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Summertime and the knitting is breezy

May 11, 2011
    
My mom and sister in front of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt

My sister lives in Cairo, Egypt, and I'm going to visit her in the fall.

My mom just got back from a 10-day trip seeing all of the amazing sites and spending time with my sister, Liz—look at them in front of the Great Pyramid!

It should be in the 70s when I'm there, which is what the temp was like when my mom was visiting. Mom said she and Liz wore wraps everyday because there was always a still breeze.

You can see my mom wearing a pink shawl I knitted her a few years ago. It's knit with a thick and thin cotton/rayon yarn, and Mom said it was the perfect size and weight to take along wherever she went. And it squishes up tight in the suitcase, too!

I've got about five months to knit myself a special wrap or top to wear on my trip, and don't tell my sister, but maybe I'll leave it there for her!

I've taken my own trip through the new patterns in the Knitting Daily Store, and here are three patterns that I think are good contenders.






This is the Counterpane Blouse by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark. I've seen the sample in person, and it is fabulous!

It's such a show-stopper, I would love to make it and give it to my sister. I know she'd be thrilled with it. It's so versatile, too, because it can be worn over a cami or a tee.

The Counterpane Blouse looks like a really neat pattern to work, too. The counterpane back panel is worked in the round from the center out with mitered increases to form a square and the center-front panel is worked as a garter-stitch rectangle. (But I know from experience that you can wear this "backwards" so the counterpane detail is in front!)

The side bodice pieces begin by picking up stitches from the completed back and front panels, with additional stitches cast on between the panels for the straps, and then worked outward in garter stitch with armhole shaping. After sewing the bodice side seams, stitches are picked up along the lower edge of the completed bodice and worked downward in the round.

Doesn't that sound fun? And it's knit out of a linen yarn, which makes a wonderful, breathable fabric that's perfect for hot climates.

   

I've loved the Aran necklace Camisole ever since it showed up in the spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits. There are several things that draw me to this project. One is the attractive cable pattern at the neckline, another is the knitted hemline, and a third is the cotton-linen yarn blend recommended for this pattern—it has a beautiful drape.

This is another fun-to-knit project, too!

Designer Caroline Bautista's cabled yoke begins and ends at the center back and is worked sideways across the right back, right strap, center front, left strap, then left back. Short-rows shape the yoke into a necklace-like curve (see photo at right).

Stitches for the body are picked up along the lower edge of the yoke and worked downward in stockinette, using short-row gussets to fill in the sides of the front on each side of the yoke. The center-front stitches are increased below the yoke to create a ruched effect.





Teva Durham's Filet Patch Blouse is one that's been on my list for a couple of years. I love the Boho-chic style of it, and the color possibilities are really fun to think about.

The beauty of this top is that the "crochet" blocks in the yoke are really knitted! Teva was inspired by a knitting technique from the 1940s that mimics the look of traditional filet crochet.

The seams are on the outside, too, adding even more interest. I love it, and my sister would love it, too.

The Filet Patch is knit with Aran-weight yarn, so I could definitely get this one done by the fall!

Any one of these breezy patterns would be wonderful additions to my suitcase, so which one do you think I should make? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

Cheers,


 


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GillianV wrote
on Jul 31, 2011 8:03 PM

I'm knitting the Aran necklace for myself in bamboo, but I've added a sleeve effect because the cami is not my style.  So I vote for it.

Gillian

lovenonna wrote
on May 16, 2011 10:59 PM

love love love the Teva durham patch blouse- might have to do this one- even if you dont!

zewdita wrote
on May 16, 2011 4:45 AM

I think the most versatile is the Counterpane Blouse, whether it's paired with a tank top or turtle neck it would rock the outfit not to mention keep the breeze in and out.

on May 15, 2011 9:55 PM

I tried the Counterpane Blouse a couple of years ago because I too thought it looked great. I had to abandon the project rather early on because knitting with the linen was really hard on my thumb and wrist. I knit continental- maybe that had something to do with it, although after inquiring about this at my fabulous LYS, I heard others talk about how hard knitting with linen can be hard on the hands. Something to consider...

knifty knits wrote
on May 15, 2011 5:00 PM

HI Kathleen,

I'd go with the Aran Necklace Camisole since it's in a neutral (safari-like) color that would blend with most things. Whatever you choose, have an awesome trip and please post some pics if you can.

:}

KathleenT@12 wrote
on May 14, 2011 11:31 AM

I love the wrap you knit for your mother.   Where can I get that pattern?

