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mornnen
05-24-2007, 02:26 PM
Hi Everybody-

I am now out of the end of the year grading hole and can now think about summer knitting. Woo-hoo! :happydancing:
Now that I have been knitting for almost a year, I'd like to knit myself something to wear (other than a hat, scarf or mittins) and so I thought I could maybe knit a tank top.

I'd like a tank that I don't have to worry about the peeking draw strap problem. And one without too much shaping at the waist, as my hips are erm, generous.

Do you have any favorite patterns to share or suggest?

Thanks!

Julie

marykz
05-24-2007, 02:34 PM
someone just started a summer top KAL that had some adorable tanks listed. I just bought the ChicKami pattern from Chic knits (http://chicknits.com) and it is very versatile- wide or skinny straps- shaped bodice or no shaping. I'm having a little brain block about how much, exactly, it cost, but it wasn't outrageous.

MKZ

heykaren
05-24-2007, 05:28 PM
just a bit curious.... where is "upper south, western East coast"???

You might try looking for a pattern at www.knittingpatterncentral.com (http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com) -- they have patterns separated into different types of sweaters ( pullovers, sleeveless etc )

Good luck - let us know what you have decided to do!! Oh, and BTW, there is a "first sweater KAL" going - itīs a good place to get help!

Karen

mornnen
05-24-2007, 06:02 PM
West Virginia!

lissalue
05-24-2007, 06:36 PM
All the ones I have found have shaping, and since I don't know what your bust is, i don't really know what to suggest, but there are a couple i will post after i go find the links. I will be watching too, since I am very interested in knitting tanks right now too.

SabrinaJL
05-24-2007, 07:56 PM
The Summertime Tunic (http://www.interweaveknits.com/freepatterns/pdf/sum_07/summertime_tunic.pdf) from Interweave Knits is REALLY cute and looks really easy (and it's a free pattern on their site). I'm too fat to pull it off, but I was just throwing it out there in case anyone else might like it. :D

quiltbugj
05-24-2007, 08:15 PM
I made this and it has instructions for short rows for bra sizes c and bigger. It was my first clothing project. It's called Scarlet Woman at www.pieknits.com.
http://www.pieknits.com/patterns.html

lissalue
05-24-2007, 09:15 PM
I am going to make this (http://www.whiteliesdesigns.com/patterns/lpullovers/fbc.html) one. It is free if you click the link that says printable version. It has shaping, but it says you can leave it out.

suzeeq
05-24-2007, 10:59 PM
The archives at knitty.com have a lot of nice tank/shell patterns.

Stonington
05-25-2007, 08:42 AM
Hi Everybody-

I am now out of the end of the year grading hole and can now think about summer knitting. Woo-hoo! :happydancing:
Now that I have been knitting for almost a year, I'd like to knit myself something to wear (other than a hat, scarf or mittins) and so I thought I could maybe knit a tank top.

I'd like a tank that I don't have to worry about the peeking draw strap problem. And one without too much shaping at the waist, as my hips are erm, generous.

Do you have any favorite patterns to share or suggest?

Thanks!

Julie

Julie,
I just discovered this site.. may have something.. also I put "tank top patterns" in as a google search and came up with all kinds of sites..
http://www.knittingnewscast.com/knc/Patterns/FreePatterns/Free-Tank-Tops-Knitting-Patterns.aspx (http://www.knittingnewscast.com/knc/Patterns/FreePatterns/Free-Tank-Tops-Knitting-Patterns.aspx)

:knitting:
anne

dustinac
05-25-2007, 08:57 AM
West Virginia!


:happydance: Me too!! well not right now we moved to OH but both of our families are still in WV.. I haven't been home since Dec.. can't wait till June so I can go home.. nothing like good ol' WV :woot:


lissalue that is a really pretty tank!!

I have 2 that I'm wanting to start for myself and will wear a strapless bra to get rid of the annoying strap thing..

the interweave summer tunic mentioned below and this one (http://chicknits.com/catalog/chickami.html)

also if you can find spring/summer Knit Simple it has several tank patterns in it.. so does the May Creative Knitting..

heykaren
05-25-2007, 09:11 AM
IĻm hoping to start on this one soon: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=78&d_id=24&lang=us The woman at the LYS suggested to do the ribbing at the bottom in the larger needle as well so that it is not so "clingy"

I just finished this top: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=81&d_id=1&lang=us Not exactly a tank, but summery!

Karen

mornnen
05-25-2007, 02:06 PM
"I made this and it has instructions for short rows for bra sizes c and bigger. It was my first clothing project. It's called Scarlet Woman at www.pieknits.com (http://www.pieknits.com/).
http://www.pieknits.com/patterns.html"

Quiltbugj--
Wow--that is pretty! How hard was it? And which yarn did you use -- the classic elite or the elann sonata?

VickyS456
05-25-2007, 02:49 PM
HeyKaren, I LOVE that second pattern you posted! I'm almost finished with my current project and I'm going to start that one next week I hope!

heykaren
05-25-2007, 07:13 PM
Good luck!!! I got hung up in a few places, but posted questions on the "how to" threads and go through it fine. Now if it would just warm up a tad, I could wear it....

