Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Spidery Tank

Spidery Tank

by Nichola Thompson

from Interweave Knits Summer 2009

  34" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 34" size sweater is modeled with zero ease.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals

Bust 34.5"
Waist 27"
Hip 37.5"
Height 5' 8"

Sharon, back view Sharon, front view

Sharon says:
I'm really fond of this one. You could layer it over a tank, tee, or even a long-sleeve tee. I'd pick a fun color for contrast — baby blue comes to mind. And jeans always work, but I might put this over a long skirt and add wooden jewelry for a boho effect.
Allison Karen

Allison says: I thought this was a fun, summery piece–perfect for the beach or a quick trip to the farmer's market. It's a little more spare than I would usually wear, so I would probably pair it with jeans as I did for the photo shoot.
Bust 36”
Waist 27”
Hip 36”
Height 5’ 4”

Karen says:
I guess I’m ready for summer because this tank instantly made me think of the beach. I would wear it over a white or pale-colored tee with a pair of jeans or shorts.
Bust 32"
Waist 24"
Hip 38"
Height 5' 3"

Sandi's Notes:

I've been seeing a lot of these tank-tunics lately–and on a variety of body types! (No, really.) This one makes me think of a great after-yoga (Pilates?) cover-up; it also makes me think of all those darling dance outfits the folks wear for practice sessions on TV dance shows.

Wear it clingy if that makes you happy; wear it looser for a California-heels-and-sunshine-shopping look.

If the length makes you nervous because it might enhance curves you'd rather hide, then you have two options: work the waist and hip section with larger needles, to give yourself more room there; or shorten the tunic so it becomes a lace tank, gracefully skimming just the top of your widest bits.

Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
 – I think Allison needs the next size up, due to the way it pulls across her bust.
 – Karen's wearing it with 2" positive ease, but this works for her because she likes to layer things underneath.
 – Note the difference in length between 5' 8" Sharon and 5' 4" Karen. To determine length for yourself, mark where the underarms fall on a favorite tank top, then measure down your side to the point where you'd like the tank to end. Compare that to the schematic and knit accordingly.

Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type does this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


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