Make Your Own Basics: The tank top (knitted and sewn)

Make Your Own Basics: The tank top (knitted and sewn)

Whether they’re knitted or sewn (jersey or woven) — for surviving summer heat, sleeping in, or layering under blazers and sweaters for the office and the cold season, tank tops are a year-round necessity. They’re also a great chance to get to use really fabulous yarn or fabric because they require so little of it! And of course, they’re quick to make, in any form—

KNITTED: My very favorite knitted tank patterns seem to all be by Pam Allen: Togue Pond (pictured) Saco Stripes and in particular (see my hybrid version), but also Forsythia and Aster. I’m also a huge fan of the somewhat dressier Farrah by Wool and the Gang, and of Shellie Anderson’s Slope and Square, to name just a few. I have a bunch more good tank patterns bookmarked here.

SEWN / WOVEN: Pictured is Grainline’s new Willow Tank pattern. Jenny Gordy’s Wiksten Tank is the long-time darling of the indie sewing world, a pattern I love and have sewn a number of times, and definitely always a great option. Willow’s shaping is looking a little more current to me, especially in a cropped version like the one pictured here (from this blog post). See also: Sorbetto from Colette (free pattern) and Eucalypt from Megan Nielsen. NOTE: All of these patterns include dress-length options!

SEWN / KNIT: I’ve mentioned this a few times already and am SO excited about it — Fancy Tiger’s new Adventure Tank pattern. [[<<——UPDATE: It’s live.]] It technically publishes this Friday but OR you can download it now (I already have!) via the Creativebug class, if you’re a member. The pattern includes both the racerback tank pictured above and a muscle tee version, which I am so hot to sew I can’t even tell you!

As always, please feel free to share your favorite tank patterns in the comments below—


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14 thoughts on “Make Your Own Basics: The tank top (knitted and sewn)

  1. I just started knitting the Colina tank. I love the neckline and am excited to knit with linen for the first time.

  2. I’ve made both Forsythia and Lina in Sparrow – love them both, wear them a lot. I just love all the Sparrow colors. Another cool tank top (stretching the definition a bit maybe) in my queue is Aurora by Shellie Anderson.

  3. The Slope tank by Shibui Knits has a nice shape. I’m working on one right now in the recommended yarn and it’s really fun! My first time using tiny size 3 needles.

  4. I love all of these! This summer I have plans to sew the Basics Tank by CaliFaye and knit the Nettle Grove tank from Plymouth. But the tanks above are going into my queue as well!

  5. I think that’s Togue Pond pictured, but either way, great options! So many beautiful tanks and tees from designers these days.

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