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« on: April 26, 2005 07:45:09 PM »

Well, I decided to "wing it" for my first self-design. I kind of just guestimated a lot and am pretty pleased with how it came out. I used one of those denim yarns that is meant to shrink and fade, and I think eventually the texture at the bottom, top, and straps will show up even more. I did have to redo the straps, though, because I had anticipated that they'd shrink more than they actually did. It was a major pain to undo the grafting, shorten the straps, and re-graft---that's why I'm just now getting to wear it even though the knitting was completed a couple of weeks ago.

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« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2005 09:17:10 PM »

That's lovely. The simple pattern at the top and bottom really makes it special.

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« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2005 10:13:31 PM »

That is a very flattering tank - great job!

« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2005 10:24:40 PM »

It looks like a perfect fit - great job!
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2005 01:44:58 AM »

Ooh, that's really pretty, especially for a first self-design.
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2005 05:15:29 PM »

I really like your tank! Simple, elegant...  everything a tank should be.  Did you keep notes on it so that you can make another one?  (sneaky way to ask if there would be a tutorial forthcoming...  )

What was the yarn that you used?  I love the color!

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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2005 06:34:00 PM »

Yes, yes-- can you please post the pattern?  (No sense in beating around the bush now that the request is out there.)  I like the detail you used for the neck and straps.
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2005 07:21:58 PM »

Thanks, guys! Subloke and knit2much, these are more or less the notes I kept as I did it. I am using these projects as a learning process. It's not a true pattern in that there's only 1 size (mine!), and there are parts of it where I don't yet have enough experience to describe things in legitimate knitting lingo. But anyway...

Yarn: Sirdar Indigo #SH071, 4 x 50g balls (96yds each). Yarn is designed to shrink by 10% lengthwise, and pattern takes this into consideration. I believe this particular yarn is discontinued, though, because I bought it on clearance at a store during my travels

Needles: US #6 circular

Gauge: 20 sts , 28 rows = 4 x 4 in stockinette

Size: XS (finished measurement 30 chest--it's meant to be close-fitting at 1" less than actual bust measurement)

Rib Stitch Pattern in the Round (multiple of 3):
Row 1: *K1, K the next st but keep it on the left-hand needle, p the same st tog with the next st, rep from * to end
Row 2: Knit

Rib Stitch Pattern Flat (multiple of 3 + 1):
Row 1: *K1, K the next st but keep it on the left-hand needle, p the same st tog with the next st, rep from * to last stitch, K1
Row 2: Purl

Cast on 150 sts

PM, join to knit in the round.

Knit in rib pattern in the round for 8 rows.
On last row, PM after 75 stitches (divides front and back).

Then knit in stockinette.
Dec 1 st before and after each marker on rows 7 (146 sts) and 14 (142 sts).
Knit even for 15 rows.
M1 before and after each marker on rows 36 (146 sts) and 43 (150 sts).
Knit even till piece measures 14 from beginning or till desired length.

Bind off 4 stitches before and after each marker to create armholes. Work front and back separately, flat (67 sts each--they are the same).
Dec by 1 st each side every other row till 49 sts remain each on front and back (make decreases 1 st from the edge, need to end up with multiple of 3+1 sts).

Knit in rib pattern flat for 8 rows.
On last row, place 4 stitches from either side of front and back on stitch holder (these will become the straps and strap attachment points).

To make straps, start at front.
Using stitches on stitch holder, work left and right straps separately.
Knit in rib pattern flat.
Continue till straps are desired length.

Using kitchener stitch, graft completed straps onto stitches that are on stitch holders on back. Weave in ends.
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« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2005 08:15:48 PM »

it's beautiful! the stuff you knit and post is always so nicely done. thanks for the tutorial also!
« Reply #9 on: April 28, 2005 07:52:30 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial!  Can't wait to get some yarn to try with this pattern.
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