Chasing Summer Light is a fingering weight version of the Chasing Summer Tank (May 2021). Like the original version, this pattern is an extremely easy-to-crochet summer tank top that features vertical stitching but has thick straps to hide any bra straps. The stand-out feature of this piece is the thoughtful shaping around the chest which provides an incredible fit on any size. There are adjustable elements sprinkled throughout the pattern - see some modification ideas on page 10 to create a top that perfectly suits your personal style. The beauty of the Chasing Summer Tank and Chasing Summer Light is the variety of unique pieces that can be created from each of these patterns simply by working some basic modifications.
Except for the straps which are worked in the single crochet stitch, most of this top is worked in the double crochet stitch, making it a breeze to complete in a weekend (or even a day if you’re ambitious). The sideways construction creates the appearance of vertical lines running throughout the garment, creating a flattering fit and allowing the fabric to lay nicely on your body during wear without looking bulky. With your bra straps perfectly hidden, you can wear your Chasing Summer Light with comfort and confidence all season long.
Construction: The front of this top is worked in two identical pieces that get seamed together along the center-front. After seaming these pieces together, the back panel is worked directly onto your front piece until reaching your desired circumference. You can follow the number of rows as instructed on the back piece to achieve the dimensions in the chart, or you can work fewer (or more) rows along the back in order to achieve your desired amount of ease.
Yarn: fingering —WeCrochet Twill in Horchata Heather
Ø100% Superwash Merino
Ø183 yds [167 m] per 1.8-oz [50-g] skein
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Yarn Substitution Notes: Substitute WeCrochet Twill with any similar, fingering weight yarn. Most fibers should work fine in place of Twill, however, note that this is a form-fitting top with negative ease, so it is recommended you opt for an animal fiber with some bounce and memory and avoid stretch-less plant-based fibers like cotton or linen. This will allow your top to stay taught to your body during wear without feeling restricting. If you want to use cotton or other stretch-less fibers, you may want to work additional rows on your back panel to make a looser top; this will allow your chosen fiber to drape nicely.
A note on yarn weight: You can also choose a totally different yarn weight altogether and follow the pattern as it's written, making sure to work the front panels to their specified width! Just make sure to take note of the measurements provided within the pattern to ensure your top will have a fit that is similar to the sample shown.
Yardage: 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) (5, 6, 7, 7) balls of WeCrochet Twill or 350 (450, 545, 650, 725) (825, 925, 1100, 1250) yds [321 (412, 499, 595, 663) (755, 846, 1006, 1144) m] of a similar fingering weight yarn.
Hook: Size U.S. C/2 (2.75 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, several locking stitch markers