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Rib-Wise Tank

"It’s tank top season y'allllllll!!!!!!!” This was recently yelled in my direction by a peppy pilates instructor who I think would have rather been teaching a 90s hip-hop sculpt class. As my arms began to burn, I bristled at the proclamation, but once in the comfort and security of my couch, knitting needles in hand, I had to admit that she was right. It IS tank top season, y’all.

This simple Rib-Wise Tank is just right for the season with a bit of room to breathe but not so much that you’re weighed down in the heat. Ribbing along the sides, straps and between the shoulder blades creates subtle shaping and streamlining, while Anzula’s beautiful new Milky Way offers a soft shine, a slight drape and a cool touch.

You know, I learned something else that day at the gym… It’s SHORTS season y’alllllll!!!! But don’t worry, I need to spend a lot more time in the gym before you see knit shorts from me! -Laura

Materials

  • Color A: 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) of Anzula's Milky Way (80% Milk Protein, 20% Superwash Merino). This is color Seaside.
  • Color B: 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) skein(s) of Anzula's Milky Way (80% Milk Protein, 20% Superwash Merino). This is color Black.
  • NOTE: If you want to work this Tank all in one color, you will need 2 (2, 2, 2, 3) skiens.
  • US size #3 straight needles or circular needle
  • A set of size US #2 double pointed needles
  • Stitch holder or scrap yarn
  • A crochet hook size E or F (for Provisional Cast-On) (optional)

Gauge

7 stitches = 1 inch in stockinette stitch

Sizes

XSmall, (Small, Medium, Large, XLarge)

  • Bust Circumference: 28 (32, 36, 40, 44) inches
  • Waist Circumference: 23 (27, 31, 35, 39) inches
  • Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 17 inches

Notes

Stitch Patterns

Right Edge Ribbing

(panel of 17 stitches; 136 rows)

Set-Up Row (wrong side): P2, k1, p1, k1, p12.

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (right side): K2, p1, k1, p1, k12.

Row 2 and all Wrong-Side Rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Rows 9, 11, 13, and 15: K2, p1, [k1, p1] twice, k10.

Rows 17, 19, 21, and 23: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k8.

Rows 25, 27, 29, and 31: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 4 times, k6.

Rows 33, 35, 37, and 39: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times, k4.

Rows 41, 43, 45, and 47: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 6 times, k2.

Rows 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, and 63: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 7 times.

Rows 65-72: Repeat Rows 41 and 42.

Rows 73-80: Repeat Rows 33 and 34.

Rows 81-88: Repeat Rows 25 and 26.

Rows 89-96: Repeat Rows 17 and 18.

Rows 97-112: Repeat Rows 9 and 10.

Rows 113-136: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Left Edge Ribbing

(panel of 17 stitches; 136 rows)

Set-Up Row (wrong side): P12, k1, p1, k1, p2.

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (right side): K12, p1, k1, p1, k2.

Row 2 and all Wrong-Side Rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Rows 9, 11, 13, and 15: K10, p1, [k1, p1] twice, k2.

Rows 17, 19, 21, and 23: K8, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k2.

Rows 25, 27, 29, and 31: K6, p1, [k1, p1] 4 times, k2.

Rows 33, 35, 37, and 39: K4, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times, k2.

Rows 41, 43, 45, and 47: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 6 times, k2.

Rows 49, 51, 53, 55, 57, 59, 61, and 63: P1, [k1, p1] 7 times, k2.

Rows 65-72: Repeat Rows 41 and 42.

Rows 73-80: Repeat Rows 33 and 34.

Rows 81-88: Repeat Rows 25 and 26.

Rows 89-96: Repeat Rows 17 and 18.

Rows 97-112: Repeat Rows 9 and 10.

Rows 113-136: Repeat Rows 1 and 2.

Basic Rib Pattern

(odd number of stitches; 2-row repeat)

Row 1 (right side): P1, *k1, p1; repeat from * to end of pattern.

