WIW: New summer knit top

I feel a bit like an imposter because here I am posting and I haven't been around in ages (although I've lurked and read some the past few months, but enough about that, let's get to the clothes, shall we? 

I knit this top out of cotton reclaimed from a thrifted sweater. (details about the pattern, etc., on Ravelry, here.

1) Does it work? I'm new to the volume-on-top thing, and this intentionally has positive ease.
2) What would you change, if anything? About the top, about the outfit? 
3) I'm hoping to make at least one more summer top, and I can't decide. Should I go more fitted? Is a halter top (is that even the right term? racerback?) a really bad idea?

Here are the patterns I'm most considering.

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  • Kirstjen replied 8 years ago

    I'm not a knitter, but I think the color is very flattering & the shape looks nice.  

  • Beth Ann replied 8 years ago

    What a fab creation!  The color is lovely on you, and the neckline and angle sleeve frame you well and flatter.  And recycled materials?  That's even better?

    What about trying one with an asymmetrical hemline?  Perhaps something Eileen Fisher-esque.  I like a sleeveless design myself, but with a wide strap -- not like a tank.  It's cool, but covered and looks nice on the arm.

  • Brooklyn replied 8 years ago

    I like the top and the colour on you. Looks good with your jeans and matches your specs! I prefer fluid fit both because it is more fashionable and more comfortable in summer. I think sleeveless might be a good choice for the next one. I like the pattern with the asymmetrical hem and also the last one with the long rounded hem.

  • Suz replied 8 years ago

    The top is lovely on you and very flattering with your hair! I love Beth Ann's idea to try an asymmetrical pattern next. 

  • Diana replied 8 years ago

    Hi! It's good to see you here again. I love the new handknit! Perfect fit on you. I've been very into the drapey, swingy knits myself lately so I think the volume is just great.

    I just started knitting this tank myself, with some modifications, in silk:

    I think a racer back top would be fun. I've considered the coachella pattern myself - I think it would be super fun and fast. There's a version on Ravelry (the "shy scapula" version) with a wider back as well. They sell bra clips that turn a regular bra into a racer back, by the way.

    Eta: here's another pattern I just queued that you might like too:

  • Jaime replied 8 years ago

    Don't have ideas for your next project, but this one looks terrific with your coloring and glasses!

  • Maneera replied 8 years ago

    This top looks terrific! Love the color and the fit, and the neckline too.
    I think you're very talented so I'm excited to see what you knit next!

  • replied 8 years ago

    You recycled another sweater to knit this? Wow! Very talented. I like the colour and draped neck very much.

  • Word Lily replied 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!

    @Diana, I started swatching last night for a Maderia (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maderia) with a 60/40 hemp/cotton blend. I'll have to significantly re-figure if that's what I end up making, though, because I don't want a worsted weight tank top.

    I think one of my current bras is convertible to racerback, so that shouldn't be an issue.

    That Battleship one looks really similar to the Flow I had pinned, yes? http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flow-2 I'm having trouble seeing differences, actually.

  • amiable replied 8 years ago

    Ooh - love it!  Color is terrific, and your hair looks amazing!

  • rachylou replied 8 years ago

    This is cute and easy. Your glasses seem to be picking up the colour of the top... they go very nicely.

    And haha, I thought you were TraceyLiz when I saw the thumbnail of you in front of the tree on The Wall.

    And haha, it's not possible to be an imposter around me. People go and come back IN REAL LIFE, and I don't register any gaps. It's always the present. Haha!

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