Thanks so much.  Kathy

on May 14, 2011 8:00 AM

This is a hard choice to make. All three are beauties. How about knitting all three? Just kidding! OK so my choice is the "Filet Patch Blouse".Happy knitting & have a GOOD TRIP.

grandmat13 wrote
on May 13, 2011 12:36 PM

Kathleen,  I absolutely love the Counterpane Blouse.  It would look fabulous in just about any color.  I'm sure that your sister would really enjoy wearing it.  What a nice gift.  Enjoy your trip.

KittyM wrote
on May 13, 2011 7:27 AM

Hey,  the filet patch is a hit.  I am now knitting it in white. it is just yummy.  can't wait to finish.  wool silk blend... actually Nashua's Isabella with a 7 & 9 needle.thank you for the free patterns this week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DeniseM@48 wrote
on May 12, 2011 10:57 PM

I love the counterpane blouse! I may have to try it myself!!

ickylee wrote
on May 12, 2011 1:09 PM

I absolutly love the filet patch blouse! I think I will make one too!

SusanS wrote
on May 12, 2011 11:53 AM

The Counterpane Blouse is my choice without any question. It's a project I'll add to my [long] que.

DottyC wrote
on May 12, 2011 9:23 AM

I love the Filet Patch Blouse..... I may even knit one myself!  Have a great trip & be careful.

lexikate81 wrote
on May 12, 2011 9:18 AM

I like the Teva Durham's Filet Patch Blouse.  It is perfect for fall no matter where you are in the world so versitle and cute.

on May 12, 2011 7:12 AM

Kathleen.....if it keeps raining and being crummy spring weather,  do both the counter pane first and then the filet patch !   You can finish the filet on the plane..it is a long flight !  Enjoy your time there,   we want pics when you return.

dfollett wrote
on May 12, 2011 7:00 AM

I think the Counterpane Blouse is the perfect piece. Dressy yet casual. If the front is not open you can leave an opening so it is easy to remove if you get to warm.

Kim@88 wrote
on May 12, 2011 6:21 AM

I love the Counterpane Blouse and I think your sister would too.l  One question how difficult is the pattern?  I would love to try it, but would like to know how hard it is before I commit to it.  I hate to not finish a project.  Have fun on your trip in the fall.  Thanks, and thanks for all your intereting articles I receive!  Kim

Marny wrote
on May 12, 2011 4:35 AM

Make something your sister will like and use, since you are planning on leaving it for her!!

Have a fun trip ... safe to/fro.

joffytjomas wrote
on May 12, 2011 3:20 AM

Hi  Kathleen Cubley.Summer time and the living is breezy in this sleeveless shell with built-in ... The top is knit in the round to the arm openings, then divided for the front.the temperature is, alas, steadily rising, but of course, i have not stopped ...

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ToveJ wrote
on May 12, 2011 1:16 AM

Definitely the Counterpane Blouse! It will look lovely on both of you!

debbie cohen wrote
on May 12, 2011 12:10 AM

Hi Kathleen! I can't really believe that you read everyone's comments. I think the Filet Patch Blouse is great, but hey, you're going to wear it. Why don't you pop over to Jerusalem while you're in the area? It's a great place, and I'd love to meet you!

Debbie

CrochetFreak wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:15 PM

Definitely take the Counterpane Blouse by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark on your trip after u make it. I love it! It's very pretty, and it seems versatile. That's my two-cents! :)

on May 11, 2011 8:08 PM

Loved this pattern too!  Bought the book with the pattern in it and the yarn on line.  Have tried several times with the help of many seasoned friends who knit to work the patches and have not yet finished one.  I even emailed Interweave a couple of times to see if I was misreading the pattern or if it was printed incorrectly and still no results.  Very  unhappy about this as I still would like to have this in my wardrobe.  Help!!!!!!!

Colleen

morganbrewer wrote
on May 11, 2011 6:50 PM

I love all three! I think I'll have to place my vote with the Filet Patch blouse since it's currently on my needles! At least in the sense hat I have 8 patches done and the rest of the yarn is eagerly awaiting my return. Have a wonderful time with your sister!

MeredithJean wrote
on May 11, 2011 6:28 PM

I vote filet patch blouse too. Mind you, the counterpane blouse is gorgeous!

MollieLazear wrote
on May 11, 2011 6:20 PM

Keep in mind that you are traveling to a moslem country, and be sensitive to their values.  A large shawl would be most versatile.

