I recently finished a project that I’ll be sharing soon, and as I was doing a debrief of it in my mind, one of the things I decided was that it fell into that category of “better suited for stable knits.” I find myself declaring that often — this or that pattern is best for stable knits. Even if a pattern wasn’t necessarily designed for stables, if it’s fairly fitted, personally I’d want something a bit less clingy. And in light of my penchant for using knits on patterns designed for wovens, fuhgeddaboudit — definitely stable knit territory. For more on what defines a stable knit, Tasia has a great post here.
But here’s the rub: I have a weakness for those rayon or mostly-rayon knits that aren’t so stable. The way they feel, the gorgeous prints, the beautiful drape, the way they feel, the light-as-air breathability, the way they feeeeeeel…. yummy. But it seems like I typically pull out patterns to make that lend themselves to something more stable. So, I went on an electronic search through my patterns to find some suitable matches for this growing population in my stash.
Vogue 8581 is the quintessential drapey knit pattern. It has been in my collection for a couple of years, and it’s been a HighPriorityToMake that whole time. Clearly, I need to get in touch with the meaning of the phrase “high priority.”
The Pavlova top would work great, wouldn’t it? I’ve seen this made up in all kinds of fabrics, and it seems that because of the wrapping and tying, the unstable ones may even work better. At minimum, wouldn’t the design be an easy solution for poor recovery (i.e., just retie them a little tighter)? I admit that I wasn’t an early adopter of this pattern — it’s the only Cake release that I’ve been lukewarm about. Actually lukewarm isn’t accurate; I liked it quite a bit, but it was the length that concerned me… I’m not a short-top wearer. Of course it would be possible to modify that, but being
inherently lazy unsure about figuring out such things, it wasn’t until I saw this post about lengthening it that I pulled the trigger on buying it.
Flowy cardigans like this are spot-on for drapey knits. I have several patterns for them, each with slightly different details, but this Jalie 2919 is one of my faves. It has cute tucks running from the shoulder seam to the waist — but as much as I love them, I might turn them into gathers. The thought of making pintucks out of a rayon knit is…well… I want the knit unstable, not me.
My second make from the Colette Taffy pattern is one of the drapey knit garments in my closet. Despite adding the hem band, the shirt remains clingier than I’m comfortable with in this fabric, and I don’t wear it often. But what I absolutely love about this top? The sleeves. In the rayon they are brilliant, even — maybe especially — unhemmed. What I need to do is rotate the side bust dart (which is totally irrelevant in this fabric anyway) to the hem, then maybe elasticize the bottom à la Vogue 8581 up there. Hmmmm…
Do you have any good pattern recommendations for drapey knits? Like ’em? Hate ’em? They sure take more fiddling and time to construct, but I think it’s so worth it! Sometimes.