Soak in those long summer days in your new favorite top, the Summertime Tank!
It’s the middle of summer. Long days are filled with BBQ, pool parties, and laughter with friends, neighbors, and family. The last thing you need is a fussy wardrobe cramping your style. Enter the Summertime Tank, the perfect top to take wherever the sun leads you. Thanks to my friends at JOANN, you can make your new Summertime Tank using this FREE PATTERN!
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More often than not, my summer schedule finds me pulled in many different directions from day to day. Sometimes I have a casual day, hanging with The Hubs and the kitties at home. Other days you can find me chowing down at a new local restaurant with my girls. In between all that social time, I even fit in some actual work, opting to haul my laptop to a coffee shop. With all of these events going on, I need to keep my wardrobe simple. A piece like the Summertime Tank can be styled a million different ways to compliment any summer situation.
Like its companion piece, the Summertime Tee (also a FREE pattern available here on TLYCBlog.com), the Summertime Tank has all the features of a simple but engaging crochet project. I revisited one of my favorite stitch patterns, the extended single crochet stitch, but this time I incorporated a different shaping technique. The result is a semi-solid, breathable crocheted fabric with a delicate neckline.
Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but am I the last to see all the new yarns now available at JOANN?! I was wandering through the aisles with the idea for the Summertime Tank in mind and stumbled upon a whole section of fresh offerings from Lion Brand. I had my pick of what to choose for this new summer staple.
I considered 24/7 Cotton, a 100% mercerized cotton with great sheen and drape. I used this same yarn for my Sandbar Cardi and I’m obsessed with it. I also looked at Ferris Wheel, a 100% acrylic cake yarn that looks an awful lot like some very expensive wool that I have in my stash. I finally decided on Comfy Cotton, another cake yarn from Lion Brand that I’d heard about but had yet to try.
Comfy Cotton is a cotton/polyester blend that is perfect for summer wearables. It feels amazingly soft to the touch and it’s a category 3 DK weight yarn that won’t weigh you down. The subtle color of the Chai Latte colorway against the neutral base just screams “take me to the beach!”. Each of the 10 color options has its own personality and gives you endless styling options. If you’re ready to crochet more than boring, old beach coverups this summer, the Summertime Tank is for you!
The Summertime Tank is constructed from two crocheted panels worked from the bottom up. Both the front and back panels start with a band of crochet ribbing. The airy extended single crochet fabric is then worked perpendicular to the ribbing. The back panel features minimal shaping for a relaxed fit. The front panel introduces the sweet but subtle neckline shape with built-in eyelets. Ready to make your own Summertime Tank? Keep scrolling for the FREE pattern, or pick up a PDF copy from TLYarnCrafts.com.
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Summertime Tank Pattern
FINISHED SIZE: S (M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)
- Bust: 38 (42, 44, 48, 52, 56)”
- Length: 21 (22, 22, 23, 23, 23.5)”
- Note: this garment is designed to have approximately 2-6” of positive ease. Keep this in mind when choosing a size.
- 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3) balls of Lion Brand Comfy Cotton in the Chai Latte colorway
- US Size H/8 5mm crochet hook or hook needed to obtain gauge (find my favorite crochet hooks here!)
- Yarn needle
- Tape measure
4 inches square = 9 pattern repeats x 11 rows
- BLO = back loop only
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Esc = extended single crochet (see Special Stitch)
- Rem = remaining
- Rep = repeat
- Sc = single crochet
- Sk = skip
- Sl st = slip stitch
- Sp(s) = space(s)
- St(s) = stitch(es)
- Tch = turning chain
SPECIAL STITCH – Extended single crochet (esc): insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through one loop on hook, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.
- Beginning ch-3 counts as first esc + ch-1.
- Pattern is written for 38″ finished bust with larger sizes in parenthesis.
- Numbers in parenthesis at the end of some rows indicate the number of stitches in that row.
- The finished garment has 2-6″ of positive ease. Follow gauge to customize the fit of this garment. To adjust the bust size, create a starting ribbing that will make Row 1 of the panels a multiple of 2+1.