Row 2 and all Wrong-Side Rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Front Shoulder Ribbing

[panel of 15 (15, 15, 23, 23) stitches]

Set-Up Row (Front Left Only): Purl.

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (right side): K6 (6, 6, 10, 10), p1, k1, p1, k6 (6, 6, 10, 10).

Row 2, 4, 6, and 8: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Row 10: P4 (4, 4, 8, 8), k1, [p1, k1] 3 times, p4 (4, 4, 8, 8).

Rows 11-17: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Row 18: P2 (2, 2, 6, 6), k1, [p1, k1] 5 times, p2 (2, 2, 6, 6).

Rows 19-25: Repeat Row 2.

Row 26: P0 (0, 0, 4, 4), k1, [p1, k1] 7 times, p0 (0, 0, 4, 4).

Row 27: Repeat Row 2.

SIZES XSMALL, SMALL + MEDIUM ONLY

Repeat Rows 26 and 27 for remainder of piece.

SIZES LARGE + XLARGE ONLY

Rows 28-33: Repeat Row 2.

Row 34: P2, k1, [p1, k1] 9 times, p2.

Rows 35-41: Repeat Row 2.

Row 42: K1, [p1, k1] 11 times.

Row 43: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 42 and 43 for remainder of piece.

Back Neck Ribbing

(panel of 19 stitches)

Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (right side): K6, p1, [k1, p1] 3 times, k6.

Row 2 and all Wrong-Side Rows: Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as they face you.

Rows 9, 11, 13, and 15: K4, p1, [k1, p1] 5 times, k4.

Rows 17, 19, 21, and 23: K2, p1, [k1, p1] 7 times, k2.

Rows 25, 27, 29, and 31: P1, [k1, p1] 9 times.

Row 32: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 31 and 32 for remainder of piece.

Pattern

Front

Begin Front

With Color A, cast on 101 (115, 129, 143, 157) stitches.

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Work in Right Edge Ribbing for 17 stitches, beginning with Set-Up Row, place marker (pm), p32 (39, 46, 53, 60), pm, k1, p1, k1, pm, purl to last 17 stitches, pm, work in Left Edge Ribbing to end, beginning with Set-Up Row.

Row 1: Work Left Edge Ribbing as established to first marker, work in stockinette stitch to second marker, work Basic Rib Pattern as established to third marker, work in stockinette stitch to fourth marker, work in Right Edge Ribbing as established to end.

Continue to work in patterns as established until Right and Left Edge Ribbing patterns are complete, ending with a wrong-side row, and removing first and last markers on final row. Place new markers 13 (17, 22, 22, 28) and 28 (32, 37, 45, 51) stitches in from each side edge, to mark Front Shoulder Ribbing.

Divide for Front Left and Front Right

Row 1 (Decrease Row, right side): Bind off 5 (7, 8, 9, 13) stitches in pattern, knit to 5 (7, 8, 9, 9) stitches before third marker, place previous 39 (42, 47, 52, 55) Front Left stitches on hold using a stitch holder or scrap yarn, bind off next 13 (17, 19, 21, 21) stitches in pattern, removing markers, work to end. [44 (49, 55, 61, 68) stitches remain for Front Right]

Shape Front Right Armhole and Neck

NOTE: You will work the Right and Left sides of the Front separately, starting with the Front Right. Stitch counts in the following section do not include the Front Left stitches on hold.

Row 2 (Decrease Row): Bind off 5 (7, 8, 9, 13) stitches in pattern, purl to end. [39 (42, 47, 52, 55) stitches remain]

Row 3: Bind off 4 stitches, work to marker, work Front Shoulder Ribbing, beginning with Row 1, to next marker, knit to end. [35 (38, 43, 48, 51) stitches remain]

Row 4 (Decrease Row): Continuing to work patterns as established, bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [33 (36, 41, 46, 49) stitches remain]

SIZE XSMALL ONLY

Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 stitches, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [29 stitches remain]

Row 6: Work in established pattern.

Row 7 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 stitches, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [26 stitches remain]

Row 8: Work in established pattern.

