Designer Feature, Finished Projects

Crop Top Pattern by Lori Versaci

This summer, designer Lori Versaci┬ácontacted me to see if I would be able to test knit a new design for her in our Acadia yarn. The answer, unsurprisingly, was YES! I had been saving (hoarding?) a particularly odd colorway of Bog under my desk for a couple years (yes, years) and had been waiting for the perfect project to come along. This was it. I’m not usually a cropped sweater kinda gal, but I love pretty much everything Lori does, and liked the look of this one from the start so I knew I could make it work.

The sweater is the Crop Top just recently published in Amirisu Magazine. I made no modifications to the design, but I do confess that on the sleeves my row gauge did not match my original swatch, so I guess there was one unintentional modification. I knit the yoke over a few evenings, and then set it aside for a while. I should have re-swatched when I picked it back up weeks later to work the sleeves–lesson learned! I knit the size Large, 49 1/2″ bust, to get the recommended 10+” of ease, and I love the result.

With the recommended amount of ease it’s one part sweater, one part poncho, and all parts super comfy. I have worn it over a dress, with a tunic and leggings, and with jeans and a t-shirt, making it surprisingly versatile for a cropped sweater. I am seriously considering knitting a second one, maybe a Medium this time, in Savannah, for Spring. Maybe with a three quarters or half length sleeve?

Thank you so much, Lori, for such a wonderful design and a fun opportunity to test knit. I truly enjoyed both the knitting and the final result! – CAK

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