Since I first started publishing knitting patterns in earnest back during the spring of 2010, I've had a significant backlog of items that I came up with and knitted way back when and am only finally getting around to making patterns for them. (See Exhibit A.)
While the Smocked Tank isn't the last of the backlog (there's one more to go), it did take the longest from incubation to actualization. I hope you'll agree it was worth the wait.
I first knit this idea for myself in June 2008. So, um three years later, here's the finished product. Graded for bust sizes 30 (32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48) inches/ 77 (81, 86, 92.5, 97, 101.6, 106, 113, 117.5, 122) cm.
Knit in the round from the bottom up, the tank is very fitted, with curvy side shaping and is finished off with i-cord straps.
The tank utilizes 455 (495, 525, 585, 620, 670, 700, 720, 765) yds of worsted to aran weight yarn with a significant silk, bamboo, or rayon content for drape and sheen. Knit to a gauge of 18 sts and 24 rows = 4”/ 10 cm in Stockinette stitch on size 10 US / 6 mm needles.
The sample was knit in Berroco Ultra Silk in 6138 Lilac; 98 yd/90 m per 50g/1.76 oz skein; 40% Wool/ 40% Nylon/20% Silk, which has since been discontinued.
So if you need a quick summer knitting project, with a bit of a romantic flair,
the pattern can be queued up here, or downloaded for free via the links below: