March 21, 2008

Knitting Pattern: Fitted Tank Top

Posted in Craft, Knitting tagged , , , at 12:17 pm by vicii

Knitting: Fitted Tank Top Pattern

Tank Top 2 

Tank Top 1


Using 3.25mm needles – 24 st to10 cm.  I didn’t check the number of rows since this didn’t matter as I was measuring length as I went along.



Using 2.75mm needles cast on 97 st.

Row 1:  K1 P1 to last st, K1

Row 2: P1 K1 to last st, P1

Continue in K1 P1 rib from rows 1 – 27

Row 28: K1 P1 K1 K2tog, then P1 K1 to last 5 st, K2tog K1 P1 K1

Rows 29 – 49: Continue in K1 P1 rib but K2/P2 to keep in line with the pattern at each end

Row 50: K1 P1 K2tog, K1 P1 to last 4 st, K2tog P1 K1

Rows 51 – 66: Continue in K1 P1 rib

Row 67: Change to 3.25mm needles and continue in stocking stitch starting with a knit row.

When the length is correct shape armholes as follows (this was row 127 for me when back measured 38cm from the cast-on edge)

Rows 128 – 129: Cast off 5 st at beginning of each row

Rows 130 – 134: Dec 1 st at each end of these 5 rows

Row 135: Normal row

Row 136: Dec 1 st at each end

Then continue straight in stocking stitch until the armhole measures 18cm (this was row 196 for me)

Then shape shoulders, cast off 8 st at the beginning of the next 4 rows.  Leave remaining stitches on a holder to be used when completing the neck.


Complete front as for back up to the point where you want the V-neck to start – this was row 90 for me.

Row 91: K45 K2tog then turn leaving the remaining stitches on a holder

Row 92: Purl

Row 93: Knit to last 5 st, K2tog tbl (through back loop) K3

Continue in stocking stitch dec 1 st at neck edge on every   4th row 11 times more (rows 97 / 101 / 105 / 109 / 113 / 117 / 121 / 15 / 129 / 133 / 137) whilst at the same time shaping the armhole as for the back but only decreasing at the neck edge. (About 18 st left)

Continue straight until armhole measures 18cm (196 rows).

Row 197: Shape shoulders by casting off 8 st

Row 198: Purl

Row 199: Cast off remaining stitches

Complete the other side of the front as above reversing the pattern as appropriate to decrease for the V-neck and armhole

Making Up

Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams together before completing the banding for the armholes and neck.


Pick up 103 stitches evenly over the armhole (to do this instead of picking up every stitch, I picked up 2 stitches then missed 1).

Using a 2.75mm circular needle complete 14 rows in K1 P1 rib.  I didn’t knit this in the round, instead I sewed the seam up hence using an odd number of stitches.

Repeat for the other arm.


Pick up 189 stitches evenly over the neck (again I picked up 2 stitches, then missed 1).

 Using a 2.75mm circular needle complete 14 rows in K1 P1 rib.  Again I didn’t knit this in the round, instead I sewed up the seam by overlapping.


Tank Top

Posted in Knitting tagged , , at 12:16 pm by vicii

Well I finally finished my tank top, I’m going to post the pattern shortly but obviously I only noted down the instructions so I know what I did (and so I could complete the front to the same instructions) and to my tension – so this is only really specifically for me. I’ll get around to posting a picture later

March 19, 2008

Knitting: Tank Top

Posted in Craft, Knitting tagged , , at 9:15 am by vicii

I managed to complete the neck of my tank top and have started on the armholes.  I need to stay at home today as the greenhouse is due to be delivered, therefore a good excuse to attempt to complete the tank top.  I bought some wool off eBay a while ago; 10 balls of Wendy yarn with lycra in black, and have been wondering what to make with it.  In the end I decided on a tank top but knew what I wanted and couldn’t find a pattern to decided to make it up as I went along!  So far so good, I believe it will fit – I was worried that I had made it too small since I wanted it to be fitted (as it contains lycra) but thought that I would to the other extreme and had made it too small.  However after knitting up both the front and the back and tacking them together it appeared to be ok.  Now that the neck is done it is looking even better, so hopefuly when the arms are done it will be really good and I will wear it!

If it does work out ok then I will post the instructions for knitting it up – however I am a size 8 and have obviously knitted it to my size so I will only post the instructions for a size 8.  Having said that, it will be easy enough to alter accordingly…

March 18, 2008

Digging vs Knitting

Posted in Gardening, Knitting tagged , , at 3:18 pm by vicii

OK, so I had planned on digging in the garden today – and it is such a beautiful day – however then I remembered that I had today booked in as a leisurely day for me!  Why? Well my son is on a school trip; he left yesterday morning and will be back tomorrow night.  This is the first day in a long time when I have had the house to myself and haven’t needed to drop him off at school in the morning and then pick him up again – which really breaks my day in half.  Therefore I planned to have an uninterrupted day where I can just sit and watch the TV or some films and get some serious knitting done… baby permitting.

Fortunately baby Izzy have been perfectly well behaved, I have managed to get two loads of washing done and out on the line (or airer as the line got full up quite quickly) and tidied the house up so I haven’t been completely lazy.

Now however I am making the most of the afternoon and am currently (bar this blog) sat with a nice cup of tea desperately trying to finish off a fitted tank top that I started a while ago.  I’m practically finished now, I just need to knit up the rib on the neck and the armholes.

Fitted Tank Top (WIP)

Hopefully I will receive my package of wool and pattern for my Noni bag this week, hence my determination to finish this tank top soon.  I hope to complete the neck today at the very least then maybe I can work on the armholes over the next few days.  It’s my OH’s birthday on Friday and so I hope to bake a cake to surprise him with, so I can’t do too much knitting otherwise I will never bake the cake…. anyway, time to get back to my leisurely afternoon (I think I might even have a glass of wine soon!)