Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Spidery Tank

Spidery Tank

by Nichola Thompson

from Interweave Knits Summer 2009

  34" sample garment

The images above are from the magazine where the 34" size sweater is modeled with zero ease.

The images below are of our Interweave Gallery Gals wearing the same sample sweater.


 Interweave Gallery Gals

Bust 34.5"
Waist 27"
Hip 37.5"
Height 5' 8"

Sharon, back view Sharon, front view

Sharon says:
I'm really fond of this one. You could layer it over a tank, tee, or even a long-sleeve tee. I'd pick a fun color for contrast — baby blue comes to mind. And jeans always work, but I might put this over a long skirt and add wooden jewelry for a boho effect.
Allison Karen

Allison says: I thought this was a fun, summery piece–perfect for the beach or a quick trip to the farmer's market. It's a little more spare than I would usually wear, so I would probably pair it with jeans as I did for the photo shoot.
Bust 36”
Waist 27”
Hip 36”
Height 5’ 4”

Karen says:
I guess I’m ready for summer because this tank instantly made me think of the beach. I would wear it over a white or pale-colored tee with a pair of jeans or shorts.
Bust 32"
Waist 24"
Hip 38"
Height 5' 3"

Sandi's Notes:

I've been seeing a lot of these tank-tunics lately–and on a variety of body types! (No, really.) This one makes me think of a great after-yoga (Pilates?) cover-up; it also makes me think of all those darling dance outfits the folks wear for practice sessions on TV dance shows.

Wear it clingy if that makes you happy; wear it looser for a California-heels-and-sunshine-shopping look.

If the length makes you nervous because it might enhance curves you'd rather hide, then you have two options: work the waist and hip section with larger needles, to give yourself more room there; or shorten the tunic so it becomes a lace tank, gracefully skimming just the top of your widest bits.

Specific tips for our Gallery Gals:
 – I think Allison needs the next size up, due to the way it pulls across her bust.
 – Karen's wearing it with 2" positive ease, but this works for her because she likes to layer things underneath.
 – Note the difference in length between 5' 8" Sharon and 5' 4" Karen. To determine length for yourself, mark where the underarms fall on a favorite tank top, then measure down your side to the point where you'd like the tank to end. Compare that to the schematic and knit accordingly.

Here are some questions to consider as you look at these photos:

  • How do you think the garment compliments each woman's individual body type and personal style?
  • Which body type does this garment look best on?
  • If you wanted to knit a sweater straight out of the magazine, with no pattern adjustments except for sleeve and hem length, would this be the sweater for you and your body type?
  • Would it fit your personal style?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


Some links you  might find helpful:

Measuring yourself and your clothing

About positive and negative ease

Measuring tutorial with photos


Other Things You May Like to Check Out:


Knitting Patterns, Sweaters

26 thoughts on “Knits Summer 2009 Gallery: Spidery Tank

  1. I think Sharon looks fabulous! … but it’s definitely too long for Karen and Allison. About 2″ shorter, and a little more snug would be good — except for the armscye, which needs to scoop down a smidge, enough for movement, but not so much that it leaves nothing to the imagination.

  2. It pulls across everyone’s hips and looks as though it would bag out at the butt, which would flatter no one, least of all me! I’d make it shorter for myself because making the bottom wider would probably make me look pregnant.

  3. I liked it better when the models were more representative of ALL women. I’m not overly big, but I’m also not a little slip of a thing. How does it look on real hips? Sandi – get back in there!!

  4. I like this one but it should be a little shorter except for very slim people. I would take off one row of the pattern on the bottom so it wouldn’t cup the hips. It would be more graceful that way.

  5. Why are so many designers designing patterns that are so unbecomming to those of us who are not pencil thin? This item highlights the bust and the butt. The latter issue can be taken care of by making the garment shorter. The stitch pattern is interesting. I think it would be attractive in a top that was not so sparse in the neckline area.

  6. I see everyone’s comments about how unbecoming some of these garments are to larger women and I just don’t get it. I am a chunky, very large breasted 48 year old woman. I find MANY garments that would look great on me. The secret is not to hide your body under layers of clothing. The secret is to show a little curve without accentuating your flaws. This can be achieved through shaping and with ease. I don’t want a magazine that gives me boxy looking patterns. I want to look trendy yet classy and IK does it fabulously. Please remember also, that today’s knitters are mostly young and enthusiastic and they also need to be catered to.

  7. I notice the professional model is even shot from the back. Any belly… ANY would stick out like you needed to birth baby shortly. If you made it less form fitting the pretty features of the design would be nearly lost. That said – Sharon was made for this Spider Tank. She rocks it!

  8. Well I thought this looked better on the office models than in the magazine, and am even considering doing it for myself, but I would have liked to see it on Sandi before trying, so as to get an idea of the tunic in a real, larger size… It seems to sit very well over a t shirt.

  9. It is pretty but think it would be better in a lighter weight yarn.
    To hot for the summer but has possibilties for layering during the rest of the year.

  10. Sharon looks great in this! I think an under-tank should take care of the tummy issue, and would knit this one. I probably would need to shorten it but otherwise could be a fun project.

  11. I don’t think this tank looks good on anyone, as pretty as it is design-wise. I notice that no one in your gallery line up has hips over 40″. If they did, this tank would be impossible, and there are many (most?) of us that an undertank can’t help, trust me on that. This tank is designed for 13 yr old nymphetts without hips or bust..

  12. I have to agree with FranesO that the tank looks great on Sharon, and that it’s not a bad thing to accentuate curves if you have them, as the model clearly does. We need to get over our fear of our bodies. However, that’s easier said than done, and as someone who doesn’t recognize herself when she looks in a mirror these days (I’m 51 now, and I always think of myself in my head as ~28), I understand not wanting clingy clothes. But I’ve found that the clingier clothes actually flatter my figure better than boxy or chunky clothes do.

  13. I think this is hideous, frankly. I also don’t get the point of a summer garment that has to be layered to be worn. That is ridiculous in hot weather. It looks way too long on everyone, making them appear bigger on the bottom than the top which I find not flattering.

  14. I think this looks cute over the darker monochromatic top and bottoms. It would be interesting to see what it looks like on Karen if she had on something similar to the other two. I can picture my 18 year old niece in this, but not me.

  15. I love the torso portion of this and am considering making this top. I will make it shorter ( just below the belt line) and I will take off the thick bottom ribbing- something but much narrower- my hips don’t need any help looking larger. I don’t design garments – but isn’t it known that horizontal lines, especially thick one, make a person look wider?????

  16. I’m one of those pencil-thin persons at age 55 and I still don’t like it. It screams “home-made” to me not “classy couture”. Since it’s obviously meant to be layered, something about the racerback looks odd to me with tank or cami underneath. Since I’m very long-waisted I applaud the length but that’s about the only positive I could give it.

  17. This does not look good on anyone. Can we please have fewer (a lot fewer) patterns that hug our rears and emphasize all of our usual figure challenges? I mean, look at Allison. Pretty girl, nice figure and she looks awful in it (no disrespect intended).

  18. Im having a problem finding this yarn !!! can you please help me !! or give me ideas for substitution of this one . Im trying to make this for my dautgher  before the summer its over 

    thanks !