I love discovering new designers, especially when their patterns are as well designed and beautiful as those of Melody Hoffmann. In Melody’s words, she is inspired by nature, minimalism, folklore, wabi-sabi and shibuj. She designs garments and accessories that are full of texture, modern and simple.
A friend of mine asked me to make her a very specific top, with a deep back neckline and a ribbon. When I came across Melody’s Ginkgo top it was love at first sight. The simplicity of the construction is brilliant.
My friend and I picked the DROPS Belle yarn due to its cotton, viscose, linen content. It’s perfect for this top as the resulting fabric has wonderful drape. It’s a wonderful yarn that feels great when being knitted and even better when it’s worn. I wanted my friend to get as much wear out of her top as possible, so this was the perfect choice of yarn.
There were a few moments where the endless stockinette stitch was starting to get a bit tedious, but just when it did the neckline for the front and the back came into play. And knitting became interesting again. I could have added i-cord ties to it, but my friend was keen on satin ribbon, and I think it makes the top, it’s such a luxurious addition. And doesn’t my friend look wonderful wearing it?
Pattern: Ginkgo top by Melody Hoffmann. Yarn: DROPS Belle in navy. Needle size: 3.5mm Knitting time: 6th-15th September 2018.
My friend Amanda had a big birthday back in December, and as a gift I gave her a voucher for a knitted item. She picked this pattern and then decided on DROPS Big Delight, the Lava colourway. But after searching high and low for the yarn the only place I could order it from was from Germany, from the online shop: Lanade.
My friend was very keen on this colour combo, and I’m glad I was able to found it, because I love how it ended up looking.
I love the red, black and beige colours that came out in beautiful uneven stripes while knitting.
I actually ordered way too much yarn in the end, blame it on baby brain. I didn’t realise that each skein came in 100g rather than the usual 50g.
So, I’ve said to my friend I can knit something else for her, and she’s asked for a top for her 4-year old daughter, which is waiting on my queue.
I loved knitting this top, the yarn and pattern called for size 5mm needles, which meant that it actually knit up really quickly.
The pattern on the yoke came up beautifully, and it was so nice and easy.
Overall a lovely little pattern and my friend loves wearing it, and I love a happy customer!