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I'm a complete novice to knitting. I'm just finishing up my very first project - a tea cosy! For some reason, I decided my next project will be knitting myself a tank top for summer. I'm about a size 12/14 (nursing a baby right now) and I saw this one online and figured I could try it out.<br><br><a href="http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=119024" target="_blank">http://www.elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=119024</a><br><br>
Well, I'm such a newbie ... I went and ordered the yarn - Karita Bonita. The yarn arrived today - it's lovely but I'm really nervous now!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: It's Ribbon yarn. I'm just wondering what the heck I'm getting myself into.<br><br>
Do you think this pattern should be straightforward? I thought it seemed so. I saw a "X back" tank on knitty.com but I don't think it will work for me - I need something I can wear a bra under.<br><br>
Any tips or suggestions for ribbon yarn? Now I'm really getting anxious about starting this tank. Any other pattern suggestions?<br><br>
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That looks like a really good pattern for ribbon yarn. I fought a number of patterns with the Lion brand ribbon, but had great luck with the Berroco zen.<br><br>
It can be easy to put a needle through the yarn, check your gauge, and take your time.<br><br>
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Well, this pattern seems pretty simple, except that they don't specify how to decrease or increase - are you comfortable with that? If you're unsure, you could go to knittinghelp.com to watch the videos for all different style increases and decreases.<br><br>
Also, the pattern is laid out in more of an "instruction" format, rather than spelling out what you have to do on each row, if that makes any sense. I would make sure to always read ahead, because you will be shaping the neck and armholes at the same time.<br><br>
It looks like a nice pattern! Good luck with it.<br><br>
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AnamCara - thanks for the tips - especially the warning about putting the needle through the yarn!<br><br>
Winnie - thank you for your comments on the pattern. I read the pattern through several times - I guess ignorance is bliss - I thought it seemed straightforward. After reading your comments, I realized how much detail was lacking from instructions.<br><br>
I guess, if anyone sees this post, my other question is .... if I have a pattern I like, with the same gauge as my ribbon yarn but it doesn't call for ribbon yarn, can I just substitute?<br><br>
(It's hard to find ribbon yarn patterns and I'd really like to make a tank top!)
 

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<a href="http://www.straw.com/" target="_blank">This site</a> seems to have a good portion of patterns that ask for ribbon yarn. I made the party tie from there and loved it, althogh it wasn't in ribbon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
When yo clic on free knitting patterns it shoots yo to another page that yo can scroll throgh or select the category. If you click shells/tanks it lists all the patterns and right next to it it says what yarn(s) to se. I can see three or four right off the bat that use ribbon yarn!
 

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<a href="http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/deco-fling-top-skirt.html" target="_blank">http://www.straw.com/cpy/patterns/de...top-skirt.html</a><br><br>
Hey thanks, OtherMother'n'Madre! I found this pattern and I think I might try the top instead of the original one - I like the simplicity of the design plus the ruffle is cute. Thanks! If and when I finish my project, I'll post pictures. My little baby was up all of last night crying (teething?) and I dug out my bamboo needles and a skein of my ribbon yarn and started a little swatch just to see how it would look. So pretty - I had no idea how lovely stocking stitch could look if you're using a gorgeous yarn!
 
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