Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Basalt Tank

Hello natural knitters! I finished the Basalt Tank:


Please pardon the too-dark, unflattering photo. I knit this in Jo Sharp Soho Summer, a basic DK-weight cotton. My row gauge was pretty off from the pattern, so I ended up knitting a larger size which ended up fitting perfectly (after a run through my dryer).

I made a number of modifications. First, I knit half-hexagons on the sides, rather than whole ones, because I know I'd never wear the thing with whole hexagons. I doubled up the garter stitch border at the neckline for decency - if you look at the model in the book, that sweater is fairly low-cut on her. I also mirrored the garter border at the bottom for some additional length.

The major modification I did was to add waist shaping. I highly recommend waist shaping to anyone knitting this sweater - it is very, very easy to add, and makes the garment much more flattering. All I did was to cast on fewer stitches at the side hexagon pieces, and then I spaced the decreases evenly as I knit the hexagon. Simple and effective. I only wish that I had added more shaping!

More info (including my struggles with garter stitch) here.

12 Comments:

At 12:14 AM, Blogger princesspumpkin said...

Good work on the alterations! As much as the side hexagons are a feature of the tank, I can't really see myself wearing it either.

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger Monika said...

I think it turned out wonderful! Much more wearable this way! Great job!

 
At 6:40 AM, Blogger Nopinkertons said...

Wow, that looks great! Though I love how it's written in the book, I may end up copying you--it is, indeed, much more wearable this way. Great work!

 
At 9:32 AM, Blogger Tiger Feet said...

wow, beautiful, wearable and so flattering! You are very talented, and did a great job.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Drea Renee said...

wow that turned out stunning! great alterations

 
At 9:57 PM, Blogger allegra918 said...

It looks great and I like the color!

 
At 2:15 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Wow, your basalt tank is so beautiful. This was one of the designs I immediately liked in the book but with the alterations you made it is even better.

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Grace said...

Your tank came out so beautifully. Your mods were great and the color is delicious.

 
At 7:52 AM, Blogger kelp! said...

Thanks so much for all the awesome comments!

 
At 6:41 AM, Blogger Seahorse said...

You made a superb job of that!

The original was a bit avant garde for me but your version looks so much easier to wear!

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger Knot Another Hat said...

Fantastic modifications - I can get inspired by those changes!

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger filambulle said...

So great I have actually started one last week - borrowing your idea! Thank you!
:)

 

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