wiksten tank (with sleeves)

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I got the amazing idea from Kristina to make a top out of the Wiksten tank by adding the sleeves from the Tova top (you can see her’s here).  I can’t quit it with these Wiksten patterns, I end up using them over and over again when I have a fabric I love and want to showcase a great pattern with a simple silhouette.

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However, I probably picked the wrong fabric.  If you look at the neckline at my right shoulder, can you see how stiff it is?  Here, I’ll show you.

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This fabric is far too stiff and it would have looked better in something with more drape, but I LOVE the pattern on this fabric, and well, I didn’t have enough of it for anything else!  I started off picturing a pencil skirt, which the fabric would have been more suited for, then thought maybe I have enough for a 3/4 sleeve top, then nope, I barely had enough for these little sleeves!  I bought the fabric, already cut, at Billy Goat Vintage in Portland, OR (AWESOME store, I also bought my wedding ring there).

So, I ended up here with a stiff shirt in a great pattern (in my opinion).  I debated removing the sleeves and changing it to the original tank because I think it would help with the awkward neckline, but we’ll see.

For those who are wondering about adding sleeves, I had the tank pattern piece pinned to the fabric, but for the armholes, I laid the Tova pattern piece over it.  I think I lined it up with the shoulder, but for some reason it seemed that I had to line the front with the center fold, but the back I lined up with the side seams.  I don’t know why, but that worked.  For the sleeves themselves, I just cropped them at about 3 1/2″ from the armhole, similar to my short-sleeved Tova.  I kinda wish I had made them even shorter, like Kristina’s, and with a more narrow hem, but I think this fabric is just too thick for a narrow hem.

I don’t know.  B minus?

 

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you shouldn’t look at your yarn while driving

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Good Lord, the day I come home with this yarn I probably came close to driving off the road ten times because I couldn’t stop looking at this yarn.  What a DORK.  I was obsessing over the colors, to be specific.  I had a soon-to-expire groupon to A Tangled Skein and spent about an hour marching around the shop to find the perfect yarn for a gray sweater.  Blah.  Nothing was what I  wanted, but I’m still not sure how that turned into me pairing pea green and sky gray-blue together.  I could not get over how perfect I thought this was.

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Unfortunately, I hadn’t figured out how to translate that into a pattern I liked…  I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that all I came up with was stripes.  Had I planned a little more, I probably would have gotten more of one and less of another and knitted a fair isle sweater.  Or colorblocked.  There was a lot of swatching going on.

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Project page here.  I used the formula from the Incredible Custom-Fit Raglan to figure out the number of stitches to cast on, then improvised from there.  I added some overlap and buttons on the cuffs and collars – I’m not entirely thrilled with the collar but I like it best with the scarf over it anyways.

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Let’s talk about jogless stripes (non-knitters, you may glaze over right about now).  I used this technique [correction: wrong link!  I don’t know about that technique, but THIS is the one I used and it is very simple.  Sorry for the confusion!] and I’m pleased with the lack o’ jog, but as you can see below, despite blocking, you can see the beginning of the round travel in a diagonal across my sweater.  However, that part you see is the worst of it – I learned not to carry the unused yarn in the back of the stitch I’m knitting – it makes the stitch too tight and hence the visibility of the diagonal.  Did I go back and fix that part?  Of course not.  Knit on!

OK non-knitters, you can come back now.

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These pictures were taken right after the first sunrise of 2013 in Portland, Maine (another Portland I adore), just like Baltimore 2012 and Naragansett 2011!  I think it gets better every year.

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