It’s a new knit-along!

Our early-summer knit-along, the Maple Street Cardigan, is over and my Maple Street Cardigan is almost done; so close! I just have to finish the buttonband and sew in a bunch of ends.

We need to vote on a new knit-along now, so let the fun begin!

I've gathered four patterns here for your consideration, one tee-shirt and three tanks, although I think a couple of these could also be thought of as vests. Take a look and then click on the survey below to choose your favorite.

Sprout Tee by Kathy Zimmerman

This tee's crisp twisted stitch lines gain a bit of softness when worked in a textured organic cotton yarn. Kathy uses honeycomb accents, cap sleeves, and a wide U-neck to give a casual sweater a bit of polish.

Kathy's signature cables are deceptively easy to work, too. I took a look at this one on Ravelry and it looks great on all body types. It's easy to lengthen or shorten the sleeves, too.

Finished Size 33 1⁄2 (36 1⁄2, 39 1⁄2, 42 1⁄2, 45 1⁄2, 48 1⁄2)" bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 33 1⁄2", modeled with minimal positive ease.
Yarn Classic Elite Sprout (100% organic cotton; 109 yd [99 m]/100 g): #4385 dreamsicle, 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9) balls, #3 – Light.
Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm): straight. Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight and 16" circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Cable needle (cn); markers (m); tapestry needle.
Gauge 16 sts and 21 rows = 4" in rev St st on larger needles, after blocking; 32 sts of central cable panel = 7" wide on larger needles, after blocking; 21 sts and 22 rows = 4" in body rib patt on larger needles, after blocking.

     Counterpane Blouse by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

This knitted tank is worked with front and back panels-the back panel features a counterpane lace pane; the front is a block of garter stitch. Straps and a lace skirt makes this a girly summer top that's fun to knit.

This one gets my vote. I wrote about it in a post last month; I'm going to make it for my sister and give it to her when I visit her in Egypt in the fall. It's just gorgeous.

Finished Size 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" bust circumference. Blouse shown measures 36", modeled with 2" positive ease.
Yarn Louet Euroflax Sport (100% linen; 270 yd [245 m]/100 g): #27 crabapple, 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) skeins.
Yarn Weight #2 – Fine
Needles Counterpane panel-size 4 (3.5 mm): 16" circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Body-size 4 (3.5 mm): 32" cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; size E/4 (3.5 mm)crochet hook.
Gauge 18 sts and 27 rnds = 4" in St st and patt from Chevron Lace chart; 17 sts and 32 rows/rnds = 4" in garter st with ridges running horizontally; 17 sts and 48 rows = 4" in garter st with ridges running vertically.

Bella Blouse by Norah Gaughan

Norah used a trailing-bud pattern framed by faggot stitches as the lace border for her flared top. She ran the border horizontally along the bottom and used the pattern as an inset in the V-neck and as fabric for the short cap sleeves.

I've loved this since it made its debut in the summer 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. It's so unique, feminine, and beautiful!

Finished Size: 34 1/2 (38 1/2, 42 1/2, 46 1/2, 50 1/2)" bust circumference. Top shown measures 34 1/2".
Yarn: Berroco Cotton Twist (70% mercerized cotton, 30% rayon; 85 yd [78 m]/50 g): #8345 Sensei (copper; A), 5 (6, 7, 8, 8) skeins. Berroco Touche (50% cotton, 50% rayon; 89 yd [81 m]/50 g): #7970 nectar (orange; B), 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) skeins, #4 – Medium.
Gauge: 20 sts and 26 rows = 4" in St st with A on larger needles.
Needles: Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Removable markers (m); tapestry needle.

Elinor Tunic by Wendy Bernard

Wendy spices up a top-down, seamless tank with mosaic colorwork band and vented sides. A textured silk and cotton tweed yarn knits up into an unexpectedly natural backdrop for the Elinor Tunic.

This easy to knit tunic is really easy to modify because you can place the colorwork band at the most flattering place on your body. Because you can try the top-down tunic on as you go, you'll know exactly when to start the colorwork!

Finished Size: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 50)" bust circumference. Sweater shown measures 32", modeled with about 2" negative ease for a tailored fit.
Yarn: Rowan Summer Tweed (70% silk, 30% cotton; 118 yd [108 m]/50 g): #514 reed (MC, taupe), 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) skeins; #511 cape (CC1, blue) and #538 butterball (CC2, yellow), 1 (1, 2, 2, 2, 2) skein(s) each; #536 torrid (CC3, rust), 1 skein. Yarn distributed by Westminster Fibers, #4 – Medium
Needles: Body-size 8 (5 mm): 30" or longer circular (cir). Ribbing-size 7 (4.5 mm): 16" or longer cir. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions: Waste yarn for provisional CO; stitch holder; removable markers; regular markers (m); several beads (optional); "big eye" beading needle for attaching beads (optional).
Gauge: 16 sts and 24 rows/rnds = 4" in St st on larger needle; 26 rnds of Mosaic chart = about 3 1⁄2" high.

Tune in next Friday for an in-depth look at the Maple Street Cardigan, and, I'll be announcing the new knit-along!

In the meantime, take the survey and vote for your favorite pattern for our next knit-along.

Cheers,

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