Spring Rain

Col­ors dance across the fab­ric of the zigzag lace, mak­ing this the per­fect top for warmer spring days.

Creative Knitting - - “WE LOVE DREAMERS” DESIGN CHALLENGE LAVENDER LACE - DE­SIGN BY AMY GUN­DER­SON COUR­TESY OF UNIVER­SAL YARN

Gauge

14 sts and 20 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in Tides Lace pat. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Pat­tern Stitches

Note: A chart is pro­vided for those pre­fer­ring to work pat sts from a chart. Tides Lace (mul­ti­ple of 3 sts + 4) Rnd 1: K1, *k2­tog, yo, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 2 and all even-num­bered rnds: Knit. Rnd 3: K3, *k2­tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last st, k1. Rnd 5: K2, *k2­tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rnd 7: Rep Rnd 1. Rnd 9: Rep Rnd 3. Rnd 11: K1, *yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end. Rnd 13: K2, *yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rnd 15: K3, *yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to last st, k1. Rnd 17: Rep Rnd 11. Rnd 19: Rep Rnd 13. Rnd 20: Knit. Rep Rnds 1–20 for pat. When work­ing Tides Lace pat back and forth in rows, purl all WS rows.

Pat­tern Notes

Tank is worked in the round from the bot­tom up to the arm­holes, and then di­vided for front and back and worked in rows to the shoul­ders.

There is no arm­hole or neck shap­ing in this tank. The stretchy lace pat­tern and the drape of the yarn cause the shoul­ders to nat­u­rally fall into place. When work­ing chart in rows, even­num­bered rows are wrong­side rows and worked from left to right.

Body

Us­ing Twisted Ger­man Cast-On method (see page 112), cast on 114 (126, 138, 150, 162) sts, pm for beg of rnd and join, be­ing care­ful not to twist sts. Beg Pat Set-up rnd: P1, k55 (61, 67, 73, 79) for back, p1, pm, p1, k55 (61, 67, 73, 79) for front, p1. Next rnd: [P1, work Rnd 1 of Tides Lace in rnds to 1 st be­fore marker, p1, slip marker] twice.

Work even through Rnd 20 of pat, then rep [Rnds 1–20] 2 (2,2,3, 3) times, then rep [Rnds 1–10] 1 (1,1,0,0) time(s).

Place re­mov­able mark­ers on cen­ter front and back sts. Di­vide Front & Back Next row: Bind off 3 (6,6,9,9) sts, con­tin­u­ing in es­tab­lished Tides Lace pat, work to marked cen­ter st, join 2nd ball of yarn, ssk, work to next marker, place next 57 (63, 69, 75, 81) sts on holder or waste yarn for front.

Back

Next row (WS): Work­ing both sides at once with sep­a­rate balls of yarn, bind off 3 (6,6,9,9) sts, work to end—25 (25, 28, 28, 31) sts each shoul­der.

Be sure to choose a yarn that lends it­self well to drape. Plant fibers work best for this pat­tern. If us­ing a var­ie­gated yarn such as Alana (shown), try al­ter­nat­ing balls ev­ery round to avoid ob­vi­ous color pool­ing.

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