Leaning Diamonds Tank
The smallest size of this delicate sport-weight tank with a central lace panel is made with just two balls of yarn. It will keep you cool, and it won’t break the bank!
Design by Patty Lyons
Centered Double Decrease (CDD): Slip next 2 sts as if to k2tog, k1, p2sso to dec 2 sts. Left Lifted Increase (LLI): Insert LH needle in top of st 2 rows below st on RH needle; knit the st. Right Lifted Increase (RLI): Knit into top of st (the purl bump) in the row below next st on LH needle. Refer to page 110 to learn these
Notes: A chart is provided for those pre
ferring to work pat st from a chart. When working flat, purl all WS (even
numbered) rows. Leaning Diamonds Lace (multiple of
6 sts + 4) Rnd 1: K2, *yo, k2tog, k1, yo, ssk, k1;
rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, k2tog. Rnd 2 and all even-numbered rnds:
Knit. Rnd 3: K2, *k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1;
rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rnd 5: K1, yo, *CDD, yo, k3, yo; rep
from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Rnd 7: K2, *yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to
last 2 sts, yo, ssk. Rnd 9: K2tog, yo, *k1, yo, ssk, k1,
k2tog, yo, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rnd 11: K4, *yo, CDD, yo, k3; rep from
* to end. Rnd 12: Rep Rnd 2. Rep Rnds 1–12 for pat.
Tank is worked in the round to armhole, then divided to work front and back flat. Gauge may be different when working in the round versus working flat. Swatch both flat and in the round (and block swatches) for more accurate gauges; change needle sizes if necessary.
Body Using long-tail cast-on (see page 107), cast on 192 (208, 224, 236, 252, 280) sts; pm for beg of rnd and join without twisting sts. Set-up rnd: [P34 (38, 42, 45, 46, 53), pm; p28 (28, 28, 28, 34, 34), pm; p34 (38, 42, 45, 46, 53), pm for side seam] twice, using beg-of-rnd marker for 2nd side-seam marker. Knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd, knit 1 rnd. Rnd 1: Knit to first marker; [work Leaning Diamonds Lace pat to next marker; knit to side-seam marker] twice. Work in established pat until piece measures 1 (1, 11/2, 11/2, 13/4, 21/2) inch(es). Shape Waist Dec rnd: [K4, k2tog, work in pat to 6 sts before side-seam marker, ssk, k4] twice—4 sts dec. Rep Dec rnd [every 4 (4,4, 4, 5, 5) rnds] 8 times—156 (172, 188, 200, 216, 244) sts. Work 8 (8,8, 8, 10, 12) rnds even. Inc rnd: [K4, RLI, work in pat to 4 sts before side-seam marker, LLI, k4] twice—4 sts inc. Rep Inc rnd [every 8 (8,8, 8, 7, 7) rnds] 5 times—180 (196, 212, 224, 240, 268) sts. Work even until piece measures 131/2 (131/2, 14, 14, 141/4, 141/2) inches, ending with an even-numbered rnd. Transfer last 90 (98, 106, 112, 120, 134) sts worked to holder for front; 90 (98, 106, 112, 120, 134) sts rem for back. Cut yarn. Back Shape Armhole With RS of back facing, rejoin yarn. Maintaining established pat and purling all WS rows, bind off 6 (7, 9, 10, 11, 14) sts at beg of next 2 rows— 78 (84, 88, 92, 98, 106) sts. Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, work to last
3 sts, k2tog, k1—2 sts dec. Rep Dec row [every RS row] 16 (18, 19, 19, 21, 24) times, ending with a RS row—44 (46, 48, 52, 54, 56) sts. Knit 3 rows.
Last row (RS): K3 and transfer to holder; bind off 37 (39, 41, 45, 47, 49) sts for back neck; transfer st on RH needle to LH needle, then k2tog, k2; transfer these 3 sts to holder. Cut yarn. Front With RS facing, transfer front sts to
needle and rejoin yarn. Work same as for back, but leave last
3 sts on needle. Do not cut yarn. Straps *Transfer 3 front sts to dpn; work I-cord (see page 110) for approx 4 inches; do not cut yarn. Pin end of I-cord to corresponding 3 back sts on holder and try on to check for length. Adjust I-cord length as necessary. Rep from * on other side. When straps are desired length, graft end of each I-cord to to 3 back sts on holder using Kitchener st (see page 110). Finishing Sew bound-off underarm edges tog. Weave in ends. Block to measurements.