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Rah, Rah, Ruching!

Aug 17, 2012
Norma Ruched Knitted Tank by Irina Poludnenk     
The Norma Ruched tank by Irina Poludnenko

I love a bit of well-placed ruching. It can cover a multitude of sins.

There are lots of knitting patterns that feature ruching, but I like the Norma Ruched Tank by Irina Poludnenko. I think this is really a cross between a knitted vest and a tank because it looks great with either a cami underneath or a blouse or tee.

This tank can be worn with the ruching or without, so you have options, which is always a nice feature in your knitted garments.

     Norma Ruched Knit Tank by Irina Poludnenk
Norma tank, "un-ruched"
One of the great things about this top is that it has really nice drape. That's because it's knit in stockinette and reverse stockinette. When you alternate several rows of stockinette with several rows of reverse stockinette you get a wonderfully drapey fabric.

I have a shawl that's knit in this way, and it hangs perfectly on my shoulders. One thing to remember when you're knitting this fabric is to block it lightly, preferably with steam only. If you give it hard wet block, you won't retain the drape because all of the bounciness, if you will, might be blocked flat.

The real star of this pattern, though, is in the ruching. That part is accomplished by knitting eyelet holes in the edges of each front, where buttonbands would normally go.

To make the actual ruching happen, you knit an I-cord, thread it through the eyelets, and pull it as tight as you want it to be to achieve the look you want.

You can leave it "un-ruched" if you want to, as shown at right, but I love the gathered look and the little ruffle that forms as the front is drawn up.

Download the Norma Ruched Tank from the Knitting Daily Shop, and take a look below for more individual knitting patterns new in the shop!


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Norma Ruched Tank

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Stockinette and Reverse Stockinette stitches are interchanged to make a ridged stripe in this tank.


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buntingk wrote
on Oct 31, 2012 12:28 PM

I found this pattern available at:

kdig07 wrote
on Sep 13, 2012 1:59 PM

Kathleen I'm knitting this up, actually saw the pattern before you posted this blog post ;)  I'm down to shaping the right front and have a question.  Do you think you could help?  The decrease stitches in the first 5 rows seems to have caused a weird almost gather look to that side of the fabric.  Is this right?  Should I maybe space the decreases out further than the pattern?  I hate to keep going on it if it's wrong.  Thanks.  You can email me privately if you like.

on Aug 17, 2012 1:26 PM

So sorry folks! The tank is available in the Knitting Daily Shop. Here's the link:

wordplay wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 9:56 AM

The link should be : - still $6.00

Darlene@30 wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 9:41 AM

Try this link on Ravelry...Cost $6.00

Darlene@30 wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 9:40 AM

 found it on Ravelry. Try rhis link

on Aug 17, 2012 9:31 AM

The link to download the Norma Ruched Tank isn't working. Can you please direct me to the correct link.  Thank you.

on Aug 17, 2012 8:44 AM

I looked for this pattern on Ravelry and found it comes from the S.Charles Collezione Knitscape Collection from Spring 2011 and then tried to find the magazine but it's no longer available.  I think if you're going to feature a beautiful garment such as this, it should be available for us to acquire....what's the point of featuring an out of date, out of reach pattern????

Bitswig wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 8:38 AM

In the e-mail with the ruching tank you mentioned a shawl you had that had the same alternate rows of stockinette and reverse stockinette stitch. Is the pattern available?

Steeleye wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 8:31 AM

The tank is lovely but the pattern is not available - at least the link doesn't work nor can I find the pattern by searching through the patterns onsite.

persephony4 wrote
on Aug 17, 2012 8:27 AM

The link to the Tank is broken. Please fix or let us know where to get it.