Thursday, October 09, 2008
Remember when this little guy was helping me knit this project up last summer (July 07 to be exact ;op)?? Well it was finally completed this summer and gifted in time to mail out to one of my very close friends for her birthday! She is also a knitter and crocheter herself, so it was nice to know she would so "get" what it took to make her present! :o) Thanks for remembering to send me a pic gurl!!
Yes yes yes...I know 'tis not the season right now! It is more like the time for fingerless gloves and sweater knitting. ;op
Despite the yo-yo weather here lately, this past weekend was bright, sunny and really nice!
So come along for the blog ride and close out my '08 summer projects with me :o)
~ Project Details ~
Pattern: The Lillian Tank by Delicious Stitches who is a young and super talented lady! I discovered her last year blog hopping and really like her designs whenever she pops up on the scene.
Size: Medium, Bust 36-38
Time: Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeell...forever Haha!
As I mentioned, this project was started last summer and then put in hibernation until this spring. Finally getting the gumption to squeak it out and in the mail for one of my besties birthday in August :o) Her tank is also considered a PIF commitment too (2 out of 3 now)!
And in the process of knitting the 1st tank I knew I wanted one for myself too
Hence Deuce Deuce! :o)
This truly is not a long knit project at all (my motivation was just non-existent on this one for some reason). It does keep you interested with the lace and minimal stockinette.
Needles: On the 1st tank I used US5 & US6 needles, and then on 2nd tank I used US4 & US5 for a tighter stitch since I am a loose knitter.
Yarn: On the white tank it is in the recommended yarn TLC Cotton Plus, and this was my first time using that particular yarn and knitting in all white!
I liked the idea of having a girly white tank top. The TLC Cotton Plus is cost effective and easy enough to knit with; not to mention the throw in the washer and dryer aspect gets a thumbs up from me!!
The second tank is made with Lion Brand Cotton Ease, and this was also my first time knitting with this yarn and liked it more than the TLC as it doesn't have that "sticky" feel to it.
Cost: Both projects only took 2.5 hanks of yarn, not much at all!!
And all yarn was bought on sale at the good ole box store AC M.oore :o) So each top was about $12 each!
What I learned: Even though I didn't finish this project until much much later and many many projects later, this was actually my first taste in lace knitting. And it was very interesting! :o) All lace is YOs and K2togs that makes very pretty things! Neat!
So glad I picked a project with aran weight yarn to try out lace.
This was also my first stab at truly picking up stitches for a neckline (prior to all the other F.O.s that came after this debut! Haha), hence why I had severe procrastination syndrome on this project. And my Knitter Anxiety (KA) had kicked in a major way!!
I did discover a neat little trick to close "the gap" in corners of my knitting of socks or necklines (that I obviously forgot to do on my 2nd tank since I had already ripped out my neckline twice, so the trick ended up being an afterthought).
When you come to the gap, simply pick up only the left leg of the 'V' and then the right leg of the other 'V' and knit them together. Viola it is gone!
Modifications: After knitting the first tank I discovered that there were a few changes I wanted to make.
On both tanks I shortened it by one lace repeat (3 total) as I didn't want it very long in length.
But on the second production of this tank I shortened the straps (only 27 rows) and chest area (only 8 rows in front and 43 in back) to have the ribbing area come directly under my bust versus it hanging so low like it did on the white version (also think the back hangs pretty low too)
With the ribbing I went down one needle size and on the armholes only did 4 rounds, but did the recommended 5 rounds for the neckline before binding off.
I could have (and should have) went down to the small size, but was concerned about having a too snug fit. Looking back now the small size would have worked out just fine.
Verdict: A good pattern to venture out in garments, the only thing to be cautious of is that it knits from the bottom up so fitting can be hard to determine. Now that I've knitted a few garments, I truly don't care for bottom up patterns.
Even though I did this project twice (which rarely happens unless it is something short and quick) I honestly was not all that crazy about this tank top. It is not one of my favorite items and don't think I will be rushing to wear it either. I was way more excited about doing it on the front end then I am about the actual product...oh well.
I did have a fun time taking pics of it to close out my summer projects!I luv putting my very own "Nigel" (for those who watch A.N.T.M.) to work in doing my own "America's Next Top Knitter" photo shoot! ;op She is so good to put up with me! Haha!