Monday, November 27, 2006
I finished a few months ago and never got around to posting pics. I wore it once but I'm not thrilled with the fit-- I think I should have gone smaller, probably smaller needles would have done the trick. I also sewed the straps on lower to hide my bra straps, and keep it from flopping too low (the bamboo is floppiness incarnate). I'm considering ripping out the straps and making them wider.
Monday, October 16, 2006
I've finally finished this tank and guess what? It doesn't fit. My bust is too big to fit in there properly even after I added an extra inch of stockinette, and my bra shows - no way to adjust it either. For now I will fold it up and tuck it away until I decide what to do with it.
Here are some pics of it. I guess it needs another round of blocking. I somehow don't get good results with blocking especially with stockinette stitch. It just rolls back up like I didn't do anything to it. It still has all of its ends on it needing to be weaved in, but since its not fitting right, I'm not going to waste anymore time on it.
Thanks for the help I've gotten on it.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
This may have a simple solution, but I want to make sure I understand it. I'm at the shape the shoulders section and it says for row 2: (WS) Place a safety pin or removeable marker on (not through) working yarn and sl next st. Its this NOT THROUGH part that has me a little confused. How would I put the safety pin ON the working yarn??
Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Yarn: Knitpicks Merino Style in “Frost” on size 7 and 8 needles.
Modifications: I didn’t switch needle sizes until the decreases and I added a row of YO, K2Tog for the ribbon to go through. Otherwise, I followed the pattern to the letter. I also tried steam blocking this time instead of my usual wet blocking odyssey.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Monday, September 25, 2006
I'm wondering if I am the only one basically just beginning? I see alot of tanks that are done but can't remember seeing any WIPs. Here is mine from a few days ago. I am now on row 11 of my second repeat of lace.
Anyone else still working on theirs? I'd love to see pics!
Friday, September 22, 2006
In the lace pattern section in row 11, some yarn overs are created just before the purl stitch... and I'm wondering how to work them in row 12... its like a yarn over and then another wrap around the needle (I'm now not sure if I worked that yarn over before the purl correctly in row 11) ... do I work one yarn over and then let the wrap around fall off the needle? I'm not sure if I'm working this right! I hope I explained it effectively.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Monday, September 11, 2006
I am so excited to share that I finished my LBT (if anyone is still out there). I wore it today to a conference. As so many have said, the front is rolling and is also too low for my liking. If I were to do it again I would add a couple of inches there. Anyone find any way to block it or seam it to avoid the rolling?
I used Elann Sonata, I don't remember how many. Despite a 36 1/2" chest I decided to make the smallest size. I used 6's for the lace part and 5's for the top. Other than the front it fits me quite well and I'm pleased with it. It was a big thing for me to get the lace pattern right and I'm excited already to do another lace pattern.
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
You can view more information about it (and my next project on the needles, yikes!) on my new and improved blog, here. I hope everyone had a GREAT Labor Day Weekend.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Greetings! This is my first time posting, but I have been following (and attempting) the tank for a few weeks.
Here is a goofy progress shot. I am thrilled that I am finished with the lace part, but concerned about how loose and open it is. Hopefully blocking will improve the look of the lace and hopefully I won't be swimming in this thing!
I am using Elann Summer Sonata that I had in my stash, so it's been an incredibly cheap project. On my first attempt (before I screwed up on the lace) I made the second smallest size, as I have a 36 1/2" chest. But after reading the advice of all of you, the fact that I knit loose, and that I am using cotton, I decided to do the smallest size.
Anyway, thanks for all the tips so far, and more on my blog.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
I've made several mistakes, and the finishing isn't perfect, but I still love how it looks and feels! I may knit another one next year. Yarn is called "Bamboo" (bamboo 70% cotton 30%), unknown brand, and I've used about 225 grams. More info and a photo of the mysterious ball band are posted on our joint blog.
