Finished: Mata Hari



Pattern: Wrote it myself Yarn: 4 skeins of Lace Merino Silk by Karabella, color 7211 Needles: Addi’s circ 24″ US 3 Cast on date: Wednesday, July 09, 2008 Cast off date: Monday, July 21, 2008

Minimalistic desgin, Maximum effect

I did it... I freaking did it... And I am very very happy with the result of my boatneck kimono top:

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My friend Mary, who taught me how to knit, named the top Mata Hari. History teaches us that Mata Hari was a dutch female spy, and since this top is a knock of from Souchi Design's "Batwing", I thought the name Mata Hari was very appropriate!

I am in love with Mata Hari. I have never been so content about a project like this one.

It's minimalistic design yields maximum result in my opinion and I am simply elated. If I am ever to bring out a knitwear line in the future, this style is what I aspire to design! For reals...

Let's get down to the knitty gritty

I would like to share with you how I concocted this utterly simple knit. Will you believe me that there is absolutely no shaping in this design? Very easy knit, simple and minimum seaming! Oh yeah, my kind of knit.

First of all I knitted a rectangle with a giant opening in the middle. My plan was to pick up stitches all around this opening but first I needed to block the rectangle.

I washed it, squeezed out the water gently, rolled in a towel, walked over the towel with my full weight so that most of the excess water would go in to the towel:

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Then I place the rectangle ever so gently on the table, making sure that I have my dimensions down and leave it to dry:


After it dried, I simply folded it over and evenly picked up 180 stitches all around the opening. I joined in the round, knitted for like 7 inches and voila this was the result:


Next, I blocked the last part I knitted and calculated exactly where and how wide I wanted my neck opening to be.

I simply seamed 3 inches on either side of my neck opening, weaved in the ends and ah.... mission accomplished.


I like the open split sleeves very much! All the borders in this design are in seed stitch, the rest is all done in simple stockinette stitch. So boring to knit, but the result is very beautiful.

Knitting with light weight yarn and what's next?

  I am so into knitting with light weight yarn now. I mean, the result is so beautiful and so incredibly light to wear. It is as if I am wearing nothing... and the light softness of merino and silk on my skin...delicious! What's next you might wonder..? I think I deserve a little break now. I have completed 5 projects in a row and methinks I am just going to browse magazines and patternbooks for the next week just to get some inspiration!

If you are interested to read all entries about Mata Hari, click here and all entries will appear, just keep scrolling down.

Thank you for reading and untill the next entry!


i really LOve this design.

i really LOve this design.  so sexy.  and named after a spy--it is elegant but revealing.

Hi there, thanks for leaving

Hi there, thanks for leaving me a comment! I love this design too! It was quite boring to knit, but the results I love love love.Who knows, in time, I might put out a pattern like this one!

Marianne, thanks so much...

Marianne, thanks so much... Ik ben er heel erg blij mee! Geweldige garen, ik zie een hele mooie delicate lace shawl.... Is er de perfecte garen voor!!

Alex, thank you too! If you can get your hands on them, get it. You will not regret it, I promise.
Also, of course it would be so incredibly wonderful with a delicate lace stitch... Fantastic yarn!

Utterly fantastic! It is so

Utterly fantastic! It is so very chic.

There is somebody on Ravelry who is destashing 4 balls of Karabella Lace Merino; this makes me really want to buy them!

Love it Nancy ! You did such

Love it Nancy ! You did such a great job !
It's very much like the original, only this one suits you even better in the red color !

Love your new hair BTW :-)

Amy, thanks! Looking forward

Amy, thanks! Looking forward to seeing you again with your son at the shop!

Pixie, thank you! Now I really go to get going on that choli pattern, eh?

Gail, here I am still figuring out what to become when I grow up. And you want to be just like me when you grow up, hahaha! I know you wrote that with tongue in cheek... It gave me a good chuckle!

Wow! I love it. I want to

Wow! I love it. I want to be just like you when I grow up. Gail

Gorgeous! Congratulations on

Gorgeous! Congratulations on another fantastic design!

Absolutely STUNNING! It's

Absolutely STUNNING! It's really so beautiful. Nice job!

Oh Renna, your comment made

Oh Renna, your comment made me SMILE!!!

Thanks so much!!!!

Nancy, you're a designing,

Nancy, you're a designing, knitting genius! Seriously, what a brilliant design. And it's beautiful, too! :-)

Hi Denise! Glad you liked my

Hi Denise! Glad you liked my method :)

Curious to see with what you come up with on your knitting loom!

LOVE IT!! I was thinking

LOVE IT!! I was thinking about a top similar to that but in a different way.. I think your method is very good.. now where is that yarn??

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