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Long time, no sew

swimsuit cover-up…actually, there’s been a decent amount of “sew” over here, and a boatload of crocheting and knitting, too. Just no blogging. Too busy to take the time.

I’m not sure I have the time now, but there’s a lot to share, so let’s make a dent today with just one story. The one that I must show now, before summer is entirely gone.

I had great hopes when I set out to make this pattern, a swimsuit cover-up from Rachel Choi. She’s pulled off a neat design–clever simplicity, if that makes sense. I was fired up to start as soon as I saw the pattern. I happily ordered a bright white yarn with a little shimmer to it, thinking that would look festive in the sunshine.

What I didn’t know until it arrived was that though the yarn was labeled 3-weight baby yarn, it was actually pretty bulky.

I started working the pattern anyway. The first five or six rows made it pretty obvious if I continued with this yarn as the pattern directed, I’d end up with something nearly 1.5 times the size I needed. At the time, I had water plans on the schedule, though, so I wasn’t about to rip back to the beginning. Instead, I switched to a smaller hook for a few rows, then narrowed the stitch pattern for the next few rows, then switched to yet a smaller hook once more. With those adjustments, by the time I got about a third of the way up, I was on point with measurements again. (And–whew–I didn’t lose any time to do-overs.)

That did mean that my version of the cover-up, which is supposed to hang straight, instead finished in more of an A-line shape. That little flare added up to a pleasant adjustment, though!

A-line skirtThe only fly in the ointment is, our plans changed. We didn’t make it to the beach or pool or any other wet place a single time this summer. It’s not likely we’ll make it during the still-warm early fall, either.

I guess I’m prepared well ahead of time for next June!

bodice and shoulder strapWhat about you? Did you make a garment especially to fit your summer plans? Show it off! Share links to your pictures!

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