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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!

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  • Rosemary

    Hi, I am anxious to try this project, which i will be making for my daughter-in-law.

  • Patty

    Hello! I’m from Michigan, and this pattern has been on my radar for awhile now. I’m glad it was chosen for the KAL. I picked up my Vanna’s Choice yesterday in Kelly Green, and will be knitting a gauge swatch this weekend.
    I’m hoping to get some help in adjusting the pattern for a full bust: I’ll knit the large, but will need
    to add 2 inches to the front.

  • Marian

    Hi, my name is Marian from Ontario, Canada. I am just finishing something off now an will start this top soon. I bought some Vanna’s Choice on sale from Michaels a few weeks ago with no project in mind for it. The color is a variegated called “denim dust” I hope the lace pattern comes through

  • ʎpuıƆ

    Hi my name is Cindy, I live in PA, this will be my first KAL and I can’t wait to start, I think I will be making this top for my Grand-daughter.

  • Sheila Rasmussen

    Hi- I’m Sheila Rasmussen. I live in Coppell,Texas. This is my first KAL project & I’m really excited to get started soon. Summer will be here quickly- temps are already close to 80 in April so I’m making this too for myself.
    I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s progress & hope to learn a lot from this.

  • Olga

    Hi, I’m Olga from Washington and I am looking forward to the KAL. I’ll be doing the top in cotton.

  • Darlene

    Hi! I am Darlene from Allen Park, MI. My first knit along, and have had my eye on this pattern for a while. A new challenge for me to have a time frame to work in. Also to work at keeping my gage consistant. Thanks everyone for picking this!

  • Jayne

    Hi, I’m Jayne from Bradenton, Florida. this is my first KAL and apparel project. Looking forward to creating something that is not just a large scarf–as my kids call my afghans!

  • Misty

    Hi I would make this my first KAL except I can’t knit. Please let me know when the next KAL starts for crochet. Thanks and good luck everyone!

  • Kathy

    Hello, all! This is Kathy from Elmore, Ohio. The smallest size listed has a finished bust size of 38 inches, which is a bit large for me. Any suggestions for making this finish smaller? Smaller needles? Lighter weight yarn? Or will there maybe be ideas in the first post?

  • Anne Marie

    Hi all,
    I too am from Ontario, Canada (Kitchener) and this is my first knit-along. It appears to be for the “experienced” knitter, but I love the look of the top and hope that by joining this group, the project won’t be too daunting.

  • MendyC333

    Hi, this is Mendy from the Atlanta, GA area. This is my first KAL, and I’m so glad that the tank top was picked. Since it tend to be warm here in the summer (HOTlanta, anyone? 😉 ), does anyone have advice as to what the best yarn would be to keep this top cool? TIA, and I’m looking forward to getting started!

    • Andapelf

      Hi, Mendy. I live around Chattanooga, TN, also a rather warm area. I prefer cotton since it wicks moisture away from the skin more than acrylic.

  • youknowwhatimean

    I made this last summer and it’s beautiful!

  • Trinity Star

    Hello everyone. I’m living on the Trinity River in Northern California. Love this winner and my first follow along. Have to get my yarn and then I’ll be ready.

  • Jean B.

    Hello everyone,
    This is my first knit a long and I am really excited to get the yarn and begin. The pattern looks fantastic and I can’t wait to see what color choices I will have.
    My name is Jean and I live in Ft. Myers, FL.

  • Kim Shilling

    Hi it’s Kim from Indian Trail, North Carolina. My first KAL through LB and my first garment other than shawls. I will choose any yarn that is natural fiber, most likely cotton. Happy knitting!

  • Cathy S.

    Can’t wait! This is my first knit-along also. Time to find a color and yarn choice :)

  • sherri

    I’m looking forward to knitting this tank top. I did vote for it and this will be my first knit along..Yay!!

  • Karen Netzband

    Count me in! I’m going to try with cotton- ease. I can’t wait to pick up my yarn this weekend! I’m Karen from Macedon, NY. My first knit-along with Lion Brand!

