Our First Friday project this month is Petrie, a very cute summer top. The pattern is free on Knitty. As is my custom, I checked out all the other Petries that our fellow Ravelers had knit.
If you look at the Knitty picture, you see what looks like a boatneck top with a slight pleat just inside each armhole. On Ravelry, though, you see that Petrie is equally lovely and wearable with the shoulders pulled closer to the center giving the garment an elegant draped neck. I’ve culled several examples of shallow, moderate and deep draping at the neckline.
The original pattern pic and this one from nonobaddog are worn with very little drape at the neck.
Boat necks do not flatter me, and would probably not have chosen to knit Petrie had I not seen PeacefulKnitter’s version. But that’s the beauty of knitting, isn’t it! You can choose to knit it and wear it exactly as it suits you.
If you’re an in-the-round knitter, you’ll appreciate all the helpful suggestions for converting this pattern to one knit in the round. Just knit, knit, knit, all the way up to the armholes and then work the fronts and the backs. I must say, it’s a rather appealing thought, isn’t it!
Join us First Friday in Leonardtown 5-8 p.m. for pink drinks and Petrie. See you then.