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!