03 Jun Tank Top Summer
I’ve been on a bit of tank top knitting kick since mid-April, and now we finally have weather for wearing them!
I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while, and it was on my list of potential tops to knit out of the Louet Euroflax 100% linen yarn that I posted last year, so when I restocked the Euroflax in the black colourway in April, I cast this on immediately. This pattern is pretty easy to execute – it’s knit in the round, the decreases are hidden on either side of a half-linen stitch panel up the back, and the half-linen stitch panels around the hem and neckline/straps are both attractive and practical.
The sizing of this pattern is less easy to navigate, in that it jumps from a 33″ chest (too small for me) to a 39″ chest (evidently, a little too big). I added an extra decrease and adjusted the armhole decreases, but I probably should’ve done more work on resizing it because it’s still quite large on me. Better to be a bit to big than too small, especially in the summer, but it’s the only downside of this otherwise very enjoyable pattern. The linen is a bit rough to knit with, but so easy to care for and wear – I have yet to actually block this top, I’ve only machine washed AND dried it twice as per the yarn’s instructions. The resulting fabric is cool and soft and lighter than cotton. I still have a bit of the Black left, so I might use it for the stripes in Pam Allen’s Saco Stripes pattern, which luckily comes in more sizes than the Kit Camilsole does.
This little tank is the epitome of a perfect summer knit: easy to wear, fun to knit, super fast and super easy. It’s knit with two strands of sport/dk/worsted held together on a 5.5mm needle, one strand should be a cotton or cotton blend for coolness, the other a wool or wool blend for elasticity. I chose one strand of Berroco Remix, a nylon/cotton/acrylic/silk/linen blend made from recycled fibers, held with one strand of Berroco Vintage DK, a wool/acrylic blend. You knit two pieces that are the same and graft the straps together and sew up the sides. I’ve already cast-on a second one in Berroco Modern Cotton (cotton/rayon) held with a strand of Mirasol Nuna (merino/silk/bamboo)! Both of mine are tonal colour choices with the two strands, but some of the other people who have knit this tank have done really great high-contrast marled versions that look very cool. Check them out on the pattern’s projects page on Ravelry here: ravelry.com/patterns/library/beach-tank/people.
Last Sunday we wrapped up our Windrow Cowl knit-along, here’s mine in Malabrigo Rios:
Everyone who joined the KAL chose to use two colours instead of just one (as shown in the pattern) and it was so interesting to see all of the colour combos! This Sunday we start our knit-along for Interlude by Janina Kallio! Happy knitting, happy weekend!