you know prickly pear fruit? It appeals but keeps you away, after
all it’s sweet and agreeably colored…it loves
sun and tastes of summer…just like my prickly-girl!
This pattern was knitted during summer holidays
in a lonely country
spot in Puglia (south Italy), where I have experienced a simple
contact with nature without any technological intermediation.
It has a wild appeal, and time flows naturally. You wake up without
clock alarm at daybreak, and watch the stars before going to sleep.
It is so simple as you can imagine, bright sun, impressive olive
groves, deep blue sea and white masonry houses. This tank reminds
me of that simple world.
I intended to knit a summer tank with a cool and fresh style, that
could fit a girl who isn’t a child any longer and not yet
a miss, so pattern details are partly naïf like flowers, and
partly grownup, like the zig zag side motif. Sabrina really loves
model: Sabrina photos: Cristiana Brenna
Child's 4[6, 8, 10] (shown in size 10
|Chest: 22[25, 26.5, 28] inches|
Note: Chest measurement given with ribbing contracted. Will stretch 2-2.5 inches.
Length: 10.25[11.25, 13.5, 15] inches
| [MC] Lana Gatto Jaipur [100% Egyptian cotton; 109yd/100m per 50g skein]; color: #3753 Red; 3 skeins (approx. 2.5[2.5, 3, 3] skeins are used)|
[CC] Small amount white cotton DK or sportweight yarn
1 set US 4/3.5mm straight needles
1 3mm crochet hook (Note:
3mm crochet hook is between US C/2 and US D/3 in size)
|22 sts/32 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch|
[Knitty's list of standard abbreviations and techniques can be found here]
for grafting can be found here.
(Also called Reverse Single Crochet):
Tutorial with photos and a video can be found here.
for basic crochet stitches can be found here.
Sc: Single crochet
st: Slip stitch
Hdc: Half-double crochet
Dc: Double crochet
Tr: Treble crochet
*Using MC, CO 65[74, 78, 82] sts.
K 2 rows.
Row 1 [RS]: K3, p1[2, 2, 2], k2, p1[1, 2, 2], k2, p1[1, 1, 2], k45[52, 54, 56], p1[1, 1, 2], k2, p1[1, 2, 2], k2, p1[2, 2, 2], k3.
Row 2 [WS]: K1, p2, k1[2, 2, 2], p2, k1[1, 2, 2], p2, k1[1, 1, 2], p45[52, 54, 56], k1[1, 1, 2], p2, k1[1, 2, 2], p2, k1[2, 2, 2], p2, k1.
These 2 rows set pattern for Front.
Continue in pattern as set until work measures 6.25[6.75, 8.25, 9] inches, ending with a WS row.
BO 10[11, 12, 13] sts at beginning of next 2 rows. 45[52, 54, 56] sts.*
Work in stockinette st
until work measures 7.5[8.25, 10, 11] inches, ending
with a RS row.
1 [WS]: P7[8, 8, 9], k31[36, 38, 38], p7[8, 8, 9].
Row 2 [RS]: K all sts.
Row 3 [WS]: P7[8, 8, 9], slip sts just worked to st holder for right strap; BO 31[36, 38, 38] sts, p to end.
Work remaining 7[8, 8, 9] sts in stockinette st until work measures 10.25[11.25, 13.5, 15] inches. Break yarn and slip sts to st holder.
Replace 7[8, 8, 9] held sts on needle with RS facing and rejoin yarn. Work as for left strap.
Work as for Front from * to *.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 8.5[9.5, 11.25, 12.5] inches, ending with a RS row.
Work Neckline and Straps as for Front. When each strap is complete, graft its live sts to held sts of the corresponding front strap.
Crocheted Flower (Make 2):
Make a ring of yarn around 2 fingers, with working yarn (length of yarn which leads to ball) leading off to right, from top of ring. Insert crochet hook into this ring and pull up a loop, then ch 1.
Round 1: Work 10 sc in ring, pull short yarn tail to tighten ring, sl st in first sc to join.
2: Ch 1, sc in first sc, ch 3, skip next sc, [sc in next sc, ch 3, skip next sc] 4 times, sl st in first sc to join. Break MC, draw through last st and pull tight.
3: Using CC, [sl st in sc, (hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc) in ch-3 sp] 5 times, sl st in initial sl st to join. Break CC, draw through last st and pull tight.
|Using crochet hook and MC, sc in side front edge at underarm.|
Ch 3, and sc in side back edge at underarm.
**Ch 3, sc in side front edge, 4 rows below last sc.
Ch 3, sc in side back edge, 4 rows below last sc.
Repeat from ** until you have reached the lower edge of each piece. Break yarn, draw through last st and pull tight.
Join remaining side in the same away.
Work 1 row of Crab Stitch around neckline and armhole edges.
Sew flowers to straps as shown in photo.
Weave in all ends.
Italian and lives in Turin where she works as a structural engineer,
designing bridges and buildings, and knitting projects for her family.
She discovered an army of knitters around the world, needles in hand,
having fun, and now feels herself such a soldier too. She truly believes
that the world-wide-web is made of yarn, a long virtual thread that
binds us all. She blogs here.
|Pattern & images © 2007 Cristiana. Contact ||