Ber­tram Tank

Di­ag­o­nal stripes cre­ate a slim­ming ef­fect and dis­tinc­tive de­sign on this garter stitch tank that is suit­able for dress­ing up or down.

Creative Knitting - - CONTENTS - De­sign by Mar­garet Holz­mann

Gauge

25 sts and 48 rows = 4 inches/10cm in garter st. To save time, take time to check gauge.

Spe­cial Ab­bre­vi­a­tion

Purl in front, back and front (pfbf): Purl in front, in back, then in front of st—2 sts inc.

Spe­cial Tech­nique

Pro­vi­sional Cast-On: Us­ing waste yarn and cro­chet hook, make a chain a few sts more than the num­ber of sts to be cast on. With knit­ting nee­dle and project yarn, pick up and knit in back bump of each chain un­til re­quired num­ber of cast-on sts is on nee­dle (see page 81). When in­di­cated in pat­tern, “un­zip” the cro­chet chain to free live sts.

Pat­tern Notes

The back and front are worked sep­a­rately. Stitches for the straps are picked up on the up­per front edge and sewn to the up­per back edge.

The front and back of the tank are worked the same, mod­u­larly. The gar­ment be­gins with a mitered square at the cen­ter-top of the tank. New sec­tions are added by pick­ing up stitches along a sel­vage edge or by pro­vi­sion­ally cast­ing on new stitches.

Re­fer to di­a­gram for or­der of knit­ting and lo­ca­tion of picked-up and cas­ton stitches.

“Right” and “left” re­fer to edges of fab­ric as it faces you with up­per por­tion of gar­ment at top (as shown in di­a­gram), not the right and left sides as worn.

Cen­ter and lower sec­tions are worked in 4-row (2-ridge) garter stripes. Carry yarn not in use up side edge. To make a tidy edge, twist the 2 yarns be­fore start­ing the 3rd row (2nd ridge) of a stripe.

The writ­ten in­struc­tions in­clude ref­er­ences to points, which are de­noted by cap­i­tal let­ters A to J on the di­a­gram. Ar­rows in­di­cate the di­rec­tion of knit­ting.

Tank Front

Cen­ter Mitered Square Make 2 cro­chet chains, each at least 65 (67, 70, 76, 80) sts long. Row 1 (RS): Us­ing CC as a con­tin­u­ous strand, pro­vi­sion­ally cast on 62 (64, 67, 73, 76) sts in 1 chain and 61 (63, 66, 72, 75) sts in 2nd chain—123 (127, 133, 145, 151) sts.

With RS fac­ing, pm in last st of first chain to mark cen­ter st. Note: Move cen­ter marker up 1 ridge af­ter ev­ery RS row;

there should al­ways be an equal num­ber of sts on ei­ther side of the marked cen­ter st. Row 2 and all WS rows: Knit. Row 3 (RS): Knit to 1 st be­fore cen­ter st, sk2p, knit to end of row—121 (125, 131, 143, 149) sts. Row 4: Rep Row 2.

Rep [Rows 3 and 4] 58 (60, 63, 69, 72) times, mak­ing color changes ev­ery 4 rows (2 ridges) at beg of RS row. Carry al­ter­nate color along sel­vage and do not cut—5 sts.

Make point as fol­lows: Row 1 (RS): K1, sk2p, k1—3 sts. Row 2 (WS): Knit. Row 3: Sk2p—1 st.

Cut and tie off. Lower Left & Right Sec­tions With RS fac­ing, us­ing CC and beg at A on di­a­gram, pick up and knit 63 (65, 68, 74, 77) sts along edge be­tween A and B (ap­prox 1 st in each ridge) for left sec­tion, 1 st at the tie-off point for mitered square (B) and 63 (65, 68, 74, 77) sts along edge be­tween B and D for right sec­tion— 127 (131, 137, 149, 155) sts.

Pm in st 64 (66, 69, 75, 78) to mark cen­ter st. Note: Move marker up 1 ridge to new cen­ter st af­ter work­ing each RS row. Next row (WS): Knit, ad­just­ing st count as nec­es­sary and en­sur­ing that there are the same num­ber of sts on ei­ther side of the cen­ter st. Row 1 (Inc, RS): Knit to marked cen­ter st, pfbf, knit to end—129 (133, 139, 151, 157) sts. Row 2 and all WS rows: Knit.

Rep [Rows 1 and 2] 11 (19, 19, 19, 19) times, work­ing al­ter­nat­ing 4-row stripes in CC and MC, chang­ing col­ors ev­ery other RS row—151 (171, 177, 189, 195) sts. Size Small Only Pm at beg and end of pre­vi­ous row for points C and F (see di­a­gram).

Work 11 more ridges (22 rows) and dec 1 st at beg and end of ev­ery RS row and con­tinue to inc 2 sts at cen­ter as be­fore, end­ing on a WS row—no st count change. Size Medium Only Pm at beg and end of pre­vi­ous row for points C and F (see di­a­gram). All Sizes With RS fac­ing, trans­fer last 76 (86, 89, 95, 98) sts on nee­dle to holder for Lower Right Corner—75 (85, 88, 94, 97) sts. Lower Left Corner Sizes Large (X-Large, 2X-Large) Only Work 11 (13, 22) ridges, mak­ing 1 dec at end of ev­ery RS row as fol­lows: Knit to last 3 sts, k2­tog, k1—77 (81, 75) sts.

