Modern Garden Tank,
Embroidered floral motifs in a modern color palette take center stage in this stylish summer staple.
Woman’s small (medium, large, X-large) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Chest: 37 (411/2, 451/2, 493/4) inches Length: 231/4 (241/4, 241/2, 25) inches
• Plymouth Yarn Cleo (DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton; 125 yds/50g per hank): 6 (7,8, 9) hanks white #0100 (A); 1 hank each driftwood #0115 (B) and solar #0110 (C) (for embroidery) • Size 6 (4mm) 36-inch circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge • Spare needle for 3-needle bind-off • Stitch markers in 3 colors
19 sts and 30 rnds/rows = 4 inches/ 10cm in St st, blocked. 20 sts and 33 rnds/rows = 4 inches/ 10cm in garter st, blocked. To save time, take time to check gauge.
Tank is worked in the round from the hem to the armholes, at which point the back and front are separated and worked flat.
Use different-color stitch markers to mark side seams, center stitches and garter stitch sections.
Lower front features a center column of garter stitch fabric that is flanked by stockinette sections.
A garter stitch triangle is begun in center of lower back and expands until it joins the front garter stitch column; when this triangle reaches the front, begin the round with garter stitch instead of stockinette stitch.
Front and back yokes include wide nested “V’s” formed by garter and stockinette stitch (see photos).
Stockinette stitch sections are embroidered after the garment is complete. Work embroidery stitches loosely to avoid distorting the knitted fabric.
Work side-seam decreases as follows: [K1, ssk] after side-seam markers and [k2tog, k1] before side-seam markers.
Work armhole decreases as follows: Right-side rows: [k3, ssk] at beginning of row and [k2tog, k3] at end; wrong-side rows: [k3, ssk] at beginning of row and [k2tog, k3] at end.
Work neck decreases as follows: [K1, k2tog] at beginning of row and [ssk, knit 1] at end.
Body With A, cast on 100 (110, 120, 130) front sts, pm for side seam, cast on 100 (110, 120, 130) back sts, pm for side seam/ beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twists sts—200 (220, 240, 260) sts.
Work 6 rnds in garter st (purl 1 rnd; knit 1 rnd). Lower Body Patterning Note: Read entire section because patterning instructions and shaping instructions are worked simultaneously. Set-up rnd: Front: K38 (41, 44, 49), pm for beg of garter st column, p12 (14, 16, 16), pm (center marker), p12 (14, 16, 16), pm for end of garter st column, knit to side-seam marker; back: k49 (54, 57, 62), p1 (1,3, 3), pm for center back, p1 (1,3, 3), knit to end of rnd. Note: The purl sts on either side of the center back marker are the beg of the garter st triangle that will expand on both sides around to the front. Next rnd: Knit. Pat rnd: Knit to first front marker; p24 (28, 32, 32) for garter st column; knit to 2 sts before first purl/garter st; purl to 2 sts past last purl/garter st; knit to end of rnd. Next rnd: Knit.
Rep last 2 rnds until all back sts are worked in garter st, then continue expanding garter st triangle on front until it merges with front garter st column. Note: When garter st triangle shifts to front, purl at beg of Pat rnd as necessary to continue expanding triangle. When garter st triangle and front column merge, remove first and 3rd front markers.
Work 8 (6,4, 2) rnds in garter st, ending with a knit rnd.
At the same time, dec 1 st on each side of side-seam markers starting on 8th rnd (the knit rnd before Pat rnd) then [every 18 rnds] 5 times—176 (196, 216, 236) sts. Upper Body Patterning Continuing decs at side-seam markers as necessary, create center St st triangle on front and back as follows: Rnd 1: Purl to 1 (1,2, 2) st(s) before center front marker, k2 (2,4, 4), purl to 1 (1,2, 2) st(s) before center back marker, k2 (2,4, 4), purl to end. Rnd 2: Knit. Rnd 3: [Purl to 2 sts before first knit st, knit to 2 sts past the last knit st, purl to side seam marker] twice.
Continuing to expand center St st triangles by 2 sts each side, rep Rnds 2 and 3 until piece measures 16 (161/2, 161/2, 163/4) inches at center front, ending 5 (5,6, 6) sts before end of a Rnd 3. Division rnd: Removing side-seam markers as you come to them, bind off 10 (10, 12, 12) underarm sts, knit to 5 (5, 6, 6) sts before side marker, bind off 10 (10, 12, 12) sts, knit to end—78 (88, 96, 106) sts each front and back.
Transfer front sts to holder or waste yarn. Back Note: Read entire section because patterning instructions and shaping instructions are worked simultaneously. Shape Armholes Note: Continue in established garter st and expanding St st triangle pat by knitting all RS rows and purling 2 more sts before/after triangles on WS rows.
Bind off 2 (2,2, 3) sts at the beg of next 6 (8,8, 8) rows—66 (72, 80, 82) sts.
Dec 1 at armhole edges [every row] 2 (3,3, 3) times, then [every RS row] 2 (3,4, 3) times—58 (60, 66, 70) sts. Yoke Patterning At the same time, when armholes measure 11/2 (13/4, 2, 13/4) inches, ending with a RS row, work pat as follows: Row 1 (WS): K4, purl to 1 (1,2, 2) st(s) before center marker, k2 (2,4, 4), purl to last 4 sts, k4. Row 2: Knit. Row 3: K4, purl to 3 (3,4, 4) sts before center marker, k6 (6,8, 8), purl to last 4 sts, k4.
Continue to knit all RS rows and to expand the center garter st “V” by 2 sts each side on all WS rows until no purl sts rem, then work remainder of garment in garter st.
Shape Neck At the same time, work even at armhole edges until armholes measure 41/4 (43/4, 41/2, 43/4) inches, ending with a WS row, then shape neck as follows: Division row (RS): K18 (19, 21, 23), join 2nd ball of yarn and bind off 22 (22, 24, 24) sts, knit to end.
Working both sides at once with separate balls of yarn, dec 1 st at each neck edge [every RS row] 4 (4,5, 6) times—14 (15, 16, 17) sts each shoulder.
Work even until armholes measure 71/4 (73/4, 8, 81/4) inches, ending with a WS row.
Transfer shoulder sts to holder. Front With WS facing, rejoin yarn at armhole edge.
Shape armholes and work yoke patterning same as for back until armholes measure 31/4 (33/4, 31/2, 33/4) inches, ending with a WS row. Shape front neck same as for back. Work even until armholes measure same as for back, ending with a WS row. Finishing Join shoulders using 3-needle bind-off (see page 111). Weave in ends. Block to finished measurements. Embroidery Using diagram and the tutorial, Simply Embroidered, on page 39 as guides, embroider leaves and berries design in the St st sections of tank as follows: With straight st and B, embroider leaves. With stem st and B, embroider stems. With satin st and C, embroider berries.