Sunday, July 09, 2006

Pret a porter!

IK Lotus Blossom - it's done!
Originally uploaded by Sophie_vf.
It's ready to wear!

I am so glad I added the extra stockinette. I really didn't need the fifth lace repeat, as I needed more bra coverage than overall length. So, as suggested by Jacqui, and considering her warning that the front tends to pull up, I knit an extra inch of stockinette plus 12 short rows for the bust shaping. This worked out perfectly!

Like others, I absolutely hated picking up the armhole edging since it's such a small round to work ont, but at least it was over with quickly. It didn't roll too badly, and a light pressing with steam helped it stay in place. I also steam blocked the lace a bit so it would be more open. Not that I really want to show extra skin, but it draped more nicely and didn't bunch.

I'm really happy with the result and enjoyed knitting it. Thanks to everyone at the Lotus Blossom Tank KAL for tips, inspiring pics, and encouragement!

pattern: Interweave Knits summer 06
yarn: SWTC Bamboo, cobalt
size 5 and 6 Boye circulars

knit between...oh crap, I really can't keep track anymore. Probably three weeks, on and off?


Opal said...

The tank is gorgeous! It looks fabulous on you!

Abigale said...

It's beautiful! Great job, and the extra bra coverage (with short rows) really does work well. Wow, this is another pattern on my someday list - very very pretty.


Julesdaisy said...

Hello, I posted this on the other site, just hoping you may get a chance to answer my question about modifying the pattern :) The extra 12 short rows, is that added after the circular rows? Only on the front of the tank? I'm right at the point where I'm adding an extra inch of stoc. st, coming from a busty woman, I need all the help I can get!! :) Thank you!!!

Sophie_vf said...

Jules - I missed your original question, but if you're still around...

no, I did the 12 short rows while I was stil, theoretically, knitting in the round. I slipped the stitches for the back portion onto a spare needle, then knit back and forth on the front to do the short rows. Then, after the bust shaping was done, I resumed knitting in the round. I basically followed the directions given for the Shapely Tank at White Lies knitting, which explains the process very well.