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gardenia
03-05-2005, 12:39 AM
Hello all,

I've been looking around the Net, and in books, for an easy tank top to knit for the summer. This would be the first thing I'll actually knit for myself and not someone else. :-) Anyway, this is probably a silly question, but...I wonder if it is possible to wear a knitted tank and still be somewhat modest? I'm not sure how to say this, exactly. You obviously can't wear a regular bra with most of them, and some of them look so sheer. I don't want to spend a lot of time and money on knitting something impractical.

Have any of you actually knitted and worn a tank?

I apologize in advance to the men in the group for this girly topic. ;-)

Thanks,

Deb

beldaraan
03-05-2005, 02:11 AM
Hey Deb~

I "must" wear a bra, so when I see knitted tanks that's the first thing I look for. You can always change the "sheerness". I've seen some, but will have to go looking for them. Will post later when I find them.

Phretys
03-06-2005, 05:10 AM
You could wear a fleshtone strapless bra, or a pair of those adhesive bra cups, or you could sew in a shelf bra (or just a lining) in the front. Just some ideas off the top of my head...

Knitty.com has one or two tank top patterns in their archive, if you haven't already checked them out.

VictoiseC
03-06-2005, 12:06 PM
I want to make some tank tops too, very individualized, maybe some letters on them or something...

why not wear a lacy camisole underneath? (if you don't like to wear a brassiere all the time or wear both) Camisoles come in all kinds of colours and sheerness and even different lengths. I think that'd look sweet.

Hildegard_von_Knittin
03-06-2005, 07:47 PM
I My problem with tank tops and bras is two fold: being well-endowed, I have to wear a bra, but *hate*it when the arm holes are so large that the side of my bra/breast is visible when i raise my arms.... secondly, it's usually the strap that sticks out over my sholder. Knitting a tank will solve the arm hole problem, and now bras are being manufactured with clear plastic sholder straps which are barely visable.

gardenia
03-06-2005, 11:15 PM
Hi again,

Thanks to everyone who answered my question. You gave me some good ideas. I particularly like the idea of the bra with clear straps or sewing some kind of bra into a tank. My problem isn't size as much as, ummm....headlights. :oops: Sorry. Can't think of another way to say that. Strapless bras are so uncomfortable. I see pretty sweaters like the following, and wonder how they look OK on the models: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/PATTsigma.html or http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring04/PATThoneymoon.html .

Anyway, thanks again. I'll let you know how my project turns out.

Deb

KellyK
03-06-2005, 11:25 PM
I think they make things just to hide...ummm....headlights. They are adhesive and only cover the part that needs covering.

gardenia
03-06-2005, 11:28 PM
Yeah, I saw those. They are called "petals" in some stores. Some that I saw said you could only wear them 4-6 hours. Others said up to 8 hours. I might give them a try, though. Thanks, Kelly (and everyone else, again).

Wishing it wasn't almost Monday. :cry:

Deb

KellyK
03-07-2005, 12:47 AM
I wonder why only 8 hours? :think:

beldaraan
03-07-2005, 01:25 AM
Doesn't let your skin breathe very well?

gardenia
03-07-2005, 02:17 AM
I think it is because the adhesive won't hold any longer! They stick on like bandaids. :lol:

Hildegard_von_Knittin
03-07-2005, 08:51 PM
Actually I think "nippage" is really in now... they even sell fake nipples to make your headlights extra bright. Check this site (http://www.bodyperks.com/index2.html) (it's the original I heard on the radio a few months ago) or your local Nordstrom store.
Maybe we just shouldn't bother with the bras anymore ladies! :eyebrow:

Additional thought: make sure you read the comments on that site, they're hilarious (and really make me want to buy them).

gardenia
03-07-2005, 09:17 PM
Wow! That's so bizarre! That is exactly the look I'm trying to avoid. :?? Hmmm. I don't think I have to nerve to go in public like that, though.

You were right...the comments section was hilarious. Sometimes I have these "now I really KNOW I'm getting old" moments. I think this definitely qualifies.

Deb, still :??

KellyK
03-07-2005, 09:56 PM
:rofling: :rofl: :rofl: :rofling:

That site reminds me of how HAPPY I am to be MARRIED already. OMG That's hysterical!

beldaraan
03-07-2005, 10:18 PM
Thanks for the link Hildegard!!!

We had a great conversation at the supper table tonight :thumbsup:

Some of those stories were very touching... and some were down right raunchy :drool:

amy
03-08-2005, 01:16 AM
:rofling: OMG, I agree with Deb. Sexy as it is, I do all I can to avoid "nippage!"

