Vines: A lacy tank by Kathleen Dames
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Vines: A lacy tank

Knitting
February 2010
DK / 8 ply (11 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches
in Vine Lace
US 8 - 5.0 mm
250 - 500 yards (229 - 457 m)
Chest: 24 (27½, 32, 36, 40) inches
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Vines: a lacy tank is a perfect first garment, if you are looking to dip your toe into lacy waters. No sleeves, no shaping, just pretty pretty lace and a few clever bits for the top edgings and straps.

Beautiful and easy-to-work Vine Lace pattern (provided in both chart and written form) makes a simple little lacy tank, perfect for adding that extra layer you’ll need for spring (or any time your outfit needs a little oomph). Worsted weight yarn makes this a quick one, too. For warm-weather knitting, try it in cotton, linen, or a blend.

This design takes advantage of lace’s need to be stretched out for maximum beauty and combines it with knitting’s stretchiness. Choose a size with 2-4 inches of negative ease (that is, smaller than your bust measurement - choose 0-2 inches if working with linen or cotton), and knit away. When you finish, you will have a pretty layering piece that hugs your curves with no shaping-in-lace for you.

What you’ll love about knitting Vines: a lacy tank:

  • The simple and elegant Vine Lace pattern is quick to memorize
  • Working in the round means you’re always seeing the pattern
  • This design is virtually finish-free!

What you’ll love about wearing Vines: a lacy tank:

  • Putting negative ease to work for you means a figure-flattering tank without shaping work in the knitting
  • Add a pop of color to your outfit by layering over a contrasting top
  • Vine Lace naturally creates the pretty scalloped edge at the hem

Size/Finished Measurements
Chest: 24 (27½, 32, 36, 40) inches
Length: 22 (22½, 23, 23½, 24) inches, shown in size 32 with 4 inches negative ease

Materials

  • Madeline Tosh tosh dk (100% Superwash Merino Wool 225 yards/206 meters per 50 gram skein); color: Ink; 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins
  • US8/5.0mm 24-inch circular needle
  • Spare DPN for 3-needle bindoff
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle

Gauge
17 sts x 24 rows = 4 inches after blocking

Skills Needed

  • casting on
  • binding off in pattern
  • 3-needle bindoff
  • working in the round
  • knitting
  • purling
  • increasing
  • decreasing
  • following written or charted instructions for Vine Lace pattern (both included)

Thanks!
Many thanks to my test knitters: claribel, fibreflake, nicemrsharris, danigolts, drewhilda, and dinobower
Photography: Nicholas Dames

Everything you need to create your own beautiful Vines: a lacy tank is provided in the professionally designed (by me!) pattern. Both written and charted versions of the Vine Lace stitch pattern are included.

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