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February 3, 2011

This has been a long time in coming! In 2007, I made this top, Arthemis. At the beginning of 2008, I released a pattern for it. Unfortunately, said pattern was a mess. It was pretty well impossible to follow and made very little sense. To those of you who tried to use it, my deepest apologies. Since then, I’ve wanted for a long time to return to Arthemis and reknit and rewrite it. As time passed, I also came up with a list of ideal changes to the pattern: greater length (the original photos hide how much that top rode up when I moved in it), wider neckline, a repeat of the lace pattern in the sleeves. I also wanted to change the yarn – the Rowan Cotton Glace is pretty, but I didn’t like the way it wore as an against the skin top. I wanted to keep the dart shaping, the fluttery lace pattern, and the raglan sleeves created with yarn overs.

Meet Atalanta. I think I changed enough from the original pattern that a name change was also in order. Atalanta is a heroine of Greek mythology. I grew up listening to Free to Be You and Me, which is probably where I first heard (an updated, feminist version of) the Atalanta story. Atalanta has long been my favorite Greek mythological figure because of her speed and skill and determination to decide her own destiny. (This being a Greek myth, she doesn’t actually get to do that, but I respect the attempt!) The original name, Arthemis, referred to a butterfly, but kind of looked like a misspelling of Artemis, and, in combination with Clothilde, seemed like I just liked throwing extraneous Hs around.

Atalanta is knit in Knit Picks Shine Sport, which yarn, besides being very affordable, is also very soft and not at all hard on the hands. This tee makes a great spring knit, and while it may not currently seem like it, spring is definitely on its way!

28 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches – (Pick size closest to actual bust size for a sweater with 7% positive ease at bust.)


  • 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) balls Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% ModalĀ®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in MC – shown in Serenade
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) ball Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% ModalĀ®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in CC – shown in Leapfrog
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) 24 or 32 inch circular needles
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 32 inch circular needles
  • tapestry needle

20 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Atalanta is available through Knitting Kninja or Knit Picks.

Buy it now for $5.00 US.


Happy New Year – here’s a pattern

January 1, 2008

So it’s a new year, which means it’s five days until I hit the last year of my twenties. I’m not terribly impressed with the idea of turning 29. It just sounds so fake, even faker than 28 did. I want to hit 30 and just commit to it, instead of lingering at this age that no one will believe.

Anyway, I have owed you all a pattern for a good long time, and like the nice people you are, you’ve been uncomplaining, though I’ve had the occasional nudge to remind me to finish. So here, for the new year, is the pattern for Arthemis, and I’m working on the pattern for the Erin Shrug as well.

I originally started writing this pattern in the usual range of sizes, but as I was writing it up, it hit me that I was destroying the very thing that makes a top down raglan special – the ability to customize to body type. Sure, I could write up just what I did and size up and down, but that assumes that everyone has the same basic shape as I do, and it’s not useful. So instead of a standard pattern, I wrote this up as more a recipe to customize to your own shape. The pattern for the sleeves, collar, and lace edge match the ones in my picture, and I think I’ve explained pretty well how to place the darts, but if you have trouble, please let me know and I’ll do my best to help. As always, I’d love to see it if you knit it, and I definitely want to hear about mistakes I’ve made in writing it up so that I can correct them.



June 11, 2007

Pattern: my own (Arthemis)
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace (Main color: Delight [discontinued], Accents: Blood Orange)
Yardage: Delight: 5 and a half skeins, 687 yards; Blood Orange: less than one skein, about 32 yards
Needles: size 4 Bryspun Flexible 29″ Circulars

Surprise! I’ve never had a project whiz by so fast. I never mentioned it because it was done by the time I had a chance to write. You may remember my unhappy Vintage Knits camisole. I unraveled it and had a pile of Cotton Glace just sitting around. Two weekends ago, on a whim, and out of a desire to make room in my yarn cabinet, I cast on for a tee shirt. I’d recently bought Barbara Walker’s Knitting from the Top and this seemed a perfect opportunity to try her methods.

It was. Arthemis (named for a red-spotted purple butterfly) was a very quick and fun knit, and now I have an eminently wearable summer top and a space for more yarn in my cabinet. I used as much yarn as I had left, which is why the garment isn’t longer than it is. That’s my only real complaint – I’d have liked something that hit a little further down on my hips, but still, it’s not too short, and I really like it.

The lace edging is a bit of a happy accident. I adapted a pretty leaf pattern from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns and ran out of yarn before I’d done as many repeats as I intended. As it stands, I love what it looks like, and I love it much more than I would have had I done what I originally intended.

Other nice little surprises along the way include what happened with the darts. I took Barabara Walker’s advice and used darts for shaping, something I’ve never done before. I love it. I placed the waist a little higher than my natural waist, which is what causes the little flair at the bottom of the garment.

The yarn, having been used before (and treated very roughly) is not entirely without wrinkles and kinks, and the color is very uneven. It doesn’t really show in the pictures, but there’s a very stripy effect in real life. I don’t actually care. Cotton Glace wears well, and I suspect that exposure to sun and a few washings will even out the color a good bit. Besides that, it’s very rewarding to see the leftover yarn that I had no real plans for made into a wardrobe staple. Uneven color is the least of my concerns.

The raglan shoulder is done with eyelets, which I thought would be a nice reflection of the lace I intended for the bottom. I have liked the look on other raglan tops, but I hadn’t seen it done specifically with a smallish gauge cotton yarn. I think it’s my favorite method of increase for a girly raglan. It’s subtle, but the little peeks of skin are irresistible.

A few last looks. A pattern will be available in time.