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Topic: Black tube top that needs more excitement. (now with tutorial!)  (Read 14914 times)
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« on: May 24, 2005 01:38:21 PM »

So I made this tube top:

Yeah, it's simple and frankly pretty boring.  How do you think I should spice it up?  I was thinking I could embroider flowers on it by hand with different bright colors of yarn.  How would you suggest going about this?  Or, does anyone have another idea for it?  Thanks a bunch. <3

EDIT 5/26:
This is what I did.  I used someone's idea for buttons, and someone else's idea for making something go up the side.  Thanks to everyone who made a suggestion--they all would have been pretty, but I figured out that I don't have enough patience to learn how to embroider.  Grin


And the pattern:
I used size 8 circular needles and cast on... uh.. ::strips in order to count::  86 stitches.
I did a k1p1 rib for about 8 rows, and then started on plain knit (stockinette stitch).  I continued until it was long enough and then went back to the rib for 8 more rows.  Then I put on buttons.  The end!
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« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005 01:41:51 PM »

how about adding a cool pin to it? One of those pretty sparkly flower shaped ones? Great job on the top though - sometimes simple and basic is nice too....
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005 01:43:23 PM »

You could always try stenciling.  I do like your yarn embroidery idea though, sounds pretty.
Good luck!

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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2005 02:03:22 PM »

I think it looks very pretty the way it is--but maybe you could stitch some beads in a design across the top?  Or sequins?  The summer vogue knitting mag has a tank top with sparkly things sewn in and explains it better than I can.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2005 03:11:42 PM »

I like it plain, very nice and simple but I think a nice flower pin or brooch of some sort would be pretty, so you could change it up Grin Great job though, very nice Grin
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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2005 03:19:02 PM »

Embroider pin stripes on it. thatd look hot. haha, i said hot. sorry.
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2005 03:19:49 PM »

look up the bleach-pen henna shirt on here, that would be hot.
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2005 03:56:07 PM »

First it looks great, can I please have a tutorial. Second you could knit another one and actually knit in a picture teir some great free knit graphs on the net.
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2005 04:23:11 PM »

i reckon a pink felt heart applique would be cute cute
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2005 04:26:41 PM »

knit in a picture teir some great free knit graphs on the net.

You could use duplicate stitch to add in one of those designs to your existing top as well, either search the internet, this site, or books. There are so many out there. The possibilities are endless! Sewing on some felt flowers or leaves or bugs or whatever suits you could be fun too! I think that one small item offset at the top or bottom would snaz it up just enough.
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« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2005 05:31:56 PM »

I like the idea of adding some bright colored embroidery--or you could weave some thin ribbon through the top (and bottom?) a la tempting--maybe let the ends dangle?  It's quite elegant as it is!
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« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2005 06:00:38 PM »

I was thinking of ribbons too! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2005 06:26:36 PM »

Oh, I really like it plain, elegant! Maybe just add a gorgeous choker, necklace on you!
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« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2005 07:24:12 PM »

I love it the way it is.  Tutorial please!

You could always add something at the bottom, going from the bottom and up the side a bit.

Show us when you decide.
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« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2005 08:37:49 PM »

I think some sort of ribbon around the waist to accentuate your great figure. Embroidery would be nice too. Great job. If you left it plain, you could pair it with other garments that were a little more out-there. Like a nice shrug or a sparkly handbag.
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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2005 05:24:50 AM »

I do think it looks good plain - but if you were to embroider with yarn my advice to you is to use cotton. It will be easier to do a chain stitch with than any other material because the yarn will be easier to split.

And where is this patter from? So cute!

Good luck!
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« Reply #16 on: May 25, 2005 09:27:26 AM »

That is gorgeous. I love it just the way it is. Maybe you could add a simple line of black sequins or beads along the top and/or bottom if you have to spice it up just a little.

And yes, please please post the pattern!
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« Reply #17 on: May 25, 2005 09:51:12 AM »

LOVE it the way it is!  I know, I'm being unhelpful.  Wink  But really, it looks so beautiful on you.  So c'mon, give up the pattern, then knit a shrug to match! 

(Then give us that pattern too...)
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« Reply #18 on: May 25, 2005 08:05:43 PM »

i'm with the rest of the bunch...post the pattern
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« Reply #19 on: May 26, 2005 12:24:01 PM »

ditto!!! i would love to knit this!!
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« Reply #20 on: May 26, 2005 12:30:40 PM »

I'd like you to post the pattern too, but in response to your question, what about a row of small, bright buttons along the bottom?  I think that would be really pretty, maintain the elegance, and accentuate your figure.  It's also really pretty as is.  Post the pattern! Wink
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« Reply #21 on: May 26, 2005 12:36:08 PM »

How about embroider a trim in blanket stitch?

(Helpfully explained on pg 89 of SnB)

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« Reply #22 on: May 26, 2005 02:21:47 PM »

Okay kids, just like you asked I gave you a little tutorial.
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« Reply #23 on: May 27, 2005 08:46:29 AM »

Thanks for the pattern! The buttons look so cute!

Out of curiosity - what type of yarn did you use? (i know some are stretchier than others & I need something that will stay up - don't want to embarrass myself!)
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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2005 12:52:53 AM »

Yay, you used my tip!  Cheesy  And I like that you did it up the side, it's very cute that way.  Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #25 on: June 06, 2006 07:14:02 AM »

What type of yarn did you use and what size are you? I want to make this, but I don't want it to be too small! I'm about a medium!
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« Reply #26 on: June 06, 2006 09:49:01 AM »

What type of yarn did you use and what size are you? I want to make this, but I don't want it to be too small! I'm about a medium!

Wow, that was a serious bump.  Well, let's see... my gague for it was 16 sts to 4".  That's 10 and 3/4" across unstretched, and I am an extra small.  For a medium, I'd cast on 110 (that is, if you have the same gauge and if my math is right).  That adds 6 inches.  Hope I helped.
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« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2006 12:14:09 PM »

Yeah, I know..but I couldn't resist it's cuteness. What type of yarn did you use?
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« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2006 02:49:04 PM »

Yeah, I know..but I couldn't resist it's cuteness. What type of yarn did you use?

Bernat Super Saver  Tongue

(edited to say that it's much softer than one would expect from 100% acrylic worsted)
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