This was a UFO from 2008! I started it in July of 2008 and it even went on a beach vacation with me to the Jersey Shore. This has sat in a bag for a very long time. Last year, 2009, I had pulled it out again and was able to finish the garter band. Then I promptly lost interest again.Since I am on a mission to finish my UFO's, I pulled this out again at the end of February 2010. With a great determination, I finished this last week. Let me tell you that it was torture to knit this in black. Don't do it! I am surprised that I didn't go blind. You need very good lighting, like natural sunlight, to be able to see this when you are knitting. It was miles and miles of stockinette and I quickly remembered by I kept putting it off. But my mind was set to finish it and I did it.
The yarn is Lion Brand Microspun. At the time, I was a newbie at knitting adult sized garments, so I bought the yarn that the pattern called for. At the store, I had a choice of bright colors or black. That's why I chose Black. I actually didn't have any trouble knitting with this yarn. It is really soft in the ball form and knit up.I honestly love this blouson! It's very flattering and it's comfortable. This pattern runs extremely big, so be aware of that if you try this pattern. I only knit the skirt part for 8 1/4 inches and it calls for 10 1/2 inches. I have a very short torso so it's great that this pattern was top-down. If I were to make this again, I would knit the garter band with smaller needles. I got a tip from another Raveler about weaving in some elastic thread from the inside to tighten that up. So, I will try that when I get a chance to get to the store.
Pattern: #28 Short Sleeve Blouson (Ravelry link) by Cathy Carron from Knit.1, Summer 2007
Needles: US 4 / 3.5 mm
Yarn: 4.68 skeins = 786.2 yards of Lion Brand Microspun in color: Ebony.