The rolling front was better once I misted and pressed it.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
I love this tank. I knit mine 4 inches longer, like many of you did, and I just love how it turned out. I decided against using short rows in the bust area and it fits just fine.
More info is at my blog: The Giving Flower Thanks for a great KAL and some gorgeous tanks.
Monday, August 21, 2006
I wish I found this KAL earlier! I'm almost done, but I've had so many questions to get here.... I could have used your help. But now here I am, done with the shoulder parts, ready to sew them on -- Well, if I can figure out what the best way is. Could anyone post the close-up of the part where the shoulder meets the front? Please?
My front rolls too. I hope it will be better when it's blocked, but I would like to hear from the other knitters how you fixed this.
From the pace I knit, it won't be finished before the weekend -- I can only knit two hours a day, at most.
I will come back with a finished photo!
Tamami (one of the Designated Knitters)
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I'm new to this KAL and I'm knitting my tank a bit late, as it's starting to get a bit too cool to wear it, but nonetheless, I'm forging ahead.
I'm so impressed with everyone's work, and after starting my tank in the second size and ripping it all out after the second pattern repeat because it was a tent, I'm glad to have found others with similar problems.
I'm now ready to start the armholes and I've read a lot of people have put short row in to give a bit of room in the front. I'm knitting the smallest size and I'm a size 36", so I think I should be knitting some short rows too.
Can anyone tell me how they knit the short rows??? I'm new to short rows so I don't really know what to do.
Thanks so much.
Kimberly- The Giving Flower
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
I've been madly knitting but stopped to finish up some other ufos on my plate. I'm a bit more than half way - having finished the 4 repeats of the lotus lace (alien heads), and I'm in the stockinette now. This was taken without my flash. The color is actually a light blue.
This next one is with my flash - so you can see the color closer...Also hiding in the upper right corner are some really cute new stitch markers I found on ETSY.com (Search for "Sheep stitch markers" and you'll just fall in love with them.
I'm using Madil Eden (Cascade's Bamboo) and making the smallest size. A local store near me had knit it in the off-white color and let me try it on. Even though I am between the smallest and next smallest size, it fit me perfectly (expanded to fit!). I hope mine turns out just as well. I do plan to add about a half inch in the stockinette part, so that part will extend over the bottom of my bra. The bamboo has more drape than cotton, or the SWTC bamboo, and it hasn't split much, of course, I knit sl-o-o-o-wly through the lace part, so I was careful not to split it. Now, I hope I can knit it quick enough to catch the end of summer.
The details: 2 and a bit balls of SWTC Bamboo in sahara - love the way you get the "moire" effect with the colours. (You are supposed to only need 2 for my size so I am lucky that I was originally going to make it bigger and bought the 3rd one)
Needles: US size 6 and 5 Denise interchangeables.
Modifications: None really, except a half inch extra of st st before the armhole shaping.
I am glad I took notice of advice here about negative ease. It would have been huge on me if I had gone for the size that I thought should have fit.
Thank you everyone on the knitalong for all the helpful hints and encouragement. I will keep popping back to see how everyone is doing.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
i finished my LBT this weekend! i'm really excited with how it came out. :3
yarn: rowan cotton glace in pier
needles: size 5 & 6 plymouth bamboo circulars
size: XS(?!) it's an imaginary size, i cast on 170 st instead of the 200 for the smallest size
like many of you have done, i added an inch of stockinette to the torso before the decreases. on the last pattern repeat, i only did half the pattern for just a little less length than a full one would offer, so there are 3.5 repeats here. i had never worked with cotton glace before, but i looooooove it now. for a mercerized cotton, it's really not as shiny as you think a mercerized cotton would be. i liked what ocdeviant did with her armholes, so i also used crochet (1 row HDC and SC) around the armholes and neckband. i was really worried about the neckband rolling and flopping around everywhere pre-blocking, but i steamblocked the crap out of it and it seems to be holding up rather well. i have to say, this is one of my favorite knits i've done so far!
more photos can be found on my flickr account (these two are from flickr anyway):
thank you all for your help in my previous posts to this blog! *bow*
Monday, August 14, 2006
I used the SWTC Bamboo in the pattern color. This is quite rare for me since I usually both knit with and wear oranges, reds, and browns. However, I liked the color and wanted to switch up my wardrobe a bit.
