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Jul 1, 2011

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.


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on Jul 5, 2011 11:26 AM

Thanks, cakirkette, for the link that shows the front of the Counterpane. That was silly of me to leave it out!

I have to tell you that when I saw this blouse in person and photographed it on my knitting buddies, a bunch of them wore it backward and it looked great.

ZassZ wrote
on Jul 4, 2011 11:40 AM

I like the Bella Tunic.  Next would be the Elinor Tunic.  When I clicked on the pic of the Elinor took me to ordering for e project and then I saw on the right side of page the Bonsai Tunic, Nora Gaughan which I like as well.   Pretty deep U-shaped front sleeveless tunic with two pretty lace patterns.  One lace going up along side bust from top of rib cage to shoulders and the other below the ribbing in the middle.  It looks interesting and so I'll go to Berocco to check out the yarn.  I do love the yarn color for the Bella and that it's cotton & rayon and the Bonsai Tunic uses bamboo & nylon.  Nice and soft.   I would like to do them both.  Thanks!

seadane wrote
on Jul 3, 2011 7:42 PM

I have been eyeing the counterpane for quite a while....Counterpane for me!

cakirkette wrote
on Jul 3, 2011 6:13 PM

Here is a link to a blog with a nice clear picture of the front of the Counterpane Blouse:

cakirkette wrote
on Jul 3, 2011 6:13 PM

Here is a link to a blog with a nice clear picture of the front of the Counterpane Blouse:

dnllwbbr8 wrote
on Jul 3, 2011 1:08 PM

I have been eyeing up the Counterpane Blouse for some while, and while packing up to move I found an awesome turquoise to knit it with... I am deffinitly interested in doing this as a knit-a-long, but will be do it myself if something else is picked.

on Jul 3, 2011 10:20 AM

I love the look of the counterpane blouse. Is there somewhere to see the front though?

Susanlondon wrote
on Jul 2, 2011 6:47 PM

I love the lace look of the counterpane blouse. I too would like to see a picture of the front before I commit.



Kelleigh wrote
on Jul 2, 2011 2:04 PM

I have the Summer 2007 issue but it was only mentioned in that issue as a web bonus/download so that let's my choice out.  I would have voted for the Bella Blouse though.  Don't have the pattern so I'll sit this one out.  Have fun all!

purl girl wrote
on Jul 2, 2011 11:54 AM

I LOVE the Bella Blouse!

kricketp wrote
on Jul 2, 2011 11:38 AM

Definetly the CounterPane Blouse!!! How beautiful!!!

HenricaMaria wrote
on Jul 2, 2011 5:31 AM

Bella, bella, bella, bellaha....

knitwit28 wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 8:07 PM

Counterpane Blouse for sure...beautiful!

SallyF@8 wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 4:19 PM

Bella for sure.

TerriLynnC wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 2:57 PM

They are all really pretty, but I LOVE the Sprout Tee--in my mind, that one is already on my needles andd ready to go!  Great choices this time!

dmcginn wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 1:29 PM

I vote for the Bella Blouse.

Ann Elliott wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 1:27 PM

I like the Sprout Tee but Bella would be my next choice! I wish pattern notes could include if the item is knit in the round or not. I know they mention needles but that doesn't necessarily answer the question.

Julie@7 wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 1:03 PM

Bella is bella

bozellitm wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 12:52 PM

I just love the Bella blouse, it looks very versatile

MaryE wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 12:38 PM

I vote for the Counterpane Vest too, and would love to hear about some alternate yarns for it if it wins.  I have wanted to make it.  I hope it wins.

NOTE: Most of the patterns that I have seen for these knit-a-longs are from Interweave publications.  If you will click on the picture in Kathleen's first post, the info there will tell you which one.

This one is from Summer 2010 Interweave Knits (hope I don't get in trouble for pointing that out.)  (Why buy what you already own?)

ZhenyaD wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 11:11 AM

Definitely the 3rd one!

Fiberfolly wrote
on Jul 1, 2011 10:46 AM

I really like what I see of Counterpane Blouse by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, but what's up with only a back view?  I would never knit an item if I could not see what it looks like in front.   Also, is this in one of the magazine issues or is the only way to get it to buy just this one pattern?

on Jul 1, 2011 8:27 AM

I think the Counterpane Blouse gets my vote too, Kathleen. It's certainly appropriate for wearing in Egypt where it's incredibly hot. What else could be used besides the linen yarn that's recommended here?