Row 9 (Decrease Row): Ssk, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [24 stitches remain]

Row 10: Work in established pattern.

Rows 11 and 12: Repeat Rows 9 and 10. [22 stitches remain]

Row 13 (Decrease Row): Ssk, work to end. [21 stitches remain]

Row 14: Work in established pattern.

Rows 15-18: Repeat Rows 13 and 14. [19 stitches remain]

SIZE SMALL ONLY

Rows 5-12: Work Rows 5-12 of size XSmall. [25 stitches remain]

Rows 13 and 14: Work Rows 9 and 10 of size XSmall. [23 stitches remain]

Rows 15-18: Work Rows 13 and 14 of size XSmall. [21 stitches remain]

SIZE MEDIUM ONLY

Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 stitches, work to end. [38 stitches remain]

Row 6 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [36 stitches remain]

Rows 7-12: Work Rows 7-12 of size XSmall. [29 stitches remain]

Rows 13-18: Work Rows 9 and 10 of size XSmall. [23 stitches remain]

SIZE LARGE ONLY

Rows 5-18: Work Rows 5-18 of size Medium. [28 stitches remain]

Row 19 (Decrease Row): Work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [27 stitches remain]

Row 20: Work in established pattern.

SIZE XLARGE ONLY

Rows 5-18: Work Rows 5-18 of size Medium. [31 stitches remain]

Rows 19-22: Work Rows 19 and 20 of size Medium. [29 stitches remain]

ALL SIZES

Continuing to work first and last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches in stockinette stitch, and stitches between markers in Front Shoulder Ribbing, work even until armhole measures 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) inches, ending with a right-side row.

Shape Front Right Shoulder

Row 1 (Decrease Row, wrong side): Bind off 7 (7, 7, 9, 9) stitches in pattern, work to end. [12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remain]

Row 2: Work in established pattern.

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern, work to end.

Row 4: Work in established pattern.

Next Row: Bind off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern.

Shape Front Left

With wrong side facing, rejoin Color A.

NOTE: To avoid confusion, the row numbers for this section will begin with Row 2 so that all right-side rows are worked on odd-numbered rows, as for the previous sections.

Row 2 (Decrease Row): Bind off 4 stitches, work to end. [35 (38, 43, 48, 51) stitches remain]

Row 3: Bind off 2 stitches, work to marker, work Front Shoulder Ribbing, beginning with Row 1, to next marker, knit to end. [33 (36, 41, 46, 49) stitches remain]

Row 4 (Decrease Row): Continuing to work patterns as established, bind off 3 stitches, work to end. [30 (33, 38, 43, 46) stitches remain]

SIZE XSMALL ONLY

Row 5 (Decrease Row): Continuing to work patterns as established, ssk, work to end. [29 stitches remain]

Row 6 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [27 stitches remain]

Row 7 (Decrease Row): Ssk, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [25 stitches remain]

Row 8: Work in established pattern.

Rows 9-12: Repeat Rows 7 and 8. [21 stitches remain]

Row 13 (Decrease Row): Work to last 2 sts, k2tog. [20 stitches remain]

Row 14: Work in established pattern.

Rows 15 and 16: Repeat Rows 13 and 14. [19 stitches remain]

SIZE SMALL ONLY

Rows 5-12: Work Rows 5-12 of size XSmall. [24 stitches remain]

Rows 13 and 14: Work Rows 7 and 8 of size XSmall. [22 stitches remain]

Rows 15 and 16: Work Rows 13 and 14 of size XSmall. [21 stitches remain]

SIZE MEDIUM ONLY

Rows Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [36 stitches remain]

Row 6 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [34 stitches remain]

Rows 7-16: Work Rows 7 and 8 of size XSmall. [24 stitches remain]

Rows 13-18: Work Rows 13 and 14 of size XSmall. [23 stitches remain]

SIZE LARGE ONLY

Rows 5-18: Work Rows 5-18 of size Medium. [28 stitches remain]

Row 19 (Decrease Row): Ssk, work to end. [27 stitches remain]

Row 20: Work in established pattern.

