How beautiful is this?
My friend Laura created her version of Norah Gaughan's Axil using four balls of Classic Elite Firefly, one of our favorite linen blends. In true Norah style, the construction is sort of unusual. The front and back are identical. They are seamed together at the sides, and then stitches are picked up and worked to join the neckline.
Laura noticed that the model in the photo had some serious gaping going on under the arms, and Laura's tank had the same issue. She debated knitting a gusset to pull it all together, but in the end Laura fixed it by simply seaming up the sides a few more inches. I think she looks marvelous!
I know summer does not always feel like the time for a hand-knit garment, but this combination of interesting pattern and ideal summer yarn make for just the right thing.
The little missy in the photo is wearing her Smilla's dress turned Smilla's tunic. Laura made this for her daughter last spring from the ever popular All You Knit is Love, and it is still adorable.
Hard to photograph on a squirmy kiddo, though. I hope these pretty ladies have inspired you to get knitting for summer!