    • Nancy L Griffin

      Hey there. My name is Nancy and I am originally from Newark, NY. I was surprised to see Macedon,NY in your note. I am going to join the KAL because this is a pattern I have wanted to try since last year.

  • Karen Netzband

    Count me in! I’m going to try with cotton- ease. I can’t wait to pick up my yarn this weekend! I’m Karen from Macedon, NY. My first knit-along with Lion Brand!

  • LizzW

    I wish some of your patterns came in 2x and 3x. I would love to knit this but although an experienced knitter I do not know how to enlarge this pattern. Good news is that I am moving to NYC soon a few blocks from the Lion Brand store!

    • Cazza

      Hi Lizz I always look at the amount of stiches difference in sizes then go up that many and the same when increses and length. I have the same problem as I need a 2x, hope this helps. Caroline kettering uk

    • Zontee

      Hi LizzW, hope you’ll join us for future knit- and crochet-alongs, as most do have 2X and 3X sizes (this is the rare exception) due to the way this pattern is charted. Also, we look forward to having you visit our store!

  • Wilma Pennings

    From rural Ontario, Canada. Near the city of London. I voted for the vest and I’m making it for myself for a change! ☺

  • Maria

    Hello! I am Maria and I am in Phoenix. I have seen the KAL projects over the years but have not joined before. I am lookin gforward to this adventure!

  • cazza

    Hi im caroline from kettering uk I am goin to knit this for my self have already increased pattern and got the wool.

  • Heather, Kansas City

    Yay! I am so excited to join this knit along. I have wanted to try this pattern for a long time but was afraid to do it alone. I love knitting with LB cotton, so that is probably what I will go with. Good luck everybody!

  • Printique

    I am more of an intermediate knitter. I can do seed stitch and barely eyelets but I hate cables. How can I make this sweater with a plain knit top and just the ribbing bottom?

    • TheHaunt

      I feel the same… I was considering do a ribbing along the neckline corresponding to the waistline…

    • Zontee

      Hi Printique and @55780b3bdf7321d1ea15b999f1f9322f:disqus, since part of the knit-along experience is to learn new skills, I’d encourage you to follow along and see if you’d be interested in trying out those techniques when we come to them. (Who knows? You may learn some helpful hints and tricks to doing them that will change your mind about them.)

      But if you want to make the top plain, since you have the chart for the top, you could simply replace the pattern stitches (like the yarn-over/decrease combos for the eyelets) with stockinette. You should find that your piece has the same stitch count and shape as the chart as you go along. Hope that helps!

  • donmaur

    hi I am maureen from picher creek Alberta

    definately going to make this for me love the pattern

  • Non07

    I am from Lockhart Texas. This is my first knit a long. I haven’t knitted in a long time.

  • Amy Jewel Campbell

    Hi, I am from Wasilla, Alaska & this will be my first time to participate as much as I can in a knit-along. I have been itching to make this pattern, but other things seem to always get me distracted.

  • Kathleen

    I’m from Maryland and I’m looking forward to getting this project done in a timely manner with my first KAL. I’ve been looking at this top for a while, and now I have a good excuse to make it.

  • Monic Barrette

    Hi, I am from Montreal, Canada and this is my first KAL. This pattern looks gorgeous…can’t wait to wear it.

  • Beverly Burkhardt

    Bev B from Valley Forge, PA I am going out to get my materials this weekend. I’m making it for me. However, if it turns out a little big, then I give it to my daughter in law. If it is a little tight, then it goes to my daughter. Either way, I’m covered!!!

  • Laura Wisenbaugh

    Hello, I am from Owosso, Michigan and this is my second knit-along. It was nice to have a choice to pick from different choices of yarn. I am going to make this for myself. I am thinking pink, as green is not a good color for my skin tone. Can not wait to start

  • Elisabeth

    Hi I’m Elisabeth from Redmond (Seattle) WA. this will be my first KAL even though I have been knitting for a VERY long time. Thought it would be a fun project and can’t wait for my yarn to arrive.

