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Summer Side Tank Top

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Summer side is a relatively simple crochet tank top pattern which is sure to become a staple in your summer wardrobe. It could also be worn layered over a shirt in cooler weather.

It’s a relaxed fit sweater vest which is crocheted side-to-side with a wide, gently curved neckline, shaped armholes and a small arc at the base of the side seams.

You can purchase the print optimised PDF pattern from Ravelry, Etsy or Love Crafts

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Skills Used

The pattern assumes a basic knowledge of crochet stitches, techniques and terminology.

The Summer Side crochet Tank is created from two panels crocheted side-to-side in rows.

You will need to work increases and decreases, and maintain an accurate stitch count. The stitch count matters to get the underarm shaping ‘just so’.

That said, it is relatively easy to adjust the chest and length of the garment to suit your preference and basic guidance on this is included in the pattern.

The pattern is written in US crochet terms and worked mainly using extended single crochet. You can find a tutorial for the extended single crochet stitch here. The pattern also includes a written description and link explaining this stitch.

You will also work in front loops and back loops and will need to seam the two panels together. I recommend the mattress stitch for seaming.

Blocking is recommended to ensure the panels are an equal length and width as this will make the joining process easier and improve the finished look of the garment.

You can learn about blocking here if it’s new to you.

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This crochet sweater vest uses a relatively small amount of yarn for a garment.

You will need approximately 660 – 1150 m 4ply / fingering weight yarn (depending on size chosen) and 4mm crochet hook or size needed to match gauge. I used my 4mm clover amour hook.

The item shown used 2(2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4) 100g hanks Fyberspates, scrumptious 4ply, 55% Merino Wool, 45% Silk, 100g hank = 365m / 399yds. Shade: Baby Pink (306).

Other fibres may work well with this pattern. I always recommend swatching, not only to check gauge but also to ensure that you are happy with the fabric you’re making.

This post will teach you about making your gauge swatch work for you.

Using different yarns / fibres will result in a different finished look. This post may help you in choosing a suitable yarn.

You may also find a couple of stitch markers helpful to mark row ends and ensure you keep your stitch count correct.

How to purchase a Dora Does crochet pattern:

I sell my PDF crochet patterns in my Etsy, Ravelry and Love Crafts stores. You can purchase this pattern on any of these platforms, depending on your preference. Simply click the relevant links throughout this pattern page to be taken to the listing, or visit the store homepages in the links at the start of this paragraph.

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The pattern is written in 9 sizes from women’s standard size XS – 5XL, to fit chest sizes 76-158cm / 30-64in.

Details of additional measurements and a schematic are included in the pattern to assist you in choosing a suitable size for you.

The tank top is made with 8-10cm positive ease and is 53-56cm long depending on size chosen.

The fabric has quite a bit of horizontal stretch so is super comfy and may feel like it has more ease than it does.

The armholes are shaped from the underarm upwards to sit just inside the edge of the shoulder. This shaping sets this tank top aside from many similar crochet designs with straight edges.

This shaping means that the pattern is a little more involved than some other designs, but I believe you will think that the extra attention to detail is absolutely worth it – I know I did.

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Thanks for your interest in this design. It’s one I’m pretty proud of… after hours of head-scratching-maths to get the shaping right over the range of sizes.

Please drop any questions about the pattern in the comments and I will answer all queries as best as I can.

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