Ripping Off a Retailer

It’s not always cheaper to knit for myself. On the line graph of work experience to savings, knitting gets comparatively cheaper the longer I work. Yarn as a teenager was a pretty considerable expense in babysitting money compared to sweaters from Forever 21 that would disintegrate on the first wash. Now comparing decent yarn to Everlane and Club Monaco, I usually break even or save a little. So what I’m making isn’t human-shaped art anymore, but a somewhat-reasonable way to build a wardrobe.

So when I added a simple garter stitch tank to my cart with an enormous pair of red palazzo pants, I thought twice about it.

I could make that. My last sweater ate up (parts of) 9 skeins of yarn. And I didn’t want to buy eight teeny skeins of red pima cotton. So I decided to ditch the idea of exact duplication and instead stretch a bunch of partial skeins to the limit and make a sister for my abstract sweater.

Color Blocked Tank

Size: 2


Needles: US 6 – 4.0 mm


MC: Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Cosmopolitan, 3 skeins (225.0 yards, 5.29 ounces)

CC1: Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Serrano, 4 skeins (300 yards, 7.05 ounces)

CC2: Knit Picks Shine Worsted in Sky, 2 skeins (150 yards, 3.53 ounces)


11 stitches and 14 rows = 2 inches in ST


CO – Cast on

BO – Bind off

k2tog – Knit two together

SSK – Slip, slip, knit


CO 85 in MC

K in 1×1 rib for 2″

Knit until tank measures 10″, alternating between MC, CC1, and CC2.

Armpit Decreases

Rows 1 and 2: BO3, k to end, k2tog

Row 3: K3, SSK, k to last 5, k2tog, k3

Repeat row 3 until 49 stitches remain

Knit until tank measures 5.5″ in length. BO


Repeat steps in back until front measures 13.5″

Row 1: K6, BO to last 6, k to end

Slip right 6 stitches onto stitch holder

Left strap

Knit for 6″. BO

Right strap

Pick up 6 stitches from stitch holder

Knit for 6″. BO

Sew ends of both straps to top of back. Sew left and right sides together. Weave in ends.

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