Lace Tanktop

Over a year ago I bought some lovely yarn by Juniper Moon Farm called Findley. It is 50% merino wool and 50% silk. It is also the thinnest yarn I have ever worked with. I originally bought two skeins of this yarn to make a lace cardigan I found in a book but eventually decided it was not right for me.

About three months ago I found another lace pattern that fit this yarn and am very excited to present my finished lace tank top.

I would have taken pictures of me wearing my new creation, but a few days ago I got my wisdom teeth pulled so I still look like an overstuffed chipmunk.

I found this pattern on Ravelry. If you are not on Ravelry already and you like to knit or crochet you really should be. I find it the easiest way to find great patterns. They have both free and pay patterns and pull from all over the web so you get a wide variety of styles. This pattern was free. You can find it on Ravelry's website or here on Artesan's website.

I liked this pattern because it didn't have any shaping which can be a pain when dealing with lace and can alter the pattern. Lace is generally even more stretchy than stocking stitch so it will accommodate curves better. Combine that with the fact that this thin yarn makes a lovely draping fabric and it all combines to make a really nice garment.

To add a little glitz I put beads running up both sides. This served to add interest as well as a kind of stitch marker that showed me where my sides where. There are two general ways to get beads into your knitting which are described in an article from Knitty. I used what they call the 'hook' method, but ended up just pulling the loop off with my fingers and shoving it through the bead, then placing the stitch back on my needle. I can't plan far enough ahead to do the stringing method.

Another alteration I did was to add about an inch to each side of the bottom. My hips are much wider than my middle and top so I thought it would be prudent to add a few stitches to give myself some breathing room. As you can see from the above photo I used extra beads to give it a decorative flare. Just because you are doing something utilitarian doesn't mean you can't make it pretty.

After a little practice the four row lace pattern was really easy to remember.

I had originally planned to knit some sleeves and sew them in although now that I look at it I like the top just they way it is. I will use my extra yarn (almost an entire skein) in another project. The moss stitch that makes up the top of the blouse was new to me but also really easy. I love it when a pattern uses really simple stitches and makes them look much more complicated than they are. It makes me look like I am a better knitter than I am.

So I really recommend both this pattern and this yarn. Both are beautiful and a pleasure to work with and I'm not even getting paid to say that about either one!

UPDATE
My face is no longer super swollen from my wisdom teeth extraction so here is a photo of me wearing my top. For reference, I knit the large size of this pattern and am wearing a black tank top underneath.