Atalanta

This has been a long time in coming! In 2007, I made this top, Arthemis. At the beginning of 2008, I released a pattern for it. Unfortunately, said pattern was a mess. It was pretty well impossible to follow and made very little sense. To those of you who tried to use it, my deepest apologies. Since then, I’ve wanted for a long time to return to Arthemis and reknit and rewrite it. As time passed, I also came up with a list of ideal changes to the pattern: greater length (the original photos hide how much that top rode up when I moved in it), wider neckline, a repeat of the lace pattern in the sleeves. I also wanted to change the yarn – the Rowan Cotton Glace is pretty, but I didn’t like the way it wore as an against the skin top. I wanted to keep the dart shaping, the fluttery lace pattern, and the raglan sleeves created with yarn overs.

Meet Atalanta. I think I changed enough from the original pattern that a name change was also in order. Atalanta is a heroine of Greek mythology. I grew up listening to Free to Be You and Me, which is probably where I first heard (an updated, feminist version of) the Atalanta story. Atalanta has long been my favorite Greek mythological figure because of her speed and skill and determination to decide her own destiny. (This being a Greek myth, she doesn’t actually get to do that, but I respect the attempt!) The original name, Arthemis, referred to a butterfly, but kind of looked like a misspelling of Artemis, and, in combination with Clothilde, seemed like I just liked throwing extraneous Hs around.

Atalanta is knit in Knit Picks Shine Sport, which yarn, besides being very affordable, is also very soft and not at all hard on the hands. This tee makes a great spring knit, and while it may not currently seem like it, spring is definitely on its way!

SIZES
28 [32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52] inches – (Pick size closest to actual bust size for a sweater with 7% positive ease at bust.)

MATERIALS

  • 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9) balls Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% Modal®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in MC – shown in Serenade
  • 1 (1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1) ball Knit Picks Shine Sport [60% Cotton, 40% Modal®; 110 yds per 50g ball] in CC – shown in Leapfrog
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) 24 or 32 inch circular needles
  • U.S. size 5 (3.75 mm) dpns or long circular needle for Magic Loop
  • U.S. size 4 (3.5 mm) 32 inch circular needles
  • tapestry needle

GAUGE
20 sts/26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch

Atalanta is available through Knitting Kninja or Knit Picks.

Buy it now for $5.00 US.

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