I can already tell I’m going to get a lot of wear out of this tank top this summer! I absolutely love the color – the perfect shade of blue, in my opinion. The pattern is Athens, by Shellie Anderson for Shibui Knits. However, I used different yarns, which changed the gauge so much that I had to rewrite the entire pattern.
Yarn: Shibui Knits Lunar (60% extra fine merino / 40% mulberry silk) – 2 skeins (401 yds/ea) in color Blueprint
Shibui Knits Reed (100% linen) – 3 skeins (246 yds/ea) in color Blueprint
Needles: US 9s and US 7s (for the seed stitch border)
Size: M (to fit 36.5″ bust – finished dimension 39″ bust)
C/O 100 sts.
Work Rows 1 & 2 to 4.5” (instead of 5.5”)
Dec. a total of 5 times, every 12 rows
Work body to 15.5” (instead of 17.5”)
Armhole shaping: BO 6 sts on the first 2 rows (instead of 8); BO 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows; BO 1 st at beg of every row until you have 66 sts.
Work to length as specified in pattern.
Row 0 (RS): BO center 22 sts, leaving 22 sts rem on each shoulder
Row 1 (WS): Purl
Row 2: BO 5 sts, work to end
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: (first row of shoulder shaping) BO 3 sts, work to last 2 sts, turn
Row 5: Sl-GSR, purl to end
Row 6: BO 2 sts, work to 3 sts before previous turning point, turn
Row 7: Sl-GSR, purl to end
Row 8: BO 1 st, work to 3 sts before previous turning point, turn
Row 9: Sl-GSR, purl to end
Row 10: Knit to end. 11 sts rem.
Change as needed to comply with Right Back and Right/Left Front directions.
Also, after the top was seamed together, I used US 9s and picked up 2 out of every 3 sts around neck opening, then bound off on the next row. I did the same for the armholes, as well. I thought this gave it a nicer, more finished edging.
At this gauge, and with no sleeves to knit, the tank top flew off my needles – which might even convince me to knit a second one in a different color