Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Eyelet Trimmed Tank Top

Little Girl asked me for a purple tank top. I had some purple yarn, so I set out to make this.

But, as I was working my way up from the bottom, my mind started working, and it turned into this:

I can't tell you how proud I am of this top. It's the first time I've attempted to design anything (even if it's only the top of a shirt), and it looks perfect on Little Girl.

Here's the details:
Gauge: 5 stitches/inch (I used size 6 needles).
Approximately 330 yards of DK weight yarn (I used Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere).
Size 4/5 tank top
Cast on 172 stitches and join, being careful not to twist the stitches.
Row 1:Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: YO, K2tog* Repeat around
Row 4: Purl
Knit in stockinette stitch until piece measures 9". Decrease 30 stitches evenly. (I used this calculator). Repeat rows 2-4. Decrease another 30 stitches evenly. Knit in moss stitch, until piece measures 11". BO 6 stitches in pattern, work 50 stitches in pattern, BO 12 stitches, work 44 stitches in pattern. Turn work. BO 6 stitches. Finish row in pattern.
Turn work. Work back and forth in moss stitch until back measures 11.5" ending on a right side row.
Row 1 (RS): SSK, work in moss stitch to last two stitches, K2tog.
Row 2 (WS): Work in moss stitch
Repeat these two rows until 30 stitches remain. Work first 5 stitches and leave on holder, BO 20 stitches, work last 5 stitches and leave on a holder.
Reattach yarn to front on WS. Work across in pattern.
Next row (RS): SSK, work to last two stitches, K2tog
Next row (WS): Work across in pattern
Repeat these two rows until 32 stitches remain. Work decrease row one more time (30 stitches). Next row (WS) Work 5 stitches, place on holder, BO 20 stitches in pattern, work last 5 stitches.
Work strap on these 5 stitches.
Row 1 & 2: Knit
Row 3: K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K2tog
Row 4: Knit
Repeat until strap measures 5", graft to corresponding 5 stitches on the back.
Reattach yarn to other strap. Repeat. Weave in ends, block, and make some little girl happy!


Nina said...

That is so cute! Good job!

Wool Free and Lovin' Knit said...

Adorable top, Dorothy, and love the color too. I'm sure your little girl just loves it!

Anne said...

Oh wow that's adorable!! Nice job :) I can't wait to get back to checking blogs more :D

km said...

So cute. And you remembered to take notes...that's a problem I have.