I've made great progress on my Westwood Blouse and can see how versatile this top will be once the cool weather returns. Since I knit it in BFL sport weight, this piece will be great for layering under a jacket or cardigan while being versatile for days that are cool but not cold, warm but not hot.
I had hoped to stay true to the pattern but it wasn't meant to be. I had to modify the lace section above the bust area as the stitch design just didn't work regardless of how many times I tried to master the technique. Calling for a combination of p3tog and YOs, I kept dropping stitches and/or wrestling with them on the next row. I promise I made at least four attempts to get this right -- frogging back each time I struggled -- but in the end, I was so fed up that I stopped following the pattern at this point and improvised.
I'm pleased with the simple slip stitch, YO, combination that I came up with instead and like the way this looks.
It still has an open weave, lattice design which is probably a bit more dense than what the pattern called for, but I think it works and looks faithful to the original.
I don't know about you but it seems to me that a lot of knitters modify patterns whether it's because of personal preferences or because of fiddly errors or complexities. Is this something that you've noticed, too?