Friday, June 29, 2007
FO: Lingerie Twinset Tank
Pattern: Retro Ribby Twinset Tank from Knitting Lingerie Style by Joan McGowan-Michael
Size: 34 1/2" finished chest
Yarn: About 4 balls Laines Du Nord Giunco (100% superwash merino) in color 512 (on sale at WEBS for $2.99 a ball)
Modifications: I made the body 1" longer (2" would have been better). The pattern called for making the center band that gathers the bust together twelve stitches long. I ended up making mine 36 stitches long just to reach around the center part of the bust. Also, the straps ended up being about 2" too long for me, so I sewed them in place inside the back and cut off the excess (we'll see if it's true that wool won't unravel when cut).
Other thoughts: If you decide to knit this, bear in mind that the bodice is very stretchy. I would recommend knitting it with about 3 inches of negative ease. Mine has about 1" of negative ease, and it is pretty loose. I'm a little afraid to bend over while wearing it. I am considering knitting this again in a solid color. I like the variegation, but I think a solid color would show off the gathering at the bust better and be more versatile. (Note how the slight pooling at the waist makes a sort of faux belt. I generally don't mind pooling, because I think it is fun to watch the weird shapes that emerge--it's like looking for pictures in the clouds.)