This was one of the winning designs for the Yarns of Italy Catwalk design contest and it walked the TNNA catwalk in Phoenix AZ Jan 2012. More info about this design here on the designer’s blog
This design was inspired by the incredible color and feel of the Crespo yarn: the sheen and texture reminded me of hemp rope while the colour spoke of the sea. Thalassa is named for the Sea Goddess Thalassa of Greek legend, who literally is the personification of the Mediterranean Sea.
Thalassa is a pullover tunic with a simple lace pattern and triple-wrapped stitches to create an airy sea foam pattern. Shaped by decreasing needle sizes and changing the stitch pattern, this tunic has a row of eyelets for a tie at the empire waist, and lovely airy sleeves worked with rows of vertical eyelets.
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS: after blocking
Chest: 34 ( 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58) inches circumference
Length shoulder to hem: 32.5 ( 33, 33.75, 33.75, 34.25, 34.25, 34.75) inches
900 ( 980, 1140, 1210, 1362, 1510, 1608) yards total
A note about yarn substitutions, the yarn used in the sample is a very light yarn, the total weight for the entire 34 inch sample weighed 256g. The gauge is a more open gauge worked with a thinner yarn on larger needles. Keep in mind that if you substitute a heavy cotton this pattern will drop more and you may want to make adjustments to the length.
This tunic is worked from the bottom up in the round. Shaping is worked by changing needle sizes and stitch patterns to manipulate gauge. Several gauges have been indicated for different areas in this pattern but the most important for bust fit is 22sts / # rows= 4 inches in stockinette stitch on US 7/ 4.5mm needles. After completion of the skirt, short rows are worked to create ease for the bust. The armholes are slit openings without any stitches bound-off, and the two halves of the front and the back are worked separately to the shoulders. The bodice top has an eyelet pattern that is worked on smaller needles for the 3 largest sizes. The front edges decrease dramatically for a deep v-neckline and the eyelet pattern biases slightly for a lovely draped fabric. Garment should have 2-3 inches positive ease around the bust. Sample shown is 34 inches finished circumference with 2 inches positive ease.