As a stepping stone to a full-blown grown-up jumper I have been working on a gorgeous hand knit  tank top – Audrey – from Louisa Harding’s Winter’s Muse Classics book. I have been knitting it up in a bright purple Kimono Angora Pure yarn which is sooo soft. I adapted the pattern to use circular knitting needles for the body and worked the body very quickly.

HOWEVER… once I had finished off the neckline I found that it was too wide around the waist – I was definitely going for more of an hour glass vintage look. As a result it has been sitting in my work in progress draw for sometime. Fortunately I then started reading Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting without tears and gathered up all my courage to reshape the garment with the aid of my sewing machine. This involved tight zig zag stitching along both seams and then taking a deep breath cutting off the excess, and over-locking the edge. Miraculously it worked:


The advantage of this approach was that I had the trimmings from the cut offs left to add extra detailing to the design. Apparently bows are coming back in so…