It’s lazy and hazy and lovely out there! As a former New Orleanian, you can’t scare me with heat, nor will you hear me complain about it (unlike my utterly ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ during the other three seasons). When it gets like this, 80’s to 90’s and a little humid, you’re likely to find me knitting on the beach. Though I’m not a swimmer, I do like to keep my tootsies in the cool water while I knit and bask in the sun. This year, I thought I’d like a cool, breezy, cotton tunic that would take me from a rocky Ontario beach, to the grocery store on the way home, then off to my local winery to listen to some live music. (Isn’t my life nice?)
I found this little gem on Ravelry: Freestyle Paula by KniTTina. It’s a wonderfully versatile tunic-length tank, semi-fitted but not clingy, with clean lines and some show-stopping details down the side.
I love the way the graceful style lines emphasize length and that the armholes are sized to permit layering. There’s a pretty picot edge along the hem too, giving “Paula” a dress-it-up/ dress-it-down feel. Knitting takes time, so I appreciate pieces that can do double duty. A deeply scooped neckline compliments just about any under-layer.
While browsing at KnitTraders on Wednesday, I happened upon Sublime Egyptian Cotton. Cool and silky with an elegant twist, Egyptian Cotton DK is an excellent choice for this project. Though technically a DK, this natural beauty feels slimmer, closer to a sport or fingering weight, and has an open, easy feel.
Egyptian Cotton DK is machine washable, so I knew it would work for the beach over a swimsuit and paired with straw accessories and casual comfy shoes.
Since I live way out in the country, I find myself in super-casual separates most of the time. I think I could toss on Freestyle Paula, grab some nifty accessories, and feel pulled together for quick trips to town.
And for those Saturday afternoons when we drop in at our local winery, I can layer it over a very simple linen dress and add a little bling for something dressier. Freestyle Paula is free on Ravelry and I think it’s a winner. Now for the hard part…choosing my favorite color!