Use this photo to help with placement of stitches throughout the pattern:
- When pattern says “skip first stitch”, skip only the stitch indicated by the pink arrow.
- When pattern says “skip first 2 stitches”, skip the stitches indicated by the peach arrow AND the black arrow.
Back Panel – Ribbing
ROW 1: Ch 5 (5, 5, 7, 7, 7), sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (4 [4, 4, 6, 6, 6] sc)
ROW 2: Ch 1, working in BLO, sc in each st across, turn.
Rep Row 2 until total of 83 (91, 95, 105, 113, 123) rows have been worked.
Back Panel – Body
ROW 1: Rotate Ribbing to work in row ends. Ch 1, sc in each row across, turn. (83 [91, 95, 105, 113, 123] sc)
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first 2 sts, esc in next st, *ch 1, sk next st, esc in next st; rep from * across row, turn. (42 [46, 48, 53, 57, 62] esc and 41 [45, 47, 52, 56, 61] ch-1 sps)
ROW 3: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.
Rep Row 3 until Panel measures 19 (20, 20, 20.5, 20.5, 21)” including Ribbing. Place markers on 11th and 32nd (13th and 34th, 14th and 35th, 16th and 38th, 18th and 40th, 20th and 43rd) esc.
Back Panel – Right Neck Shaping
ROW 1: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in first marked st, remove marker, turn.
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in 2nd ch of tch. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Back Panel – Left Neck Shaping
ROW 1: Join with sl st in next marked st, remove marker, ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.
ROW 2: Rep Row 2 of Right Neck Shaping.
Work same as Back Panel until 14 rows rem, including rows for Neck Shaping.
Place markers on 19th and 24th, (21stand 26th, 22ndand 27th, 24th and 30th, 26thand 32nd, 28th and 35th) esc and tch.
Front Panel – Right Neck Shaping
ROW 1: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in first marked st, remove marker, turn. (19, [21, 22, 24, 26, 28] esc)
ROW 2: Ch 3, sk first 2 esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (18, [20, 21, 23, 25, 27] esc)
ROW 3: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across to last 2 esc, sk next esc, esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn. (17, [19, 20, 22, 24, 26] esc)
ROW 4: Rep Row 2. (16, [18, 19, 21, 23, 25] esc)
ROW 5: Ch 3, sk first esc, esc in next esc, (ch 1, esc) in each esc across, working last esc in 2nd ch of tch, turn.
ROW 6–13: Rep Rows 4 and 5 four times. (12, [14, 15, 17, 19, 21] esc)
ROW 14: Rep Row 4. Fasten off. (11, [13, 14, 16, 18, 20] esc)
Front Panel – Left Neck Shaping
Join with sl st in 2nd ch of marked tch, remove marker. Rep Rows 1–14 of Right Neck Shaping.
STEP 1: Block each Panel to finished length and ½ of bust measurement.
STEP 2: With wrong sides of Panels together and end tails of Back Panel, seam shoulders. Secure and cut yarn.
STEP 3: Measure 7 (7, 8, 8, 9, 9)” from shoulder seam down side edge, place marker on end of each row for arm opening. With wrong sides of Panels held together and beginning at marked rows, seam down side to just before ribbing, leaving a small hip slit. Secure and cut yarn.
STEP 4: Weave in ends.
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Tammie Leach says
Hi. Having trouble with the Summer top. A graphic would be great regarding the arms and shaping the neck.
I just bought the pattern however it’s not any different than the free one. It stated there was more instructions. Please advise
Toni L. says
Hi Tammie – there is no schematic with this pattern. If I can help answer a pattern support question, please email [email protected]. I’m always happy to help 🙂
Nice easy pattern. Made it in the blue purple version if this yarn and I like it. Thank you!!!
Jen Purcell says
Hi Toni! Can’t wait to try this! One callout, the link to the Lion Brand Comfy Cotton is taking you to their Ferris Wheel yarn instead: https://www.lionbrand.com/products/ferris-wheel-yarn?sscid=61k5_j0f8x