May 23rd, 2013
Note: This is the fifth installment of our Spring 2013 Knit-Along. To view previous posts, click here.
Last week, I finished the left front of the Tranquil Tank Top and this week I have knitted the right side. I really like how this pattern immediately proceeds to the opposite side of the fronts. The right front is the side that is on the outside and is completely worked from stitches that are part of the ribbing. For the left side, I had to cast on stitches, and although these cast on stitches may appear a little loose or uneven, there are no worries as the cast on edge of the left front will be sewn down and hidden on the inside:
Many times I see patterns where the instructions for the second part of a front states to work same as the first side, but in reverse. That can be confusing since the shaping, cables and lace pattern are all done in “reverse”. One of the great things about this pattern is that the chart shows exactly what to do for both sides by including separate charts for the left and right fronts. The right side is truly a “mirror image” of the left side with all shaping, lace and cables done in the opposite direction. The cables on the left front were worked with the cable needle held in the back, whereas the cables for the right front are worked with the cable needle held in the front. The right-slanting lace on the left side were worked with a yarn-over before a ssk decrease and the left-slanting lace on the right side is just the opposite… a knit 2 together (k2tog) decrease before a yarn-over. The fronts are truly reflections of each other. As I was getting near the top of the right side I was realizing just how pretty this top is going to turn out.
So, have I done anything differently on the front? I found the only thing I changed was to work two more rows of each front so that a last cable was complete once more to “pull in” that shoulder just a little and to finish that rope twist appearance all the way to the top of the shoulder. Other than that, this pattern was a joy to follow and I am ready to finish! How are your projects coming along? Did you make any adjustments?
Previous Posts from this Knit-Along:
- Knitting the Front is Off The Charts
- Ribbing and Knitting the Back
- Additional Sizes (or How to Resize a Pattern)
- Gauge Swatching
- Join Our Spring Knit-Along Featuring the Tranquil Tank Top