Chasing Summer by Knits N Knots

Chasing Summer

Crochet
May 2021
DK (11 wpi) ?
19 stitches and 9 rows = 4 inches
in double crochet (US)
3.5 mm (E)
225 - 675 yards (206 - 617 m)
XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X) to fit bust sizes 28-30 (32-34, 36-38, 40-42, 44-46) (48-50, 52-54, 56-58, 60-62)“
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ABOUT

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.

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MATERIALS
Yarn: DK —WeCrochet CotLin in Cashew

  • 70% Tanguis Cotton, 30% Linen
  • 123 yds 112 m per 1.8-oz 50-g skein
  • Find this yarn on crochet.com or visit yarnsub.com to find comparable substitutes.

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 for you 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
I used the 3.5 mm hook from this set

Notions: Tapestry needle, several locking stitch markers

SIZING

This #SizeInclusive tank top is written in nine sizes as follows: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). See photos for full sizing chart and schematics.

Note about the chart: This chart shows the finished garment measurements. This top is designed to be worn with approximately 0 to 2 inches 0–5 cm of negative ease. Find the finished bust measurement in this chart and choose a size that is up to 2 inches 5 cm smaller than your actual bust measurement. For reference, the model has a 34-inch 86-cm bust and is wearing a size small with a finished garment bust measurement of 32 inches 81 cm with 2 inches 5 cm of negative ease. If between sizes, size down. Note: When choosing a size, it’s best to choose your true size, and then adjust the ease by working additional or fewer rows to the back panel, rather than sizing up or down.

MODIFICATIONS TO TRY -

1. To make a top of any length: For a longer or shorter top, work a longer or shorter foundation chain when beginning the front panels. Work an identical stitch adjustment when beginning the back panel.

2. To make a top in any yarn weight: Using the corresponding hook to your chosen yarn, work a foundation chain that equals your approximate desired length from the center of the breast to the bottom of your tank top. Then, follow the pattern as it’s written, and stop working Row 2 repeats once your front panel equals the width provided in the chart. Then, work the back panel until reaching your desired circumference.

3. To make a top with a different amount of ease (positive or negative): Instead of sizing up or sizing down, when choosing a size, choose the size that is true to your actual size. Follow the instructions for the front panel as they are written. Then, adjust the number of repeats when working the back panel in order to adjust your amount of ease. For more negative ease, work fewer Row 2 reps until reaching your desired circumference. For more positive ease, work more Row 2 reps until reaching your desired circumference.

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