finished: may 26, 2005
pattern: ella tank (# 32/6) from plassard’s spring 2005 catalog, no. 32
yarn: 3 balls of pingouin’s agadir (wiseneedle entry)
needles: size 7 inox straights
photos by yy
this was my very first attempt at cables and i’m very happy with the results! the very day i recieved the yarn – a long-aniticipated package from my secret pal kimberli, thank you kimberli!! – i immediately broke open all my knitting mags and looked for the perfect pattern. this yarn is so great – perfect for early summer in l.a. : it’s a cotton blend that super-bouncy and cushion-y and once you get then hang of it, it barely snags at all. the yardage is fantastic – i have two balls left over and i want to make something with them, but what i don’t know! – and it’s theoretically machine-washable.
the plassard pattern itself—ahh, a total mess! no too tough to figure out once you’re on the look-out but until then, a little bit of a headache. basically where it says C4L you really want C4F, where it says C4R you want C4B. also, although the center panel pattern repeats three times, it’s a little different each time: the bottom C4F cables repeat four times at the bottom, three times in the middle, and i got it only to repeat twice at the top—if i’d gone for a third repeat like the model had, i would’ve ended up with a turtleneck tank!
seaming was easy as pie, the first time i think i did the mattress stitch totally right, which was exciting though it could have been entirely knitted in the round and saved the mess of seaming.
also this was the first time i did provisional casting on – not that it’s necessary in my opinion—at least with the yarn i used, i don’t think it made the slightest difference visually or in the wearing of it.
i really love the back of the top – ribs are so fun to do and look so dang crisp and professional, i love that. plus ribs make me feel super curvy, which is always nice however, i’m not sure about how it fits me overall – sometimes i love it, other time i think it makes me look like i have no waist! no biggie though, for now it’s done and i’m proud, yay.
[wanna know more? see posted entries about my ella tank.]