A tank top – 80s chic?

I couldn’t bear the feeling of idleness that comes from sitting down to watch TV without something to occupy my hands any longer. I have cast on a sleeveless top. It will be worked all in one, bottom up.  In 4-ply (fingering), that gives me several weeks before I need to work out how to manage the armholes and neckline.

I expect I’ll just switch to back-and-forth knitting above the armholes. One of these days I will try steeking (which is when you cut your knitting, having made flaps called steeks to cover the cut edges), but it doesn’t seem worth it for a simple stitch pattern in a single colour.Tank top welt I’m making this up as I go, based on the tension swatch I knitted. The yarn was spun in the grease, so it should “bloom” and look less stringy when it’s washed.

I won’t do any waist or bust shaping, this will be a 1980s-style tank top. I remember knitting something similar in the 80s. It wasn’t exactly a stylish garment, plain stocking stitch apart from a narrow cable up each side of the front, but I did get a lot of wear out of it.

Easter chicks


I was motivated by Instructables’ current Warm and Fuzzy contest to write up the pattern for some egg cosies I knitted for an Easter charity sale in 2017. If you like my Fluffy Chick Egg Cosy pattern and you are signed up to Instructables (it’s free!), please vote for it before the 10th February deadline.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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