Thursday, July 14, 2005

prosperous plum tank

prosperous plum tank - front prosperous plum tank - back

pattern: my own!
yarn: 2 skeins Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% pima cotton, 20% merino wool / 215 yds per 100g ball) in Prosperous Plum
needles: Denises size 8
gauge: 19 sts x 27 rows / 4"
date finished: July 12, 2005

Check it out, the first real thing I've designed myself! The lovely yarn for this was given to me by my SP, and I still have another skein leftover - destined for a one skein wonder perhaps? I really really love this yarn. It's very easy to work with, has great stitch definition, blocks well, and showed no signs of wear even after sections of it were frogged and re-knit no less than 5 times. It's also nice and soft - not in a cushy, cuddly way, but it feels very smooth against my skin.

Lessons learned from my first design experience:
  1. Keep very very good detailed notes! And write down what you're doing as soon as you do it, because you will forget what you've done, even 5 minutes later.
  2. Swatch obsessively.
  3. close fitting = lots of negative ease
  4. Sometimes tedium and fiddliness can be totally worth it. (Check out that picot hem!)
  5. Don't be afraid to frog, whether you're frogging the whole thing (happened once) or just a section (happened many, many times).
  6. Lifelines are a beautiful, beautiful thing.

And the best thing about designing something for myself? It fits perfectly!

prosperous plum tank prosperous plum tank

Hee, like my model pose? :) I tried to get a picture of the back as well, but my mom decided that the skin on my upper back was breaking out too much so she cropped it in such a way that you can't really see how it fits. Ah well, I guess these pictures will do for now - at least I got someone else to take them this time, no more spotty blurry mirror pics!

I'll probably post the pattern for this soon, depending on whether there is any interest and how long it takes me to write it up. I'm also not sure if I'll try to resize it or just post it in my size for now. Decisions, decisions.


  • It's beautiful!!!! You did a magnificent job. You are inspiring me to try my hand at designing too. The color is perfect for you by the way.


    By Blogger amylovie, at 7:09 PM  

  • Absolutely lovely! I am so glad you liked the yarn. I am inspired.

    And no, I haven't forgotten you. Just been traveling.

    xoxox, your secret pal!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:53 PM  

  • That is beautiful, from the style to the fit to the colour. I love it.

    By Blogger Gaile, at 9:43 PM  

  • Lovely! The color is great and it fits you so well.

    Good job!

    By Blogger Laura, at 11:05 PM  

  • How fabulous! And you make a great model. :)

    -- the other Joanna

    By Blogger Jo, at 11:25 AM  

  • It looks great, little by little i've been inspired to create my own pattern but i want a little more experience under my belt first.

    I love the look, please write a pattern so people like me can make it too!

    By Blogger Knit Freak, at 3:58 PM  

  • Stunning!

    By Blogger monkeemaven, at 2:56 AM  

  • That's so lovely!! You did a great job designing and modelling it ;)

    By Blogger yuvee, at 4:01 AM  

  • Very pretty! How great that you've shared the pattern with everyone!

    By Blogger alison, at 12:27 AM  

  • FAB job!! Just love it!

    By Anonymous alicec, at 9:37 PM  

  • Hey there

    Just a thought but I'd LOVE to publish your patter on For the Love of Yarn!!! ( I can't pay (we are a new magazine) but you can have all the bragging rights worthy of being published!!

    Just a thought!

    editor AT fortheloveofyarn DOT com

    By Blogger Creative Genius?, at 3:01 PM  

  • Opps - I am a goober and just saw that your post was from ages ago and you already publihsed the pattern! No worries -- I'd love to see your future patterns!

    :-) Alison

    By Blogger Creative Genius?, at 3:02 PM  

  • I love this tank and would love to make it in a larger size. Any chance of adaptations in larger sizes?

    By Blogger Ava, at 9:53 PM  

  • Joanna, thanks for getting back to me so quickly re The Tank. I can't wait to make it. And thanks for your kind words about my Mermaid cardi!

    By Blogger Ava, at 1:36 PM  

  • Went to the pdf site, and it did not open. I'm obviously doing something wrong, but I'd love to try the pattern. You're much slimmer than I; any way that you know of adjusting the size? That is, assuming I get the pattern!
    Thanks so much.

    By Blogger marlynek, at 1:13 PM  

  • Hi Marlyne, I actually wrote up the pattern for a full range of sizes, and you can find it on ravelry:

    By Blogger Joanna, at 10:38 AM  

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