Royz Gal wrote
on May 11, 2011 5:53 PM

My vote is for the counterpane blouse. I think it would suit all figure types and all occasions. In my opinion, this would make a very packable take-along. Dress it up with a pretty blouse or dress it down with a T-shirt or cami and you are ready to go anywhere. I love, love, love it!!

Christina42 wrote
on May 11, 2011 5:08 PM

Ok, So I've got it narrowed down to two:  the Filet Patch and the Counterpane blouse.  Whatever one you pick, I hope you enjoy making it and her wearing it!  Happy knitting!

jordana2 wrote
on May 11, 2011 4:38 PM

I think your sister has cast her vote for the counterpane blouse, but if I were your sister, I'd vote for the Filet Patch.  That one caught my eye when it first came out and it is the most my style of the three, plus the fun of picking your own color combo and knitting that looks like crochet.  It might make a great KAL...not sure that I will ever really feel that I have enough knitting time to do one of those though.

SandraA wrote
on May 11, 2011 4:27 PM

Considering the conservative nature of the culture, my vote is for either the Counterpane Blouse or the Filet Patch Blouse, though I lean more to Counterpane.  Enjoy your trip!

lindaht wrote
on May 11, 2011 4:17 PM

Hi Kathleen, All 3 are perfect for a summer wardrobe, But my choice would have to be the Filet patch, it's so on trend, = Fab with Jeans, crops or if made slightly longer great with legging, I'm sure that which ever you make will be gratefully received by your Sister, Have a lovely time in Egypt, Regards from the UK.

AngiesSong wrote
on May 11, 2011 3:26 PM

Kathleen, I would go with the counterpane blouse in the linen and a color that is similar to the one it is done in. I think your sister would look really nice in that color or a brighter blue, it would go great with her complexion! If it is for you I would go with the blue and that would look great with your complexion.Good luck,with your decision and have a great time.  Angie

elovesheehan wrote
on May 11, 2011 3:22 PM

Salaam Alaykum from Egypt! This is Elizabeth, Kathleen's sister. I had to hop on to cast my vote - I think the counterpane is just too beautiful to pass up. I would wear any of the three though!!

It's true that Egypt has used linens and woven/knitted fabsics for thousand of years. i was just telling Kath that in the Cairo museum there are a pair of socks, gloves, and even gauntlets that belonged to Tut!

Everyone here wears beautiful knitted things - lots of sweaters scarves and hats. LOTS of shrugs and shrug-like sweaters that tie in the front.

It is quite safe here - right now maybe safer than before the revolution, but things do change rapidly. I know Heba wold agree - Egyptians are some of the most polite and hospitable people around!

Tidbit about pyramids - The Red Pyramid at Dashour is actually the largest pyramid in Egypt, and just a few kilometers south of Giza. The oldest stone monument on Earth is a little bit further South - The Step Pyramid of King Djoser at Saqqarah, only about 30 minute from my home.

Pack up your knits and come on over!

elizabeth

BarbaraF@7 wrote
on May 11, 2011 3:15 PM

My vote is for the Counterpane Blouse! I have the issue of the magazine with the Filet Patch Blouse pattern specifically because of that pattern! Reading your comments on it make me even more determined to make it! I didn't realize that the blocks in the bodice were knitted! Thank you! Have an awesome trip!

BBF

on May 11, 2011 3:02 PM

Filet Patch Blouse is my vote!! Enjoy your trip :)

Shannon29 wrote
on May 11, 2011 2:54 PM

The Counterpane Blouse looks feminine and soft and would layer well. The shape is also the most flattering. I think you should make it . . . definitely.  The colour is also great. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and a good visit with your sister.

Thanks also for your wonderful daily article and knitting inspiration.

Hugs from Shannon in Vancouver, BC

LeisaB wrote
on May 11, 2011 2:38 PM

I vote for the Counterpane Blouse! It is truly gorgeous!

Have a wonderful time with your sister!

on May 11, 2011 2:07 PM

It MUST be the Counterpane Blouse.  Absolutely stunning!!  And a whole lot of fun to make.

CindyC3 wrote
on May 11, 2011 2:07 PM

They were all nice, but I'd go for the Bohemian Annie, myself. It's so fun and retro!

ErikaH@2 wrote
on May 11, 2011 2:04 PM

I LOVE the aran necklace camisole, but I think the Filet patchwork blouse will be  the best bet for your trip.