With RS fac­ing, pm at beg of pre­vi­ous ridge for point F (see di­a­gram). All Sizes Work 35 (40, 36, 38, 35) ridges, mak­ing 1 dec at beg and end of ev­ery RS row un­til 5 sts rem, end­ing on a WS row. Last 3 rows: Make point as for Mitered Square. Lower Right Corner Trans­fer Lower Right sts from holder to nee­dle.

With RS fac­ing, re­join yarn (in es­tab­lished color se­quence). Sizes Large (X-Large, 2X-Large) Only Work 11 (13, 22) ridges, mak­ing 1 dec at beg of ev­ery RS row as fol­lows: K1, k2­tog, knit to end of row—77 (81, 75) sts.

With RS fac­ing, pm at end of pre­vi­ous ridge for point C (see di­a­gram). All Sizes Work 35, (40, 36, 38, 35) more ridges, mak­ing 1 dec at beg and end of ev­ery RS row un­til 5 sts rem, end­ing on a WS row. Last 3 rows: Make point as for Mitered Square. Up­per Right With RS fac­ing, un­zip cro­chet chain be­tween points E and D and trans­fer 61 (63, 66, 72, 75) sts to non­work­ing nee­dle.

With RS fac­ing, us­ing MC and beg at marked point C on di­a­gram, pick up and knit 10 (20, 28, 31, 36) sts be­tween C and D, then knit across sts that were trans­ferred to non-work­ing nee­dle— 71 (83, 94, 103, 111) sts. Next row (WS): Knit.

Work 23 (26, 34, 34, 38) ridges garter st and dec 1 at beg and end of ev­ery RS row, end­ing on a RS row—25 (31, 26, 35, 35) sts. Shape Arm­hole Next row (WS): Bind off 16 (22, 17, 26, 26) sts, knit to end—9 sts.

Work 2 ridges garter st and dec 1 at beg and end of ev­ery RS row—5 sts. Last 3 rows: Make point as for Mitered Square. Up­per Left With RS fac­ing, un­zip cro­chet chain be­tween points A and E and trans­fer 61 (63, 66, 72, 75) sts to non-work­ing nee­dle.

With RS fac­ing, us­ing MC and beg at E of mitered square; knit across sts just trans­ferred, then pick up and knit 10 (20, 28, 31, 36) sts along edge be­tween A and F—71 (83, 94, 103, 111) sts.

Work 23 (26, 34, 34, 38) ridges garter st and dec 1 at beg and end of ev­ery RS row, end­ing on a WS row—25 (31, 26, 35, 35) sts. Shape Arm­hole Next row (RS): Bind off 16 (22, 17, 26, 26) sts, knit to end—9 sts.

Work 2 ridges garter st and dec 1 at beg and end edge of ev­ery RS row—5 sts. Last 3 rows: Make point as for Mitered Square.

Back

Work same as Front. Left Strap With RS of Front fac­ing, us­ing MC and beg at G on di­a­gram, pick up and knit 11 (12, 15, 15, 18) sts be­tween G and H— ap­prox 13/4 (2, 21/2, 21/2, 3) inches.

Work 40 (40, 50, 50, 55) ridges, end­ing on a WS row. Bind off, leav­ing a 12-inch tail. Note: Cro­chet edge that is added dur­ing Fin­ish­ing re­moves stretch from the strap. To eval­u­ate if strap is cor­rect length, add cro­chet edge at this point, at­tach strap to back of top tem­po­rar­ily and try on. Right Strap With RS of Front fac­ing, us­ing MC and beg at I on di­a­gram, pick up and knit 11 (12, 15, 15, 18) sts be­tween I and J of Front—13/4 (2, 21/2, 21/2, 3) inches.

Work 40 (40, 50, 50, 55) ridges, end­ing on a WS row.

Bind off, leav­ing a 12-inch tail.

Fin­ish­ing

Block Front and Back to mea­sure­ments. Note: “Left” and “Right” now re­fer to gar­ment as worn.

Use garter st seam for all seams (see page 80). Sew side seam, match­ing stripes. Sew end of right strap to back edge be­tween I and J.

Sew end of left strap to back edge be­tween G and H. Arm­hole Edg­ing With RS fac­ing, us­ing MC and cro­chet hook, and beg at bot­tom of strap on Back, *make 1 sc (see page 81) be­tween next 3 ridges, skip 1 ridge*; rep from * to *, end­ing at bot­tom of strap on Front; skip 2 sts to make a corner, **make 1 sc in each bound-off un­der­arm st**; rep from * to * to bound-off back un­der­arm sts; rep from ** to ** to last 2 sts; skip last 2 sts to make corner. Slip st in first sc, then cut yarn and fas­ten off.

Rep for other arm­hole. Neck Edg­ing With RS fac­ing, us­ing MC and cro­chet hook, and beg at cen­ter back, work sc edge as for arm­hole, work­ing 3 sc for ev­ery 4 ridges and skip­ping 2 sts at each corner.

Weave in all ends.

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