Bathing Suit Fail

I was hoping to have a bathing suit ready for Benalina in time for the last swim of the summer, but it just didn’t turn out.

It’s too small in the front

and baggy in the back

I think I was impatient and increased and decreased too much too fast. Maybe I’ll have it done in time for the first swim of next summer?

Now to a project that did turn out pretty well: the improved tank top.

(I don’t have a pattern for the skirt. My grandma crocheted it a long time ago for my Pound Puppies.)

I thought the first tank top I made was a little baggy in the front, so I made some changes to the pattern:

Tiger-Teddy Tank Top

(Worked on size 8 needles with worsted-weight cotton yarn)

Front:                                                                                                                                 

Cast on 40 stitches

Work 2 rows knit 1 purl 1 ribbing

Next row: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit until last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1

Work 6 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row

Row 7: Purl 1, purl 2 together, purl to last 3 stitches, purl  2 together, purl 1

Row 8: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit to last 5 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 2 together, knit 1

Row 9: Repeat row 7

Row 10: Knit 1, knit 2 together twice, knit to last 7 stitches, knit 2 together twice, knit 1

Row 11: Purl 1, purl 2 together twice, purl to last 5 stitches, purl 2 together twice, purl 1

Row 12: Knit

Row 13: Purl

Row 14: Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to last 3 stitches, knit 2 together, knit 1

Row 15: Purl

Row 16: Knit

Row 17: Purl

Row 18: Knit 5, cast off 10, knit 5

With left (attached) five stitches, work 6 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row

Bind off

Re-attach yarn to right five stitches and work 6 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a purl row

Bind off

Right side:

                Cast on 18 stitches

                Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

                Work 17 rows stockinette stitch

                Row 18: Cast off 13, purl 5

                Work 6 rows stockinette stitch with remaining 5 stitches, starting with a knit row

                Bind off

Left side:

                Cast on 18 stitches

                Work 2 rows knit 1, purl 1 ribbing

                Work 17 rows stockinette stitches

                Row 18: Purl 5, cast off 13

Re-attach yarn to remaining five stitches and work 6 rows stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row

Bind off

Finishing:

  1. 1.       Sew side seams 2 ½ inches up from the bottom.
  2. 2.       Sew shoulder seams.
  3. 3.       Weave in all ends.
  4. 4.       Sew on 3 snaps for closure.

 

 

Better, no?

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