Thank you so much for the lovely comments on the Nantucket Tank! I hope to have it back at Webs soon as a store sample, stop in and see it if you get a chance. There are some sizing questions that have cropped up and I want to address them here. I’ve been told that Classic Elite can field questions as well.
The size range published in the pattern is as follows:
Finished measurements: 30.5/Extra Small (32/Small, 34.25/Medium, 35.5/Large, 37.75/Extra Large)”.
The gauge listed in both versions is 20 stitches and 28 rounds=4 inches in stockinette stitch. The cast-on numbers indicate “CO 186 (194, 206, 214, 226).” At a gauge of 5 stitches to the inch, the bottom of the tank should measure right around: 37.25 (38.75, 41.25, 42.75, 45.25)”. The tank is meant to have a loose A-line shape.
You then complete a series of decreases and end up with 170 (178, 190, 198, 210) stitches–85 (90, 94, 98, 104) on your needle for the front and 85 (90, 94, 98, 104) stitches on a holder for the back. This is pretty much where I determined the finished bust measurement and the final sizes. It should ideally hit the widest part of the bust.
The sloped dotted line in the schematic indicates a bit of short row shaping. I did this to gently slope the angle of the armholes before starting each “cup” (for lack of a better word) side. Better to hide a bra with, my dear!
According to the gauge and the number of stitches you have, the circumference here should measure about 34 (36, 38, 40, 42)”, I was planning about 2 inches of ease for a loose and breezy summer top.
I’m not really sure why the tech editors at Classic Elite would list the finished measurements they did. As for the bust measurements they list in the schematic (these numbers were NOT numbers I submitted), there are two: 13.5 (14.25, 15.25, 15.75, 16.75)” for the back and 17 (17.75, 19, 19.75, 21)” for the front. That adds up to the bust measurements they list in the finished measurements: 30.5/Extra Small (32/Small, 34.25/Medium, 35.5/Large, 37.75/Extra Large)”. The only thing I can think of is that they measured the back right at the bound-off edge which is preceded by a series of fairly drastic decreases (done to pull in the very loose bell of fabric and minimize gaping).
The garment is knit in the round from the bottom up and the beauty of that is that you can try it on as you’re knitting! Please feel free to do this, just slip some stitches to scrap yarn or a spare needle and carefully sidle into the tank. You can add length, or determine whether or not you need the decreases I’ve listed in the back–I think omitting or altering the decreases in the back could extend the size range by a lot. Experiment, and ask me if you run into any other issues!
Phew! I feel like Sandi Wiseheart!