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Amandine Tank

Knit this easy-breezy tank for a burst of outfitting sunshine. Amandine is a fully buttoned v-tank with a combination of a mesh-like texture and stockinette. It is worked from the bottom up in one piece. Stitches for the button bands are picked up and worked at the end. Directions include two fits: comfort fit as shown which includes shaping from the hips to waist, and slim fit which is worked straight without shaping. Sure to become a layering favorite, this tank will go from warm weather escapes to casually cool evenings.

Time: 2 Week Project

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 31 (35, 39.25, 43.5, 47, 51, 55.25, 59.5)” to fit bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58)”

1” positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 35”

Gauge:

21 sts and 23 rows =  4” [10cm] in triangle lace with larger needles after wet blocking

22 sts and 23 rows = 4” [10cm] in triangle lace with smallest needles after wet blocking

23 sts and 34 rows = 4” [10cm] in St st with medium needles after wet blocking

Materials

Fine weight yarnYarn: Manos del Uruguay Feliz (70% merino superwash, 30% modal; 350 yards [320 meters]/100 grams]): Z20451 Cantaloupe (2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) hanks)

Needles:

US size 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular (for straps)

US size 6 (4 mm) straight or circular, 24”

US size 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular, 24″, or size needed to obtain gauge

Notions: Markers, tapestry needle, waste yarn (optional), 7 (7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8) 5/8” [15 mm] buttons

Abbreviations

ssp – Sl1 kwise, sl next st kwise, return sts to left needle. With right needle tip behind work,

insert from left to right through the back of both sts and purl these 2 tog tbl. (1 st decreased)

Triangle lace (even number of sts)

Row 1 (RS): K1, *yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the yo; rep from * to last st, k1.

Row 2 (WS): P1, *p2, drop yo from previous row; rep from * to last st, p1.

Row 3: K2, *yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the yo; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 4: P2, *p2, drop yo from previous row; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Rep Rows 1-4 for patt.

Cable CO – Insert right needle from front to back between last 2 sts on left needle. Wrap yarn around needle as if to knit and pull through a fairly good-sized loop. Rotate the right needle clockwise, insert left needle into loop on right needle from left to right. Remove right needle. Snug up the yarn so stitch is uniform in size with other sts. Rep until required number of sts are CO.

Pattern Notes

Top is worked flat in one piece from the bottom up, divided at the armholes, then each front and back is worked separately. Stitches are picked up along each front for button bands, then stitches are cast on to form straps which are sewn to back when finished.

When counting sts, do not count yarn overs.

When measuring length of lace, pattern refers to blocked length. Measure length by counting rows or stop 2” before length, place stitches on waste yarn, wet block and pin out lace to dry, then return to needles and continue knitting if needed to reach pattern length.

Pattern

Body

Slim fit option only:

For a slim fit that is straight from bottom edge to underarm, with largest needles, CO 162 (182, 202, 224, 246, 266, 288, 308) sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1 (selvedge), work Row 1 of triangle lace to last st, k1 (selvedge).

Maintaining first and last st in St st for selvedges, cont to work in triangle lace patt until piece measures 11 (11, 11, 11, 11, 12.5, 12.5, 12.5)” from CO edge, ending with a RS row.

Comfort fit option only:

For a comfort fit as shown with sample, with largest needles, CO 178 (198, 218, 240, 262, 282, 304, 324) sts.

Row 1 (RS): K1 (selvedge), work Row 1 of triangle lace to last st, k1 (selvedge).

Maintaining first and last st in St st for selvedges, cont to work in triangle lace patt until piece measures 4”, ending with Row 1 of patt.

Dec row 1 (WS): Work in patt until 40 (46, 52, 56, 62, 66, 72, 78) sts are on RH needle, (dropyo, ssp) twice, (drop yo, p2tog) twice, work in patt over 82 (90, 98, 112, 122, 134, 144, 152) sts not counting yos, (drop yo, ssp) twice, (drop you, p2tog) twice, work in patt to end. (170 (190, 210, 232, 254, 274, 296, 316) sts rem)

Cont to work in patt until piece measures 8”, ending with Row 1 of patt.

Dec row 2 (WS): Work in patt until 38 (44, 50, 54, 60, 64, 70, 76) sts are on RH needle, (dropyo, ssp) twice, (drop yo, p2tog) twice, work in patt over 78 (86, 94, 108, 118, 130, 140, 148) sts not counting yos, (drop yo, ssp) twice, (drop yo, p2tog) twice, work in patt to end. (162 (182, 202, 224, 246, 266, 288, 308) sts rem)

Work in patt until piece measures 10 (10, 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12)” from CO edge, ending with a RS row.

Both fit options:

Next row (WS): P2, knit and drop all yos as you go to last 2 sts, p2.

Inc row (RS): With middle size needles, *k13 (11, 10, 10, 12, 11, 11, 10) sts, M1; rep from * to last 6 (6, 2, 4, 6, 2, 2, 8) sts, knit to end. (174 (198, 222, 246, 266, 290, 314, 338) sts)

Work in St st until piece measures 15 (15, 15, 15, 15, 17, 17, 17)” from CO edge, ending with a RS row.

Note: Length is final blocked length. Measure by counting rows or stop several inches before, block, then continue knitting if needed.

Next row (WS): P44 (50, 56, 62, 67, 73, 79, 85) sts, pm for side, p86 (98, 110, 122, 132, 144, 156, 168) sts, pm for side, purl to end.