Happy Trails.

prlknits wrote
on May 11, 2011 1:58 PM

I vote for the Filet Patch Blouse because......it won't put too much stress on you to get it don in time, you'll learn a new technique with the filet look knitting and you'll have fun with the color play.  ;-)   Enjoy whichever project you decide on.  I know your sister will love it!

EllenP@11 wrote
on May 11, 2011 1:46 PM

I would vote for the cami as you can wear it alone or layered with something under or over.  Lovely

Ellen

MaryM@2 wrote
on May 11, 2011 1:35 PM

I'd probably make the Counterpane.  I made the Camisole, following measurements carefully, however, the armholes were way too long so I sewed them up to a reasonable length.  I enjoyed the knitting of the Camisole but felt I must warn about the armholes; it is a nice casual garment.

cupcake wrote
on May 11, 2011 1:33 PM

absolutely the counterpane. It's beautiful.

beba said wrote
on May 11, 2011 1:03 PM

hi kathleen

I,m from Egypt and i,m so happy to know that you,r coming here I hope you,l enjoy your staying here.I think you should knit counterpane Blouse because we have a hot weather in Egypt from may to the end of November not so breezy like April .so this blouse would be perfect .have a happy knitting,and as we say in Egypt (Ahlan Wasahlan) that means welcome.

didigard67 wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:49 PM

I like the Counterpane Blouse.  I love the beautiful detailing.  All three are beautiful.  Have a great visit with your sister.

DBenjamin wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:46 PM

Definitely the counterpane blouse; so many possibilities wearing casual or dressy. Love this pattern. BUT, I'm thinking forget the special wrap and take me with you instead! I hope you have a wonderful trip; my lifelong dream is to see the pyramids. Enjoy your time with your sister.

BetteM@2 wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:40 PM

I would love to have the pattern for the stole you made for your mom!  BL

rhporter wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:31 PM

Without a doubt, the Counterpane Blouse.  Have a wonderful trip.

ev39 wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:24 PM

Cast my vote for the Counterpane Blouse.  It is beautiful and looks like a fun knit.

KathyS@51 wrote
on May 11, 2011 12:11 PM

I've had my eye on the three patterns you've chosen for your fall trip to Egypt for quite some time. Especially the counterpane tunic! I'm just afraid that once started, it won't get finished... I'm a large woman and the amount of work involved looks intimidating. Not the difficulty level at all; that would be fun! I'm intimidated by the quantity of work required. My 24 yo daughter would like me to make the cabled neckline tee in a bright teal color. (She's very petite... so she may get her wish!)

Thanks for sharing your ideas! ~Kathy S

redkimi wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:56 AM

I Love the Filet Patch blouse. It is very cute and would be just right for going out in the evenings. You might just have time to make one for you also to take along.

robsdolls wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:41 AM

The filet patch blouse is one of my favorites as well.  I think you should go fo it. That one can be worn over Amy type of top. Tank,tee, or long sleeve.   Good luck.   Robin in S.I.

Betty L.C wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:35 AM

I vote for the counter pane for the trip to Egypt....I have the yarn for the filet top but cannot figure out how to do the squares....any advice??  Betty Collins

Vivvi wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:19 AM

LOVE LOVE LOVE the' croche't patch blouse, and the Aran necklace camisole too. Can you post a pic of you wearing it in Egypt?

MaryE wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:14 AM

I think either the Counterpane blouse (I'd go for that!) or the Filet paptch blouse.  Either would look nice on you.

I guess I would like to 'work' on the counterpane blouse more.

MaryE wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:14 AM

I think either the Counterpane blouse (I'd go for that!) or the Filet paptch blouse.  Either would look nice on you.

I guess I would like to 'work' on the counterpane blouse more.

Sweetside wrote
on May 11, 2011 11:02 AM

My vote is for the Bohemian Annie top. It's a versatile piece and could also be worn as a swim suit cover up at the beach, goes perfect with a relaxing pair of Bermuda shorts or a linen trouser or capri.  I have always loved this top since I first seen it. Have fun preparing for your trip !

on May 11, 2011 10:58 AM

Hi, there!  My vote is for the Counterpane Blouse.  Have a really nice visit with your sister!

Pat

on May 11, 2011 10:57 AM

Hi, there!  My vote is for the Counterpane Blouse.  Have a really nice visit with your sister!

Pat

LisaB@39 wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:35 AM

Dear Kathleen,

I've never replied before but I just had to weigh in. The counterpane blouse is FABULOUS! You should definitely make it!

Also, I wanted to say have a great time in Egypt. It's a wonderful country!

