Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tanking


For several weeks I've been working on this Blue Sky pattern for a fitted tank top. I sure do love that soft cotton! I almost went for a different colour, but in the end, I was taken with the 'Poppy' as seen in the pattern.

Well, I started it a few times because my gauge made me think I was knitting it too loose with size 9 needles. So I switched to 8s and then I thought it was too small, so I started it again (third time's a charm, right?) and it's been smooth sailing ever since. The thing with ribbing is that it doesn't look like much when you start, but you just have to give it a red hot go and plug away and then it starts to look GREAT. After I'd past the mid section on the front piece, I got a bit worried thinking the completed piece wouldn't get around my belly loosely, since the front piece just made it half way, but then I remembered that I don't have a little pouch of fat protruding from my lower back, so it should even out just fine.

I'm probably just a couple of hours away, but the fear of seaming the two pieces together which I haven't done before, coupled with my annoyance that I knitted too many rows on the back have me putting writing about it instead of knitting it! Looking at the picture, I presumed the back neckline (which you can't see in the picture) would be higher up than the front. So I knitted away only to find I went two inches too far. So now the back is the same height as the front. Frankly, I don't think I like the lower neckline in the back, so I'm glad, but I feel a bit defeated for not referring to the directions sooner. I could have saved myself about 8 rows too!

So, I shall get back to it now. Hopefully, I will have it completed by the end of the night. Ooooh, now that I've said it, I'm motivated. To the needles!

1 comment:

Vegan Knitting said...

Woohoo! I can't wait to see it done! (and to see that little pouch of fat!)

Don't worry too much about the grafting - it'll go just fine. I would practice on something else first though - just make a little swatch and get in the rhythm of it.