inspiration I’ve needed to finish!

  7. Gorgeous! Wow – it is beautiful and looks very nice on you. Maybe I should put this in my Ravelry queue…

  8. you look so good in these creations – I know I’d not look that good in Josephine. Maybe if she was black – way to go PDX Knitterati

  9. Wow, great work! I love all the sweet details, and the fit is perfect on you. Congrats!

  10. Oh my gosh.. it’s gorgeous and going directly into my queue! 🙂 Love the color… 🙂

  11. I don’t know how I missed this…I thought I left comments on all the ones I was required to…this is such a lovely sweater though. I love the lace work in it.

    Thank you for PMing me. Hopefully our train gets unstalled soon. 🙂

  12. It’s beautiful, and it fits too! What more could you ask for? Casting on 300 sts and then binding off sounds way better than doing that as an icord. I’ve made short icords and it was tedious.