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Tank Top Tee in Deco Ribbon

above: Close up of eyelet trim
around neckline

Close up of lower border

below: Tank Top Tee in Deco-Ribbon
color #9234 'orange crush'


Designed and Knit by Marla Mutch

Sizes: 41 (44, 48, 52) inches finished measurements

Deco Ribbon
  7 (8, 9, 10) 50 gr balls Deco-Ribbon, see gauge and sizes below.
Crystal Palace Bamboo 26" Circular Needle size 10 through 13 depending on size tank desired
Stitch Markers

Gauge and sizes: (gauge swatches worked in Stockinette St)
Sizing method for this tank top is based on gauge only.
All sizes have the same numbers of stitches.
Experiment with swatches to get the gauge you want for the size desired.
Gauges for Deco-Ribbon:
14 sts/4 in. on size 10-10.5 needles, 13 sts/4 in. on sizes 10.5-10.75, 12 sts/4 in. on size 11.
Sizes for Tank Top:

14 stitches/4 inches will give you a finished size 41 (7 balls of Deco-Ribbon).
13 stitches/17 rows equals 4 inches in stockinette for finished size 44 (8 balls).
12 stitches/4 inches will give you finished size 48 (9 balls)
11 stitches/4 inches will make a finished size 52, (10 balls).
If you are going to make this longer than 21 inches, buy more yarn.

The Deco-Ribbon col. #9234 orange crush version is photographed on model 5’7" with 36 inch bust in finished size 44". The Deco-Ribbon col. #9542 “dreamy" is on a small size mannequin and is a finished size 41.

YO= yarn over.
S= slip as if to knit.
PSSO= pass slipped stitch over stitch just knit.
SKP= Slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over.

Body: Cast on 150 stitches on the size needles for your tank top, see gauge and size above. Join into round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker for beginning. Work 1 row knit. Work one row purl. Begin pattern as follows:
Row 1: K1, YO, K10, S, K2tog, PSSO, K10, YO, K1.
Row 2: and all rows after a pattern row, knit even.
Row 3: K2, YO, K9, S, K2tog, PSSO, K9, YO, K2.
Row 5: K3, YO, K8, S, K2tog, PSSO, K8, YO, K3.
Row 7: K4, YO, K7, S, K2tog, PSSO, K7, YO, K4.
Row 9: K5, YO, K6, S, K2tog, PSSO, K6, YO, K5.
Row 11: K6, YO, K5, S, K2tog, PSSO, K5, YO, K6.
Row 13: K7, YO, K4, S, K2tog, PSSO, K4, YO, K7.
Row 15: K8, YO, K3, S, K2tog, PSSO, K3, YO, K8.
Row 17: K9, YO, K2, S, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K9.
Row 19: K10, YO, K1, S, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K10.
Row 21: K11, YO, S, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K11.
Knit 1 row, repeat row 21 until armhole shaping at 14“ as measured from cast on edging at top of V of scallop, or desired length.

Continue center patterns, but do not continue the side patterns from row 21.
Row 1: 6 Stitches before marker, (YO, K2tog) 6 times to make eyelets.
Row 2: Work one round even.
Row 3: 6 stitches before marker, begin bind off. Bind off 12 stitches. K63, bind off 12. There should be 63 stitches front, and 63 stitches back.
Place markers at 31 stitches for V neck shaping which you will begin before armhole is done. Front and back are worked exactly the same. You will now be knitting the right side and purling the wrong side.

Eyelet armhole decreases: [Note: start V neck shaping after second armhole decrease.] Dec every right side row 6 times by K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, Knit to within last 5 stitches and K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog.
Purl the wrong side row.
After the 6th decrease on armhole edge, begin non decrease rows with K1, K2tog, YO for left sides, for the right sides, knit to within last 3 stitches, YO, K2tog, K1. In this way the K2tog is on the outside edge of the yarn over, making a neat, thicker border.

V neck eyelet edging: Begin this after 2nd armhole decrease, on the right side only. At marker at neck edge split for right and left side, by SKP the center stitch, 31 stitches on each side. Begin neck hole decreases by working the same decreases as armhole, every right side row, 12 times, 12 stitches remain. Work even, making on decrease eyelets until armhole is 7 inches, or desired depth. Work each side in the same way, placing 12 stitches on holder for three needle bind off after all are done, or cast off, to sew together.

Finishing: Join using a three needle bind off, by holding right sides of garment together put the third needle into the first stitch on the front needle and the first stitch of the back needle, knit those two stitches together. Repeat to second stitch and cast off the first stitch. Work in this manner until all 12 stitches have been cast off. Or cast off and sew shoulders together. Weave in ends.

Thanks to Marla Mutch for this design. Marla lives in Michigan.
We saw Marla at TNNA in Ohio wearing this Deco-Ribbon Tank Top Tee and practically "bought it off her back".

You can reach Marla Mutch Designs at her email:  mjmutch -at-
(replace the -at- with @. We avoid a live-link to reduce Spam.


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last edited 02/07/2012

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