One Question: The front doesn't roll quite as much when it is on, but it still has a rolling problem. I think I bound off too loosely. Does anyone have any suggestions on ways to keep it from rolling?
I have now completed up to the armhole shaping. I kept with the four repeats as I am quite short-torsoed, and I did 3.5 inches of stocking stitch before dividing.
Here is the whole thing after about an inch and a half of st st.
Not far to go - should have it done in a couple of days, if I don't have too many interruptions.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Details: SWTC Bamboo in Serendipity, a little over 2 skeins. 5 lace repeats, armholes and neckline worked by picking up 1 stitch every 2 stitches, not every 1 stitch. The effect is kind of nice.
Not my usual color choice, but I'll wear it -- with another shirt under it. There's way too much midsection peeking through the lace!
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
The Facts: LBT in smallest size, 5 lace repeats, an extra couple inches in stockinette, armhole finishing is a row of single crochet and then a row of backward (crab stitch) crochet, no finishing around the neck. I used about 2.5 balls of SWTC bamboo.
Overall, I really liked this pattern (once I made a chart for the lace). My only real trouble was with the short-rows... did one side correctly and one incorrectly (with resulting holes), as I wasn't sure what I was going for... anyhow, fixed it up and it looks fine.
Finally, I love the fit and will definitely wear it a lot. Also, I really appreciate all the support and encouragement from the kal... thanks to you all I can wear my LBT this summer!
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
The Lotus Blossum has finished. I'm quite thrilled with how it turned out. A note to anyone using the Southwest Trading Company Bamboo in this color. This is NOT colorfast yarn. When I came back upstairs to dry it out I noticed all the water was pink. I think there may have been tears involved had I made that mistake of soaking this with anything else. I'm not sure if it will handle a soak better next time but I'll write about it when I find out.
I added about three inches to the stockinette section to give extra length. I love it now and am really happy I decided to make that change. Hope everyone is having fun making theirs.
Monday, August 07, 2006
I started the fourth round of the lace. Like many others, I am between sizes. I added ten more stitches to the smallest size and reworked the pattern a bit based on this. By my calculations it should give the finished tank a bust of between 35.25 to 35.5. Has anyone else tried this and did it work out? (I scanned the past entries and didn't see this solution)
Also, I have a long torso and want to do a fifth round of the lace like I have seen others do. However, I am worried that I may run out of yarn. I am working with the South West Trading Company Bamboo. I bought three skeins, so I hope I will have enough to do an extra repeat. I am five rows into my fourth lace round and am getting close to finishing my first skein of yarn. Did anyone knit the 39" size with this yarn? If so, how much yarn did you have left over?
Overall, I am pleased with how it is turning out and love how light the yarn is after knitting with cotton all summer.
I hope I get it done while the weather is still nice enough to wear it this year.
Monday, July 31, 2006
I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. This is my first garment and have really been enjoying this pattern. Now if I could just have more time to work on it!!
what's interesting is that my gauge matches the 22 st = 4" in St st as written in the pattern. so with some math done, i found that if i don't decrease where the pattern instructs me to, the stockinette portion will be about 31 inches around. i have a 32 in bust, so that would result in 1 inch of negative ease. i want this top to be fitted and fairly body-hugging and i hope the 1 inch of negative ease will help me achieve that.
have/are any of you gone with negative ease? if so, how much?
Friday, July 28, 2006
Although I just officially joined the KAL, I finished my lotus blossom tank on Tuesday. I've been reading all your posts as I knitted and enjoyed the useful tips and great pictures!
