Thursday, May 31, 2007


Firstly i just wanted to shout "Happy halfway Year to everyone!" Wow it sure has flown by.

Anyways, back on the knitting front. After four attempts at this circular knitting thing i finally figured out what i was doing wrong. I had the stitches and working yarn in my left hand instead of my right. I cant believe how much of a difference it It looks like i am now on the right road to knitting this Tunic.

I was just wondering who of us are English knitters like me and who of you are Continental knitters?

Have a great Friday everyone.

**** So i have just seen that it is not yet June 1st for most of my american friends but hey it is here in Britian.

I'm going to have to swatch again!

Well, my gauge on 6s is 5 per inch so I'm going to cast on with 5s and see what I get. I usually knit very tightly but I've been trying to relax and evidently it's working! LOL I am hopeful I can get gauge with the 5s and start on Saturday - I feel so far behind and it's not even June 1! LOL Patti

an update on my progress

here is my tank, in hempathy chocolate... i have about four or five rows. on size 6US (boyes interchangeables)

when i get a few more rows in i am going to put It on two needles and check for twists. I hate to start over again. if i have to, i will just knit the first 2-3 rows, then join... fingers crossed !



Hey everybody, I'm Sally and I like to knit. The minute I saw this pattern, I knew I would make it, and the minute I saw this KAL, I knew I would join it. So there you go. Can't wait to see everyone's FOs. Let's have fun!

I'll be making mine in Hempathy in the Cool Blue colorway. I should be receiving my yarn in the next few days. Yay!

Talk to you guys soon.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

so sad.

i was knitting along with my so soft lionbrand microspun in black. nice fabric, pretty stitches. i had 14 rows done and decided to switch to my new boyes interchangables since i bent my circs the tank was on. the closer i got to finishing the switch the more it looked like it was twisted. oh no! crap, it was, and i don't know how i missed that. so i frogged the whole thing! :(

i re-cast on with chocolate hempathy. i have about four rows. i was super extra careful this time. fingers crossed. i am gonna wait and move all the stitches on two circs to strech it out and check again. *sigh*

Ready to go

Hi everyone. I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Megann and I live in southern Orange County, CA. My yarn came in the mail yesterday. I went with Knit Picks CotLin. They only had two colors available when I ordered so I went with Fiesta Pink... and oh boy is it pink! I'm looking forward to starting tomorrow. It will be fun to see all the different versions in the KAL. A big thanks to Adrienne for getting this organized.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I started!

Ok, so I know that i am a little early to start this but i couldn't wait any longer. The thing is, is that this morning i saw Adriennes post and now i have a few This will teach me for getting ahead of myself.

1. With circular needles are you supposed to knit all the way round so its one continuous piece or do you knit it from one end to the other so it is more like a straight line than a circle - my beginnerness is so totally showing - lol.

2. Stitch markers - Do you move them along as you knit more rows as i haven't been. I just have one at the very first row on my knitting.

Oh dear - i feel Frogging coming on already.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Just a little progress

I had to put down Rusted Root because it was working my nerves lol, this was my progress on Friday. I'm about 30% through it now...

Happy Knitting!

Yet another new member!

Hey everyone!

Just joined (obviously) and figured I'd introduce myself.

My name's Trine, I'm 18 and live in Denmark, and I LOVED the Summertime Tunic ever since I saw it for the first time in the new IK mag (which, btw, is so worth every penny), but since I have quite a few projects on my needles at the moment, I didn't want to start another one.
But you probably know the feeling; what's another project, right? ;)

I've got a gift certificate that I'm going to use tomorrow to buy some contrast yarn for a sweater I'm working on, but there'll be plenty left over - probably enough to buy yarn for this project! :) I'm thinking of using Garnstudio's Safran, because it's cheap and the yardage's good, the gauge is almost spot-on (23 spi instead of 22 spi, but I'm a smaller bust than 33½", so it's all good) - but it's 100% cotton. Egyptian cotton, but nevertheless. I've never used this before, and normally I'd just make it in wool, but I want something I can actually use during the summer! ;)

Is anyone else using 100% cotton? I'm concerned about the sag-factor and the drape...
I've got my eye on some 50/50 cotton/acrylic as well, but I really like Garnstudio's yarns - it's not expensive, and so far I've only had good experiences with their yarns.

