Comment allez-vous ce soir? Je suis comme ci comme ça

Pattern: Drop-Stitch Lace Tank by Stefanie Japel (from Fitted Knits)
Yarn: Berroco Love It (58% cotton, 38% acrylic, 4% polyester), colorway Lawn
Needles: U.S. 6 Harmony Option circular needles (knit flat)

I’ve been looking for something to do with six balls of Love It that I picked up at my LYS way back last year. Thanks to Ravelry (as always), I came across an example of this pattern knit in this very yarn — a pattern in a book I happen to own. After waffling a bit on the Crisp Rectangle Tunic (and eventually deciding that despite the yardage listed in the pattern, there was no way my 720 yards was going to stretch that far), I cast on with relief. Finally this yarn has found a home!

The knitting was quick as a flash. I knit it in two pieces as directed, and seamed it up with mattress stitch up the sides. Seaming the shoulders was a first for me, but with the help of a tutorial I can’t find right now (but this is the method).

I was worried if it would be long enough after finishing the pieces, but after blocking them I realized I could get plenty of vertical stretch out of it. Ends were a bit difficult to weave in because of the drop-stitch pattern, but nothing too strenuous.

The finishing touch was acquiring the buttons — green with tiny red flowers around the edges — at a yarn shop in Denmark. I sewed them on when I got home and wore the tank for the first time last Sunday (the day of the photo shoot above). Today I wore it again with a white crew-neck long-sleeved tee, and I must say that it looked even better.

Orphan yarn finds a home. Knitter gets a fabulous new garment. Everybody wins.

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