  • Beth

    Hello. I am Beth from Northeastern PA. Knitting the top for myself. I am a relatively new knitter (this is only my 5th project). I am hoping that with guidance, it will turn out just fine.

  • Liz Fox

    pittsburgh – making something for myself!! looks beautiful

  • LaDonna

    Hi. I’m LaDonna from Kansas. This my first KAL. I’m going to make this for myself from my enormous Vanna’s Choice stash.

  • connie brown

    Hi, I’m Connie Brown and I’m from Mansfield, Ohio. I will be making this for myself. I have never participated in a knit-along, so I’m excited to work together on a project with others!

  • evelyn

    Hi I´m Evelyn from Guadalajara, Mexico and this is my first KAL I have Vanna´s yarn and also Cotton- Ease because I love your yarns and always have a good stock of them. Glad my favorite Tranquil Tank Top was the chosen.

  • Ingrid

    Hi, I’m Ingrid. I leave near Rennes in France. I put this project in my todo list several weeks ago. So I voted for it, and now it is selected for the KAL, I just can’t wait to start it although I already have several projects to finish. I’m going to make it for me, with some Cheval Blanc yarn found in a local store.


    Hi, I’m Monica, I’m from Queretaro, MEXICO. I LOVE Lion Brand , I have been in the New York Studio two times. I’ll love to knit this top. Now I am In the US, Monday I’ll buy the materials, because I am going back home Wednesday. A month ago I jus finished the BEAUTIFUL Sampler Blanket, It is incredible.

  • Heather Marie

    Hello from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’ve never done a KAL with any of the sites I frequent but my mother and I have been doing our own little “knitting bee” for many years. After making many sweaters, tops, blankets, grand-baby garments, etc, I’ve decided to give this KAL a try. I downloaded this particular pattern a very long time ago and just couldn’t decide what colour I wanted. I tend to work in acrylics so will probably use a DK weight yarn from my stash. Happy knitting everyone!

  • Marci S

    Hi! I’m Marci and I’m from New York City. This is my first KAL and my first large garment! I’m more of a scarf/hat girl so I voted for this top. I’m going to use the cotton-ease. I look forward to getting lots of tips and learning from you all!

  • Nancy L Griffin

    I live in St Louis, Missouri and have wanted to try this pattern since last year so…I am going to try a KAL for the first time. I’ll be using a cotton but I am not sure which one. I have tried both and found the recycled cotton a little more difficult to work with because it is loosely spun. I do really enjoy the cropped sweater I made from it, however.

  • Rose N.

    Hi everyone. I am Rose from Wyndmoor,PA and am happy to join in on the fun of making this knit along project. I have been crocheting much longer than I have been knitting, so this will be quite a challenge for me. I will be asking for help from all. Looking forward to getting started and I will be using cotton ease. I find it easy to work with as well as comfortable to handle. Some yarns can be very scratchy and stiff. It is nice to have so many other crafters from other countries. Looking forward to chatting with all in the group.

  • Pauline

    When will there be a crochet along?

    • Zontee

      In the summer (probably July). Hope you’ll join us then!

    • Ashley Tedesco

      Hi Pauline! Look out for a crochet-along this summer! We’ll post all the details right here on the Notebook.

  • Judy G.

    Hi all, I’m from Tucson AZ, and this is my first knit-along. Very glad it’s this pattern (I voted for it). Looking forward to participating. JG

  • Janet Wilson

    Hi I’m Janet from NYC and this will be my first knit-along. I just ordered my yarn-cotton ease. This neckline has a slimmer look, not sure how to make necessary adjustments for me? (
    between L & 1X)? I’m going jump in, can’t wait to get started.

  • Nevin

    Hi! I’m from Philadelphia and this will be my first KAL too. Can’t wait to go get the yarn today. This will also be my first “garment” piece. I usually do hats, scarves and throws. So excited!

  • Kathy Kaminski

    Hi, I am from the Villages, Fl. This is my first attempt at one of these and I am making it for my daughter. I love making new things and trying new patterns. Looking forward to learning and knitting!