We’re knitting these sweaters in different directions – the Make Up Your Mind tank starts from the bottom and works its way up. The Loop Entrelac Tank, on the other hand, starts at the straps and works its way down. This week both sweaters are meeting in the middle! We are at the same spot in both sweaters. Kinda fun, right?!
This is a tricky week for both sweaters, so we’re going to take it nice and slow. Be sure to email me or chat on the forums if you are having problems or if something isn’t clear. We can do this!
Make Up Your Mind
ahandfuloftime's Make Up Your Mind!
And last but not least, we’re tackling the fourth band this week in the Make Up Your Mind tank, and the Hindu Pillar stitch is the trickiest panel we’ve tackled so far. Quite a few of you have been looking ahead in the pattern and already bulking at these instructions, so let’s just take it punctuation mark to punctuation mark, easy peasy, and get it right.
Stacie's Make Up Your Mind!
This Week’s Make Up Your Mind Goal: Work the fourth band. This involves the 3 st cluster, described in the Pattern Notes section on the front page of the pattern. Let’s take it even slower:
Jessica's Make Up Your Mind!
3-st cluster: Julie’s instructions on the pattern are in bold, my notes follow.
P3tog but do not drop sts from left needle – So just like you would normally, swing your yarn to the front, put your right needle into the next three stitches purlwise, wrap your yarn around normally, and purl together those three stitches, but make sure you stop before you slide those stitches off the left needle.
k same 3 sts together but do not drop from left needle – Swing your yarn around between your needles to the back of your work, just like you’d do if you were switching your yarn from the front to the back between purl and knit stitches. Go back into those three stitches as if you hadn’t before and knit them together without dropping them from your left needle. You know have 2 sts on your right needle and that cluster of three stitches on your left needle.
p same 3 sts together again and drop from left needle – Swing your yarn again between your needles to the front of your work, just like you’d go back to purling after knitting. Go back into those three stitches as if you hadn’t before and purl them together. You now have three stitches on your right needle and those same three stitches on your left needle. When you drop those three stitches from your left needle, your stitch count won’t change because you’ve worked three stitches into three stitches.
Max Holding Sarah's Make Up Your Mind!
I was working on this yesterday and this stitch is hard on my hands. My best advice would be to keep your stitches in round 1 really loose, so it’s easy to move your right needle in and out of the stitches, then tighten them up in round 2 when you are just knitting.
Rachel's Make Up Your Mind!
Take these instructions step by step, punctuation mark to punctuation mark, and make it happen! It won’t look like much until you finish round 2, but it’s actually a really beautiful stitch! One I hope I never come across again.
At this point we’re still 2” longer than what the sweater suggests, so work your Hindu Pillar stitch until your sweater is work measures 12[12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 16] inches from your cast on edge, and work your garter stitch rows.
Next week we’re separating our front and back sections! Get ready!
The Loop Entrelac Tank
Max Modeling Sarah's The Loop Entrelac Tank!
Tummy panel! It doesn’t get much cuter than that. We’re getting a start on the front of The Loop Entrelac Tank this week and finishing it for Week 6. It’s built right onto the pieces that we’ve already completed, as is the rest of the pieces we make from now on, so take instructions like, ‘seam as you go’ to heart! This is how you’ll get your sizing. There are no more stitch counts in the entire sweater pattern! Good and kinda scary, right?
Stefanie's Entrelac Tank!
This Week’s The Loop Entrelac Tank Goal: Knit about half of your tummy panel. This should be all of your increases and a couple inches into the front body of your top.
Seam the bottoms of your entrelac straps together, as pictured, and pick up your stitches for the tummy panel from there. Increase a bunch of rows as instructed, and seam up one side to your boob flap. Keep doing this until the increase section of your tummy panel matches the length of your boob flap. Switch to working your increases every 6th row for a few inches more. No pressure! We’ll finish this panel next week.
So there’s lots of new things this week, but we’re tackling them together so it’s ok! I’ve been on the forums like a hawk so keep posting questions and pics there! Email me and tweet me, too!
Good luck and happy knitting!