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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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  • 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!

  • Ellette DiPietro

    I’m in Massachusetts and this will be my first KAL. I’ve made hats, scarves, shawls, and socks, but haven’t tried any clothing yet. I’ll be making this in cotton for myself and am looking forward to the project–I’ve admired this pattern since I first saw it, but hadn’t worked up the nerve to try it!

  • Elsa

    Hello, I’m Elsa, Stafford, VA. I look forward to making this top. I’m going to make it with Cotton Ease – my preference for summer :-).

  • DianaH

    Hi, I’m from Utah and this is my first knit-along, too. I chose the Vanna’s Choice in dusty blue and I’m excited to get started.

  • Deb Wick Robarge

    Hi Everyone! This is my firs KAL and I like a challenge! I truly dislike the purl stitch in great quantities. I am going to attempt to do this in the round. I haven’t decided if I am going to knit the overlap simultaneously or try to crest the illusion as I knit in a circle.

  • Mary Ann Mijanovich

    I got my yarn yesterday – Vanna;s Choice Fern. What a beautiful spring color! I am thinking of doing the bottom ribbing in the round and then dividing off when I get to the upper part. I am excited to do this darling vest and hope to wear it on Mother’s Day!

    • Deb Wick Robarge

      Hi Mary Ann! (and everyone else too!) we should keep close touch because I am going to try it in the round also. When I get to the pattern on the front, i think I will try to create the illusion of an overlap by knitting into the back of the edge stitch, or brainstorm just hit me… The back of the second stitch in. Also. Should we cast on 82 stitches in the round (front and back count) or are the directions including an extra stitch at the edges to make the seams? I am going to try it that way for a few k2 / p2 rows then the pattern. Once i figu it out, i will start the tank for real.

  • Andrea Equality Schenck McKinn

    From Hollywood FL making myself a Mother’s Day present.

  • Melody McCutcheon

    Hi, I’m in Orlando, FL and this is my first knit-along, too! I’m looking forward to learning how to use a chart for knitting. I’m such a newbie!!!

  • Linnea McCormack

    I’m in! I can’t not make it with you all. :-). So excited,,,,I love KAL’s. They are so enjoyable.

  • Marilyn A.

    Hi! I’m Marilyn from Ohio. This is my first KAL. I bought my yarn today and had to settle for a blue called “Lake” as it was the only cotton-ease with 4 skeins left and the store isn’t going to carry it anymore. Good news – – it was on a clearance sale so my project will be very inexpensive.

  • Michele Maden Mansfield

    Michele Here from Cincinnati – This will be my first knit along! Going to make for myself.

  • Cherie

    Hi, I am from Minnesota. This is my first and looking forward to this but not sure if I am an experienced knitter but have done a few projects on my own. I need to get my yarn but do have the cotton ease on hand and it is varigated. I like a challenge so looking for to this. I never have seen this before!! So here I go!!

  • Denise

    Hi, my name is Denise from white lake. mi. this us my first. non dishcloth kal. I can not wait to begin.

  • Janet Chutro

    Hi, I live near Chicago, IL. Not my first KAL, or my first with Lion, but I haven’t had much luck finishing with the group, hopefully this is a small enough project that I can. I consider myself an intermediate knitter, mastered everything I tried so far, but haven’t tried designing or anything like that yet. I also crochet and quilt, cross-stitch a bit, know how to spin but not very good at it, would like to learn how to weave.

  • Strosaker

    He-lo, I am Shirley from the Athens, Texas area, love the pattern, going to use Cotton Ease in the color 112 Berry which looks rose. I have 7 skeins so should be plenty. i usually wear a 2x but my bust is 46 so maybe I can wear the 1x, i have lost some weight. Making it for myself. My first KAL project. I have knitted in the round. Hats & mittens, will study the pattern to see if I can do it that way, it would be faster & simpler if I can figure it out.

  • janetinbuhl

    I am Jamet from Idah, and I am in! This is my first KAL.

  • janetinbuhl

    I knit better than I type…Idaho.

  • Lori

    Hi, I am from Nashville, TN. I been wanting to join on of you KAL, so finally this looks like a good time. I did one KAL with a group, and it was a surprise what we were making. Anyway, I do have some of Vanessa yarn or hopefully enough of some yarn in my stash. I like this tank, just hoping I will like the fit on me, a larger woman.

  • Dorothy Bush

    Hi everyone, I’m from eastern Ontario and this is my first knit along also. I collected up my materials and knitted a swatch and it was too small. Went to a needle 1/2 size larger, a 6mm, and it’s much closer. Looking forward to following along and watching everyone’s progress.

  • Lori Huerta de Leon

    My name is Lori de Leon and I live in Bakersfield. Looking forward to the project.

  • Jeanne Yates

    I live in Freeman, MO, and am very excited to start this Knit Along. I will make this to fit me and if it comes out good, will probably make it for birthday gifts.

  • Kate

    Jersey girl here 😉 First KAL and if I can frog a Cotton Ease tank top that did not fit – will put that to better use. Otherwise I have some pretty DK in my hoard that would work well. Will adjust stitch count and if too small, my daughter likes the pattern

  • nanajean

    My name is Jean, living Douglasville, Ga. This will be my first knit along

  • Suep

    Hi Everyone–My name is Sue and I live in Freehold NJ. This will be my second KAL and the garment will be for me. I am usually making things for everyone else. Can’t wait to see your comments, questions, and finally your pictures. Good luck to you all. See you on the blog.

