Thursday, August 12, 2010

Sugar tank in white

I started this simple little tank back in June when my boys were in swimming lessons and I was keeping myself busy while I waited in the heat. Then I worked on it here and there on car trips and doctor's waiting rooms. After my dr.'s appointment on Tuesday I decided the nurses probably think I get nothing accomplished, so finished it up quickly. Tada! Another knitted FO for 2010.

This pattern is called Sugar Tank, and is a free download from Ravelry.com. I knit it with Queensland Collection Sugar Rush yarn, made from sugar cane. Interesting, right?

This was NOT on my list of must-make items. I actually went in to my local yarn store for some lace weight non-scratchy yarn in white to make a summer cover-up with. The sales lady said, "Oh, look at this lovely new yarn made from sugar cane viscose. The drape is really great, and would look wonderful in the pattern you brought." Never mind the fact that I wanted lace weight and it is sport weight. So I let myself be talked into buying something other then what I went there to get, and the wrap I knit it into wasn't very lacy at all. Or I guess I should write half a wrap because it never was finished. This is partly why I'm only on my second knitted project for the year and it's already August.

I actually do really like this lacy tank top, and who can't use more white tops in their wardrobe? This was my first time making I-cords (used for the straps). How easy! What was I so intimidated about?! The only changes I made were to use size 4 needles for the lace portion and size 3's for the top. Also, I knitted 12 inches total for the lace portion and 6 inches for the top.

Here's a few close-ups so you can see the lace pattern:


I'm about to cut out the dress portion of a suit I've had planned for years. It's a very involved project so I probably won't have much to report on in the next few weeks.

20 comments:

  1. That is really feminine and pretty!!! I haven't knitted in awhile.

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  2. What a pretty top! I'm on my way to Ravelry to get the download. Have fun making the suit!!

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  3. Your cami is so wonderful! So delicate and pretty! It reminds me of St. Johns knits.

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  4. Beautiful knitting. It looks so intricate. Interesting the yarn is made from sugar cane viscose. It will look lovely on you!

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  5. Very delicate - I quite like this! I'm on my second sweater this year too - it just hasn't ever felt like sweater weather, and I'm having fun sewing!

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  6. It's really beautiful and feminine. I love it! :)

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  7. It's very pretty and delicate looking. Just perfect for layering.

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  8. Beautiful! And as you said, who can't use another white tank. Especially one as lovely as this one.

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  9. I'm in awe not only of your knitting skills, but that you can FIT a knitted garment. Beautiful work!

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  10. That is very nice. Delicate and sexy rolled into one.

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  11. What a beautiful top! I had to sign-in to my ravelry account and add this pattern to my favorites. You're knitting is so perfect!

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  12. So pretty and delicate. Will this be a spring piece or will you be able to wear it with a cardigan or jacket for fall?

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  13. Amber - I'm thinking it will probably be a year-around piece since it's thin and can easily be layered onto.

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  14. Lovely knit! I know you said you layer with it...but I have always wondered what looks good as the underneath part.

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  15. WOW Amanda, that's really goregous and I must try this one! Thank you so much for sharing, I love your work! I know how it is to find time to complete these type projects! I just posted my crochet project I should have completed last Christmas!! When you get a chance, stop by and see mine. Wonderful work on your part again! Thanks again for sharing!

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  16. Ooooh, I love your knitted top- it is so airy and pretty!

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  17. So pretty! Wow, not only are you a talented seamstress but you knit beautifully as well. Impressive!

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