Anyway, can't wait to get started. :)

Trine xx

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Just Joined!

Hi all, just joined this KAL. Actually, this is my first KAL. I've wanted to make this tunic ever since I saw it in IK, so it will be fun to knit w/company! Thanks again, Adrienne.

Update: I've just ordered my yarn. I went with Elann's Sonata Print in Lilac Medley. I've never used this yarn, but from what I've read about it, it should be a good substitution.

Buy yarn here


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Question about Circular needles

How do you straighten out your circular needles? I have been soaking the cable part in very hot water and then straigtening the bend with my hands. While it does help straighten them for the most part, when I picked them up this morning, they had returned to their usual "curl". Arghhhh.... Anyone have a tip or trick they would like to share? I'm planning to swatch for my gauge as this arrived yesterday!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007


So yippee, my knitting needles arrived a few days ago and last night i decided to get out my wool and do a little swatch. At first i was a little worried about the size of the needles - I have never used ones that are so small, but my swatch turned out ok and looks to be the right gauge so Yay for me. Here is a picture of my swatch half way through....I love the colour and the knit of this yarn/wool so cant wait to get started.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Joining in!

Hi all - I finally gave in and signed up for this KAL. I ordered my yarn today too - Elann Callista in the Tarragon colorway. I can't wait to get the yarn and get started. It will be wonderful to have so many others able to answer questions and encourage us along!

Monday, May 21, 2007

My yarn

Here's what I'm planning to use - it's much brighter in person--pink, fuschia, lilac & purple!

some inspiration

Apparently there is no errors, I had suspected that because it is literally a SAK, but check the FO out.

She did a great job right?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Switching needle sizes in pattern

I was reading through the pattern and where you have to change needle sizes, if you don't have interchangeables, I assume you would have to put all your stitches on the smaller circ first before continuing to knit? I always have to go down a size or 2 in my knitting so I'll be doing it on size 5 and 3's, and they don't make interchangeables for the 3's--at least I couldn't find them.

I just ordered Addi Natura (bamboo) circs, I think the Turbos would be too slick for the cotton/nylon ribbon yarn I'm going to use. Thanks!

Also, if someone can guide me how to post a pic, I'll post my yarn :) Thanks!


Yippee, I got my yarn

I got my yarn in the mail yesterday, I started a swatch to pick out my needles, right now I only have a #5 circular thats long enough, and I want to try it before I go out and buy another set of circulars, though, I dont think I have anymore that are smaller, so I'll have to buy some anyway for the waist part, okay here it is....... DB cathay in Teal

Yay..I just ordered my Elann Sonata today! This is my first KAL and I'm looking forward to it! I can't wait to start.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Finally..... Yarn porn

gosh, I finally can post my yarn for this tunic.

Elann sonata in peacock green

Thanks for joining everyone, this will be fun

Hello Everyone!!

Im so excited, this is my first official KAL, I ordered some debbie bliss cathay in teal, should be getting it soon, cant wait to cast on, then I'll be sure to post some pix. Happy Knitting!


OK ladies - I have now ordered my knitting needles for the tunic. Hopefully they will be here by monday or tuesday and then i can do my swatch.

Hello all!

I am really looking forward to this one! I am still trying to figure out which yarn to use. I am think of using calmer. I think I'm going to alter the straps a bit so they cover my bra straps though. I may sew in one of those tanks with a built in braunder the tank and ribbon. Can't wait to see how thee look!


Thursday, May 17, 2007

I'm joining too

Hey guys, this will be my second wearable top--currently have Cleo on the needles, so can't wait to finish and get started on this. Think I'm going to go with either some King Tut cotton in burgundy or Berroco Zen cotton/nylon ribbon in a pretty purple/pink mix--I'll swatch first and see what I like best. I'm excited to start this--thanks, Adrienne!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Just started tonight!

