Verdict on this tank sweater: BIG LOVE. So quick (actual combined knitting time), so simple, so useful here in the land of 90-something-degree days. Dress it up, dress it down. And it’s forever entwined in my memory with Squam — this yarn and the green needles and porch floor and weathered decking were just the most soothing and pleasing visual combination. I love love loved it.
As you know, I wanted a cross between Pam Allen’s two recent tank sweater patterns. I wanted the weight and gauge of Togue Pond with the look of Saco Stripes — specifically the A-line shape, plain lower edge, stripes (obviously) and wider “straps.” So here’s what I did:
— Knitted it in the Kestrel yarn (in Pebble and Senza) using the Togue Pond pattern (second size).
— Omitted the waist ribbing and short-row shaping — I simply did one purl round after the cast-on and then worked straight in stockinette.
— Cast on with US10 needles and worked the first couple of inches, then switched to US9’s, then to US8’s after the top stripe. When I do it again, I’ll just start on US9’s; it’s already getting to be a little more flouncy at the waist than I’d like.
— Anticipating that it would grow with blocking and over time, I knitted it shorter than I wanted it. Unfortunately, I didn’t write it down, but I think it was 13 or 13.5 inches before dividing for front and back. After blocking and a couple of wears, it’s now 15 inches (not including the ribbing).
— I worked the first stripe 3 inches (I think) from the cast-on edge. The Senza stripes are 2 rows each, with 6 rows of Pebble in between.
— I staggered my waist decreases a little differently (just keeping them in the grey), and did fewer of them. When it came time to divide for front and back and work the armhole shaping, I had eight more stitches than the pattern called for, which gave me two extra stitches in each “strap.”
— I did the 3-needle bind-off for the shoulders with wrong sides together, so the seam is exposed. I also have a bad habit of forgetting to bind-off when doing a 3-needle bind-off — I just do all the k2tog’s and wind up with a row of live stitches. So then I go back and pass the stitches over each other to bind them off. Which actually makes a nice substantial looking exposed seam.
— I had seen comments on Ravelry that people were picking up fewer stitches for the neck/arms than the pattern called for. I picked up 96 for the neck and the same number as the pattern for the armholes.
— To counteract the growth tendency, I deliberately did my bind-offs a little on the tight side.
— I did not do jogless stripes, and I did not carry the Senza yarn up the sides either, because I knew it would show through, given the loose-ish gauge and high contrast. So when weaving in each of those Senza ends, I did one duplicate stitch from the right side of the fabric to even out the jog, and I’m happy with how it turned out.
Our first evening in Nashville, we were over at our friend Jo’s for BLTs. I wove in the last of the ends on her deck and she threw it in her washing machine while we ate, then laid it out to air dry. I’m already in love with the fabric and know it will just get softer over time, so definitely put me down as a linen convert.
Beautiful! Nice modification, and the fit looks perfect!
I love your version of it! I’ve gotten braver about trying new things since I’ve successfully knit a sweater and tees. This might be the next thing on my needles! If only I had an endless budget for yarn.
Looks great! Thank you for the details on your modifications.
It’s a gorgeous classic!
I feel like I’ve been reading linen love for months now from people. I have not yet tried it, but I feel as though at this point it’s just inevitable. BEAUTIFUL tank.
Do you have a Ravelry page for this project? Would love to keep a record of your mods, I think this is my favourite saco stripes-type top I’ve seen.
So beautiful! Not only the design but the gorgeous way the yarn drapes. No wonder you’re in love with it!
Looks great Karen! That one is going to get lots of love.
I love the drape of this tank! Really comfy and elegant at the same time!
Perfect timing on the start and finishing for your new location! Lovely….
A perfect garment for your new hometown…… Started, and finished, in great circumstances. Lovely!
It turned out just lovely!
So cute! I love it!
Gorgeous! I love all the mods, especially the bottom hem.
Super cute! Great job and thanks for the tips!
This top looks great! Congrats :D
Perfect fit and perfetc look! Enjoy it!!!
That’s absolutely gorgeous! Top tips too!
love. you are just so damn talented!
Karen, it’s perfection on you! I need one now. I finished my sweater in Kestrel too last week, I need more of that yarn to knit with. Such utter delight!.
And considering your new neck of the woods, I highly recommend the light, cool silks, especially the dry ones like Habu Tsumugi. Great for hot weather…
YAHOO!!!!!! It looks wonderful AND it’s a perfect fit. This makes me smile. Thank you for sharing!
Well, that’s beautiful! Love all the mods.
Love this! Curious if you needed all 6 skeins of the main color since you mixed in the stripes? I’d love to knit this with your modifications and am ordering the yarn from the UK so I want to get the amounts right!
I need to check but I’m pretty sure I ordered 7 skeins of the gray and used all but about a half skein. Also used just about the whole contrast skein.
With the move, I don’t have a receipt to consult or anything, and I ordered the yarn over the phone, so I’m not certain. I’m looking at this photo and can’t say for sure, but it might just be 6 skeins of the grey: http://fringeassociation.com/2014/06/02/this-yarn-is-my-happy-place/
Big love indeed!
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serendipity…I came looking for a lovely pattern & found a fellow Squamie as well…serendipitous…
p.s.,I am a fall Squamie
Hi Karen. I love your version of this tank – it’s exactly the style I’ve been looking to knit. I’ve been saving a favourite yarn, Susan by Schaeffer Yarns, but it’s a very thin lightweight cotton. I’m using needle size 3US, but I can’t work out how many to cast on! Any suggestions. Thanks so much, Abbe
This was me adapting Togue Pond to look more like Saco Stripes, but it sounds like you can probably just use the Saco Stripes pattern, since it’s written for fingering weight yarn.
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