Wolf Bayou by Samantha Stadter

Wolf Bayou

February 2019
Lace ?
22 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches
in stockinette stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
440 - 930 yards (402 - 850 m)
1 (2, 3)
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Wolf Bayou is a light, airy, and dreamy as hell tank top. It’s worked seamlessly from the top down. First the front and back pieces are knitted flat to the underarms, then they are joined to work in the round. The neck and shoulder straps are also worked in the round and formed by picking up stitches from cast on edges and using a cable cast on for the straps. Four eyelet increases are worked along the two sides of the bodice (two per side, forming a V shape). To create more pronounced eyelets, you will yarn over twice on the increase rows, then knit into only one of the yarn overs on the following row, increasing 4 stitches. This creates a more defined eyelet that is easy to see.

There are two yarns suggested. Linaza is a sport weight alpaca/linen blend that drapes beautifully. It’s pictured here in the color taupe. Kinu is a lace weight silk. It’s super light weight (a size 1 or 2 will weigh less than 50g!) and is pictured here in violet. You can see that the pattern is quite versatile and could be worked in all kinds of yarns. However, I highly suggest knitting and blocking a swatch before beginning, as both the suggested yarns gauges are quite different pre- and post- blocking.

A note on yarn recommendations for size 2: The pattern calls for 2 skeins of either yarn, but I used almost exactly one skein to make that size. If you frog your swatch and are careful, you also may be able to get away with using only one skein.

Ito, Kinu, 1 (2, 2) skeins
or Plymouth Linaza, 1 (2, 2) skeins
US 4, 24” circular needle (or size needed to obtain gauge)
Scrap yarn or stitch holder
Stitch markers, 4
Tapestry needle

4”= 22 s + 30 rows on US 4,  blocked

This pattern is available free on my linked blog, or you can purchase a printable PDF from my Ravelry shop.