Cara Tank Top Pattern

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For this pattern I used:

Yarn & Amounts: 4(5:5:6:6) 50g balls of Mohair Tweed (70% merino and 30% mohair, 110m/120yds per 50g) in shade A (2605 Grey Alder) and 3(3:4:4:5) 50g balls of Mohair Tweed in shade B (2624 Tupilo).

Metres for shade A: 440(550:550:660:660)m.
Metres for shade B: 330(330:440:440:550)m.

My Alternative Yarn Suggestions & Amounts: WYS Bluefaced Leicester DK – Dyed 4(5:5:6:6) 50g balls for shade A and 3(3:4:4:5) 50g balls for shade B, or Illustrious Naturals DK 2(3:3:3:3) 100g hanks for shade A and 2(2:2:2:3) 100g hanks for shade B.

Needles: 3.25mm and 3.75mm.

Gauge (tension): 21 stitches and 38 rows to 10cm/4ins square over pattern using 3.75mm needles.

Measurements:

To Fit Chest (suggested)
81.5-86.5 91.5-96.5 101.5-106.5 112-117 122-127 cm
32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 ins
Actual Chest Size
89.5 97 108.5 116 123.5 cm
35¼ 38¼ 42¾ 45½ 48¼ ins
Length (from shoulder)
61 64 66 70 72 cm
24 25¼ 26 27½ 28¼ ins

My design ideas and advice: This tank top uses one of my favourite colourwork stitch patterns. It’s magical! You only use one colour in the row but it looks like you are using two. I’ve knitted a version of this tank top with my stash. I used the same colour for shade A through out but changed the colour of shade B every time, which is a great way to use up those bits of stash you love but can’t throw out.
This pattern is one of eight pattern that I designed to launch especially at Yarndale 2017 using Mohair Tweed which was also just launched that year. The yarn is spun in Donegal so I named all the patterns using Irish words, Cara (KA-ra) is the Irish word for friend, our connection to one another. I feel this explains this stitch technique, each colour is running long the row yet connecting to each other.

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