I had originally started on the smallest size in June, but after completing 3 lace repeats I tried it on to find that it was huge (my swatching had led me to use a US 6 Denise for the main needle). I wanted it to be fairly body hugging, and it was more like a tent.
So, I swatched some more, frogged the whole thing, and started over on July 3rd with a bamboo US 4 for my main needle. I did 5 repeats of the lace and added an inch or so to the stockinette portion of the bodice.
I made two big errors that I discovered late enough that I decided not to fix them (I'm a fairly new knitter and, apparently, not a perfectionist type!). I accidentally increased 1 stitch early on in the 7.5" of stockinette on the upper part of the back -- so I K2tog during the first shoulder shaping row when I discovered it. Also, I had never done short row shaping before and didn't know I needed to "hide" the wraps (I neglected to look in the back of the magazine -- like an idiot!), so my left shoulder shaping is a little wonky looking. Additionally, I had to get a third ball of the bamboo yarn that was from a somewhat different looking dye lot, but I joined it at the shoulders on both sides, and it's not too annoying.
I am blocking the tank now (photo is pre-blocked), and will be wearing it for real soon!
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Stay tuned for pictures of Confused Goth in Hippie Pastel Lace Top!
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
here's a photo of my progress thus far:
i'm using rowan cotton glace - seems to be working well so far.
i'm making the smallest size (33.75 in).
Monday, July 10, 2006
I am finally finished with my LBT, and I can not believe how relieved I am to be done with the whole thing. If it wasn't for this KAL, I know I would have chucked the project and added it to my many UFOs. Anyway, from my posts last months, I dropped a bunch of stitches somewhere and couldn't figure out where they were. As a result, I started the whole thing again...did the same thing...then did the same thing again. What happened? I figured out that my yarn was too slippery for my really slippery bamboo needles and my stitches kept falling off without my noticing. (I was using Frog Tree silk/cotton, and it was telling me that it did not want to be the Lotus Blossom Tank.) I put the whole thing away for a week or two, and then started over with Elann.com's Sonata 100% cotton. Much better.
Yarn: Elann.com Sonata—4 balls
Needles: Many—Webs bamboo circulars size 6, Denise size 5, Susan Bates aluminum circulars size 4, crochet hook size F for the armhole finishing.
Modifications: 3 Lotus Blossom repeats instead of 4, but added an extra few inches of stocking stitch in the body. I didn’t care for the 4 rows of garter at the top of the lace pattern, so I knit only two rows of the garter stitch instead. I continued the decrease pattern at the top of the front for two extra repeats (8 rows total) to add length in the chest area. I did not want the garter stitch borders around the sleeves and neck, so I used a modified crochet shell stitch on the sleeves, and then left the neck band area plain for no other reason than I liked the clean line of it.
Overall thoughts: I like the finished product, but I wasn’t bowled over by the pattern itself. I felt like I had to make way too many modifications to keep it from being a shapeless blob. But all of the changes were well worth the extra work and frustration. I’m really glad I joined this KAL because reading the other posts and seeing you all’s finished objects was very inspiring.
I got my friend at work to take a pic of me wearing my LBT today in all it's finished & blocked glory. Indoor lighting and old work digi cams leave much to be desired, but it'll do. I've got a black ON layering tank underneath to make it work appropriate as well as a black blazer since the SF Bay Area fog makes the mornings very cool. I'm happy with the way it turned out though I will need one of those demi-type bras so I don't keep fiddling w/the straps all the time as they want to peek out ever so slightly right were the seams joining the front to the shoulders are.
I'm glad I joined this KAL and it helped keep me motivated to finish this project and all your tips and suggestions helped me immeasureably.
Thank you all and knit on!
edited to add: original finished post w/yarn specs can be found here.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
This is my first lace piece that didn't start out flat, so I'm not sure what to do.
