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Tranquil Tank Top Knit-Along -- Knitting on the Flip Side!

Note: This is the fifth installment of our Spring 2013 Knit-Along. To view previous posts, click here.

KAL badgeLast week, I finished the left front of the Tranquil Tank Top and this week I have knitted the right side. I really like how this pattern immediately proceeds to the opposite side of the fronts. The right front is the side that is on the outside and is completely worked from stitches that are part of the ribbing. For the left side, I had to cast on stitches, and although these cast on stitches may appear a little loose or uneven, there are no worries as the cast on edge of the left front will be sewn down and hidden on the inside:

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Many times I see patterns where the instructions for the second part of a front states to work same as the first side, but in reverse. That can be confusing since the shaping, cables and lace pattern are all done in “reverse”. One of the great things about this pattern is that the chart shows exactly what to do for both sides by including separate charts for the left and right fronts. The right side is truly a “mirror image” of the left side with all shaping, lace and cables done in the opposite direction. The cables on the left front were worked with the cable needle held in the back, whereas the cables for the right front are worked with the cable needle held in the front. The right-slanting lace on the left side were worked with a yarn-over before a ssk decrease and the left-slanting lace on the right side is just the opposite… a knit 2 together (k2tog) decrease before a yarn-over. The fronts are truly reflections of each other. As I was getting near the top of the right side I was realizing just how pretty this top is going to turn out.

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So, have I done anything differently on the front? I found the only thing I changed was to work two more rows of each front so that a last cable was complete once more to “pull in” that shoulder just a little and to finish that rope twist appearance all the way to the top of the shoulder. Other than that, this pattern was a joy to follow and I am ready to finish! How are your projects coming along? Did you make any adjustments?

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  • Grace Jones

    Adorable! I haven't started mine yet because I've been busy, but this is definitely on my list for later in the summer.

  • Janet

    I started with the front because I knew I could do the back quickly. On the right front I bound off the 4 stitches for the armhole on row 26 since row 25 was worked from right to left. I should start the back tomorrow. However, I notice that the ribbing on the front begins and ends with 2 knit stitches. The back is written the same, so when it is seamed there will be four knit stitches together. Wouldn't it be better to do the back ribbing (in my case) starting and ending with 2 purls so that the ribbing pattern flows around the bottom correctly. I love what I have done so far and am looking forward to wearing this to my future daugther-in-law's wedding shower next weekend.

  • Wanda

    I did the 2 extra rows at the top also. The only 'issue' was in the chart for the right front the bind off for underarm appeared to be at the end of the knit row and that didn't see to work, so I bound off those stitches on the row before.

  • Sharyn

    I just finished the back, and so far, so good. . .I'm not sure what to expect doing the front, as those techniques are all new to me, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and doing this knit-along so that I'll have help if I need it.
    As for adjustments, I added three inches to the ribbing, for a total of 12 inches in a size L before moving on to the stockinette, because I'm tall (5'11") with all my "extra" height in my torso, and nothing is ever long enough for me (other than in tops I've sewn for myself, I feel like I'm always doing "the tug down") Other tall women out there might want to add the extra, too, because holding it up against myself I can see that it's still just barely long enough....if i was starting over I'd add another inch or two, even.

  • Jeannie Otterness

    I just finished the knitting! Now I need to block it and put it together! It really turned out cute and worked up so quickly that I want to do another one, this time with the Cotton Ease. Thanks, I had a lot of fun working on this project!

  • Knitting Lefty

    I knit lefty...I always avoid patterns like this. Any suggestions other than tranquilizers?

  • Mary Ely

    I have finished mine and I am very pleased with the outcome. Thank you so much.

  • Mary Ely

    I forgot to mention that I finished off the neckline and armholes by doing a row of picot edge in crochet, I love the result.

  • Wendy Goldner

    Thank you for the beautiful pattern. I am not a good KAL knitter, to impatient. Finished the top in the first week, Love it.

  • Sandy

    I've finished the knitting and am ready to block and put together. I'm holding off till your next blog, because this always seems to be where I have the most trouble, and I end up with a less than thrilling result. Please give us all the tips & tricks you can to finish this off beautifully!

  • Karen

    Will adding the additional rows to the front cause trouble when matching up the front and back for seaming?

  • Marilyn

    Left front finished - finally! Lots of problems related to that BO with rows 24-25. Wish that would have been clear on the pattern because I wasted lots of time ripping yesterday. Turned out OK once I got it.

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  • Suzanne Desrosiers Smith

    Finished mine. It's a tad bigger than I need but the smaller needles and a smaller size came out TOO small.

  • Marilyn

    Finished last Thursday and wore it Friday -- lots of compliments. :) I think I'll make another for a gift.