I picked out my own Mother's Day gift and seeing as how I am a little "off" the garden these days I decided to postpone my typical trip to the local nursery and instead pick a knitting pattern and make something for me (other than socks) now that I've lost so much weight. I'd fallen in love with the Summertime Tunic in the latest Interweave Knits and so a trip to the local LYS was in order. I still have not looked at anything in the magazine besides this pattern! I didn't want to knit it up in DK and wanted to make it larger (to fit and roomier because I intend to wear it over a bathing suit or tank. Happily we found K2Ctoo's, 2nd Time Cotton to be the perfect worsted weight substitute and in a lovely beachy colorway called Nantucket. I cast on tonight and am already an inch in and happily knitting in circles-except for when I am itchy. Nothing completely takes my mind off the itchy. Sigh. Oh and the other neat thing is at only $6.50 a skein and 180 yards on each it's a very reasonably priced tank at that!! I look forward to seeing what everyone else is doing!

pretty yarn p0rn

everyones yarn choices are so pretty! i love all the different colors. this will be great seeing all the different tops.

got my yarn!

now I just need to purchase the needles and I'll be set!

Hi everyone.

I've just joined this knitalong. Thanks for the invite. I'm not sure what yarn I'm going to use yet - thinking about Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere or Cotton DK or perhaps some Jo Sharp yarn.

Looking forward to seeing all your progress.


Wool and Question

So this is the wool that I will be using. I am not sure about all its properties etc but it looks nice which is mainly why i chose
I have a question about the swatch? Do we need to knit it using the circular needles or can we just use straight needles that are the same size?

Thanks everyone

Sunday, May 13, 2007

I got my yarn! YAY!

Ok, now I ordered my yarn from Like on, Wednesday and it was waiting for me on Friday when I got home! WOO HOO! I really like it and can't wait to knit up a swatch. One thing I did notice. The pictures of the yarn on the site is VERY dull compared to the ACTUAL color of the yarn. It is VERY rich, and VERY vibrant. So there ya have it! Happy Knitting! I can't wait to start on this one!


Hi there

Hi ladies,

This will be the second item that i have knitted so might need a little help along the way. So excited to start. I have bought my wool - beautiful shade of blue but i do still need to get the needles so will be doing that on saturday!


Hi everybody, Adrienne, thank you for the invite. I will probably be using Elan Sonata. Will see have to decide yet. Exciting!!! I will be making this top for me. Maria

Saturday, May 12, 2007

New to KAL

I'm Robyn and I'm so excited for this KAL. I'm making this for my daughter's birthday. She will be 11. I'm using RH Baby Soft is blue...had to go with a cheaper yarn due to budget constraints. So glad to be a part of this!


new to KAL

Hi! I am excited about this tank! it is so cute and simple. I am using lionbrand microspun in black and so far it is knitting up great. I didn't do a guage swatch, but i figured if its a little loose thats ok :) I have some chocolate hempathy laying around.........

Friday, May 11, 2007

Yarn Ordered!

Hey guys! I ordered my yarn the other day! YAY! I got Elann Sonata in Coffee Bean I will let you guys know as soon as I get it! YAY! lol

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Just joined the KAL

Hi all,

I'm glad that a KAL's been started for this tank top. :) I'll be substituting the recommended yarn with Rowan Calmer in Drift. The yarn's weight is just slightly heavier, but I'll be giving it a go anyway.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Some Yarn Subs

Hi hi,

I'm very excited to get started on this, and thank you both for setting up this KAL!

I found a few really affordable substitute yarns and thought it would behoove me to share:

I should add as a disclaimer that I'm a grad student, so yes, I really search for inexpensive yarns.

- Vicki

Yarn Sale

Hi guys! The recommended yarn for the Summertime Tunic is S. Charles Collezione Kyoto. It is on sale now HERE until the end of the month if you want to use this.

That's all for now!


Sunday, May 6, 2007


Hey everyone,

This Knitalong is going to start officially on June 1 2007, the pattern can be found at Interweave knits, its a free downloadable file. However before we all begin, feel free to post about you yarn recommendations and substitutions and introduce yourself.
If you want to join, contact Adrienne, this will be so much fun!