Hippotigris

This one is definitely a minimalist project: two colours, simple design and a couple of valuable tips into the bargain. Something you would like to wear with the oversized, brutal-looking earrings you bought last month.
The tank is knitted in stockinette stitch on circular needles and sewn on the back. Every stripe is one row thick, which means it won’t be your good old boring stockinette where you knit one row and then purl the next one. It will be a little bit more fun.
And if you’re wondering what on earth the word “hippotigris” means… well, it’s just a highbrow way of saying “zebra”.
Size: to fit bust of 80 to120cm (see *Table*)
Yarn: Gedifra Mayra, 5 skeins (3 skeins of Colour A, 2 skeins of Colour B), worsted/10 ply(9wpi), 50g=125m; or any other yarn matching the gauge.
Needles & odds:
  • 80cm circular needles, metric size 4mm, US size 6, UK size 8;
  • 80cm circular needles, metric size 3.5mm, US size 4, UK size 9.5;
  • measuring tape;
  • crochet hook;
  • big-eye needle;
  • besides, you might find it very helpful to have two common knitting needles (the ones with a knob at one end) near at hand, metric size 4mm or smaller.
Stitches used:
  • Stockinette stitch: k all on RS, p all on WS;
  • Ribbing: k2, p2 both on RS ans WS.
Gauge for stockinette stitch: 10cm=23sts=34rows.
Abbreviations:
k – knit
p – purl
sts – stitches
RS – right side
WS – wrong side
R – row
For illustration purposes, the following instructions are based on bust circumference of 84cm. *For other sizes, see Table*.
On 3.5mm circular needles, cast on (192+2) stitches with Colour A. As you are knitting a flat piece, you will always slip the 1st stitch of the row onto the right needle without knitting it and purl the last stitch. Just remember to do it. Since now the two edge stitches are not included into the instructions.
Knit 6 rows in Ribbing.
Switch to 4mm circular needles and knit in Stockinette stitch. Now, here’s the trick: you will not knit the 1st row and then purl the 2nd. What you will do is knit the 1st row with Colour A yarn, then leave the thread where it is (that is, on the left side of your piece), return to the beginning of the 1st row, take a skein of Colour B yarn and knit the 2nd row (now you’ll have both threads on the left side). Now you can turn the piece over and purl the next 2 rows: the 3rd in Colour A and the 4th in Colour B.
Repeat the 4 rows as above until you reach the line right under your breasts: this is where you will begin knitting short rows.
Whether you knit or purl, you will decrease by 5 sts in Colour A rows and by 1 stitch in Colour B rows.
For (192 sts) proceed as follows *(for other sizes see Table)*:
R1: k (147) in Colour A, bring yarn to front, slip the following stitch onto the right needle, bring yarn to back, slip the same stitch back onto the left needle. I’ll call this one a “wrapped” stitch.
R2: k (146) in Colour B, bring yarn to front, slip the following stitch onto the right needle, bring yarn to back, slip the same stitch back onto the left needle.
Turn over. Place the remaining stitches (those you haven’t knitted) onto a spare needle or a thread (I recommend to use a common needle with a knob – this will prevent the stitches from slipping off; the knob should face outwards.)
R3: p (101) in Colour A, bring yarn to back, slip the following stitch onto the right needle, bring yarn to front, slip the same stitch back onto the left needle.
R4: p (100) in Colour B, bring yarn to back, slip the following stitch onto the right needle, bring yarn to front, slip the same stitch back onto the left needle.
Turn over. Place the remaining stitches onto a spare needle or a thread.
R5: k (95) in Colour A, bring yarn to front, etc.
R6: k (94) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over. Add the stitches you haven’t knitted to those on the spare needle. Do it after every row.
R7: p (89) in Colour A, bring yarn to back, etc.
R8: p (88) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
R9: k (83) in Colour A, bring yarn to front, etc.
R10: k (82) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
R11: p (77) in Colour A, bring yarn to back, etc.
R12: p (76) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
R13: k (71) in Colour A, bring yarn to front, etc.
R14: k (70) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
R15: p (65) in Colour A, bring yarn to back, ect.
R16: p (64) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
R17: k (59) in Colour A, bring yarn to front, etc.
R18: k (58) in Colour B, etc.
Turn over.
For a bigger size, you might need to knit a couple more short rows.
R19: p all in Colour A, including the stitches on the spare needle. As for the “wrapped” stitches, do the following: with the right needle, go under the “wrap” from back to front, then into the stitch itself and purl through both.
R20: p all in Colour B.
R21: k all in Colour A, including the stitches on the spare needle. As for the “wrapped” stitches, do the following: with the right needle, go under the “wrap” from front to back, then into the stitch itself and knit through both.
R22: k all in Colour B.
Go on knitting for about 4cm (or more, if you wish). Finish as follows:
R1: k (147) in Colour A. Fasten off.
R2: k (146) in Colour B. Fasten off.
Do not bind off.
Switch to 3.5mm circular needles. With Colour A yarn, knit 10 rows in Ribbing. Bind off.
Sew the back seam.
With Colour A yarn, knit two shoulder straps (on 3.5 mm needles, cast on 8 sts, k all on the RS, p all on the WS) and sew them on symmetrically.
Weave in ends.
Wash and dry flat.
Wear with pride.
*Table*
Bust size, cm Cast on, sts 1st short row, sts 3rd short row, sts Last stockinette row, sts
80 184+2 141 97 140
82 188+2 144 99 143
84 192+2 147 101 146
86 196+2 150 103 149
88 200+2 153 105 152
90 204+2 156 107 155
92 208+2 159 109 158
94 212+2 162 111 161
96 216+2 165 113 164
98 220+2 168 115 167
100 224+2 171 117 170
102 232+2 177 121 176
104 236+2 180 123 179
106 240+2 183 125 182
108 244+2 186 127 185
110 248+2 189 129 188
112 252+2 192 131 191
114 260+2 199 137 198
116 264+2 202 139 201
118 268+2 205 141 204
120 272+2 208 143
207

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