SIZE XLARGE ONLY

Rows 5-18: Work Rows 5-18 of size Medium. [31 stitches remain]

Rows 19-22: Work Rows 19 and 20 of size Medium. [29 stitches remain]

ALL SIZES

Continuing to work first and last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches in stockinette stitch, and stitches between markers in Front Shoulder Ribbing, work even until armhole measures 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) inches, ending with a right-side row.

Shape Front Left Shoulder

Row 1 (Decrease Row, right side): Bind off 7 (7, 7, 9, 9) stitches in pattern, work in established pattern to end. [12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remain]

Row 2: Work in established pattern.

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern, work to end.

Row 4: Work in established pattern.

Next Row: Bind off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern.

Back

Begin Back

With Color B, cast on 101 (115, 129, 143, 157) stitches.

Follow pattern for FRONT to beginning of armhole shaping, ending with a wrong-side row, removing markers on last row. Place new markers 41 (48, 55, 62, 69) stitches in from each side edge to mark Back Neck Ribbing.

Shape Armholes

Row 1 (Decrease Row, right side): Bind off 5 (7, 8, 9, 13) stitches in pattern, knit to first marker, work in Back Ribbing to next marker, knit to last 5 stitches, work in pattern as established to end. [96 (108, 121, 134, 144) stitches remain]

Row 2 (Decrease Row): Bind off 5 (7, 8, 9, 13) stitches in pattern, work in patterns as established to end. [91 (101, 113, 125, 131) stitches remain]

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 4 (4, 5, 5, 5) stitches, work to end. [87 (97, 108, 120, 126) stitches]

Row 4 (Decrease Row): Repeat Row 3. [83 (93, 103, 115, 121) stitches remain]

Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 (3, 4, 4, 4) stitches, work to end. [80 (90, 99, 111, 117) stitches remain]

Row 6 (Decrease Row): Repeat Row 5. [77 (87, 95, 107, 113) stitches remain]

Row 7 (Decrease Row): Bind off 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) stitches, work to end. [75 (85, 93, 104, 110) stitches remain.

Row 8 (Decrease Row): Repeat Row 6. [73 (83, 91, 101, 107) stitches remain]

Row 9 (Decrease Row): Ssk, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [71 (81, 89, 99, 105) stitches remain

Row 10: Work in established pattern.

Repeat Rows 9 and 10 two (three, four, five, six) more times. [67 (75, 81, 89, 93) stitches remain.

Work even in pattern as established for 18 (16, 18, 20, 22) rows, ending with a wrong-side row.

Divide for Back Right and Back Left

Row 1 (Decrease Row, right side): Removing markers as you come to them, k26 (28, 30, 34, 36) and place these stitches on a stitch holder or scrap yarn for Back Right, bind off next 15 (19, 21, 21, 21) stitches in pattern, knit to end. [26 (28, 30, 34, 36) stitches remain for Back Left]

Shape Back Left Neck

NOTE: You will work the Right and Left sides of the Back separately, starting with the Back Left. Stitch counts below do not include the Back Right stitches on hold.

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 4 stitches, work to end. [22 (24, 26, 30, 32) stitches remain]

Row 4: Purl.

Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 stitches, k1 (2, 3, 1, 2), pm, work Basic Rib Pattern to last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches, work in stockinette stitch to end. [19 (21, 23, 27, 29) stitches remain]

Continuing to work first and last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches in stockinette stitch and stitches between markers in Basic Rib, work even until armhole measures 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) inches, ending with a right-side row.

Shape Back Left Shoulder

Row 1 (Decrease Row, wrong side): Bind off 7 (7, 7, 9, 9) stitches in pattern, work to end. [12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remain]

Row 2: Work in established pattern.

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern, work to end.

Row 4: Work in established pattern.

Next Row: Bind off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern.

Shape Back Right

NOTE: To avoid confusion, the row numbers for this section will begin with Row 2 so that all right-side rows are worked on odd-numbered rows, as for the previous sections.

With wrong side facing, rejoin Color B.

