Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weekender Ribbed Tank

Guess what? I've got things in Creative Knitting--the May issue!
This issue has my Weekender Ribbed Tank and my article about ribbing, 
"In the Know: Resourceful Ribs Beyond Edgings and Cuffs." 
So exciting!
When CK put out the call for submissions for this issue, I latched onto the part about ribbing. For one reason, I had already been contemplating ribbing and how to use it in different ways. It wasn't a big leap for me to think about writing a short article about it and designing a little sleeveless top featuring a bit of it
(which, of course, I wanted to make out of sock yarn). 
I was so glad when CK said yes!

Headless (and here armless) Hilda agreed to model the tank for me. Isn't she nice?
The 1/1 ribbing sections in this little tank are there for shaping purposes. 
One just at each underbust...
...and one at center back.
The rib sections keep the tank fitting nicely at the rib cage, and from there on you work shaping at the side "seams" to increase for the hips.
It has provisional CO at the shoulders so you can work it from the top down.
Then the front and back are joined at the lower armhole and it's worked in the round from there down.
That's so you can make it as long as you need.
Last step is to finish it off with this sweet little edging.

The pretty eyelet pattern on the bodice is easy to learn, but that part is written out in the pattern. I'm so glad CK devoted so much page space for me to be able to do that. 

This tank is just complicated enough to keep you interested, but simple enough to give the variegated yarn lots of real estate to show itself off.

And what is this lovely yarn, you might be asking?
(Kollage also generously gave me a bunch of their gorgeous yarns to do the swatches 
for the ribbing article--boy was that fun!)

I loved the Sock-A-Licious so much that I kept a skein to design another little thing, which I've already begun writing and with which I'm happily working the sample. 
This yarn is a joy to knit and washes and blocks out so soft and perfect.

I hope you'll try one of these little tanks for yourself.
Thanks to Creative Knitting, one of the few publications that actually returns the fruits of your knitting labors, I have one to wear myself!


Kelli said...

I just love this Jen!!

fig said...

Thank you, Kelli!

GirlAnachronismE said...

That's gorgeous, and a really clever idea!

Natalie Goza said...

I think I want to make one of these for sure!

fig said...

Thank you both, and yes, Nat, make one for yourself!

pdxknitterati/MicheleLB said...

That is really lovely, and I think it's great that you did it top down so it's easier to adjust length. That would also apply to neckline and armholes, which is typically the part I adjust several times on my bottom up tanks, but you can only do so much without really affecting the overall length! Bravo to you.