Urban Tank – Spring TTT KAL

Just making it in under the wire!  Luvinthemommyhood’s Spring Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL is coming to an end tonight so it’s time to write up my finished sweater!  I opted for Veera’s Urban tank using some Madeline Tosh merino light in Tart (!) that has been languishing in my stash since last spring.  This the very first Tosh yarn that I bought (last year at the knitters frolic) but I had only two skeins, which is a little limiting.  I’m happy I held off using it though as I think it works really well for this pattern!

There is not too much to say on this one.  I did narrow the neckline a bit in an attempt to keep this sweater on my shoulders!  I have narrow shoulders and was worried that the top as written would constantly be sliding around.  The details are described here on my ravelry page (what I can remember!  I didn’t keep track as I usually do!).  I increased the front panels every 8 rows and the back panels every 6 rows.  This left me short a few stitches when I joined everything in the round but I just modified my decreases so that at the end of my waist shaping I had the correct number of stitches.  Or something like that!  I have a sneaking suspicion that I actually did an increase round or two after joining in the round but short of pulling off my sweater and counting stitches, I can’t be sure!  This is what happens when I take bad notes!  I was a little bored knitting this one so I’ll blame my laziness on that!

urban angledurban front 2

urban back front close-up

I’m quite pleased with how this sweater turned out. I’m happy to report that the neckline stays put!  This sweater was a little short as I ran out of yarn but blocking helped immensely.  The buttons I chose might be a bit heavy as they seem to be pulling the neckline back a bit but that’s easy enough to change if it bothers me.  As an aside to anyone considering this sweater…  feel free to skip the buttonholes on the shoulder!  This easily fits over my head and I can’t ever see an occasion where I might bother undoing the buttons.

shoulder close-up

Now go forth and knit!  It may not be the most exciting pattern to work on but it is clear and well written (as all of Veera’s patterns are) and the finished sweater is lovely and wearable!

sara shivering

I was shivering like crazy! Not the warmest Toronto afternoon!


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Spring Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL update

Hello!  Sorry for the silence but I’m happy to report that my grant is finished and submitted!  It’s always such a relief to get these things off!  Anyway, as mentioned previously (and not so briefly!), I’ve been participating in a few Spring related knitalongs (KALs).  I’ve finished two pieces (an accessory and a sweater) for a KAL that the very amazing knitwear designer JOJI was hosting in March and April.  I’ll post about those in the next day or two as I still need to bribe a friend into taking some pictures!  In the meantime, an update on the Spring Tops, Tanks and Tees KAL that Shannon (of luvinthemommyhood ) is hosting…

I had a late start, in part due to work related deadlines but also because I wanted to double up on this one and take part in the Madeline Tosh MadMay KAL as the yarn I chose is the tosh merino light in Tart.  I cast Urban on on Saturday and it’s coming together quickly (I started the hip increases last night).  I did make quite a few modifications to the front and back bodice pieces to remove some of the ease built into the pattern.  I have narrow shoulders and I thought this one would constantly be slipping off and driving me nuts!  As always, Thao713 came to the rescue and I roughly followed the modifications she outlined on ravelry (my ravelry notes can be found here ).  All in all, this is another straightforward and well written pattern by Veera.  Compared to some of the other finished objects I have seen for this KAL, my version of Urban is pretty unexciting but I do think it will be simple and something I will wear often.

urban progress 1

urban progress 2

While I had some very grans plans at the start of this KAL, my late start has pretty much put an end to that.  I should have no problems finishing my Urban on time and since some lovely linen arrived for Hélène, I’m going to try and get this one done as well.  I love, love, LOVE this sweater!  Or at least I love it on everyone else!  I have a sneaking suspicion that I should have chosen something with a little colour but the natural yarn is so lovely that I couldn’t resist!  I’m already excited for this project when I look at my tiny little swatch!

helene swatchswatch

This sweater has a couple of firsts for me.  My first time knitting with linen.  I’ve been knitting a sleep sack for a friends baby using cotton and I am not a fan but I’m hoping that the lace in this pattern will help alleviate my major issues with plant based fibres (e.g. getting consistent stitches and an elastic fabric when knitting straight stockinette).  Knitting the swatch was not too bad.  The yarn is much stiffer than I am used to with wool but everyone assures me that it will soften up with washing!  It’s also my first time seaming a sweater.  Well, knitting the front and back separately as there is no actual seaming in this pattern (use a 3 needle bind-off instead).  I’m also a little concerned about the width of the neckline (see above comments about narrow shoulders).  I haven’t looked at the pattern closely yet but I may modify this slightly.  Will see…

Well, hopefully when I next blog about this KAL I’ll have some FO to share!

As an aside, the Wool People 5 collection by Brooklyn Tweed is out!  Check it out if you haven’t already!  As always, there some awesome patterns to chose from!


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