Sunday, February 22, 2009

Herringbone Puzzle Top

This wrap has already made an appearance or two, but still deserves a dedicated post. This is my version of the Tantric Puzzle Top (link goes to Ravelry).

The pattern provides you with the schematics and then expects you to chose a yarn, needle size and stitch pattern. I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool and a herringbone stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's Treasury #1.

In the pictures that accompanied the pattern the models were shown wearing the top overlapped in the front and tied over one layer in the back. I tried that arrangement with my top but it didn't work for me. It felt too stretched in the front and too floppy in the back. I was able to come up with a way to twist it in the front and tie over the top of both flaps in the back.

This pattern was really fun to make since it was a mystery to me how it would be worn until I finished it. The construction looks more complicated than it is and the simple shapes provided me with lots of mindless knitting. If I made this pattern again, the only thing I would change would be to make the panels slightly narrower. The stitch repeat I used necessitated that it be a bit wider than the pattern called for which means that it ended up wider than my shoulders. Still, this was a fun project in a fun color that will definitely get worn.


  1. I just love the way this piece turned out, Trin.

  2. That's beautiful! I can't find the pattern anywhere. Could you give it to me? Thanks. Kristina

  3. Hi Kristina, I have been getting a few questions about the pattern for this lately. From what I have heard, the designer is tweaking the pattern and will be re-releasing it. Maybe if you send her a note on Ravelry, you can be first in line for the release :)

  4. I really wish i could find a copy of this pattern. I'd love to make one. It came out beautifully!


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