I recently finished this faded Ripple Crop Top and I just love it so much. This was a dream project for me and something that I have had in my mind for more than a year. When I finally found a yarn to go with Plank & Stella’s Belcher Family colourway I knew it was time to find a third colour and complete this project.
The Ripple Crop Top is designed by Jessie Maed. You can find the pattern here on Ravelry.
This is my second Ripple Crop Top and to be honest I wasn’t in love with the fit of the first one that I made so I knew I wanted to make a few modifications. I’ll note that I knit the first one at entirely the wrong gauge because I didn’t have the right needle size so I ended up knitting quite a few sizes up which likely contributed to the ill-fit.
You can check out the details of my first Ripple Crop Top here (Ravelry link). The yarn is scratchy and I hardly ever wear it so I’m really happy to have a Ripple Crop Top that I love.
The yarn that started it all is Plank & Stella‘s The Belcher Family colourway. I fell in love with this yarn and had to have it so I ordered it with no real plan in mind, and so it sat in my stash.
Now that I had these two yarns for which I had no plans I thought, maybe they can go together in a fade! So I set out for a colour that would work as a transitional colour between the two and found the perfect shade from Bar à Tricot.
This was my first “real” fade, I’ve knit a couple other faded pieces, but they were done with the yarns held double. For example, my City Limits sweater (Ravelry link). And for My Little Secret Crop (Ravelry link) I was completely winging it and using scraps so I didn’t plan my fade out at all.
This was my first time planning in advance how I would fade the colours together, and not having a pattern to tell me how to do it.
I intended to do a 1, 3, 2, 2, 3, 1 fade sequence, but when I started knitting I didn’t check my notes thinking “I remember what I planned to do” and ended up doing a 1, 2, 3, 3, 2, 1 sequence. I think it worked out okay, but I would have liked it better if I did it the proper way!
I planned to knit three equal sections, but I think my math was not correct to begin with and then I decided to make the sleeve opening a little shorter so the third colour ended up being much smaller. However, I think it worked out to balance well with the sleeves being done entirely in colour three.
If I knit it again, I would make the bottom section a little bit wider, and the middle speckled section and little bit narrower so that the sections got thinner as the fade progressed. And of course I would knit the proper fade sequence that I had planned! But I still love how it turned it out.
Size and modifications
I made quite a few simple modifications to the original design based on the things I didn’t like about my first Ripple Crop Top.
I planned to knit a size medium, I’m a 38″ bust. My gauge was a bit off, but I figured that it would just cut down one the amount of positive ease which was something I wanted anyway. But after casting on I re-worked the math and realized I needed to do a size large so I ripped out and started again.
The biggest modification I made to the design was to knit it much longer than the pattern specifies, I added an additional 3.5 inches to the body.
I also shortened the depth of the sleeve opening, which also shortened the depth on the v-neck. I didn’t love how big the sleeves were on my first Ripple Crop Top, or how deep the v-neck was, so I shortened the height of the front panels by about an inch. I also shortened the length of the sleeves themselves by 2 inches.
I knew from the beginning that I didn’t want to do the high-low hem so I knit the back panel the same length as the front. The short rows did add about a quarter inch of length to the back so it is a tad longer, but hardly noticeable especially when its being worn.
I really enjoyed this project and it went so much quicker than I thought it would. I expected it to take about 8 weeks and it only took about a month to finish. The first time I made a Ripple Crop Top I HATED all the three by three ribbing, but this time I found it really enjoyable!
As I mentioned this was a dream knitting project for me, I guess you could say it was on my knitting bucket list. Do you have a project like this that you’d love to complete someday?