Beekeeper's Tank by Nicole Montgomery

Beekeeper's Tank

July 2014
Fingering (14 wpi) ?
27 stitches and 36 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch with larger needles
US 3 - 3.25 mm
US 4 - 3.5 mm
975 - 1480 yards (892 - 1353 m)
32” (36”, 39”, 42”, 45”, 50”) Sizes are based on High Bust measurement
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This sleeveless top features a honeycomb-patterned yoke that is sure to be a hit with everyone in your knitting “Hive”! Knit from the bottom up, this top has no shaping until the textured yoke. This leaves the waist area nice and loose while the fitted yoke keeps the tank looking like you’re wearing the right size. And the long swath of stockinette in-the-round makes this the perfect project to take with you to a backyard cookout, a summer knit night, or the road trip you have planned!

Knit in Staple Sock yarn from the independent Etsy dyer, January Yarns, this wool is round and springy, and has a similar softness to madelinetosh sock yarn. And don’t let the 75% merino content of this yarn fool you, this fiber is naturally adaptable, letting heat escape on warm days to leave you cool & breezy! Don’t let the “1 available” on most of the January Yarns’ Etsy listings scare you away - she’s happy to custom dye you enough matching skeins for any larger project!

Sizes on this pattern are based on the High Bust measurement. Place a tape measure around the highest part of your bust, under your arms as high as you can get it while still keeping the tape measure flat to your body. This is your high bust measurement.

“Intermediate” Techniques include:
• Knitting flat and in the round
• 1/2 cables and 2/2 cables (each one is explained in the pattern)
• Kitchener Stitch (short shoulder seams only)
• Applied i-cord edging (video demonstration links and separate written i-cord supplement are provided)

Materials Needed:
975 (1120, 1225, 1300, 1380, 1480) yds fingering-weight “Staple Sock” yarn (75/25 merino/nylon blend, 460 yds / 100g)
US Size 3 / 3.25mm circular needle, or size needed to obtain gauge
Set of US Size 3 / 3.25mm dpns (for grafting shoulders)
Pair of US Size 4 / 3.5mm dpns (for working i-cord trim)
4 stitch markers (1 should be unique to use as the round marker)
3 stitch holders or scrap yarn
cable needle (unless you are a “cable without the needle” kind of knitter)

This pattern contains a schematic with a number of measurements included. This will help you ensure the best fit possible and make any desired modifications much easier!

Many, many thanks to all the generous testers who were willing to be the first to take a crack at this pattern! Check out gorgeous project pages from: JanuaryYarns, cornflowerknits, ohsewsweet10, MargiBorck, SheThinksSheCan, REJ, kmb34me, & strickbibs!