Vicky, I see you did the cupcake hat - was that hard? ( sorry, this is a bit OT ) I saved the pattern and really haven`t read through it, but was wondering if it was difficult for a beginner?

karen

cftwo
05-25-2007, 07:20 PM
I made the very last one here http://www.dreamweaveryarns.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22_75_81&products_id=1131 - with the wide-ribbed bottom half. It knit up really easily, and the shoulders are definitely wide enough to cover.

mornnen
05-25-2007, 07:30 PM
[quote=dustinac;862918]:happydance: Me too!! well not right now we moved to OH but both of our families are still in WV.. I haven't been home since Dec.. can't wait till June so I can go home.. nothing like good ol' WV :woot:

Where in WV? I'm up in the panhandle in Ohio Co.

mornnen
05-25-2007, 07:45 PM
I made the very last one here http://www.dreamweaveryarns.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=22_75_81&products_id=1131 - with the wide-ribbed bottom half. It knit up really easily, and the shoulders are definitely wide enough to cover.

cftwo: I really like that pattern! :inlove:Can you tell me about the yarn requirements? I went to their website and couldn't find the pattern book.

Julie

dustinac
05-26-2007, 10:51 AM
[quote=dustinac;862918]:happydance: Me too!! well not right now we moved to OH but both of our families are still in WV.. I haven't been home since Dec.. can't wait till June so I can go home.. nothing like good ol' WV :woot:

Where in WV? I'm up in the panhandle in Ohio Co.


Our town is so small if you blink while driving through it you will miss us.. We are close to the New River Gorge Bridge and Hawks Nest State park.. in Fayette Co.. :happydancing:

VickyS456
05-26-2007, 11:24 AM
Vicky, I see you did the cupcake hat - was that hard? ( sorry, this is a bit OT ) I saved the pattern and really haven`t read through it, but was wondering if it was difficult for a beginner?


Not at all :) I'm did a second one the other day just for the fun of it. I've only been knitting since Dec 28, 2006 (literally first time I EVER picked up knitting needles, I didn't even know they came in different sizes for different yarn) and I finished the hat in 2 hours while watching tv.

Just read through the pattern and take it one section at a time.

cast on and join
ribbing
change color (easy-peasy)
"make nubbie" (if you can make a knit stitch and bind off a stitch, you can do this!)
add markers
k2 together
then magic loop or DPNs for when it gets too small on the top of the hat (Amy's videos!!! are EXCELLENT for this)

The only thing I had a problem with was making a pompom. I gave up after 2 miserable attempts and wound up spinning funfur around my fingers and fastening it in to a ball :thumbsup:

HTH :muah:

aineepooh1
05-26-2007, 12:23 PM
I was also gonna mention creative knitting ( I like their pattersn they range from simple to complex) and the new July issue has a nice Ttop too~! part of the summer sparkle twinset... but I probably won't make the jacket.. but I like the Ttop:inlove:

mwedzi
05-26-2007, 12:30 PM
This tank is the first garment I made:
http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Artyarns_Free-Lacy_Silk_Tank_Top_Free-1981.html

It covers the bra straps. It's very easy, I had only knitted one washcloth and one hat (a square I sewed up the side) before knitting this. and this is how mine came out:

http://knitensity.blogspot.com/2006/09/then-i-started-knitting-some-time-this.html

cftwo
05-26-2007, 05:27 PM
cftwo: I really like that pattern! :inlove:Can you tell me about the yarn requirements? I went to their website and couldn't find the pattern book.

Julie

Sure! It's a Sleeveless V-Neck Pullover, and (for S (M, L)) uses 6 (7, 8 ) 1.75 oz/50 g (109 yds/100m) Filatura De Crosa VISTA 70% cotton, 30% polyamide lame (they used color #4), on size 10 needles. I think I used a Rowan cotton blend instead.

The book is a year old, so the Filatura di Crosa page doesn't have it on their site anymore.

Edited to hopefully change sunglasses smiley to an 8.

mornnen
05-26-2007, 07:42 PM
Sure! It's a Sleeveless V-Neck Pullover, and (for S (M, L)) uses 6 (7, 8 ) 1.75 oz/50 g (109 yds/100m) Filatura De Crosa VISTA 70% cotton, 30% polyamide lame (they used color #4), on size 10 needles. I think I used a Rowan cotton blend instead.

The book is a year old, so the Filatura di Crosa page doesn't have it on their site anymore.

Edited to hopefully change sunglasses smiley to an 8.

Thank you, thank you, thank you! :muah: That is a very tempting pattern, and seems like it would be flattering on most body types.

heykaren
05-27-2007, 02:48 PM
Nikki - thatīs really cute! I just printed out the pattern, but did you change it at all? Your neckline seems lower in front than the one in the pic on the pattern.

Just wondering...

Karen

quiltbugj
05-27-2007, 07:07 PM
I made in the elann. It's kind of stiff and stretches out. If I made it again I would use something else. But it was cheap and my first garment in a really long time. I thought her instructions were great. The hardest part was grafting the shoulder straps.