Camelot818 wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:23 AM

I like them all. 3rd one is favorite then the 1st one then the 2nd.  Do you have the pattern for the one you made your Mom?  that is really my Favorite and I would love to make one for myself.  

Thank you and happy knitting

candycej wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:20 AM

Were I lucky enough to be in your shoes with such a wonderful trip in my future I'd try for 2 - the filet patch blouse and the counterpane blouse.  I, too, love both of these patterns.  I have to admit, though, that I'm not a fan of the camisole - so i'm decidedly prejudiced.  Have fun knitting whatever you chose!

Jesusan wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:15 AM

Hi Kathleen -

My comment is to let you know that the pyramid in the photo is not the Great Pyramid, but rather the Pyramid of Khafre.  The plaster cap is what identifies it; the Great Pyramid is plain (as in no identifying marks, just being the biggest of them).  It is wonderful to be able to visit the pyramids.  Hope you have a great time!  My knitting suggestion is a good shawl.  

Susan

AnneC@3 wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:06 AM

The Filet Patch Blouse for sure. Your sister will love its crafty look.  I've also loved it since I saw it. I think my skills may be up to knitting this now.

on May 11, 2011 10:01 AM

The Filet Patch is definitely the cutest one which could be knit with some zingy colors!  What a neat trip to plan...have fun!

Denise Krohn

Kathy@307 wrote
on May 11, 2011 10:00 AM

I like the Filet Patch blouse a lot.  Think of the possibilities in colors--those you like and those your sister likes.  Plus it seems to made using techniques seldom used today, so you'd likely not be bored while knitting it.  I vote for the Filet Patch blouse!

margfenn wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:52 AM

l love all 3 designs but really feel your sister would get a lot of fun and glamour out of the counterpane blouse, so much can  be done to dress up or down tthis item for lots of occasions and seasons, hmmm but what colour, you didn't ask us, enjoy deciding, Enjoy your trip and visit with your sister, wish your sister was mine, take care and enjoy...

JeanG@31 wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:48 AM

All three are beautiful!  But if I had to pick I'd choose the counterpane blouse.  Enjoy your trip!

Threadluvr wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:45 AM

I vote for the Counterpane blouse.  I like how the lace on the skirt forms a vertical pattern to help elongate the midsection, and how there is a horizontal waist defining band.  You could even knit two counterpane sections and eliminate the plain garter front...  The patchwork is cute, but I'd be leery of the squares pulling to the front - on the model they're barely wide enough to cover her chest, and it looks like the sleeves are being pulled to the front - it just looks too narrow to me.  If I were to do it, I'd make sure the body of the top is in a neutral or receding color, and the patches more intense - as it's shown, my eye is drawn to the raspberry, and I'd rather not draw attention to my midsection!  Besides, the narrowness of the patch section makes the body section look wider by comparison.

joannedenver wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:44 AM

I vote for the counterpane blouse!

LynM@8 wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:37 AM

I like both the Counterpane Blouse and the Filet Patch. The Filet Patch seems like just another everyday tee, though, and the Counterpane is a beautiful, I-made-something-special-for-you kind of top. Also, since linen was used so much in Ancient Egypt, the Counterpane would be my obvious choice for this situation. Hope you have a wonderful and safe trip!

LEPeterson wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:34 AM

I love the first one, the Counterpane.  Did it ever appear in Interweave?  

I also have loved that little tank since it appeared.  To this day, I'm trying to figure out how I could make it work for me.  If you choose this one, I hope you document the process!!

An avid reader,

Linda

Suomisisu wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:30 AM

Kathleen,

I love your thought of making something to wear while visiting and then leaving it for your sister!! No matter which one you make I'm voting for that!

Of the three I like the Counterpane the best but I think a wrap is still the way to go.

Enjoy!

Judith

Sugar Evans wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:08 AM

went to Egypt THIS April?  My Mom's trip plans were canceled.  Is it safe to go?

PattiG@7 wrote
on May 11, 2011 9:04 AM

Definately the Counterpane!  Absolutely lovely!  Have a great trip.

texgal55 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:58 AM

Hi Kathleen,

Oo-oo-h!  I'm so excited for you!  What does your sister say about the unrest over there?  Be very, very careful!!

Kathleen, I like both the Counterpane Blouse and the Filet Patch both -- one is rather dressy and the other is just plain fun!  If doing both is out of the question (Counterpane for evening and Patch for day) I'd still do the Filet Patch.  I also think what someone else suggested about taking another wrap is a good idea.  I think the Filet Patch just looks like you -- saucy, sassy and fun!!  I also think it's the most figure flattering.  

