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Playing Reporter
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Playing Reporter

Ballet Camisole (Mimi's Bday Tank!)
Pattern: Magknits.com July 2006
Yarn: Phildar Reporter (4.5 balls) in Violet colorway
Designer: Alexandra @ Artisokka.com
Needles: Size US 5 circulars / Size: 36" (Medium)
Started July 2nd / Finished July 19th

Modifications: I used a smaller needle size to get gauge with this yarn. The pattern calls for a gathering in the bust, but I never got the right "look", so I left it as a scoop neck, which is an option in the pattern. I am happy with the plain front! I also picked up one row of stitches around the neck and armholes instead of using a crochet trim. I used a size 7 needle for the 1×1 rib row, and then bound off as usual. I tried the crochet edge, but prefered the look of the picked up stitches…  Perhaps if my crochet skills were a little more advanced, it would have looked better!

Modeled by my sister, Sarah – not the intended recipient sister! Unfortunately Mimi is moving and this will not get to her in time if I mail it now, so I am holding on to it until she is in her new place. Sarah and Mimi are about the same clothes size… Mimi has a little more of a… ahem… "top shelf", but the tank has some room. Sarah is also modeling my recently completed Rasta Hat… I guess I have to make her one now!

Happy (belated) birthday Mimi!

This was a great pattern! Alexandra has great insight into flattering female patterns, and the Ballet Camisole is a perfect go-to tank top pattern – knit one in every color! :) I love knitting in the round, and the shaping on the straps – perfect for hiding undergarments, and adds a nice little detail to make this tank unique. Now that Sarah tried it on, she wants one too… and I have to make one for myself as well! The Phildar yarn was a trade with Heather last January. When I got the yarn, I knew it would be just perfect for Mimi – her favorite color has always been purple. The Reporter yarn is a  DK weight washable wool/acrylic with a nice texture. It knit up well in the tank, and is not too hot to wear. The best part is that this tank can make a good transition into fall, and even winter with a long-sleeved tee or collared shirt underneath.

Another stashbusting project – so perfect for Summer of Stash and Project Spectrum purple!  Now I am hoping to work on my Trekking socks for the Summer of Socks (busy summer, eh?) before I cast on for my dream socks next month… can't wait! 

In unrelated (but completely riveting) news:  I got to see Coleen yesterday!  Her schedule has been so busy lately, I was glad to fit into it ;)   We went to historic Ellicott City, which is always a treat.  In our short time together, we took a lot of pictures in order to "christen" her new camera – nearly everthing purple on Main Street was captured! – there are even more to see on Coleen's Flickr page! (and mine too!)

Coleen and I became friends with the pirate.
It was the patch that did us in! :)


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60 Responses

  1. Ande

    Lollers, that tank and hat rock! Now I must go print out that pattern and make one. Immediately. So, uh, bye!

  2. Diane

    Love the tank–beautiful shape to it and color. Good knitting, as always!

  3. Wanda

    I love how that tank turned out! So cute! I’m sure Mimi will just love it. Great job and you cranked that one so quickly.

  4. Iris

    The tank looks absolutely fantastic! And I love the colour!

  5. kathy b

    Thanks for a wonderful pattern pass on. The fit is so flattering and lovely.

    Im having a 500th post contest, so come on over and play if you like. It is easy.

  6. Isabelle

    I LOVE that Ballet Camisole! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mimi! :)

    Isabelle aka Tricotine

  7. Jenn

    Lolly! Look at Amy Singer’s column in the new Interweave Knits, you’re in it! Congrats!

    LOVE that tank, the color is gorgeous! It looks great with the hat.

  8. Sue

    That ballet cami is gorgeous, and looks so great on your sister too, and I love the hat also. Maybe you need to make 2 purple camis. Your knitting always looks so great, and I am sure that Mimi will love her gift.

  9. KnitPastis

    I love the ballet camisole better this way without the scrunch in the middle. Beautiful! Your sis is so cute!

  10. heather

    I love the ballet cami…it’s a perfect match with the yarn and the recipient!

    what a great gift! hand knits!

    I love that the yarn went to someone who is as fab as your sis!

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