Tip Top Tank by Emily Bolduan

Tip Top Tank

April 2022
Sport (12 wpi) ?
21 stitches = 4 inches
in Stocking Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
US 3 - 3.25 mm
361 - 890 yards (330 - 814 m)
XS (S, SM, M, ML, L, XL, XXL)
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This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download

As of February 2023 there is now a free Bow Tie Sleeve expansion available! The separate pdf is now included in the download section of this pattern, enjoy!

As of October 2022 there is now a finer version of this pattern available! Go check out the Tip Top Tank FINE over here.

This tank top is designed to be an easy summer knit, and is the perfect simple project for warmer weather. The deep V neck is flattering to wear without being too revealing, and the straps are wide enough to hide your bra straps (hello practical!). Throw it on with shorts or a breezy skirt on a hot day, pair it with jeans in Autumn, or even make up a woolly version to wear as a vest over shirts in the cooler months.

The pattern includes instructions to knit it flat on straight needles, as well as in the round on circulars (woohoo no seams!). And with clear and simple instructions, both options would be suitable for first-time garment knitters who have tackled the basics of knitting and purling, and are up for learning some fun new techniques! The body is knit from the bottom up, and the length is easily customizable with suggestions for a cute crop as well as a longer version, making it a fantastic wardrobe staple.

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab some cotton, linen, silk or wool yarn and whip up your own Tip Top Tank!


Sizes: XS (S, SM, M, ML, L, XL, XXL)

To Fit Bust: 76 (82, 88, 93, 99, 105, 112, 120) cm / 30 (32, 34.5, 36.5, 39, 41, 44, 47) inches

Finished Bust: 76 (82, 88, 93, 99, 105, 112, 120) cm / 30 (32, 34.5, 36.5, 39, 41, 44, 47 inches.
Designed to fit with approximately 0-2cm / 0-3/4” of positive ease depending on
preferred fit. Pictured here in size SM worn with zero ease at bust, and cropped length.

Yarn: Any 5ply / Sport weight yarn.

We used BC Garn Allino (50/50 Linen/Cotton 125m/50g), but any 4ply to 8ply yarn which gives you the right gauge will be fine.

Cropped length: Approximately 330 (378, 420, 461, 507, 559, 623, 711) metres
Longer length: 396 (449, 495, 541, 592, 649, 719, 814) metres

Please note that if you choose to knit the Bow Tie Sleeve expansion, this will use an extra 70-120m of yarn, depending on how long you make them.

Seamed Version: 3.50mm and 3.25mm 30+cm straight needles
In the Round Version: 3.50mm and 3.25mm 60-100cm circular needles (choose a length that is smaller than the Finished Bust size).

Adjust needle size as necessary to match pattern gauge.

Gauge: 21sts to 10cm in stocking stitch on larger needles

Extras: 3 stitch markers (In the Round version), stitch holders or scrap yarn for holding stitches, darning needle