  • Martha

    My name is Martha. I live in Alabama, USA, and I am excited about trying my first KAL! I purchased my yarn today in a beautiful sea green color and am looking forward to getting started.

  • Sarah

    I’m Sarah from Brooklyn, and this is my first online KAL. I just finished my first live KAL at the Lion Brand Studio in New York City. It was a lot of fun and it was very rewarding working through all the challenging design elements. I’m making the tranquil top in Vanna’s Choice Soft Pink and I plan to wear it over a shell w/ 3/4″ length sleeves, and a black skirt. I look forward to increasing my knitting skills even more with this beautiful top as my next challenge.

  • bennie0755

    Well, my yarn is ordered and away we go. I haven’t knitted in a very long time, but this pattern looks very nice.

  • Sharnun

    Hello I am Sharon . I am from Grottoes VA. This will be my first KAL. Looking forward to the challenge .

  • Gem

    Hi, I’m Gemma from Adelaide SA, this is my first KAL and my first pattern with a chart to follow!

  • minniehaha

    Looking forward to working on this great pattern. I’ve had my eye on it for some time and now that there is a KAL there’s absolutely no reason not to knit it up! Can’t decide yet what yarn I want to use, have some in my stash but may have to go shop for some specific to the project :)

  • Jtgross

    Hello, all! this is my 2nd knit-along (the first was the Tree of Life afghan – have complete 3 of those!). Making this for me using a lovely periwinkle acrylic/merino blend for which I’ve been looking for a pattern. Ball band says it’s a worsted weight but I had to go up to Sz. 10.5 needles to get the correct gauge. So glad I took the time to swatch!

  • Stella

    I tend to get in on the Knit-Alongs after they’re finished. When I saw that this pattern was chosen, I grabbed green yarn from my stash and made it up–took me just a couple of days–a few hours each day. I got ahead–whoops! Maybe I’ll grab a burgundy and make another.

    • Dorothy Bush

      good for you! Any hints, since you’ve already got through it?

  • Mamapete

    Good morning,

    My name is Lise from New Smyrna Beach, FL, this is my first KAL. I will be using

    Vanna’s Choice “Seaspray Mist”. Great to see people from around the world

    working on this project. Happy Knitting.

  • jordansgrammie

    Hi, I’m Gail from Park Ridge, I’ll. Jordansgrammie on Ravelry.
    This will be my first KAL, and first time using a chart. a little nervous, but determined. I am so bad at computer stuff, this little note was challenging.
    Can’t wait to receive my yarn and start my guage. Just finished Twin trees throw last night, so I’m ready. Happy knitting everyone!

  • Iana

    Hi, my name is Iana and I think I’ll brave myself and join this KAL. I’m from Pati, Indonesia.

  • Nicole Peters

    Hi, I’m Nicole from the Netherlands. I’d love to try and make this tank top but am unable to start now (and also have a holiday coming up as well). If I start in June and have trouble getting along, would it be possible to ask questions in the specific blog posts?

  • knittycrocheter

    Hello Fellow knitters, my Name is Lisa (ladybug001 on Ravelry) from Toronto, ON Canada and I’m joining this KAL. I’ve done a few KALs and CALs before, but this is my first top. I’ve had my eye on this top for a while now, and ironically I had bought some Vanna’s choice yarn in Michael’s when it was on sale…and ironically it was the perfect amount. So this was truly meant to be… :)

  • Chelli Wilson

    Would love to Knit Along, but I am bigger than your tank top. Are there any instructions for someone who wears a size 26-28 in regular clothes?

  • IPY

    I’m Patricia from New Zealand – my first KAL (I’ve seen many, but this is the first one I’ve seen that I think I will enjoy wearing). If it doesn’t fit me, well I guess it will be a gift for the many girls in the family!
    I’m de-stashing – well that’s the idea anyway, and I have these gorgeous cottons that come from Switzerland that have been in my stash for years – time to give them an airing I think.
    Thanks for all the advice on yarn substitution, much appreciated!

  • Laura

    My name is Laura and this is my first knit along. Looking forward to the inspiration to finish a project.

  • Carol Dittoe

    I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and this is my first KAL. I was greatly disappointed in the pattern choice; it is not attractive at all. I want to learn the techniques though, so I will muddle through.

  • Alice

    I’m looking forward to my first knit along. I’m sure I’ll learn some good tips from you all!

  • sue

    Got yarn, hopefully I can keep up the first few weeks, I teach school and this is a crazy time of the year. I am sue from texas

  • Sarah Laing

    Hi I am Sarah from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada….wow what a mouthful! Although I’m going to have a adjust the pattern gauge so that the top will fit either my daughter or me, I’m excited to join the group and knit this pretty vest.

  • Bracken

    I am Bracken. I have not really knitted anything for about 10 years so altho` I am an experienced knitter historically, I am a beginner as well. The top will be for me tho` I may add sleeves since do not tend to wear Tank type tops. I am from Rugby, UK and this is my first knit along.

  • Kimberly

    I’m Kimberly & I’m in Santa Cruz in California. Not my first KAL but its been 5+ years.

  • Joan Lerner

    Hi, I’m Joanie
    This will e my first –I’ll try to keep up, but I’m a caregiver for my hsband, so my time isnot my own.
    I’m from Estes Park CO

  • Cindy

    Hi my name is Cindy and this will be my first KAL. I usually do crocheting but am looking forward to trying my hand at knitting. Hope it goes well.

  • Deborah Trent

    Debbie from Buffalo NY my first KAL making the top for myself.

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