Have a great time, but again, please be careful!!

Ramona2365 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:54 AM

I vote for the Counterpane Blouse.  I think it would a beautiful addition to your sister's wardrobe and I think it would be attractive on her.  Sometimes the shape of the patchwork tee can add pounds, and none of us need extra poundage!!

Good luck, and be sure to let us know what you decide on!  Thanks for letting us vote!

1949paperina wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:49 AM

No doubt, Teva Filet Patch Blouse is too Egypt-looking!!! Thanks for your blog that gives me a lot of ideas and pleasure in reading.

Cheers, Nadya from Savona, Ligurian Sea, Italy

YvonneMi wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:43 AM

My vote goes with the Counterpane Blouse by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark.  Easy to dress up with a pretty blouse underneath, or dress down with a tee!  Would look smashing!  Maybe I'll even give it a go!

Yvonne

CarlytaS wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:42 AM

I like Teva Durham's Filet Patch Blouse the best; especially the colors--looks like fall.

Carlyta Smith

knitter407 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:41 AM

Kathleen, I have always been drawn to the Filet Patch Blouse.  I live in Texas so it would more then likely be worn 9 months out of the year.  It has a funky happy style, that fits my personality.  Good Luck and happy travels. Mcox

KathieN wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:39 AM

I would definitely go for the filet patch blouse.  I'm trying to figure out if I have any yarns suitable for making it....

TeresaB@30 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:38 AM

Of the ones you've decided on I think the Counterpane Blouse would be my choice. Although I think that a great wrap would be really useful, something long and rectangular. When I was in Egypt (over 10 years ago) I would have loved a long rectangular shawl. The wind does seem to kick up and at night it can get cold so that extra item to wrap up in would be really useful. You'll have a wonderful time! It's even more amazing in person than you can imagine. Enjoy!!

gracielynn wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:37 AM

One of each ! LOL . ok ,, probably the patch work.. really different & I love learning new techs.

Cairo ? wow.. seems too wild & all at the moment.. Doubt it settles back to 'normal' in a few short months..

I wouldn't go.. but keep us updated.. :-)

Gleniece wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:33 AM

The counterpane blouse is gorgeous.

SharenM wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:29 AM

I think the Filet Patch Blouse would be great! I'll  make one for my twin, Karen down in Florida!  Sharen in Colorado

DawnS@6 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:21 AM

Filet Patch Blouse.....It's in my knitting lineup as well.

TerryNugent wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:21 AM

I'd go with the counterpane in a deep indigo to match your sister's beautiful dark hair and tan.

sphene wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:20 AM

definitely the counterpane!  Fabulous!

on May 11, 2011 8:20 AM

I would go for the filet patch blouse! Super cute!!

knitmama06 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:19 AM

I also love the Counterpane Blouse. Make that one! :-)

on May 11, 2011 8:16 AM

I vote for the filet patch blouse. I think it will be the most flattering, and with the color combinations of the squares, it will go with lots of different T's and bottoms.

on May 11, 2011 8:13 AM

Hi Kathleen!  While all the patterns you are thinking of making for your trip are beautiful pieces, I think you would get the most versatility from the Counterpane Blouse.  If made with the right color, it could paired with just about any color tee or cami.  I look forward to seeing what your final choice is!  Happy knitting! RLK

crystalsu wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:12 AM

The Counterpane Blouse is my favorite of the three.  And I even love the color that the pattern shows it in!

LisaM@134 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:11 AM

Hi Kathleen,

I think the Counterpane Blouse is gorgeous, so pretty and versatile.

Best wishes from the UK.

Lisa :-)

JaniceL wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:11 AM

The Filet Patch Blouse would be fabulous.  I have looked at this pattern over and over and have finally decided that it will be a great take-a-long for a class reunion this fall.  The color scheme is endless and would be a great addition to any wardrobe.  Thanks

jcrandall wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:10 AM

I'd go with either the Counterpane Blouse or the Filet Patch Blouse.  Both are so versatile, dress up or dress down, and figure-flattering.  The camisole is cute, but not such a go-to wardrobe item. Plus, unless you're a size 4, you'll probably wear something over it, which defeats the purpose!  Personally, I've been thinking of the Filet Blouse for years, too.   You could even make two with co-ordinating colors!

Joan@130 wrote
on May 11, 2011 8:09 AM

My vote is for the filet patch blouse.  I hope you have a fabulous trip!!!