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MairWear
« on: June 10, 2007 04:28:35 PM »

This is a tank top I designed and it turned out pretty much how I wanted it to!  YAY!  I knitted it with Bernat Softee Baby Yarn (in the round) and used Size US3 and US4 circular needles.  I used a provisional cast on (my first time!) and knitted the top part from the bottom up because I wanted to do short rows for boob shaping.  I then picked up the stitches from the prov. co and knit the rest of the lace part from the top down.  I wrote the pattern down as I went along so if anyone wants it, let me know.  I may end up crocheting around the top to make it a bit tighter there but it's ok for now.  Thanks for looking... any comments appreciated!

 

a close up of the lace pattern I used...




Ok, so I'm editing this to add the pattern.  Here are my notes/drawing that I started with...



Gauge: 8 Rows & 6 Sts to 1 inch
Needles: US3 and US4, 24 or 29 inch circular

Here are my measurements that I used (for your reference):
Under bra: 31 inches
Above bra: 35 inches

I planned for the top part to be 7 inches tall (NOT including the short rows... the short rows added 2 extra inches to the front) and the bottom part to be 10 inches long with a little eyelet section in the middle for a ribbon.  So, here's the pattern...

Using smaller needle, CO 200 using a provisional cast on method of your choice (I used the crochet method)

Join in round and knit one round placing markers at the sides (100 sts for front and 100 sts for back)

Knit 16 rounds (2 inches)

Start short row shaping...
Knit to 6 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 6 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 7 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 7 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 8 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 8 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 9 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 9 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 10 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 10 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 11 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 11 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 12 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 12 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Knit to 13 sts before marker, wrap and turn
Purl to 13 sts before marker, wrap and turn

Round 17: Knit across front, picking up any wrapped stitches and knitting them together with each stitch.
Round 18: Same as row 17
Round 19-50: Knit
Round 50-55: Seed Stitch (1st row, k1, p1.  every row after, knit the purls and purl the knits)
BO knitwise

Pick up stitches at the provisional cast on
Round 1 & 2: Knit
Round 3 (eyelet round): *k2, k2tog, yo* repeat around
Round 4-6: knit
Round 7: Switch to larger needle and start lace pattern....

Lace Pattern (16 rounds for 1 repeat):
Round 1:*yo, k3, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1* repeat around
Round 2: Knit
Repeat last 2 rounds 3 times more
Round 9: k4, yo, k1, yo, k3, *sl 1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3* repeat from *to* around to last 2 sts, sl 1, k1, psso
Round 10: k2tog, knit rest of sts around
Repeat last 2 rounds 3 times more

Repeat lace pattern for as long as you want the tank top.  I repeated the lace pattern a total of 5 times.

On Row 16 of last repeat in lace pattern, increase 1 stitch every 10th stitch (220 sts)

Seed stitch for 4 rows
BO loosely.

STRAPS (make 2):
CO 72 sts with smaller needle
work in seed stitch to desired width (I did 8 rows and BO on 9th row)

Sew straps to tank where desired.

Ok, so that's it.  I know some parts may be confusing or whatever (especially the short row stuff).  But I'm pretty sure knitty.com has a great tut on short rows (and how to pick up the wrapped stitches).  Just do a search on there for it.  If anyone attempts this tank, please post pics so I can see!!  Smiley  Let me know if there's any problems or things wrong in the pattern.
« Last Edit: June 11, 2007 10:15:30 AM by MairWear » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2007 05:22:45 PM »

That is so beautiful!  Love how it looks...you did a great job on it!  I can't tell from the second picture...does the lace pattern go all the way around to the back or is it just in the front?  It looks like it would be easy to do.  Are you going to post the pattern?
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2007 06:26:32 PM »

Wow, that is beautiful.  It looks great on you.  If you post I pattern I would be so thankful.  I love knitted tank tops, but they are not very bra friendly and this one is. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2007 07:06:08 PM »

That's really pretty!  I like the lace pattern a lot.  I made two tank tops with basically the same construction- on the second one I did applied i-cord around the top, rather than garter stitch, and I really liked the way it came out- it gave a closer fit around the neckline, and looked really nice.  I know that doesn't really help you this time around (though I think doing a row of crochet would accomplish pretty much the same thing, like you said)- but in case you have any similar projects planned for the future.  Looks great as is anyway!

Oh, and also..doesn't short row shaping rock?
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2007 07:09:04 PM »

That is so pretty! It looks good on you!
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« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2007 07:26:24 PM »

that is a lovely top!!

you did a great job in the design and the execution.

i would love to get my hands on the pattern

wonderful, just wonderful
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2007 07:34:45 PM »

I think it's absolutely gorgeous!! The shaping is perfect... I can't find any other words to say besides PERFECT! That is a top I would most definitely make for myself too. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2007 08:28:21 PM »

Wow, that's so cute! The lace pattern looks like little hearts Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2007 09:54:56 PM »

Lovely lace pattern! Cute!
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2007 10:34:57 PM »

Wow! I love this. Beautiful. I'd love the pattern if you share it or sell it. I always need to add short rows to stuff. It'd be great to have a cute tank pattern with the short rows written in.
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