I never figured out the whole PDF thing, so for now, here’s the pattern for the Textured Toddler Tank, which I showed in a prior post.
This is more tutorial than pattern, as I knit the tank freestyle. I’m going to break this into chunks, and hopefully it will all fit together.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease, in Dark Rose Heather – I was stashbusting, but in retrospect, a cotton blend would be better
Yardage: I used less than half an 85 gram skein, so I’m going to estimate about 70 yards.
Needles: U.S. size 6 (4.25 mm), U.S. size 2 (2.75 mm)
Gauge: around 20 st./4 in.
Texture pattern (Diamond and Lozenge):
Multiple of 12 stitches (I used 36)
Rows 1 and 2: *K6, p6; rep from * to end.
Rows 3 and 4: *P1, k5, p5, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 5 and 6: *K1, p1, k4, p4, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rows 7 and 8: *P1, k1, p1, k3, p3, k1, p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 9 and 10: *[K1, p1] twice, k2, p2, [k1, p1] twice; rep from * to end.
Rows 11 and 12: *P1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 13 and 14: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rows 15 and 16: *[P1, k1] twice, p2, k2, [p1, k1] twice; rep from * to end.
Rows 17 and 18: *K1, p1, k1, p3, k3, p1, k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rows 19 and 20: *P1, k1, p4, k4, p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 21 and 22: *K1, p5, k5, p1; rep from * to end.
Rows 23 and 24: *P6, k6; rep from * to end.
Rows 25 and 26: *P5, k1, p1, k5; rep from * to end.
Rows 27 and 28: *P4, [k1, p1] twice, k4; rep from * to end.
Rows 29 and 30: *P3, [k1, p1] 3 times, k3; rep from * to end.
Rows 31 and 32: *P2, [k1, p1] 4 times, k2; rep from * to end.
Rows 33 and 34: *P1, k1; rep from * to end.
Rows 35 and 36: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Rows 37 and 38: *K2, [p1, k1] 4 times, p2; rep from * to end.
Rows 39 and 40: *K3, [p1, k1] 3 times, p3; rep from * to end.
Rows 41 and 42: *K4, [p1, k1] twice, p4; rep from * to end.
Rows 43 and 44: *K5, p1, k1, p5; rep from * to end.
OK, so that looks daunting, but it’s all knitting and purling, and let me assure you that as the pattern emerges, it quickly becomes second nature. I was not looking at the pattern at all once I had gotten just an inch or so in. The shape you’re making is remarkably easy, just two rectangles of the same size, so you can afford to play with the texture a little. This is a good pattern for anyone who is just getting used to knitting and wanting a little challenge – but not too much of one.
Cast on 36 stitches and knit in pattern. This should be about 6 inches across, but it doesn’t have to be exact. That is the beauty of knitting for young children – if you make it larger than they are now, chances are it will fit at some point. Knit until you have about 10 and a half inches. Ideally, the pattern will repeat itself so that the diamonds line up in the middle, and you have half a textured diamond on each end. Then you’re going to make another rectangle that looks exactly the same. They’ll look about like this.
Now, turn the two rectangles sideways, and seam them together up the sides. Your new object looks approximately like this:
Pick up five stitches 2 and a half inches from the outside edge. Knitting in garter stitch, knit for 7 inches. Then you’ll make a buttonhole. Knit two stitches, knit two together, and then knit one. One the next row, knit one stitch, then knit the front and back of the next stitch, then knit the remaining two stitches as you normally would. If you want to make the straps adjustable, knit another three quarters of an inch, and then add another buttonhole. Knit for 1 inch after the last buttonhole. The second strap is made the same way. Your garment now looks like this:
Finally, to make the lace, pick up the stitches along the inside edge of the left strap, all the stitches along the middle of the rectangle between the two straps, and all the stitches on the inside edge of the right strap.
Knit one row, then purl the next. On the third row, k3, *slip stitch on right needle back onto left needle, cast on 2 stitches, bind off 5 stitches, repeat from * to end. Fasten off. You then pick up all the outside stitches and do the exact same thing. You’ve got lace now that looks approximately like this:
Now all you need to do is sew your two small buttons on the inside of the back, attach your straps, and you’re good to go. You could add a rectangle of fabric for a skirt, or just leave it as a tank. If you wish to make the tank in a smaller or larger size, using different needle sizes would work, as would changing yarns. I hope this is useful to someone. If you notice any errata in the pattern, please let me know. Enjoy!