Monday, June 26, 2006

Espresso Tank

The Espresso Tank is officially done. For a quick knit, this hasn’t been all that quick. It wasn’t even that there was a lot of knitting. It was just annoying. I rarely felt like working on it, so I made myself bring it to Rebecca’s or the Knit Salon so that the chatting could significantly distract myself from the knitting. But, it is done and I am ready to move on.

The Blue Sky Fitted Tank was knit on size 7 needles in Blue Sky Dyed Cotton in Espresso. I made the smallest size and used 2 full hanks and a 1/3 to a 1/2 of a third hank. The tank fits me nice (although that really doesn’t matter because it’s for my mom), but if I were to make myself one, I would lengthen it a bit. I also added a reverse crochet edge to the bind off edge that went around the neck to help straighten out the neckline (thanks to everyone at Rebecca’s for that suggestion – it worked great!). I would say that if you can take a little bit of time and work out a more gradually sloping neck, you should do it, because if made as instructed, you get a fairly ragged stair step that is really hard to smooth over with the finishing. I also skipped the arm hole finishing. My arms were very even and smooth and I didn’t want to risk messing it up by the finishing technique suggested. I am also apparently lazy, because I didn’t feel like bothering with a crochet edge either. I thought it looked nice as is. I was planning on making a second one of these in the same pale blue (Sky) I used for my Baby Blue Bobbi Bear, but it will probably be a while before I would want to knit this again. I plan to give it to my mom (as long as it is done drying) tomorrow when we go for our spa getaway at Glen Ivy.

10 comments:

Nonnahs said...

A couple of thoughts: 1) Cute tank!! Your mom is going to love it! 2) The file room - AAAGH!

Chris said...

It turned out great!!

I wish designers wouldn't do the bindoff along necklines that makes them so stairsteppy. Ugh.

Nasus said...

Yeah, I don't know why you're so smiley in the file room... :)
I think you looked great in that tank. Have fun tomorrow!

Jennifer said...

It's so cute! Nicely knit!

Marisa said...

Looks fantastic!

Theresa said...

Cute!

amanda cathleen said...

It looks so good on you! Your mom is going to love it.. Have fun at your spa getaway : )

Jeanette said...

The tank looks great! Eventually you should make one for yourself, it look very good on you.

Anonymous said...

Hi- just found your site and this post, great blog, by the way.
I happen to be the designer of that tank... the neckline on the original lay fine so I left it as written to be as simple as possible, as the folks at Blue Sky wanted it to be an easy beginner pattern.
I did find a tip in one of my books woks pretty well- whenevr the bind off calls for 2 or more stitches (the first step on this pattern calls for 3) to knit or purl the 1st two together and then bind off the remaining st(s). It does help to slant that first stitch being bound off a bit and make the curve smoother. So, for this tank you would first p2tog, and then BO2 rather than simply BO 3. I would've written it that way, but they wanted everything as simple as possible.
Anyway, try that if you ever get to making one up for yourself. I usually use that technique wether the pattern calls for it or not.

I love that color, by the way! And I love their cotton, I'm amassing far too much of it!

ali

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the typos, I wish these things had spell-check!
ali