New Shop Sample

Shapely Tank in JeanneeAll of my knitting time these days is devoted to making shop samples. There's nothing that's more helpful to you, as the customer, than being able to touch and feel a knitted up garment, and nothing more helpful to me than being able to tell you how a yarn feels in the knitting, what I'd do differently, whether a pattern has pitfalls, and so on.

This pattern is the Shapely Tank Top from Joan McGowan-Michael's White Lies Designs. Joan's calling card is her mastery of feminine fit, and although this is a very simple design, it is no exception. The bottom hem uses short rows for a rounded shaping, there are nicely placed (but optional) waist shaping decreases and increases, and optional instructions for using short rows to do bust shaping. The finishing is very straightforward--you seam the shoulders, then pick up stitches for the neckline border, knit a garter stitch border, then do the same for the armholes, then seam up the sides.

To make the 36" size, I used about 4.5 skeins of Plymouth Jeannee in color 53, a vibrant tangerine. After finishing the garment, I tested the machine-washability of the yarn, by sending it through my front load machine in warm water with other lightweight garments, and then tumble drying it on medium. The fiber content of this yarn is about half cotton and half acrylic, and while I am normally *very* careful with acrylic and heat, I decided to take a chance and subject it to "oops I forgot" conditions. It survived nicely. I knit the sample on #6 needles for the body, and switched to #4s for the borders.

Pleasant knitting, and this is a time-tested pattern. Take a look next time you stop in!