Layering Tank

I don’t usually knit much in the summer. Party because I live in Georgia and the heat and humidity create a small swamp wherever I set my hundreds of yards of wool – and partly because of my summer association with lacework. I have a prejudice against lacework that goes back 15 years to my sister learning to knit. She carved out a niche for herself pretty quickly as the delicate knitter – small gauges, delicate patterns, and lots and lots of lacework. I stuck to my chunky worsted finger puppets, avoiding anything I considered fiddly. But, I ordered a cute strappy tank top online to pair with some boyfriend jeans, and when it was tragically refunded I figured I make the top anyway.

For once, running out of yarn wasn’t as issue. I bought this Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in pink and blue in 2013 when I got my wisdom teeth taken out. And while I recovered, I bought and bought and bought it again to fund drugged projects I eventually frogged. But, waste not want not.

Blue Lace Layering Tank

Size: Women’s Small

Materials

Needles: US 4/3.5 mm and US 5/3.75 mm

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Bahama Blue, 4 skeins (764.0 yards)

Gauge

13 stitches and 19 rows = 2 inches
in ST – size 5 needles

Abbreviations

WS – wrong side

RS – right side

CN – cable needle

sl – slip

H2F – hold to front

H2B – hold to back

Back

CO 108 with size 4 needles

Rows 1-17: K in 1×1 rib

Rows 18, 20, and 22 (WS): K6, p to last 6, k6

Rows 19 and 21: Knit

Row 23: K6, *k3, sl2 onto CN, H2B, k1, k2 off CN, sl 1 onto CN, H2F, k2, k2 off CN, k3; repeat from * to last 6, k6

Repeat rows 20-23 until back measures 8.5″ from bottom of rib.

Knit for an additional 1/2″

BO

Front

Repeat steps in back pattern until front measures 9″ from bottom of rib, ending on WS row. Place stitch marker in middle of row.

Front Right

Row 1: K6, SSK, continue in established cable pattern to last 5 before stitch marker, K2tog, k6.

Remove marker. Place remaining stitches on stitch holder.

Row 2: K6, p to last 6, k6

Row 3: K6, SSK, continue in pattern to last 8, k2tog, k6

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 15 stitches remain, ending on WS row.

Row 1: K6, sl 1, K2tog, sl slipped stitch over decrease (2 stitches decreased), k6

Row 1 decrease

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: SSK, k to last 2, k2tog

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 5 stitches remain.

Knit until strap measures 9″.

BO

Front Left

Pick up stitches from stitch holder, plus an additional 6 behind front right.

Pick up 6 stitches behind right of top

Row 1: K6, SSK, continue in pattern to last 8, k2tog, k6

Row 2: K6, p to last 6, k6

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until 15 stitches remain, ending on WS row.

Row 1: K6, sl 1, K2tog, sl slipped stitch over decrease (2 stitches decreased), k6

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: SSK, k to last 2, k2tog

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until 5 stitches remain.

Knit until strap measures 9″.

BO

Sew tops of straps to the back of the tank top. Weave in tails.

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