Last time I was back in Australia My mother-in-law went though her stash of half used balls of wool from Bendigo Woolen Mills and told me to take anything I like. Well of course, being me, I wanted all of it. I tried to restrain myself a little bit and only took about 6 balls, among them were three balls of 4 ply wool in purple, lavender and white. There were then a couple of 8 ply balls in aqua, red and blue.
I knew exactly what I wanted to make with the 4 ply wool - the Crazy Stripes Tee by Atelier Alfa.
I wasn't entirely sure what size to use - my measurements put me anywhere between a size M and an XL - and that only thing that I didn't like about this pattern is they don't provide any finished measurements for the shoulders - that is usually my go to measurement for figuring out what size to start with. In the end I decided to go with a size Medium. The shirt is just a bit to big across the shoulders but fits perfectly everywhere else.
This shirt is knitted using many short rows. I utilised many different methods for turning short rows throughout the shirt, but I never did manage to find a method that worked without a visible glitch. I don't know how noticeable it really is, but I'm not going to worry about it - it is what it is.
Apart from short rows there wasn't really anything difficult about this pattern - it went together beautifully. The colours used for each stripe were fairly randomly picked. I used the darker purple as the dominant colour and then just added in the lavender and white as I felt like it. Every now and then I added a row of the 8 ply aqua colour just to provide a real pop. I tried to keep these rows pretty infrequent though as I didn't want the larger 8 ply to affect the gauge too much.
I did change the pattern slightly when it came to the sleeves, The pattern calls for 3/4 length sleeves, but I have no use for those - if its cold enough to want to put on a wool shirt then I need full length sleeves. After browsing through the many other photos of this top made by other people I really liked the way the top looked when you extend the stripe pattern into the sleeve, so that's what I did.
The only other minor change I made was to the neck band, cuffs and bottom band. The pattern called for only 4 rows ribbing and 2 rows stockingette, but as my neckline was quite wide I chose to make a wider neck band and did 6 rows ribbing and 3 rows stockinette. I used this same band on the cuffs and bottom as well.
Overally I love this top. The wool is a little on the scratchy side so I do have to wear a long sleeve shirt under it, but I love everything else about it.