This morning I spent time at the park with our little Dude, one of my best friends, and her three boys roaming around in the pre-spring drizzle that IS Spokane for about 2 months of the year. It is evident that Spring is on the way, buds are beginning to swell, we are having more rain than snow and the grass is starting to get green again. It is time to think about some Spring and Summer knitting!
I know that the magazines typically put out their Spring issues practically right after Christmas, which makes sense when it takes a month or more to make the item you want to wear. But I'll be honest, those Spring issues head right to the shelf, because I need some proof that the weather is warming and there is no proof around here in January. This morning however I felt the promise of warmth and the burgeoning growth just about to break forth all around. And so it seems appropriate to talk about a design that I am rereleasing in my own independent format.
Naiad Tank was originally designed for knit.wear Spring/Summer 2014 and is a simple tank top worked in the round from the bottom up. It has horizontal lines of garter stitches that are worked on the front and backs reaching from hem to shoulders. These lines of stitches are picked up and worked into drapey mesh wings after the tank top is complete.
Below you can see Calysta modeling this great summer piece, her fair skin looks just fabulous with the mottled gold of the tank top. The original yarn that was used was Tandem by Tahki a really interesting mix of nylon, cotton, rayon, and acrylic. Great drape, a little slinky, a little shiny and really nice variegated colors. The gauge for this project is what I would call a worsted gauge at 19sts per inch, but the yarn is defined as an Aran. Without sleeves and in an Aran weight this is a pretty quick and simple project, with just a touch of whimsy in the mesh wing additions.
The rewritten is more spread out than the original magazine version, it is the same pattern, no actual changes to the garment at all just rewritten in my style with my letterhead.
This is not an update to the magazine version and is not available as a free download to those who have the magazine.
You can find the pattern on Ravelry here
A huge thanks to Calysta for modeling this garment in the freezing October winds and to Chelsea Jones of Vitality Images for the great photos. If you are in the Edmonton Area and need photos you simply have to have Chelsea do them, she is the best of the best!