Dashing Root

I'm still not sure why anyone would ever want to call their knitwear design 'Rusted Root'. Even if you discount the Aussie slang it's not exactly inspiring.

Nevertheless, I saw the pattern, figured it would work perfectly with the 8 balls of 'Dashing' I'd picked up from Spotlight (at just $2 a ball!), and cast on.

That was all some time ago now. The knitting was even finished weeks ago (maybe more than a month). All that was left was the pesky business of weaving in ends and blocking. Making the most of last Saturday's lovely weather, I tore myself away from the Pretty as a Peacock shawl*, and spend some quality time with the laundry tub, woolwash, and my pilates mat. It didn't finish drying on Saturday, and Sunday heralded the start of 5 rainy days. So finally, this morning, I braved the cooler weather, and convinced the wonderful Joe to take some shots.

I knitted this based on my pre-pregnancy measurements, so it's feeling a little tight at the moment. My aim is to have it as an incentive to loose some baby fat come summer.

Specs ...
Pattern: Rusted Root from Zephyr Style
Knitted in Spotlight Basics Dashing (worsted weight apparently)
Needles: 4 mm knitpicks options
Mods: Maybe a bit longer than stipulated in the pattern. After discovering how to make increases that 'lean' different directions, I made sure I used them for the sleeve 'seams'.

I think I might use this pattern as the basis for another top. If I did, I might add a bit more puff to the sleeves, maybe give myself a bit more bust room, and change the decreases at the end of the bust so that they match.

And now (for those who've requested it), a pic of the 'bump'. It's not huge, but I'm making the most of that.

*Yes, I've been picking it up when I feel like I can concentrate - here's a link to the knit a long blog


  1. Dashing root sounds much better than rusted root.

    The bump is very cute, although I'm not sure I can see anything!

  2. My bump looks the same as yours after a big dinner! Your DR looks great and I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of it after baby.

  3. The DR is lovely...I bought some of that Dashing as well for $2 a ball - great for baby projects.

  4. Hey I'm very excited to hear your news and I'm amazed at your ability to make stunning things from total bargain spotlight purchases!!


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