Rowan Knit & Crochet Magazine
A mesh tank top is perfect for your summer wardrobe. Wear with lightweight trousers or an A-line skirt for a cool, stylish look. This colorful tank top pattern has a fun retro feel with a nod to the timeless sailor top.
Learn how to knit a tank top with this free pattern that walks you through how to knit a summer tank top step by step.
Cut:To fit bust 81-86:92-97:102-107:112-117:122-127cm
You will need
- 3:4:4:5:5 scoops of 50g Chalk Glazed Rowan Cotton 827 (F)
- 1:1:1:2:2 balls of 50g in Green Slate 844 (A)
- 1:1:1:1:2 scoops of 50g in each of Bubbles 724 (B) and Sky 749 (G)
- 1 ball of 50 g in each of the colors Ocher 833 (C), Cooked red 837 (D) and Khaki 832 (E)
- pair of knitting needles 2.75 mm and 3.25 mm
The pattern is taken from Rowan Knit and Crochet Magazine 51 (£12.50). Call 01484 681881 for yarn and book dealers
23 sts and 32 rows at 10 cm square on the st using 3.25 mm needles.
to follow Following
p Upside down
RS right side
WS bad side
How to knit a tank top step by step
Cast on 97 (109:121:135:151) sts on 2.75 mm and A needles.
1st row (RS)K1, [p1, k1] to finish. 2nd row P1, [k1, p1] to finish. These 2 rows form rib and repeat in stripes as follows: 2 rows A, 4 rows B, 2 rows C, 6 rows D, 2 rows E, 4 rows B, 2 rows A, 6 rows D, 4 rows B, 2 rows C, 4 rows A. Change to needle size 3.25 and start with row ak, knit in stripes as follows: 13 rows in F, 3 rows in G. These 16 rows form striped stitches and repeat. Cont until back measures 33(34:35:36:37)cm, ending with a row.
Respecting the stripes, cast off 5 (6:7:8:9) sts at the beginning of the next 2 rows. 87(97:107:119:133) m.** Dec. 1 at each end of the next 5 (7:9:11:13) rows, then on the next 5 rows (6:6:6:7) from RS, then follow the 4th row. 65 (69:75:83:91) m. Continue straight until the armhole measures 17(18:19:20:21)cm, ending with a row.
Shape the shoulders and neck
Next line (from RS) Cast off 4(5:5:7:8) sts, K until there are 11(12:14:16:18) sts on right needle, turn and leave the remaining sts on a back. Knit each side of the neckline separately. Dec 1 st towards the neckline of the next 3 rows and the same time, cast off 4 (5:5:7:8) sts at the beginning (edge of the armhole) of the 2nd row. Cast off the remaining 4 (4:6:6:7) sts. With the right side, join the yarn of the right color on the remaining sts, cast off the 35 (35:37:37:39) center sts, finish as K. Complete to match the first side, reversing the shapes.
Work as instructed for Return to **. Decrease 1st at each end of the next 5 rows (7:9:11:13), then on the next row 0 (1:0:1:0) from RS. 77 (81:89:95:107) m. Knit 1 row, ending with a row from the wrong side.
Form in front of the neck
Next line (RS) K2tog, k29(31:34:37:42) turn and leave remaining sts on a support. Knit each side of the neckline separately. Keeping the stripes correct, dec 1 st at the neck edge of the next 8 rows, then on the next 2 rows, then on the next 2 rows of the 4th, then on the 6th row and at the same time dec 1 st at the edge of the armhole of the 2nd and follow 3 (3:4:3:5) rows from RS, then follow the 4th row. 12 (14:16:20:23) m. Continue straight until the front matches the start of the shoulder shaping, ending with a row.
Cast off 4(5:5:7:8) sts at beg of next row and follow row from RS. Knit 1 row. Cast off the remaining 4 (4:6:6:7) sts. With the right side facing, join the yarn of the right color on the remaining sts, cast off the middle 15 (15:17:17:19) sts, knit the last 2 sts, K 2 tog. the end. Complete to match the first side, reversing the shapes.
Join the right shoulder seam. With the facing wrong side, needles 2.75 mm and B, pick up and knit 46 (46:48:48:52) sts from the left side of the neckline, 15 (15:17:17:19) sts from the mid front, 46(46:48:48:52) sts on the right side of the neckline, then 44(44:46:46:48) sts on the back. 151(151:159:159:171) m. Begin with 2nd row, knit 4 rows rib as described for back piece, ending with a row from RS. Continue in A and rib 1 row. Cast off in rib.
Join the left shoulder and the neck seam. With the facing facing, needles 2.75 mm and B, pick up and knit 89 sts (95:101:109:115) evenly around the armhole. Start with a 2nd row, knit 4 rows in rib as described for Back. Continue in A and rib 1 row. Cast off in rib. Join the side seams.
Now that you know how to knit a tank top, why not try some of our other knitting patterns, like this knit waterfall cardigan or this knit linen lace top, which makes a great beach cover-up.
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