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Nanaof6
03-23-2013, 12:47 PM
I want to make some summer tank tops but I am not sure about what yarn would be best for hot summer days. Anyone have any suggestions on what is best ,50% Cotton, 50% Polyester ,54% Cotton, 46% Viscose ,53% Cotton, 47% Linen ,55% Cotton, 45% Acrylic ,100% Cotton . Just to many choices and I don't want to end up with a tank top that is to hot to wear. What makes the best "OMG, it's hot today" knitted tank top yarn?

justplaincharlotte
03-23-2013, 01:01 PM
I'd go with a linen/linen blend, no heavier than a sport weight, -or- believe it or not, a laceweight wool knit on larger needles. Wool knit up that way will wick away moisture and keep you quite cool and comfortable.

Just my opinion, your mileage may vary. ;)

I'd recommend selecting a smallish range of fibers/fiber blends, and working up swatches of each to find the one you like best.

Enjoy finding the right fiber for you and knitting up the perfect summer top! :muah:

Jan in CA
03-23-2013, 02:09 PM
Yep, lighter weight yarn for one thing. A cotton/linen blend would be nice. Maybe even some bamboo, but blended with cotton maybe. I don't think the percentages are all that important when they vary slightly.

GrumpyGramma
03-23-2013, 02:50 PM
All I can add is that in hot weather, any polyester or acrylic is IMO to be avoided.

ArtLady1981
03-25-2013, 02:01 PM
I knit a cardi-tank twinset last April...with expectation to wear it through Spring-Summer. The yarn is a cotton/bamboo/linen blend. It worked out wonderful in our 75-90 degree Spring-Summer weather even as a set! On it's own, the tank would be very cool in 95 degree weather!

I'm a real fan of bamboo. It breathes so well.

AngelaR
03-26-2013, 08:14 AM
I did knit a summer sweater, tank top style, in angora and bamboo a couple of years back, it's very comfy in Texas during the summer. Also you could try a bamboo/silk or bamboo/cotton mix which breathes very well based on other tanks I've knitted.

SimoneB
03-30-2013, 11:06 AM
I hope noone minds if I get in on this thread, but it touches on a couple of things I have been thinking about lately.

I too have been looking for cooler yarn substitutes. And this made me excited:

-or- believe it or not, a laceweight wool knit on larger needles. Wool knit up that way will wick away moisture and keep you quite cool and comfortable.

as I happen to have some skeins of Malabrigo lace lying around.

I have started knitting swatches, but I am finding it difficult to get the right gauge - the swatches tend to come out very long and narrow, so when I meet my row gauge, I am low on stitches, but when I move up in needle size and meet my stitch count, my row count is way over. Any pointers for fixing this? Or will it even out some in blocking? (I am completely new to working with laceweight yarn).

Also, I wonder if substituting laceweight yarn would work for ribbing?

salmonmac
03-30-2013, 11:14 AM
It's more important to get stitch gauge for most patterns. That will control the width of most projects. Since the length is often given in inches, the row gauge isn't critical. You can just knit to the given length. (Raglan decreases are one case where you do need to either be close on row gauge or do some math.)

SimoneB
03-30-2013, 11:29 AM
Ok, so in other words I go with the needle size, that gives me the correct stitch gauge and modify the pattern to fit whatever row gauge I get with those needles?

That helps a lot - thanks! :)

Nanaof6
03-30-2013, 05:41 PM
Thanks to everyone for chiming in with tips and advice :yay: I knew I was not the only one that had this question. I've been looking for a very basic tank top pattern ,no fancy sts but with enough straps to cover my OMG bra straps and not having much luck . Plus I do not wear my tops tight so finding a pattern that is not form fitting is a challenge. The yarn I have calls for a US 7 needle so I set my search around that:shrug: so I'm still looking

Jan in CA
03-30-2013, 07:22 PM
I like the shape on this one and size 7 needles. Check the gauge. It's done in pieces and seamed. You could just not do waste shaping if you want less fitted, too.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/palma-knit-india-inspired-shel

Theres several here, too.
http://knittingpureandsimple.com/products-page/women/

SimoneB
03-31-2013, 04:28 AM
Thanks for asking, Nanaof6 ;)

GrumpyGramma
03-31-2013, 10:51 AM
I like the shape on this one and size 7 needles. Check the gauge. It's done in pieces and seamed. You could just not do waste shaping if you want less fitted, too.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/palma-knit-india-inspired-shel

Theres several here, too.
http://knittingpureandsimple.com/products-page/women/


I was told "Sherbert couldn't find your page" for the 1st link.

MoniDew
04-08-2013, 11:46 AM
I knit a cardi-tank twinset last April...with expectation to wear it through Spring-Summer. The yarn is a cotton/bamboo/linen blend. It worked out wonderful in our 75-90 degree Spring-Summer weather even as a set! On it's own, the tank would be very cool in 95 degree weather!

I'm a real fan of bamboo. It breathes so well.

Could you provide the name of said cotton/bamboo/linen blend? I love natural fiber, plant based yarns!

ArtLady1981
04-08-2013, 01:46 PM
Could you provide the name of said cotton/bamboo/linen blend? I love natural fiber, plant based yarns!

"Bamboucle" by Elsebeth Lavold ( 45% Cotton, 30% Bamboo, 17% Linen, 8% Nylon)

Another bamboo yarn I love is "Bonsai" by Berroco. ( 97% Bamboo, 3% Nylon)

It's odd how "cool" they are on the body....Bamboucle is aran, Bonsai is worsted.