POW: The Tide Pool Tank

Is it hot where you are? If you’re in the United States, I’m guessing the answer is YES. It’s been hot as heck here in northern Colorado lately, which always turns my thoughts to floaty dresses and loose tops and breathable fibers (and also cool breezes and swimming and cold drinks on patios . . .). I need easy-breezy, comfortable clothing when it’s 100 degrees out.

I was thinking about the dog days of summer last week and wondering if I have enough tank tops to make it through when suddenly, the Tide Pool Tank from Interweave Crochet Summer 2017 popped into my mind. This tank was my favorite project from the issue, and it would be the perfect addition to my summer wardrobe! It checks all my summer clothing boxes: lightweight, loose, simple, and super cute. Plus, it works up quickly, so when I’m done there will be plenty of hot days left to wear it.

This tank’s stitches are simple enough for a beginner like me but still create a really sophisticated look. The mesh stitches at the top and down the center back add the right amount of flair, and the relatively dense fabric of the body lets you wear this top without a layer underneath. It’s also a really versatile top—you could wear it with jeans, as seen on our gorgeous model, or with a floaty skirt or shorts on really hot days. You could even wear it to work with a pencil skirt or slim-fit trousers for a polished-yet-casual look.

tide pool tank

To make the sample, designer Angela Plunkett used HiKoo Sueño (distributed by Skacel), an 80 percent merino, 20 percent nylon yarn that’s sturdy but really light and breathable. I adore the color she used (succulent tonal), but if seafoam green isn’t your jam, Skacel offers Sueño in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find one that suits your summer style. And if you’re not down with wool in the summer, this top would be great in a cotton or linen yarn.

I’m pretty sure the Tide Pool Tank is going to be my new go-to summer top. If you’re also ready to make this summer wardrobe staple, check out the specs, get your yarn, and get going!


Pattern Details

Difficulty: Beginner

Finished Size: 30 (33, 38, 43, 47)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 33”, modeled with 1” ease.

Yarn: HiKoo Sueño (distributed by Skacel) (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon): #1496 succulent tonal, 3 (4, 4, 5, 6) hanks.

Hook: Size E/4 (3.5 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers.

Gauge: 19 sts and 11 rows = 4” in dc.

Notes: Top is worked in two pieces and seamed. Back is longer than front.

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