diy paneled tank [knitting pattern]

4:23 PM

I just realized that this is the first knitting pattern for clothing I've posted! This winter I fell into the habit of only making accessories (hats, scarves) because they can be made relatively quickly. I plan on posting more knitting patterns for clothing in the upcoming months. This top is great for beginner knitters- no increasing/decreasing! The cotton yarn makes it wearable in warmer temperatures- you could even wear it over a bathing suit.

Yarn- Sugar N' Cream (Summer Prints) 2- 4 oz. balls
          Sugar N" Cream Stripes (Country Stripes) 2- 4 oz. balls
Size US 8 needles
Pattern- (the finished top measures 40" across the bust)
BACK: Cast on 70 stitches with the Summer Prints yarn. Work in Garter Stitch for 3 rows. Work as follows: ROW 1: Knit. ROW 2: K3, P to last 3, K 3. Repeat these 2 rows for 27" from beginning, ending with row 1. Every 16 rows, switch to the stripe yarn and work 8 rows in pattern. Work in garter stitch for 5 rows. Bind off.

FRONT: Work to correspond to back.

SIDE TABS: (make 2) Cast on 10 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 6 inches

FINISHING: Sew tabs on to the tank at the sides 12 inches from the top of the shoulders.


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28 comments

  1. This is beautiful!

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  2. You are so talented! I wish I could knit!

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  3. So nice! I'm not much of a knitter but I will def give this a try. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  4. What size is this made for? What would I have to do to make a XL or XXL?

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    1. The finished top measures 40 inches across the bust. To make it larger, cast on additional stitches at the beginning of each piece. 4 stitches equal 1 inch. For example, if you wanted the top to have a 46 inch bust you would cast on 24 additional stitches at the start (94 instead of 70 sts) I hope this helps!

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  5. How did you sew on the tabs?

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    1. I sewed them around the edges using a yarn needle.

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  6. Did not see any instructions about shoulder seams. This is a top-down pattern, I guess.

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    1. The shoulder seams are sewn together using a yarn needle

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  7. Thank you for this beautiful pattern. :-)

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  8. Anonymous May 9, 2014 @ 7:10 PM This is really a neat pattern and so easy, I am going to have to try this.
    Thank you for printing this.

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  9. Hello, Gina - What an awesome project for beginning knitters. May I have your permission to teach my students? I am an instructor for a local craft shop.
    Linda K.

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    1. Sure! I'm glad you like the top, and I hope your students do as well =)

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  10. Wow, this is simple enough that I think I could do it.

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  11. I am going to try this. Looks super simple. Thanks for sharing

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  12. I have everything to make this wonderful pattern, but was wondering what the gauge should be? Thanks so much :)

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  13. Oooh I quite like this, I'm a beginner knitter so this is perfect and pretty, thanks for the pattern :)

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  14. This is a crisp, super fresh (and easy) pattern! Thank you! Am I correct in assuming that it does not really matter if it is top to bottom or bottom to top...interchangeable???

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    1. I made the beginning of the pattern the bottom, but since there is no increasing/decreasing you could do it either way =)

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  15. This is a super cute top and quick enough that I can still get a lot of use out of it this summer! Can't wait to CO! Thanks for sharing it! -Camille

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  16. I think will try this for one of my granddaughters thanks for the pattern.

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  17. where are the tabs sewn on?

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  18. read it again. got it duh!!

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  19. When you wrote for the Front panel to "work to correspond to back" meaning to duplicate the back panel of instructions? Thank you.

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Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to leave a comment.
♥ Gina