Tuesday, June 27, 2006

FYI: beware, the straps will pull up the front

My Lotus Blossom Tank is drying! I have a picture and details on my blog. I'll post a picture after it's dry and I'm wearing it...

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.

4 comments:

Sophie_vf said...

wow, thanks a lot! I just finished knitting the front last night, and because I'd added some short rows for the bust, I was thinking it looked REALLY long. But it sounds like I'm going to need it to keep my bra covered! Nice to have the reassurance that this will help.

Stilaholic Nartian knits said...

That's interesting. I would think w/the weight, the tank would stretch lengthwise anyway.

In any case, I never envision wearing this tank w/o a layering cami/tank underneath. But just to be sure, I'll check how it fits after I get one strap knitted up.

Progress pic in my blog.

Kel said...

Doh! Too late for me! But I would agree with you: Mine could have used a bit more length, and a bit more reduction to really fit well along the bust. Also, I used smaller needles to pick up the garter rows around the neck and sleeves, but they still sag. I am hoping to fix it all in blocking...

Katie V said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm glad I read through these posts before ordering my yarn. I made sure to order extra!