I am so glad I added the extra stockinette. I really didn't need the fifth lace repeat, as I needed more bra coverage than overall length. So, as suggested by Jacqui, and considering her warning that the front tends to pull up, I knit an extra inch of stockinette plus 12 short rows for the bust shaping. This worked out perfectly!
Like others, I absolutely hated picking up the armhole edging since it's such a small round to work ont, but at least it was over with quickly. It didn't roll too badly, and a light pressing with steam helped it stay in place. I also steam blocked the lace a bit so it would be more open. Not that I really want to show extra skin, but it draped more nicely and didn't bunch.
I'm really happy with the result and enjoyed knitting it. Thanks to everyone here for tips, inspiring pics, and encouragement!
(crossposted to my own blog)
Saturday, July 08, 2006
I finished! And I even wore it to work on Wednesday (with some discreet pinning of the appropriate bra). I had some problems with the blocking: I wanted to tighten up the back, the armholes, and the curled-outward neckline. No luck: I got it wet and it grew by 10 inches in width and about a foot in length. It went into the dryer and was fried back to it's pre-wash size.
To all you bamboo users freaking out about your sizing after reading this: Relax: I knit this with Filatura Di Crosa Zara Merino in green and grey (ran out of green) so I shall be alone in my blocking issues. Overall, I had a great time with this pattern, and I look forward to wearing this tank, and seeing all of your finished photos! Thanks for the inspiration, company, support, and advice!
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Scroll down about 4 posts.
Jackie - I hope you don't mind me calling you out. You two look soooo cute! I poked around your blog a little and did I read you were going to make a mini Green Gable? You are so very talented!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
I made an error somewhere along the way, but I am just not thrilled with how the pattern looks. So here is my second thought, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Lovely Lavender, swatched this morning:
The cotton fleece has the same ballband gauge as the Oasis, but it swatched up a little larger and a little firmer.
I'm leaning towards the cotton fleece, but would love some feedback.
Monday, July 03, 2006
When you do the S2kp2, does that mean that you slip 2 stitches onto your right needle, knit one, and lift it over the slipped stitches and leave all 3 on there? Or do you drop off the 2 slipped stitches and are left with one? Are you folks having problems keeping them in that slipped order as you go on? Mine keep slipping out of order.
Another question about this pattern, since I've never worked with lace, and this is a kniting in the round pattern, do you work the yo's just like any other stitch or do you drop them off? Somehow I ended up with way to many stitches :(
Thanks for all your advice, it is GREATLY appreciated!!
Still, very pretty and well-fitting, so I'm pleased overall.
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Edited 7/4/06: 1 picture added. Also, I took out part of one seam and added braided ties so that the tank fits over her head.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
I am done! Well, I still need to wash & block this bugger and get DH to take a pic of me modelling (hah!) this thing, but the knitting is done.
Well, I hope I'm done. I did not enjoy picking up and knitting the finishings on the armholes and neckline. I simply had the worst time w/the SWTC Bamboo at this point. I hope the most egregious parts block out. If not, I'll have to go back and re-do them. Gah!
In any case, a quick recap of my tank - I knitted the size 39'' cause I measure 40." I got stitch gauge on size 7 (Boyes interchangeables) needles, but my row gauge was bigger (7.25 rows/in vs 9 rows/in stated in the pattern) in St st. Because of my larger row gauge, I only added 1.5" to the St st portion before splitting for the armholes and felt no need to add a 5th repeat of the alien heads.
Quick thoughts on this project - This was a fun pattern to knit. However, my enjoyment was tempered by the yarn itself. While I like the drape and feel of it, it still got tiring for my hands despite having more give than a 100% mercerized cotton yarn. It didn't bother me while I was doing the lace portion, but the knitting the St st portion got wearying. Oh, and yeah, splitty as heck. All of which is probably why I started losing steam and got really annoyed doing the armhole and neck finishing. I really hope the finish blocks out okay, 'cause I really don't want to go back and re-do them.
