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Join Our Spring Knit-Along Featuring the… Tranquil Tank Top!

April 25th, 2013

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KAL badgeEach season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which yarncrafters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.

The votes are in!

We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Tranquil Green Tank Top! More than 6,000 of you voted, and we’re so excited to knit-along with you.

Click here to download the pattern for the Tranquil Tank Top.

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right in next week. This lovely tank top is made in our Vanna’s Choice yarn, a versatile, easy-care, acrylic worsted-weight yarn that comes in a huge assortment of stunning colors. If you’re more in the mood for a cotton blend, Cotton-Ease is a great substitute, and will be light and lovely as the temperatures get warmer. You can also opt for the eco-friendly choice and knit your top in Recycled Cotton, which is a blend of new and recycled materials.

As with any yarn substitution, you’ll also need to figure out how many skeins of the yarn of your choice the pattern will require. Here are the number of balls for our other recommended yarns:

 Yarn S/M  L  1X
 Vanna’s Choice  4 skeins 4 skeins  5 skeins
 Cotton-Ease  4 skeins 4 skeins  5 skeins
 Recycled Cotton  4 skeins 4 skeins  5 skeins

Click here for our FAQ on substituting yarns.

When choosing a size, sometimes it helps to find a top that you like the fit of and measure this garment to help you choose a size.

Starting next week, our KAL host Heather will be posting her progress through the tank top project, with updates coming every Thursday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, please introduce yourself below–let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this top for!

  • Annette

    My name is Annette from Orient, OH. I started this project on my own a couple weeks ago but thought I would try this to join along and share others ideas.

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  • Sandy Stadelmann

    Hi- I’m Sandy (purrfectknitter on Ravelry and Craftsy). Living in Baja,Calif, Mexico. This is a great top for our weather, warm during the day and cooler at night. I’m working in Cotton-Ease, color cactus. Having a problem getting the guage I want but I should be starting today.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/georgana.bond Georgana Ickes Bond

    sux i cant knit only crochet

    • http://www.lionbrand.com/ Zontee

      Hi Georgana, check back later this summer for our next crochet-along, or click on “Crochet-Along” under “Categories” in the right-hand bar of the blog to see past projects and get tips!

  • Sheila Rasmussen

    So I just got my yarn for this project- I’ve chosen Recycled Cotton and I’m completely happy with my yarn choice! This is wonderful to work with- and let me add that I’m also so happy that I spent a little extra on bamboo needles. They’re awesome! I’ve only had a few minutes to work on this since I started it yesterday & I’m already 1/2 way through my 9″ of ribbing. (I am NOT a fast knitter). :-)

  • youngun

    This will be my first KAL too, like many others of you. I thought it is not too big a project to take on. I’m looking forward to it. I am from Melbourne, Australia. I hope I’m not too late joining up.

    thanks

    Jenny

  • Elvira

    Hi, This is Elvira from Maryland. I’ve been wanting to make this top. It’s so pretty. This is my first KAL and I’m happy my favorite knitting teacher, Heather, is hosting it. :) I chose Cotton Ease in cherry color. Just started on Saturday.

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  • Juliet

    Hi! I am Juliet from Pensacola, Fl. I gave up knitting about a year ago because of arthritic fingers and general ineptitude. KAL sounds like fun and I have never knit in a group. I am game to give it a go! I will try to use up some of my huge stash of yarn and give the sweater to whomever it fits. I have a young hip skinny friend who would look good in a pillowcase–In fact, we just made her a couple of pillowcase dresses. She loves wearing the knee length, long, long- sleeved cardigan with the lopsided front that I tried to knit without a pattern. Wish me luck!

    • http://blog.lionbrand.com/ Ashley Tedesco

      Good luck, Juliet!

  • Kathy moss

    I’m Kathy (kmoss7 on Ravelry) and I live in Missoula, MT. This will be my first KAL., I better shop for yarn. I think I have the yarn in my stash already. I love lion brand yarn. Looking forward to go beyond socks.