Tops & Tanks

The items on this page were all made BB ("before the blog") i.e. before 2012. See Finished Projects 2012 and Finished Projects 2013 for more recent knits. 
You can see more BB items under "Cardigans & Pullovers" and "Accessories".

Design: my own
Yarn: Misti Alpaca lace (100% baby alpaca)

Design: Short Sleeve Top (modified) by Gabrielle Hamill for Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2005
Yarn: Debbie Bliss, Pure Silk (100% silk), 5 skeins (50g = 137yds)

Design: Orangina by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Dale of Norway, Stork (100% cotton), 4 skeins (50g = 180m, 195yds)

Design: Allegra Twist Front Top by Adrienne Vittadini, Spring '05
Yarn: Schachenmayr, Blue Jeans (100% cotton), 4 skeins (50g=125m)

Design: Auburn Camp Shirt by Chrissy Gardiner for Interweave Knits, Spring '08 (with modified collar)
Yarn: Brown Sheep, Cotton Fine (80% cotton, 20% wool), 1 cone (8oz = 1000yds)

My redesign*: inspired by Pink Mimosa by Theresa Schabes for Interweave Knits, Summer '06 (I modified the front panel, added sleeves and sewed the front close)
Yarn: Classic Elite, Premiere (50% cotton, 50% tencel) in Robin's Egg, 5 skeins (50g = 108yds)

My redesign*: inspired by Flame Stitch Cardigan by Shirley Paden for Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2005
Yarn: Fil Katia, Mississippi 3 (60% cotton, 40% acrylic), 3 skeins (50g = 230yds)

My redesign*: inspired by Effie by Kim Hargreaves from her book Precious
Yarn: Ella Rae, Silkience (41% cotton, 39% modal, 12% silk, 8% rayon), 6 skeins (50g = 119yds); mohair for ruffle

My redesign*: inspired by Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties by Stefanie Japel for Knitty (I modified fit, gauge, neckline, edging and closure)
Yarn: Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk (75% extra fine merino, 20% silk, 5% cashmere), 5 skeins (50g = 127yds)

Design: my own
Yarn: 100% cotton

Design: my own. Maternity top with extra room for a growing belly created by short-row shaping
Yarn: 8/2 tencel (100% tencel), lace weight held triple, 1 cone (8oz = 1680yds)

My redesign*: inspired by top in Sandra Knitting Magazine, June '07 (I modified stitch pattern and fit and added ribbon ties)
Yarn: Tess Designer Yarn, Silk (100% silk), 1 skein (665yds)

Design: Jewel by Wendy Bernard from her book Custom Knits
Yarn: Crystal Palace Yarns, Panda Silk (52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino wool, 5% silk), 4 skeins (50g = 204yds)

Design: my own
Yarn: Classic Elite, Premiere (50% cotton, 50% tencel), 6 skeins (50g = 108yds)

Design: 334 Pull Sans Manche from Bergere de France
Yarn: 100% Australian cotton

Design: Jeanne from Jaeger Handknits JB39
Yarn: for the body: Jaeger, Trinity (45% silk, 35% cotton, 25% polyamide), 3 skeins (50g = 200m, 218yds); for lace insert: Patons, Grace (100% cotton), 1 skein (50g = 124m/136yds); for trim: ??

My redesign*: inspired by Roped Shell by Angela Hahn for Interweave Knits, Summer '08 (I replaced slip-stitch pattern with beads, modified the bottom and knit in the round)
Yarn: Patons, Grace (100% cotton), 1 skein in cream, 4 skeins in chocolate (50g = 124m/136yds)

Design: Rib Warmer by Shiri Mor for Vogue Knitting, Fall '06
Yarn: Laines Du Nord, Cash Silk (50% merino wool, 25% silk, 25% cashmere), 5 skeins (25g = 69yds)

Design: Rambling Rose by Martin Storey for Rowan 39
Yarn: Jaeger, Trinity (45% silk, 35% cotton, 25% polyamide), 5 skeins (50g = 200m, 218yds)


*I use the word "redesign" for projects where I made a significant departure from the published pattern.  Most of the time it means I either did not have or did not follow the pattern directions, but made my own calculations to achieve the look that I saw in the inspiration pictures.  I do credit the original designers here because I believe it is as (if not more!) difficult to dream up a beautiful and wearable garment as it is to (re)create one.


  1. Your work is stunning and inspiring. I love that you were able to modify patterns to your liking and produce such gorgeous work! I'm working on my first custom fit/designed pullover. I would love to one day be able to modify patterns as you have to fit my body and my design likes/dislikes. I'm glad I "found" your page. Very inspiring. Thank you!

    1. Oh my goodness, you are too kind! Thank you so much!

  2. Never been here before, but I must say your designs are beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Heather! It's nice to hear your comment.

  3. Breathtaking and Inspiring! U R Amazing--I WANT TO KNIT JUST LIKE U - when I grow up--as a Knitter, of course---hahaha!
    :) I am simply in awe of ur ability to personalize and perfect to ur specifications--was reading a little bit on an earlier blog--I thought I was good at "Math for Knitting" but u left me somewhere out whheeewwwweee! there somewhere.

    Did I tell u already how much I admire ur work?! :))

    Blessings and best regards,


    1. What a generous and flattering comment?! Thank you, thank you!


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