Sometimes I believe I secretly enjoy complicating the simplest things in both my creative life and in the day-to-day living. For example:
“Ok, we have one month before an early Halloween Party so let’s try to make 2 costumes each with 3 or more separate pieces!”
“Let’s see, It’s 8pm, Tuesday night and I’m starving. How about I try that *insert complicated recipe* I’ve been wanting to try!”
“This project would be made extra special if add hand beading to it instead of using a beaded fabric.”
“Not feeling well with this flu, but I really want to try to make Thanksgiving dinner for the first time ever!”
Only one of those is an untrue statement and I’ll let you guess which one that could be. Anyway, the point has been made: Sometimes I like to cram in more things that I can actually finish in a reasonable amount of time or turn a simple project into something that takes longer or is more difficult than it has to be. This practice adds unnecessary pressure on myself for no real reason.
As fun as a challenge can be at times I like to throw in uncomplicated projects that are pretty simple and quick to finish. Very little fitting and math, basic shaping, mindless stitch patterns, simple lines, few components. It is gratifying to finish up a project fairly quickly. Sometimes I prefer a little mindless knitting devoid of stitch patterns that keep your eyes glued to a chart.
The first pattern in Knit Tanks books is a very basic tank knit in the round in stockinette and garter with Lily Sugar cotton yarn in Bright Orange for a huge blast of color.
The pattern uses 3 different sized needles for shaping, which meant three swatches. Let me tell you, I had to “fight” with @dnaliknits to try to opt out of doing those swatches and I lost. 😂 Thankfully she lended a hand on two of them.
I didn’t make any changes to this pattern. Just kept it light and easy.
And for fun, I created a little colored pencil fashion illustration using the knit top as inspiration.