As promised, here's the FO post for the Simplicity Top knit from the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Crochet. I really love how this little project came out and I plan to wear this all the time before it gets too hot out! You definitely have to wear something underneath because there are fairly big holes in the fabric, I'm wearing it here over a pale grey tank top and it serves nicely without showing up too much.
The only modification I made to this pattern was to work in some waist shaping, the pattern is written for a straight body but I know from experience that waist shaping makes a more flattering garment for me. I decreased by 2 clusters on 2 alternating CC rows, then increased back up to the original number over the next 4 CC rows to add very gentle shaping (probably only about 2" was taken off and added back in).
Since this pattern is knit in one piece from the neck down, there is no finishing except weaving in the ends. I can definitely see crocheting this longer and making it into a dress, it would be very easy to do and very cute as a beach cover up or as a real dress over a full slip. I won't be making it for myself anytime soon though, once was enough with this pattern!
Pattern: Simplicity Top from Interweave Crochet Spring 2007
Yarn: 6 balls Berroco Glace in Cadet and 2 balls Berroco Zen in Kabuki Blue
Hook: Size M and I
Started: April 29, 2007
Finished: April 30, 2007