The Chasing Summer Tank is an extremely easy-to-crochet summer tank top with thin straps and vertical stitching. 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 9 to create a top that perfectly suits your personal style. The beauty of the Chasing Summer Tank is the variety of unique pieces you can create from this one pattern simply by working some basic modifications.
With the exception of the straps which are worked in the single crochet stitch, the majority 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 flow nicely during wear rather than looking bulky. Crocheted in a breezy, cotton-linen blend, CotLin provides a lovely drape that feels casual and effortless. Wear your Chasing Summer Tank all season long and enjoy the breathability of this yarn, the comfort of this relaxed fit, and the ease in which you can mix-and-match it with your existing wardrobe.
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: DK —WeCrochet CotLin in Cashew
- 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
- 123 yds [112 m] per 1.8-oz [50-g] skein
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Yarn Substitution Notes: Substitute WeCrochet CotLin with any similar, DK weight yarn. Most fibers should work fine in place of CotLin, but for similar results to the sample shown, choose a cotton yarn. Many cotton yarns (like CotLin) are stretch-less and this provides nice drape to your finished top. Alternatively, if you want to make a form-fitting top with more negative ease, you might want to opt for a fiber some more bounce and memory. This will allow your top to stay taught to your body during wear.
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, 3, 4) (4, 5, 5, 6) skeins or 225 (275, 300, 350, 400) (450, 500, 600, 675) yds [206 (252, 275, 321, 366) (412, 458, 549, 618) m] of a similar DK weight yarn.
Hook: Size U.S. E/4 (3.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge
Notions: Tapestry needle, several locking stitch markers
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