This FO was finished one month ago. This is also one of the projects from Joey's Knit/Crochet-Alongs for the month of March. Since I have already bought the pattern book, I decided not to join the group this time. So that I can work on it at a more relaxed pace. This one actually took a bit longer than necessary. I ran out of yarn twice. I had to make two special trips to Yarndogs to pick up more yarn. I kind of had a feeling that it wasn't going to be enough when I first picked up the yarn, since I was not sure at all how many to get. After I started, I calculated based on my progress at the time and the target length, I thought one more ball should be enough. So I made a trip back to buy one more ball. Well, I tried it on after all was done according to the original pattern, it was too short and I didn't have enough yarn to make it the length I want. Thus a second trip back to the store to pick up just one more ball of yarn. And actually I have only used about 1/5 of the last ball, still have quite a bit left.
I feel like every time I crochet, I could never accurately estimate the amount of yarn and the length of the garment. I always make a swatch and calculate the target size based on my gauge. But my problem is that I tend to tighten the yarn as I crochet, so my stitches actually get shorter as I go. The original pattern has 8 repeats of the stitch pattern for the skirt. Based on my swatch gauge, I should get the same size as the pattern. But when I actually finished the whole thing, mine was just short. I decided to add two more repeats. I also changed the skirt edging from two chain stitches to three chain stitches to make the scallops more visible.
It was exactly one month ago I finished this tank. Look how long it has taken me to actually sit down and write about it. Not that I have been so busy I couldn't find time, I have just been plain lazy. I still knit and crochet like crazy. Not sure what it is, it's just that when I have a spare moment, I would much rather knit than sit in front of a computer. And so, blogging activities have been minimal. I hope this is just a passing bug, and I'll get over it soon.
Anyway. I had high expectations when I started this tank. Jayden is almost 5 months old now, but my tummy still looks like a 5-month-pregnant tummy... >"<... And the sad thing is I am still wearing maternity clothes, which I am so sick of. Since this tank has a A-line shape, I was hoping that this would be one of the very few FO's that I would be able to wear now. Haha!! Wrong again! Although this tank has enough room for the tummy area, the shoulders and the arm holes are still a bit too tight. Sigh...
One other thing that I screwed up - I probably blocked the sleeve ruffles a bit too severely, they don't look like ruffles any more, but like two stiff flaps... Maybe another bath and drying on a towel without pins would correct it, I hope?
Although I probably need to lose 10 pounds before I'd look good in it, knitting this tank has been fun and effortless. I deliberately knit it in a larger size needle (US size 8 for a DK weight) so the fabric would be more drape-y. And I love this color! Strands of dark taupe plied together with strands of gray, two of my favorite colors. The yarn itself is yummy too. I still have two balls left in this color, I will probably pick up some more to make another top.