Row 2 (Decrease Row, wrong side): Bind off 4 stitches, work to end. [22 (24, 26, 30, 32) stitches remain]

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 stitches, work to end. [19 (21, 23, 27, 29) stitches remain].

Row 5: Work 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches in stockinette stitch, pm, work Basic Rib Pattern to last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches, work in stockinette stitch to end.

Continuing to work first and last 2 (3, 4, 2, 3) stitches in stockinette stitch and stitches between markers in Basic Rib, work even until armhole measures 6 1/2 (7, 7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2) inches, ending with a right-side row.

Shape Back Right Shoulder

Row 1 (Decrease Row, right side): Bind off 7 (7, 7, 9, 9) stitches in pattern, work in established pattern to end. [12 (14, 16, 18, 20) stitches remain]

Row 2: Work in established pattern.

Row 3 (Decrease Row): Bind off 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern, work to end.

Row 4: Work in established pattern.

Next Row: Bind off remaining 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) stitches in pattern.

Finish

Sew left and right shoulders together.

Using mattress stitch, sew the Front and Back together along each side.

Finish Bottom Edge, Armholes and Neckline

Cast 2 stitches onto a double pointed needle (for the neatest possible finishing, use a Provisional Cast-On). Knit an Attached I-cord around the bottom hem of the sweater, picking up 1 stitch for each of the cast-on stitches. When you are finished: If you used a Provisional Cast-On, join the beginning and end of the I-cord with the Kitchener Stitch. If you just cast on normally, bind off the I-cord and sew the beginning and end together.

In the same way, work Attached I-cords around the Armhole edges and Neckline.

Weave in your ends and block as desired..

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47 Responses to Rib-Wise Tank


  1. Melissa says:

    Concerning my last question about the number of stitches….
    I figured it out!
    Thanks!
    Melissa

  2. Rosiland Jordan says:

    Awesome idea! I have to finish the t-shirt first!

  3. Rosiland Jordan says:

    Awesome idea! I have to finish the t-shirt first!

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Caroline.
    Thank you so much for both the kind words and the question.

    The ribbing patterns are correct.
    The Right Edge Ribbing refers to the right edge, as if you are wearing the tank. So that first line of Right Edge Ribbing is for the wrong side (or inside) of the right side of the tank, again, if you are wearing it.

    The tank has a series of increasing ribs at the edges of the front (the sides) as well as a small set of consistant ribs up the center. The Right Edge Ribbing begins on the wrong side (inside) of the tank with a few ribs then a chunk of stockinette (the purling) which takes you towards the center of the tank.

    Does that help clear it up at all?
    Thank you again for writing in and let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  5. Harts says:

    Does anyone foresee any problems following the front instructions for both sides. allowing the tank to do double-duty? I remember years ago finding a silk tank in a department store that was two layers and reversible with a total of four solid color options. I always thought it was an interestingly odd idea. I'm thinking if someone is large-breasted, this might not be a good idea but I'm not so…..any thoughts from anyone as to whether this would work or not would be appreciated.

  6. Caroline says:

    This looks beautiful–I love the shaping in the waist and shoulders, and the black & white color scheme!

    Before I cast on, though, I've got a question–and I might be wrong about it–but shouldn't the set-up rows for the right and left edge ribbing be written the other way around? So, instead of:

    RIGHT EDGE RIBBING
    Set-Up Row (wrong side): P2, k1, p1, k1, p12.
    Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (right side): K2, p1, k1, p1, k12.

    Should it be this:

    RIGHT EDGE RIBBING
    Set-Up Row (wrong side): P12, k1, p1, k1, p2.
    Rows 1, 3, 5, and 7 (right side): K2, p1, k1, p1, k12.

    Again, absolutely lovely–I'll be making this for sure!

  7. Marian Pearce says:

    This pattern looks amazing. It appears to be one of the best patterns I've ever used and shows such a lot of detail. Well done to the designer.

  8. Brenda says:

    Could this tank top be made with Anzula Mermaid?

