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This top gets its name from the Cempasúchil flower (or Mexican marigold). It’s the flower used in the altars and ofrendas during Día de Muertos in Mexico. because of this, it is also known as the Flower of the Dead. People might think naming death is scary or spooky, but in my culture it’s about remembrance and being closed to those who have left us. It’s a celebration.
These flowers have a distinct color and aroma that transports me back to my favorite tradition of the year, and childhood memories of growing up in Mexico. All of this inspired the creation of this top, while also adding a touch of vintage flair.
It’s been a while since I’ve released a pattern so I’m really excited about this one. I’ve been working on it for a while and have had my testers also working hard so I could release it in multiple sizes. This top is knit bottom up, but it’s pretty easy to customize the length. It has short sleeves, which are knit separately and then joined to the body, then it finishes up with raglan decreases and a folded neck. It features a slip stitch pattern repeat that gives it texture.
I used Knit Picks Gloss Fingering yarn in the color Harvest. This yarn is a mix of Merino wool and silk, so it’s VERY very soft and it feels luxurious too, while still at a very accessible price. Which I think it’s important! But if you have fingering yarn in your stash already, you can use that too for this pattern!
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To celebrate the release of this pattern it will have a special discount both on Ravelry and Etsy, just for this weekend. No code or anything necessary, it will apply automatically. Please do tell me what you think of this design, I really hope you enjoy making it as much as i enjoyed designing it.
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