This topic reminds me of a television interview I once saw of Shirley MacLaine. The female journalist interviewing her totally put her on the spot, by saying "You once gave me a fashion tip, when I met you [10 years ago or whenever.] Do you remember what it was?" Shirley MacLaine had told her to put pearls in her bra, for the nipple-effect! My first thought, as the reporter revealed this on TV, was how horrible a thing to share with a national audience in an interview! Talk about embarrassing for Shirley MacLaine! :oops: I half expected Shirley MacLaine to lean forward and plant a firm ladylike slap across her face! I guess the interviewer was going for the "intimate girl talk" angle. But of course it left her subject speechless. It was quite a thing to watch!

Nothing like last years SuperBowl, but something nonetheless. :lol:

Amy

KellyK
03-08-2005, 08:22 AM
I can't imagine Shirley Maclean being embarassed by much of anything...she is one unique lady!

Nuno930
03-08-2005, 11:40 AM
OMG! How did I miss a post that involves faux nippage?!?!?!? Must have been th word ""modest" in the title :??

Holly
03-08-2005, 11:53 AM
:lol: You guys are cracking me up! I really like the first tank top link, Gardenia. Maybe that would be a fun knit-a-long to do for summer! (I also rarely knit anything for myself!) I like the pic they show of layering the knitted tank over the t-shirt looking tank. Being a fellow "grape smuggler" as my girlfriend likes to refer to it ;) , I also worry about how those styles will work for me. I am totally self-conscious (spelling?) in the stretchy tanks with the built in bras. I really like the idea of a bra with clear straps -- that is a great solution! Now, if only I could lose the twinky shaped arms...

Holly

gardenia
03-08-2005, 09:25 PM
:lol: You guys are cracking me up! I really like the first tank top link, Gardenia. Maybe that would be a fun knit-a-long to do for summer! (I also rarely knit anything for myself!) I like the pic they show of layering the knitted tank over the t-shirt looking tank.

I think a tank knit-a-long is a great idea, but I'm not sure about trying that first Knitty tank. Honestly, it seems like it leaves too much figuring to the knitter. For my first tank (or sweater or any kind, really), I want them to tell me the gauge, etc. I think I would be like this little guy trying to do it on my own: :wall:

I think we could find several tank patterns. I found some good ones, which I will send the links to later. Also, both StitchNBitch books have tanks. I think the Mudflap Girl Tank (http://www.bust.com/knithappens/snb_nation.shtml) is especially appropriate for this thread! You can barely see it on the cover; if you click "forward" several times you can't miss it.

I can't believe I'm the girl who started the nippage thread. :angelgrin:

Please post easy tank patterns if you find them.

Deb, a.k.a. gardenia

knitnj
03-08-2005, 09:49 PM
I'm new to this forum but I'd be interested in knitting along with others with the same project...as I give away most of my knitting too.

This is a nice tank....seems like the straps might be a little long, but I imagine that can be fixed.

http://www.coatsandclark.com/fun_and_free/yarn/womans_day_mag/lt1419.htm

Denise

gardenia
03-08-2005, 10:15 PM
These are some tank patterns I like:

1) http://www.berroco.com/189/189_lilith.html

2) http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/yarn_girl_tanks.asp

3) http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=15

4) http://chicknits.com/chickami.html

5) I really like this one, but the sizes are teeny tiny: http://www.rebecca-online.com/en/anleit/heft_23_anl_08.pdf

Also, I'm seriously considering knitting the mudflap girl tank from SNB Nation, minus the mudflap girl. :eyebrow:

Deb

beldaraan
03-08-2005, 10:49 PM
I don't know the name of it, but I am sooo going to knit myself the tank with the silhoette of the sexy woman on the front from S 'n B nation.

gardenia
03-08-2005, 11:01 PM
I don't know the name of it, but that's the one I've been calling the mudflap girl. :-)

beldaraan
03-08-2005, 11:11 PM
haha, ok. That one is really cool. There were some other tanks in there too and when you said mud flap, I was thinking of a knitting technique. Not the mudflap you see on a truck with a sexy woman on it.

Holly
03-09-2005, 12:09 PM
Geez...now I can't stand it, and must go to Borders tonight for Stitch N Bitch Nation! ;) My collection of books, internet printouts of patterns and misc supplies is overflowing my little knitting area!! The patterns on the cover do look pretty cool! I'm still working on my kitty bed from the first SnB book. There is so much straight knitting involved with that pattern that I got bored :( . However, I must persevere!

When are you thinking as a target date for a knit along?
Holly

knitnj
03-09-2005, 01:53 PM
I'll do any of those tanks...let's try an easy one first.