  9. purl bee says:

    Hi Caroline.
    Thank you so much for both the kind words and the question.

    The ribbing patterns are correct.
    The Right Edge Ribbing refers to the right edge, as if you are wearing the tank. So that first line of Right Edge Ribbing is for the wrong side (or inside) of the right side of the tank, again, if you are wearing it.

    The tank has a series of increasing ribs at the edges of the front (the sides) as well as a small set of consistant ribs up the center. The Right Edge Ribbing begins on the wrong side (inside) of the tank with a few ribs then a chunk of stockinette (the purling) which takes you towards the center of the tank.

    Does that help clear it up at all?
    Thank you again for writing in and let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  10. purl bee says:

    Hi Harts…

    Structurally speaking, I do not foresee any problems with knitting the Front of the tank for both the front and back.

    Let us know how it turns out!
    Laura

  11. purl bee says:

    Hi Brenda…
    Yes, you could. Mermaid is going to have a bit more drape since it lacks the 20% merino that Milky Way has. So, the ribbing will not pull in quite as much, meaning there will be less shaping to the tank. But yes, it could be used for sure. Mermaid has such a nice sheen to it. It would be quite elegant.
    Laura

  12. melissa says:

    this tank is absolutely perfect for summer! and next on my project list!!
    thanks for the great pattern
    =)

  13. Sara says:

    Perfect! Thanks for the pattern and the great pictures! Looking forward to making a cooler knit for the summer!!

  14. the grammar stickler says:

    sorry for being a grammar stickler but it's "y'all" NOT "ya'll". y'all being a contraction of you all NOT ya will. purl's posts are always amazing detailed so i just feel that your grammar should be held to same fine detail.

  15. purl bee says:

    The Grammar Stickler…
    Thanks You!
    That exact thing was haunting me this morning. I had a nagging feeling that first y'all was misspelled. We got 2 or the 3 y'alls right, at least. And happily have them all correct now.
    Thanks Again!
    Laura

  16. annalda says:

    I mostly agree with Caroline: When you start working the set up row, you are on the left side of the tank – as you are wearing it. So, you should work p2, k1, p1, k1, p12, so the the ribbing will be at the side of the tank. But the instructions say: p12, k1, p1, k1, p2 which takes the ribbing to the center. Something is not very clear. BUT, ANYWAY THE PATTERN IS BEAUTIFUL, I already started it and I think I ll knit more than one, in different combinations. Thank you!

  17. purl bee says:

    Hi Annalda and Caroline…

    I totally see what you are talking about. But I think there is just some confusion…
    After the long tail cast on, the set up row is on the wrong side, so this is what happens: ribs, purling, center ribs, purling, ribs

    SET UP ROW: P2, k1, p1, k1, p12, p32 (39, 46, 53, 60), pm, k1, p1, k1, pm, purl to last 17 stitches, P12, k1, p1, k1, p2.

    So the next row (and rows 3, 5, 7) would be:
    ribs, knitting, center ribs, knitting ribs

    ROW !: K2, p1, k1, p1, k12, work in stockinette stitch to second marker, work Basic Rib Pattern as established to third marker, work in stockinette stitch to fourth marker, K12, p1, k1, p1, k2

    I really appreciate y'all writing in about this!
    Does that help clear it up at all?
    Laura

  18. lisa says:

    I have cast on the both the front and back twice now because I am going to do them TAAT. The first row after the cast on, which is a wrong side row states ' Set up row ( wrong side) work in left edge ribbing for 17 stitches. Left edge ribbing set up row (wrong side) states P12 K1 P1 K1 P2 then purl to center put in the K1 P1 K1 purl to 17 stitches from edge work in right edge ribbing ( wrong side) P2 K1 P1 K1 P12 which puts my ribbing towards the center of the shirt not towards my edges.

  19. Melissa says:

    I am wondering on the ease of the garment. The pattern has size 32 and 36. I am a 34. Which size should I make for the best fit?

  20. purl bee says:

    Hi Lisa…
    Thanks for writing in.

