Sugar 'n Cream Halter
I whipped this together over the fourth of July weekend, but only just got around to sending it through a washing cycle. I was hoping that it'd aquire a bit more length, because if you pull down on the bottom edge, it does stretch to hip level. Maybe I need to try a little more aggressively blocking. All I did was throw it in the wash and hope for the best. Doing this top in sugar n' cream is a little bit like doing a serious drawing in crayon; afterwards you kinda wish you'd used a more sophisticated medium. But I was curious to see what a top made out of worsted cotton would be like, and I'll say one thing for it, that top part (done in HDC ridge stitch, every other row worked in the back loops) is opaque as can be.
This is pretty much free formed. I made the top part after studying a few examples of L-shaped tops hither on and yon on the internet. And then I picked a stitch out of my stitch encyclopedia (fan cluster pattern) and made the body.
I really like how the L-shaped cup shaping worked out, and I think I will definitely use it again. Before I began, I actually did a little sketching, a little math, a little minature paper cutting out to see if I could figure out how to custom fit one. The diagram to the left is the results of my investigation, stashed here for future reference. Who knew that algebra would actually come in handy one day? In my case, I determined X by measuring, and I guessed at what I'd like x+y to be based on the height I wanted to have the point of the cup go, and Y based on a rough measurment of where I thought y would go on me, and then the rest fell into place.
The halter strap I added as soon as the cups were done, and then when the body was done I made a second strap that went from one side of the back, looped through the halter strap and then attached to the other side.
As an afterthought, I decided to make a matching belt out of some left over yarn. I used a star stitch from my stitch encyclopedia and just tied strands at the end.