wiksten tank (with sleeves)


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.


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.


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?


you shouldn’t look at your yarn while driving


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.