This pattern comes in 7 sizes:
US size 5[3.75mm] and US size 2[2.75mm] OR size to obtain gauge. Use circular needles; for trim, use DPNs.
Stitch markers, tapestry needle, stitch holders or waste yarn, cable needle; snaps, sewing thread and sewing needle for lingerie straps
Yarn: Coastal from Elemental Affects Yarn, 3-ply, worsted-spun, 50% Shaniko, 25% Belgian Flax, 25% Mulberry Silk, 2 oz /57g, approximately 205 yds (187 m). WPI 19.
Model shown: Model Size is M in Bonnie Blue, and used approximately 177g/ 647 yds (617 m).
French Quarter Tank
Can you say je nais se qui? A little flirty but still a little covered-up. This tank top is worked in the round to the underarms, and is just interesting enough to keep you going until suddenly, you are done! The size M sample used 647 yards of yarn. Perfect for when you need something seasonal, but French Quarter truly can be multi-seasonal when paired with Ninth Ward Cosy or a jacket.
Experiencing hot flashes or live in a humid climate? A perfect fit. I’ve put in help for if you need to change the shaping in the body, and I have done the trim so it is completely done on the needles. Working in your ends is the actual last step before blocking. You will want to block to get the most out of the yarn and the Tilting Ladder panels.
French Quarter Tank
Summer tops are not only fun to make, but to wear. We are feeling lighter; we crave the sun and breeze on our skin. French Quarter evokes the sultiiness of the French Quarter, but as a hint, not a brawl.
Made in one piece to the armholes so there is no seaming, and with the shaping shifted from the sides to along the front and back Tilting Ladder panels. Don’t hesitate to add in some shaping at the waist, even if you don’t want as much as the pattern calls for. It will give your shape an assist.
I wanted to have the trim not be horribly burdensome, so I’ve made it both worked in and added on. Use dpns for the final trims and work backwards if you can! I’ve done a video. Backwards knitting and purling are mental tricks. Pay attention to how you execute on the right side to help your brain make the switch.
I always call for both wet blocking and steam blocking because they will achieve the most polished results together. Because this project is done in one piece, you will need to do the steam blocking in two steps.
Perfect Yarn for a Tank!
Coastal from Elemental Affects Yarn, 3-ply, worsted-spun, 50% Shaniko, 25% Belgian Flax, 25% Mulberry Silk, 2 oz /57g, approximately 205 yds (187 m). WPI 19.
Read my yarn review here. More information available here.
Elemental Affects Coastal LookBook At Home Pattern Collection, Spring/Summer 2021
Cool Things Inside the French Quarter Tank
You can adjust the number of stitches increased and the number of rounds over which the increases are worked for the Hip to Waist and for the Waist to Bust. You will need to determine if those adjustments will require adjusting knit-to lengths.
Use the Hip to Waist Shaping Calculator and the Bust Shaping Calculator (download the xlxs file!) to see what your options are.
The Hip to Waist and Waist to Bust Shaping Calculators only requires your putting in a few key numbers and it will calculate everything for you! I have put notes into the calculators so you can make adjustments as needed.
Other Cool Things
Armhole trim knitted on, 3-needle bind off at shoulders, knitted in one piece to underarm divide, shaped front and back necks. Shaping charts, written instructions, Action charts, techniques described (including cabling with and without a needle), schematic and road map.
Wear With the French Quarter Tank
Ninth Ward Cosy shown in some photos will release 4/9/2021.
Using Written Pattern Table Instructions
Waste Yarn in Place of Stitch Holders
German Short Rows, GSR & Gtog
incL – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
incR – Knitting Into the Stitch Below
Purling Stitches Together Through the Back Loops
Three Needle Bind Off (3-needle BO)
Stitches on Stitch Holder
Join in the Round