    Yes, there has been some confusion over this. It is actually work in Right Edge Ribbing and then the center portion and then Left Edge Ribbing, all on the wrong side.

    Does that help?
    Let me know!
    Laura

  21. purl bee says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Great question.

    It could really go either way. The tank is definitely supposed to be fit, be snug, but not skin tight. A 0 to +1 inch ease. If I were you I would make the 36-inch size.

    Laura

  22. Clare says:

    To Lisa's question about the confusion on the Row 1 instuctions. The problem is that the directions are written for four markers, not the three the pattern has instructed to put in place by that point. It appears the directions are missing the placement of the third marker ending the center rib.

    Beautiful design, thanks for sharing it.

  23. Clare says:

    To add to my original comment, the directions for the "Basic Rib Pattern" are also a problem. Looks to me like the only bit of rib at the bottom is the center detail, but the instructions suggest otherwise, especially considering the discrepancy in markers.

  24. Clare says:

    Okay, my third comment, and I hate to be a stickler, but Caroline is right…the ribbing directions are incorrect too.

  25. purl bee says:

    Clare.
    Thank you for writing. We really appreciate you taking the time. Being a stickler is great!

    - In the set up row, initially, the Right and Left Edge Ribbing were switched, but that was corrected nearly immediately.
    - I added a "pm" for the fourth marker in the set up row.
    - The Basic Rib Pattern is used on the Back for the top of the tank straps. On the Front it starts on the wrong side, on the Back is starts on the right side. This might be what's confusing.

    The pattern has been sent back to our technical editor and I will keep you posted!
    Thank you again for taking the time.
    Laura

  26. annalda says:

    Hi! I have one more question: The back ribbing pattern has – at least- 32 rows but when you shape the back armholes the pattern says to bind off the central 15 sts after the 16th row (for XS size). So what? you don´t knit the whole back ribbing pattern or have I completely misunderstood? Help please!!! I am about to finish the tank and I am stuck!!!

  27. annalda says:

    Hi! I have one more question: The back ribbing pattern has – at least- 32 rows but when you shape the back armholes the pattern says to bind off the central 15 sts after the 16th row (for XS size). So what? you dont knit the whole back ribbing pattern or have I completely misunderstood? Help please!!! I am about to finish the tank and I am stuck!!!

  28. Gwenn says:

    Beautiful pattern. Wondering if it would work in Louet MerLin Sport yarn? I have 3 skeins on hand.
    Thanks for your thoughts

    Gwenn

  29. purl bee says:

    Hi Gwenn,

    I have neer worked with Louet's MerLin Sprot Yarn, but after reading about it, these are my thoughts… It might be a hair thick, I knit this yarn on a larger size needle than suggested and got 7 stitches to the inch, I think you would have to work in a smaller size than the manufacturer suggests to get the correct gauge. Also the linen blend will not have the same bounce or elasticity as the yarn I used, so It might hold the ribbing differently (aka, not pull in as much). My biggest suggestion is to swatch and see how the yarn behaves and if you can hit gauge.

    Let me know if you have any other questions. I do love a linen blend; I'm sure it would be beautiful.
    Laura

  30. Melissa says:

    Shouldn't there be 31 stitches left after the following instructions for the XSmall :

    "Row 4 (Decrease Row): Continuing to work patterns as established, bind off 2 stitches, work to end. [33 (36, 41, 46, 49) stitches remain]

    Size XSmall Only
    Row 5 (Decrease Row): Bind off 3 stitches, work to last 2 stitches, k2tog. [29 stitches remain]"

    36-5= 31. Please advise.
    Thanks

  31. Carolyn says:

    I'm to row 28 of the front shoulder ribbing and not sure what to do next for a size small. I'm guessing I just repeat rows 26 and 27 until I reach length but would like to confirm. Size small isn't referenced in the either section of directions while the large is in both.

  32. purl bee says:

    Hi Carolyn,
    You are correct about repeating Rows 26 and 27. Thank you so much for writing in. Small should be listed with XS and Medium.
    Laura

  33. purl bee says:

    Annalda,
    Please know we have corrected the last row of pattern under Shape Armholes on the BACK section.

