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Trompe L'Oeil Cables

Knitting
May 2004
Worsted / 10 ply (9 wpi) ?
20 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using larger needles
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 6 - 4.0 mm
765 - 1377 yards (700 - 1259 m)
see notes
Errata available: interweave.com

Summary: High-necked, sleeveless tank with ribbing along bottom edge; beads are placed to give the illusion of cabling.

Sizing note: This garment is intended to be close-fitting with minimal ease.

Finished Sizes: 35 (37.5, 40.5, 44, 46.5)” (89 95, 103, 112, 118cm) bust circumference

Materials:

- 765 (918, 1071, 1224, 1377) yds. worsted weight yarn; or 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) skeins Skacel Polo
- approximately 2750 (2800, 2850, 2900, 2950) size 6 seed beads
- US 6 / 4.0 mm straight needles, and 16” (40cm) circular needle
- US 4 / 3.5 mm straight needles, and 16” (40cm) circular needle (or 2 sizes smaller than the needle size needed to get gauge)
- bead-stringing needle
- stitch markers
- stitch holders
- tapestry needle

From Knit and Crochet with Beads: The bead patterning in this tank top creates the illusion of cables. The French call it trompe l’oeil, or “fooling/tricking the eye.” The pattern requires no real turning of stitches, but it does turn heads. Sleeves may be added raglan-style to create a full sweater since this tank has halter-type shaping. Dress it up by using a metallic yarn…. Add glitzier beads for painting the town.