Crochet Ten Tank Tops from One Pattern
The cover of Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 proudly claims that the issue contains “17 Stylish Projects You Can’t Put Down,” but in truth, this issue is packed with fully TWENTY-SIX crochet patterns! That’s because Sara Dudek’s Basic Tank pattern includes 10 total crochet tank top variations to get just the look you want.
Whether you can’t stitch a project without making a few modifications or whether the thought of going off-pattern scares you stiff, these tips are sure to inspire, encourage, and instruct! Apply these variations to other crochet basics for a whole summer of creative stitching.
1. MAKE IT A SCOOP NECK
Find the instructions on how to shape the neck with decreases in Interweave Crochet Summer 2019. To learn more about decreasing in crochet, head over to the article “How to Treble Crochet 6 Together and Other Crochet Decreases.” You’ll become a crochet-decrease expert in no time.
2. MAKE IT A V-NECK
The pattern for this tank also includes the option of creating a V-neck. Feeling torn between scoop neck and V-neck? Make one of each on the same tank and switch off which side you wear in front, depending on your mood. You can see the clear difference in construction by referencing the garment schematic. To learn more, view the video download “Schematics! How to Decipher, Create, and Draw Your Own Sweater Blueprints.”
3. ADD BUTTONS
Follow the instructions in the pattern to add buttons up the front (or the back) of your tank. Add simple buttons for a minimal look or wild, colorful buttons if you want to make a statement. You can even make your own buttons! Refer to the article from Spin Off editor Kate Larson on how to create your own Dorset buttons.
4. CHOOSE YOUR EDGING
The tank pictured in this issue uses a scalloped edging with puff stitches. Read the instructions below on how to work this edging. If you’re not a fan of this look, we recommend looking at the many crochet edgings available at www.interweave.com. Simply type “crochet edgings” into the search bar at the top-right corner to see all your options.
5. ALTER YOUR SIZING
Don’t like the cropped look of this tank top? Not a problem. Use your knowledge of gauge to customize the top the way you like it. The gauge tells us that 16 rows equals 4 inches. Add 16 rows to the pattern before you begin the arm shaping to add 4 inches of length to your top. This method will also work for increasing or decreasing the length of your straps. To learn more about making projects that fit you, see our series of articles called “Focus on Fit” on taking your own measurements, body shape, and sweater silhouettes.
6. ADD EMBROIDERY
You might want to add some embellishment to your tank top. The embroidery on the tank in this issue was created by purchasing lace fabric and using it as a guide for filling in different colors of embroidery thread. For help with this technique, read “3 Embroidery Stitches to Embellish Your Next Crochet Project” to find the instructions for this easy embroidery technique as well as three embroidery stitches to add to your yarn projects.
7. DYE IT A DIFFERENT COLOR
The yellow tank in this issue was created with white crochet thread. The yellow color came from dyeing the project with turmeric! Try natural dyes or shibori dyeing techniques to liven up this simple tank top. Read The Natural Colors Cookbook (affiliate link) for more ideas.
8. USE FILET CROCHET
Use a combination of open mesh stitches and solid stitches to create intricate patterning with the technique known as filet crochet. If you’re not familiar with filet crochet, read Kathryn White’s article on “7 Tips and Tricks for Perfect Filet Crochet.” The article will help you learn to read a filet crochet chart. The “Stratify” chart that was used to create the filet pattern on the tank in this issue. It is on page 84 in Andrea Rangel’s AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.
9. USE TAPESTRY CROCHET
You can also add a two-color pattern to this tank with tapestry crochet! Grab a second color of crochet thread and head over to this article “Tapestry Crochet with the Double Crochet Stitch!” If you’re in search of some colorwork inspiration, check out the charts available in the AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary by Andrea Rangel. The tank in this issue used the “Assembly” chart from page 73 in the book.
10. MAKE IT MESH
Would you like a more transparent top for layering? Keep the same stitch count for the tank to coordinate with your size, but replace every other stitch with a chain to create an open mesh. Just be sure to check your gauge if you choose to make this change. Chain stitches can take less space than double crochet stitches, so your tank could end up a bit smaller if your gauge doesn’t match. Use a larger crochet hook if you need to adjust.
How will you customize a crochet tank top this summer? Will you use use one or several of these ideas, or do you home something fun in mind that we didn’t think of? Let us know in the comments!
This article appeared in Interweave Crochet Summer 2019.