To start off, the top 5 hits:
1. Named Inari Tee Dress
I feel I’m starting to sound like a broken record, having made this pattern three times and enjoyed it each time. My latest version was made in striped cotton/spandex knit with gold foil spots from Spotlight, and makes for an easy summer outfit when I want to feel comfy but put-together.
Archer is another pattern that keeps on giving. This time, I finally nailed the fit by slightly narrowing the sleeves (on top of many prior adjustments). The beautiful, soft plaid fabric Jen gifted me made it extra special.
3. Insulate! Hat
There’s no way I could do a write-up of this year and neglect what is possibly my favourite creation of all time, my Insulate Hat. It’s hand knitted. It has colourwork – colourwork Daleks. What else do I need?
4. Burda long sleeved blouse 04/2010 #114, V2
Burda shirts have featured heavily in my Top 5 posts, with my previous version of this pattern making the top 5 of 2016. This year’s make is slightly different, as I sewed a size up with fewer alterations for a more relaxed fit all around. It was my first time sewing with Robert Kaufman shirting, which has worn so beautifully I’d be happy to sew with it again.
5. Sew Over It Kimono Sleeve Jackets
These jackets filled a big hole in my summer wardrobe: the need for lightweight summer jackets that would protect my arms from the sun while not overheating me. The simple pattern from Sew Over It combined with the soft, drapey rayon from Spotlight to make elegant garments that were more than the sum of their parts.
You might notice I’m now referring to them as Kimono Sleeve Jackets. It has been brought to my attention that it is inaccurate to name jackets such as this “kimono”, which are full length robes with design features that wrap around the body. This pattern is more akin to a “haori”, an open overjacket. The SOI name for this pattern is Kimono Jacket, but I’ll refer to it as a “kimono sleeve jacket” from now on to reference the style of sleeve head rather than the cultural garment. Thanks to @little_kotos_closet on Instagram for her work in educating folks about these styles of garments (this post in particular), which has led to Wiksten changing the name of their jacket pattern from Kimono to the more correct Haori.
Bonus points: colourwork knits
I really thought I wouldn’t have enough creations to pick out a top 5, but here I am cheating and squeezing a few more in. I’ve been so happy with my colourwork knitting progress this year that I wanted to share some with you. I’m particularly proud of Strokkur (both new and old) and the Pyukkleen cowl, my first time choosing a colour scheme.