When you’re knitting a linen tank top, you kind of want to finish it in time for Summer. In time to actually wear it that Summer. But that linen. It makes gorgeous fabric, one that actually takes to the washer and dryer really well. It drapes like a dream, is comfortable against the skin. Knitting it though… It has no give at all. Feels like twine! It actually hurts a little to knit it for long stretches of time. But I did it! And I love it so much. It fits like a dream, form fitting but not tight at all.
The pattern is the Versailles Shell by Connie Chang Chinchio. (Please ignore the horrible blocking. I machine washed and dried and it came out damp. I finger blocked it a bit. Even steamed it a little! But I should have used pins.)
It’s mostly stockinette stitch with a lace detail at the hip…
… a lace stripe at the upper back…
… and lace at the upper front.
The edges are all finished with a row of single crochet. I found some metal buttons in the stash that worked exactly right.
I used Euroflax Originals to make it, 3 hanks with a tiny bit of one hank left over. I’m going to test that little leftover on my knitting machine. If it works, those 2 other hanks might get used there. Easier on the hands and all.
Yeah, just watch me forget the pain and decide to handknit another linen tank next Summer…
Beautiful! Good you made it in time for summer; that is always a challenge! Greetings from Norway, Hege
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Ooh, that lace detailing is gorgeous! I’ve never tried using linen yarn- it’s good to know that it’s not the easiest.
It’s totally worth the trouble for the finished product but yeah, very hard on the hands. If I hadn’t been in such a hurry to finish the top, I would have taken more breaks. Maybe knit something else at the same time to alternate.
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