Anyone in?? Let's pick.

How does this work...did any of you do a knit along yet??

Denise

beldaraan
03-09-2005, 02:19 PM
Well, I need to get the book first. Have it on order at the library, but there's a waiting list for it. I also need to finish 3 or 4 projects before I start to think of making this. I'm up for it though.

Holly
03-09-2005, 02:34 PM
Beldaraan -- it warms my heart to hear someone else say the should finish up some projects before beginning a new one!! It is soooo hard to stay focused on my current projects, when I keep seeing great patterns for other projects!!

Of course, that won't stop me from diving in to a knit-a-long OR from purchasing the new SnB book :lol:

We could plan a knit-a-long to start on April Fools Day! We could make an April Fools Day guage swatch ...hehe ...

Holly

Holly
03-09-2005, 02:38 PM
I just figured out which pic was "mud flap girl" ! I'm a little worried about knitting the pic into the tank -- how hard is that? :shock:

knitnj
03-09-2005, 02:42 PM
That sounds great...I'm in...I'm going on vacation though from April 2-9th...but I'm bringing my needles!

beldaraan
03-09-2005, 02:43 PM
I'm hoping it uses intarsia instead of fair isle. Intarsia is easier and nicer imo. We have to start in April huh? Hmmmm, better start clicking...

Holly
03-09-2005, 03:16 PM
I'm actually open to any starting time. Maybe May would be more reasonable. We could decide on a pattern, get supplies, have time to do guage swatches, etc..., and then start as a group May 1st?

We could have a tank by June for Summer wear!

Holly

Nuno930
03-09-2005, 03:45 PM
could someone tell me the type of yarn? I don't haveSnBN yet, but Iplan on it (soon I hope!) but I am about to order a stash of yarn so I can just include that in :happydance:

beldaraan
03-09-2005, 03:52 PM
May sounds better for me. I'll have more time to finish my other projects.

Nuno~
If no one with a book answers your question, I'll tell you when I get my book in. I'm 9th on the list and there are 16 copies altogether. I should get it soon.

shellebelle216
03-09-2005, 08:07 PM
I have knitted a couple (had to frog all of them because of mistakes) out of Leisure Arts Trendy Knit Tops. i got the book at Ben Franklin craft store, but I have seen it a few other places. None of them look sheer. they are done on circulars so there is no "sewing" involved.

shellebelle216
03-09-2005, 08:10 PM
Nuno, The snb tank top is made with Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. I made one without the mudflap girl on it and I used Patons Astra yarn instead. it is really simple.

knitnj
03-09-2005, 10:00 PM
I am hoping to buy this at the bookstore tomorrow...or at the latest over the weekend.

I'm in for May -- might work out better for me too....I'm thinking I might want to do a self fringing scarf...actually posted to see where to find that pattern.

Thanks guys!

Mer
03-10-2005, 12:42 AM
These are some tank patterns I like:

1) http://www.berroco.com/189/189_lilith.html

2) http://www.interweave.com/knit/TSC/yarn_girl_tanks.asp

3) http://secure.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=15

4) http://chicknits.com/chickami.html

5) I really like this one, but the sizes are teeny tiny: http://www.rebecca-online.com/en/anleit/heft_23_anl_08.pdf


Ooh, I love the Interweave Knits yarn girl tanks patterns! Those are going on my to-do list.

I bet you could just do a general tank top knit along too, instead of the specific snb one. I don't think a kal has to be the exact same pattern. You can post the topic to the KAL page in this forum and I bet you'll get interest there too! :D

Holly
03-10-2005, 10:37 AM
Shellebelle -- how much yarn did your tank take? I want to check out those yarns online today, and I don't have the book yet. I've never bought yarn online before -- anybody have a fav place to purchase from?

Holly

gardenia
03-10-2005, 10:59 PM
Hi everyone. I think May would be a perfect time to start a knit-a-long. My birthday is in early May, and it is, ummm, a big one. :help: (here's a clue: in high school, I saw the band Flock of Seagulls open for the Police). Anyway, a knit-a-long would give me something positive to focus on. I like the idea of having a general tank knit-a-long. I will post something in the knit-a-long section when it gets close to May, since I started this nippy/tank thread.

Also, I found some more cute tank patterns. There are 3 in the book _Yarn Girls' Guide to Simple Knits._

TGIF tomorrow (here in the States, anyway...maybe it is already Friday where some of you are!) :-)

Deb

MommaBear
03-10-2005, 11:34 PM
Oh! I want to do the knit along! Iwill have to see if my library has the book though as I don't just to check it out! =)