Machair Tank Top by Merrian Holland

Machair Tank Top

Crochet
May 2023
Zakami Alpaca Fingering
Light Fingering ?
20 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches
in over meadow stitch pattern
3.0 mm
864 - 1083 yards (790 - 990 m)
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
UK
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This pattern is available from yarnjournal.com for £24.00.

This design was inspired by the summery, linen blend yarn from
Zakami. Merrian wanted to make a vest top that could be worn next to the skin, so she created an all over stitch pattern with a three-petal element to mimic a coastal meadow full of flowers.

This close-fitting vest top is crocheted top down. The front and back are first worked flat separately, then joined at the underarms, then the body is worked in the round (turning at the end of each round to continue working on RS & WS) to the hem.

The top can be worn with either the scooped neck or the higher neckline at the front.

There is optional waist shaping, and the top finishes at the hip with a decorative scalloped hem, which mimics the three petal flowers in the main stitch repeat. The neckband and armbands are trimmed with a very pretty and delicate picot stitch, which also serves to add stability and prevents overstretching of the fabric.

SIZES
Sizes: 1 (2, 3, 4, 5)
To fit chest: 78–83 (88–93, 98–103, 108–113, 118–123) cm / 30.75 32.5 (34.5–36.5, 38.5–40.5, 42.5–44.5, 46.5–48.5) in
Designed to be worn with 0–5 cm / 0–2 in negative ease

Sample 1 shown in size 2 with 1–6 cm / 0.5–2.5 in negative ease.
Sample 2 shown in size 4 with 0–16cm / 0–6 in positive ease.

YARN
Zakami Yarns, Alpaca Fingering, Fingering, 50% Baby Alpaca, 25% Linen, 25% Silk, 400 m / 437 yds per 100g skein
2 (3, 3, 3, 3) skeins

Sample 1 Primavera
Sample 2 The Florist of Florence
Sample 3 West Green Loft Yarns Classic Sock, Fingering, 75%
Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon, 425 m / 465 yds per 100g skein,
shown in Gypsophelia.

OR in Fingering weight yarn which crochets to the specified gauge and has similar drape and comfortable feel next to the skin.

Approximate yardage required
790 (850, 890, 930, 990 m / 864 (930, 973, 1017, 1083) yds