Explorer Tank by Megan Lynch

Explorer Tank

Knitting
September 2017
Bulky (7 wpi) ?
8.5 stitches and 13 rows = 4 inches
in Stockinette stitch/lace pattern
US 15 - 10.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
170 - 450 yards (155 - 411 m)
30" (32", 34", 36", 38") [40", 42", 44", 46"]
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The Explorer Tank is a fun little number with a lot of surprising details. Featuring an open latticework back, a flattering v-neck bodice, & customizable side seams, there are so many different ways to knit up this top to make it your own. It’s perfect for layering & wearing with a skirt or high waisted jeans, & is sure to be a new favorite addition to your closet.

SIZING
– Based on bra bandwidth size; pick the size that matches your bra band
– See schematic (in pattern)
– Each size has designed to have about 0”-1” of positive ease
– 30” (32”, 34”, 36”, 38”) 40”, 42”, 44”, 46”

FIBER
– Bulky: approximately 80 (95, 110, 125, 140) 155, 170, 185, 200 yards bulky weight yarn
– Sport: approximately 90 (110, 130, 150, 170) 190, 210, 230, 250 yards sport weight yarn
– Sample: Bulky: 1 skein Quince & Co Puffin, colorway Egret; Sport: 1 skein O-Wool O-Wash Sport, colorway Silver Maple

GAUGE
– Bulky: 8.5 sts & 13 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch; 2.125 sts/inch; blocked
– Sport: 15 sts & 13 rows = 4 inches in lace pattern; 3.75 sts/inch; blocked

NEEDLES & NOTIONS
– US Size 15 straight or circular ndl
– US Size 9 straight or circular ndl
– Removable stitch markers
– Scrap yarn (for holding stitches)
– Scrap yarn (for seaming)
– Tapestry needle
– Measuring tape
– Crochet hook (for seaming)
– Blocking materials of your choice

SKILLS & NOTES
If you are confused or stuck, there are a lot of great tutorials online for all of these techniques!
– Long tail cast on
– Simple lace
– Simple decreasing
– Crocheted seams; The sides & straps are seamed using a simple crocheted edging. You can use whatever yarn you’d like & just about any size crochet hook works - I used 3 different fingering weight yarns held together to create a pop of color & a marled look. You could hold the bulky & sport yarns together, do a neutral seam, or a contrasting color seam. The possibilities are endless! The piece is then finished with a crochet edging around the bottom as well.
– IMPORTANT NOTE: Blocking is extremely important, especially for the back lace. It will bloom quite noticeably when blocked.