Now what do I do w/the 2 whole leftover skeins + the remainder of the 3rd?
Fortunately, it was an easy fix--unseam a bit at each strap edge, pull out the BO, rip two rows, knit two rows, BO knitwise. Phew!
Now I'm picking up armhole stitches. I'll keep you posted--so far, it fits beautifully! 3-4" negative ease. I did lengthen the stockinette portions on both the front & back, mainly because my swatch shrunk lengthwise when I washed it. . .
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Haven't had a chance to get back to the tank yet, since I posted earlier about my missing stitch, but appreciated the supportive comments and suggestions, and will return to knitting shortly. Thanks!
I decided on red for my Lotus Blossom because I love the colour, and I already had one random ball I bought the first time i came across it. I got 2 more from the same store (18 months later) and they are, predictably, different dye lots, but that appears to make no discernible difference at all, fortunately!
I did 6 repeats of the lace, but haven't lengthened the base part of the stocking stitch element - may prove to be rash,
now I read Jackie F's comments from yesterday.
this pic is a bit shakey because I was on a train - and as usual with lace it looks like boiled ass (see Rabbitch's descriptions of her lace...). I've finished the front, and am almost at the short rows for the back. Which is good, because I want to wear it for Woolfest on Saturday (may be blocking it the night before in the B&B, methinks!) NB the colour above is the best I could get even with white balance, but it is really deeper - more like this.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
I don't LOVE knitting with bamboo, because it feel so stiff to me, but I do really like the fabric it produces. Perhaps because it's so drapey, the garment seems to come out really big even if you get gauge on the swatch, so I'm knitting the smallest size, which seems absurdly small compared to my actual bust size. I did add some short rows to the front to make sure it was long enough that I don't flash people through the lace section. Otherwise, I'm continuing on and hoping for the best.
While I'm here, I thought I'd mention something important for those who haven't completed the stockinette portion of the tank [BTW, this will make sense when reading, but you might not think of it while knitting]:
You might want to knit the stockinette section an inch longer. Most people are doing this anyway. But, even after customizing yours to make it long enough to cover the bust, you might want to add yet another inch. Why? The straps will pull up the front an inch after seaming. At least, that is to say, they did on mine. Thankfully, my tank still covers the bust, but with very little material to spare. This was an unexpected result considering I had already made my stockinette portion longer than the pattern indicated. So, if yours is only just covering the bottom part of the bust and you want to wear your tank sans camisole, you'll be risking exposing your bra if you don't make it longer. 'Thought I'd share - hope this helps!
Oh yeah - one more thing! The extra inch should be added while still knitting in the round. Adding any length after the armhole BO would disrupt the seaming.
What kind of ease should I plan for? I'm hoping that I can get away with an inch or two of negative ease.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Sunday, June 25, 2006
One question, though: my bust is 33 1/2", the XS is 33 3/4. Should I be worried? After everyone's sizing issues, I'm a bit concerned.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
I used just over three balls of Jaeger Trinity yarn in Glacier and it took me about a week after my one false start. I did have to wing it with the pattern, though. The bottom is the size medium or second size or whatever. When I finished the fifth repeat I tried it on and realized that the top was going to be too big if I didn't size it down to the smallest size. So during the bustline decrease extravaganza, I made enough decreases to get me down to the smallest size.
I probably could have gone down even a little smaller, but as is the top of the sweater is loose but not too loose. I definitely have to wear something underneath so I don't flash anyone when bending over. The bottom is a little swingy, which I like. It's really super comfortable and something I will definitely wear.
The thought is still in my head to knit it in black and substitute the lotus blossom lace for the skull lace over at Hello Yarn. I may end up going for it sooner or later. Of course, I'm at the tail end of spinning up three pounds of Finn top for my very first sweater made entirely of handspun yarn, which has me very excited and otherwise engaged!
[Crossposted to pesky'apostrophe]