It’s spring here in D.C., and it’s time to think about summer knits. I have a long queue for winter, but I am needing some immediate gratification. Katherine has been asking for a tank for a couple months now, which is exactly the kind of quick but complex project I need. So, off to Ravelry I went to find a sleeveless top to knit in cotton or linen. As usual, there are so many choices, but we were able to narrow it down to 6.
Top left is Auger, by Pam Allen of Quince & Co. I love her use of garter stitch and the detailed split hem in this casual tank. Top right is the elegant Ginger by Kim Hargreaves from Rowan: The Summer Tweed Collection. Middle left is Quince & Co., Amalia, designed by Pam Allen. This is such a graceful top that could really go from casual to dressy. Middle right is the classically designed Square by Shellie Anderson from Shibui Knits SS15. This tank has such an interesting contemporary feel to it with the paneling on the side. Looks like we have a theme here, with the bottom left, also a Quince & Co. pattern, Annex, designed by Norah Gaughan. Norah is such a creative genius on unique construction, and this top is a great example of her artistry. All of these were such strong contenders, and are staying on our queue for summer tanks for future projects.
The tank she ended up choosing though was from Classic Knits by Erika Knight (featured above), a book that I have had for years. The subtitle is 15 Timeless Designs to Knit and Keep Forever which certainly is true since we are using one of the patterns thirteen years after publication. The pattern is called the Cotton Camisole and it has such a delicate quality with her use of decreasing with an eyelet stitch. We chose Rowan’s Summerlite 4 ply cotton yarn which is soft to the touch. I can see knitting quite a few things from this book of beautiful designs. Oh, if I only I could knit all the things!