The Dish on Petrie

Although I finished the knitting of this top a while ago, I just got around to sewing up the seams and doing the other finishing touches last week.  There was no reason to procrastinate: the seaming was quite fast!  All in all, I think it turned out great, and I’m sorry I didn’t finish it before the weather turned chilly.


  • Pattern: Petrie, by Beautia Dew for Knitty {free pattern}, Ravelled here.
  • Yarn: Rowan RYC Luxury Cotton DK in color 259, 7 balls/728 yards
  • Needles: US size 7/4.5 mm
  • Mods: I made some easy changes to knit this in the round, creating a faux seam at each side; used kitchener stitch to graft shoulder seams together; did a single crochet around the finished armholes.

This was not a quick knit for me, mainly because its simplicity led to easy distraction by other projects.  The color may have had something to do with my lack of focus as well; black is a very practical wardrobe choice, but a little plain when it comes to knitting.  You know how I tend to favor bright colors!  The yarn color was a bit boring, but this yarn was wonderful to knit with.  It was almost buttery to knit, and the resulting fabric is soft and supple.  I thought it would grow more during blocking, though.  In fact, I was counting on it, as the top may be just a smidge too short in the torso for me.

The pattern for Petrie is written to be knit flat in two pieces.  I decided early on that this would be a good candidate to convert for knitting in the round. You can read all the specific details for how I did this here.  It worked out very well, the only hitch being when I missed that the increases for the front drapey panel were to begin before the armholes.  Mine start at the same time, and while I initially fretted over this I decided it didn’t really make that much difference in the end.  Besides, by the time I was at that point, this top had been on the needles for months and there was no way I was ripping back!

I was inspired to get this finished in short order by the ladies over at Stash and Burn who are doing a Slog-Along through the end of the year to resolve some unfinished knits. I had 2 projects from the summer that weren’t finished (Petrie and my Hamamelis shawl).  It feels great to have this project finished and folded up in my closet.  It frees up some space, both literally and in my knitting life.  Now I feel free to choose another largish “me” project like a sweater I can finish just in time for summer.  Any suggestions?


Summer’s Last Knit

So far this week I’ve been able to stay on task and have been making a little progress on one of my wips.  I started Petrie at the beginning of June, thinking it would be a speedy and straightforward summer knit.  There was this whole daydream where I wore my stylish knit top to places like the farmer’s market, beach, and backyard bbq’s.  So far the only place this top has been is my house, the pool, and this week the movie theater.  All while still on the needles.

This top is entirely stockinette stitch, so I decided to knit it in the round to make it as quick to knit as possible.  The trouble with stockinette in the round, as you may well know is this: it is Boring.  Some days it’s soothing, or perfect for keeping hands busy while attentions are focused elsewhere.  But it is overwhelmingly boring, which explains why I have strayed from this project so often.

I spotted the first blushes of fall on a neighbor’s maple tree yesterday.

It’s time to finish my summer knitting so I can squarely face some luscious fall knits.

And then there’s this tempting me as well, a little going away gift from my good friend Striped Socks:

I’m in serious trouble!