Friday, May 1, 2015

Nonatum!

Nonatum Tank
The new Nonatum Tank is ideal for spring and summer knitting - and wearing!  Knit in Classic Elite's beautifully cabled Provence mercerized cotton DK, Nonatum is a simple lace tank with a well-planned and genuinely interesting construction. Oh, ... and did I mention that I'm the designer?!

To achieve the lovely drape of lace from the shoulders, this garment is cast on at the neckline and worked briefly to add strength and substance to the shoulder straps. Then stitches are bound off for armholes, and the front and back are worked separately to the bottom of the armholes. From there, the entire body is worked in the round to create a seamless expanse of the lacy fabric.

It's surprisingly simple, but because of the intriguing construction - and the lacework - I categorized the skill level as Intermediate. Fortunately, the lace pattern is a symmetrical 12-stitch repeat, so the lace itself is not a major challenge.

Nonatum Tank Detail
I picked Classic Elite's Provence for the yarn.  It's hard to beat Provence for durability.  Egyptian cotton has a long staple length, and mercerization offers a spectacular sheen. Add to that Classic Elite's terrific color palette and cabled construction, and Provence emerges as a gorgeous workhorse of a yarn that looks great year after year. And at DK gauge, it's a great fit for all sorts of summer tops, light-weight jackets, bags, and even kidswear.

Bonus:  We have Provence on sale at 20% off!

The Nonatum Tank is part of Classic Elite's Along the Shore pamphlet, a 54 page collection of thirteen beach inspired designs for warm weather.  The pamphlet is available as a pdf electronic download or as a paper copy, and you can get the whole pamphlet or just pick and choose the individual pdf patterns you like best.

See you at the beach!

Happy Knitting . . . . Amy

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