Divide fronts and back:

Next row (RS): Knit to next m, remove marker, turn, place rem sts on hold. (44 (50, 56, 62, 67, 73, 79, 85) active sts rem)

Right front

Note: Front neck shaping and armhole shaping occur at the same time.

Next row (WS): BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts, purl to last 2 sts, k2. (41 (47, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, 80) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Dec row (WS): K1, ssk, k1, purl to end. (1 st decreased)

Rep last 2 rows 0 (2, 6, 11, 12, 16, 18, 21) more times. (38 (38, 32, 22, 24, 18, 18, 14) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Next row (WS): K3, purl to end.

Rep last 2 rows 16 (16, 13, 8, 9, 6, 6, 4) more times. (4 sts rem)

Dec row (RS): Ssk, k2tog. (2 sts rem)

BO last 2 sts.

Back

With RS facing, return 86 (98, 110, 122, 132, 144, 156, 168) sts held for back to middle size needles.

Next row (RS): BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts, knit to end.

Next row (WS): BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts, purl to last 3 sts, k3. (80 (92, 104, 114, 124, 136, 148, 158) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Dec row (WS): K1, ssk, k1, purl to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Rep last 2 rows 2 (5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16, 18) times. (68 (68, 72, 70, 76, 76, 80, 82) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Next row (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Rep last 2 rows 4 (3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3, 3) times. (58 (60, 62, 62, 66, 68, 72, 74) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, k1, work in 1×1 rib to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Next row (WS): K3, work in 1×1 rib to last 3 sts, k3.

Rep last 2 rows twice. (52 (54, 56, 56, 60, 62, 66, 68) sts rem)

BO all sts in patt.

Left front

Note: Front neck shaping and armhole shaping occur at the same time.

With RS facing, return 44 (50, 56, 62, 67, 73, 79, 85) sts held for left front to middle size needles.

Next row (RS): BO 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) sts, knit to end. (41 (47, 53, 58, 63, 69, 75, 80) sts rem)

Next row (WS): Purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Dec row (WS): Purl to last 4 sts, k1, k2tog, k1. (1 st decreased)

Rep last 2 rows 0 (2, 6, 11, 12, 16, 18, 21) more times. (38 (38, 32, 22, 24, 18, 18, 14) sts rem)

Dec row (RS): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. (2 sts decreased)

Next row (WS): Purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Rep last 2 rows 16 (16, 13, 8, 9, 6, 6, 4) more times. (4 sts rem)

Dec row (RS): Ssk, k2tog. (2 sts rem)

BO last 2 sts.

Finishing

Button hole band

Note: For a flush bottom edge, pick up the first stitch by taking your needle into the CO edge and inserting into the second CO st.

Row 1 (RS): With smallest needle and RS facing, begin at bottom of right front and pick up and knit 93 (93 (93, 93, 93, 107, 107, 107) sts to beg of neck shaping, then pick up and knit 28 (30, 32, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42) sts to top of right front. Insert needle into center of top st of bind off row and pick up and knit 1 st, turn, cable CO 36 (36, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44) sts. (158 (160, 164, 166, 168, 186, 190, 194) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Knit.

Row 3 (RS): K1 (selvedge), work Row 1 of triangle lace to last st, k1 (selvedge).

Row 4 (WS): P1 (selvedge), work Row 2 of triangle lace to last st, p1 (selvedge).

Row 5 (buttonholes): K1 (selvedge), k2, yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the yo, *sl1, (sl1, pass first st over second and off needle) twice, sl last st back to left needle and turn work; pass yarn between the needles to the back of your work, cable CO 3 sts, turn; wyib sl first st on left needle to right needle and pass the last CO st over it and off needle, tug yarn slightly, k1, (yo, sl1, k1, yo, psso the knit st and the yo) 5 times; rep from * 6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7) more times, then cont working in patt to last 3 sts, k3.

Rows 6-8: Maintaining first and last st in St st for selvedges, begin with Row 4 of triangle lace and work 3 more rows of triangle lace.

Row 9 (RS): Firmly BO all sts pwise.

Cut yarn and leave an 8” tail for seaming.

Button Band

With smallest needle, CO 2 sts, turn.
Cable CO 34 (34, 36, 38, 38, 40, 40, 42) sts, turn. (36 (36, 38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44) sts)

Row 1 (RS): With RS of left top facing, insert needle into center of top st of bind off row and pick up and knit 1 st, pick up and knit 28 (30, 32, 32, 34, 36, 40, 42) sts to bottom of neck shaping, pick up and knit 93 (93 (93, 93, 93, 107, 107, 107) sts to bottom edge. For a flush bottom edge, pick up the last stitch by taking your needle into the CO edge and inserting into the second CO st. (158 (160, 164, 166, 168, 186, 190, 194) sts)

Row 2 (WS): Knit.

Row 3 (RS): K1 (selvedge), work Row 1 of triangle lace to last st, k1 (selvedge).

Rows 4-8: Maintaining first and last st in St st for selvedges, cont to work 5 more rows of triangle lace as established, ending with a WS row.

Row 9 (RS): Firmly BO all sts pwise.

Use strap yarn tail to sew right strap to right 6 sts of back neck, and left strap to left 6 sts of back neck. Use yarn tails at each underarm to close gap between center underarm sts. Weave in tail using duplicate stitch. Block and stretch out strap to measurements in schematic. Sew buttons opposite holes. Weave in e

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