I have some yarn in mind for a more delicate fall version in the correct gauge, but shopping must wait. Also, if this yarn had gotten ruined while camping, eaten by a bear, dropped in the creek, victim of a terrible s'mores accident, etc... I wouldn't have minded so much. Happily is survived unscathed and turned into rather a nice garment.
People at my work really loved it - and they could tell (but in a good way) that I made it. I think that is because it's chunky yarn. I've sort of sworn off the chunky yarn, even if it is super-fast to knit - maybe for that exact reason, I don't really want to look like a home ec project all the time. I'm not trying to hide it, but I also don't go out of the way to talk about sewing and knitting at work.
This is the first thing I've worn this year that anyone at work asked me if I made. Still, I like this top and will make at least one more.
I made the bottom edges wider and decreased to add some waist shaping to accommodate for my pear-derriere. I used size 11 needles, started with 85 stitches and decreased up to 73, every 6th stitch after I finished the ribbing.
The main body was a great socializing project - The ribbing was fast and then the stockinette was perfect for the campout. I knit stockinette in the dark around the fire, while chatting with people, I set it down and picked it back up in a hurry... I also watched some Project Runway the following weekend while flying through the second stockinette part.
The lattice was more of a reclusive concentration part of the project. I actually ripped most of it out because I made a mistake and dropped one of the yarnovers while I was watching Circus on Amazon Prime. I was engrossed in the show, so I didn't notice it until a few rows later. (It's a fun show!)
Unravelling something with this many yarnovers turned out to be harder than most frogging I've done, so I had to go back farther than I intended to get everything back on the needles safe and sound. Even with that little glitch, I knit the whole thing in 10 days as just my chill out and relax project. I highly recommend. If you want to see more on the project and lots of other people's finished versions check out Ravelry.