Do you know the song “Michelle” by the Beatles? I think it was written for my Belle!
I’m really loving My Belle!
The extra 3cm at the bottom has made a huge difference. (Now that I look at the photo I see that the camisole I wear underneath has scrunched up a bit over the trousers, so please ignore that.) By the way, you have to wear something underneath as the holes are quite open – unless of course you’re going for the *sexy hooker* look (I can just imagine the amount of disappointed Google searchers when they see this blog in the result page for their * * search. Hahahaha).
But I digress.
The Rowan Belle pattern was an utter pleasure to follow – so much that I even made a video singing its praises. At times I did however think I made a mistake with the yarn, Drops Cotton Viscose.
It is very splitty, there’s no denying that. It’s the Rayon threads that seem to fluff up and snag but it’s exactly that thread that gives it its luxurious sheen (being the “viscose” in Cotton Viscose). The Rayon also helps to keep the shape beautifully. Seeing the completed top has converted me: I will use Cotton Viscose again. Splitting yarn can be forgiven. Suck it up, cause it’s worth it in the end!
So to sum up My Belle, here are the facts.
I made a couple of changes (see yesterday’s post).
I used a 3mm and a 4mm crochet hook (see this post)
I used 9.5 balls of Drops Cotton Viscose in shade no. 29
It took me less than a month to crochet – I started on 14 April and completed it on 14 May. In that time I took a week off to make Lynn’s Retro Looks cushion, so it was about three weeks.
I loved this pattern. If I only make this one item from the Rowan Holiday Crochet book, the book has been worth it.
♫Michelle, my belle.
Sont des mots qui vont très bien ensemble,
Très bien ensemble.
I love you, I love you, I love you.♪♪
P.S. I forgot to say: thank you to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post and also on the sneak peak photo this morning on the Facebook page. It means a lot to me that you love My Belle just as much as I do.
It’s very pretty. It looks like an eggshell blue today in the picture. It looked more grey the other day.
Thanks! I think the colour looks different every time because the viscose is so shiny it reflects the light. Drops calls the colour “light grey green”, but to me it’s just silver.
What a beautiful top 🙂 The color looks wonderful on you as well! I have just purchased the new Vogue Knitting Crochet issue and love so many of the tops in it. I’ve always been intimidated by clothing in crochet, but you make it seem so easy that I will have to give it a go myself 🙂
Thank you very much! Oooh, the Vogue crochet issue! There are so many lovely things in there. All I can say is, give it a go. It’s so nice wearing something that you made yourself, knowing that no-one has exactely the same thing. Even if someone buys the yarn I’ve used and does everything I did, it will still not be exactely the same. And you know the history behind everything you’ve made so when you wear it, it’s extra special. Oh yes, give wearables a try. You won’t be sorry!
It certainly lives up to it’s name – Belle! Very petty and looks great on you. 😀
I have patterns for cardigans and jumpers but haven’t tried any yet at all. (scaredy cat)
Lovely top! Can’t believe it’s only taken you 3 weeks. I’ve been working on mine for almost 3 months! Really nice work, very neat! Where can I buy this vogue knitting crochet issue you speak of? I’ve heard of it but don’t know where to buy…
Thanks Jodie! I’ve only seen the Vogue book to buy here: http://store.vogueknitting.com/p-2159-vogue-knitting-2012-crochet.aspx.
Thank you! That may just be my next purchase!
N! What a project! How did you feel all day wearing it? Looks lovely and romantic.
I really love it! It looks amazing 🙂
Great design and colour, well done
Natasja you look drop dead gorgeous in that top. The colour, the stitches, the yarn – everything is stunning. I know something is a winner when I get a strong urge to touch it, even if I am looking at it displayed 2D on a computer screen. That is the type of top that you can take from day to night and also the possibilities of what you can match it with is endless. Cheers!
Thank you everyone for you amazing, lovely comments! You’ve confirmed what I suspected: I’ll be making another one soonish! 😀
I absolutely love this top on you, Natasja!
I love the way it hangs on you. It is wonderful enough that you made your own top, but to have it be the right style and fit on you is superb. Belle!
So Ladylike!!! cute…..
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