Still Light Tunic-- the "third heat" (so to speak) in my Rule of Threes, Veera Valimaki edition. (First: Whispers, Second: Twenty Ten). This pattern sat on my queue for a couple of years before I started working on it this past summer. I'm always hesitant when it comes to straight figured dresses, because they often tend to catch in the wrong places which just leads to annoyance and discomfort. I'm glad I decided to go ahead and cast on this project though, because despite my initial doubts the fit actually flatters.
Another fingering weight, stockinette project, it takes a while to feel like you're really getting anywhere, but it's also a pretty easy, mindless pattern that doesn't take much concentration. The deep front pockets are a nice feature that make me reminisce on the days when I lived in hoodies. The pattern recommends that you stitch them in place, but I decided not to do this and have had no problems with the pockets riding up.
My favorite aspect of the design is the boatneck - I would love to make a normal length sweater with this construction. Instead of using a button at the top of the keyhole in the center of the back of the neck, I stitched it together. My only other modification was in needle size. I had a hard time finding the US 2.5 size of needle when I was about to start the project, so I swatched with a size US 2 instead and based on my swatch determined that I could knit the Small size of the pattern to fit. After blocking, it turned out just right!
I used Knit Picks Gloss in the Robot colorway. The yarn is 70% wool, making for a warm and cozy garment, plus 30% silk. I wore it on Christmas Eve in a room full of my huge family and about burned up! It's funny looking at the pattern page now, because I somehow unconsciously chose a yarn color and styled my outfit for the photos to look pretty much the same as the model. It seemed like a good idea to make a neutral colored garment for once, so I can pair my brightly colored accessories with it! I've been a colored tights girl since college, but don't have much of an opportunity to wear them anymore so I'll embrace it when I can!
So, which designer would you pick for a Rule of Threes?