    Thank you for your comment / question and taking the time to let us know.
    Laura

  34. Gwen says:

    Concerning the Rib-Wise Tank, I am not understanding why the pattern only calls for a size 3 16" circular needle when making a tank sweater. Could you let me know?
    thx

  35. purl bee says:

    Hi Gwen,
    Great question. I am going to edit the pattern.
    I used a 16-inch circular needle, it is my favorite needle length and tend to use it for as many projects as possible, but you could use a straight needle for sure!
    Thanks for writing in!
    Laura

  36. Amanda says:

    Hi Laura, great pattern! I've been looking all over for the perfect knit tank top and this looks EXACTLY like what I was wanting.

    I have a question about gauge – would you be able to list the row gauge as well? Milky Way is beautiful but it's too pricey for me, so I'm looking at other options and want to make sure I get something that can work up to the correct type of fabric.

    Also, I've read a couple different descriptions of Milky Way that describe it as lace-weight or light fingering. In the pictures of the Rib-Wise Tank it certainly looks thicker than a true lace-weight, and from reading the comments it sounds like you were aiming for a drapier fabric and so went up a needle size from what was recommended to create a looser fabric (indicating that even if I could get proper gauge in a standard fingering weight yarn, that might not be ideal?). Any clarification you could add would be really helpful.

    Thanks!
    –Amanda

  37. purl bee says:

    Hi Amanda,
    Thank you for the kind words. As for the row gauge, it is 8 rows = 1 inch. Milky Way is a touch thicker than a typical lace weight, but it is quite thing. I definitely went up in needle size from the recommended US1 to a US3 to accomplish a drapier fabric. A yarn on the thin end of fingering weight would work well if it is a naturally drappy yarn. The Milky Way is not and that was another reason for the needle size choice.

    Hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    Laura

  38. Lyndi says:

    Laura – I'm finishing up my tank & very happy with it so far. Thank you for the pattern!

    One question – how many stitches did you use for the attached I-cord? Originally I started with 4, as is indicated in the attached I-cord instructions, but it seems a bit wider to me than what is pictured for the tank. Thanks!

  39. purl bee says:

    Hi Lyndi.
    I casted on 2 stitches, which ends up being 3 once you start to attach the i-cord. I found that 4-stitches was too heavy for the fabric.
    Laura

  40. stephchows says:

    Beautiful pattern. Just so you know another site has this up without linking to you. They credit you, but it's basically your photo so people will pin to their page instead of here. I hate stuff like that. Just wanted to let you know. Here's the site: http://diyti.me/2013/10/07/lauras-loop-rib-wise-tank-free-pattern-on-purl-bee/

  41. Gina says:

    Hello, My daughter is moving to cold Toronto and I'd love to make this for her. Can you suggest some yarn for cold weather tank wearing?

    Thanks

    Gina

    Thanks for this most beautiful sight. I love it to the nth degree.

  42. purl bee says:

    Gina!
    You are too kind. Thank you for writing in.
    Regarding alternate yarns for cold weather… how about…
    Anzula's Squishy
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7124-Anzula-Squishy
    Koigu's KPM
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/410-Koigu-Wool-Designs-Koigu-Premium-Merino-KPM
    Purl Soho's Line Weight
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/9249-Purl-Soho-Line-Weight
    Brooklyn Tweed's Loft
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8430-Brooklyn-Tweed-Loft
    Please let us know if you have any questions about any of these yarns or others.
    Best,
    Laura

  43. leslie says:

    simplicity at its finest. thank you.

  44. Marie says:

    Dear Laura,

    I love this top and the material. I'm an adventurous intermediate beginner, and I'm ready to begin a new adventures aside from squares, rectangles, circles and triangles. I can knit on circulars and double points. Never ever made an article of clothing except the pretty wonderful hats for babies you posted. I want to make it for my son's girlfriend as a belated & future birthday present. Laura do you think this pattern is do-able for a person in my skill-set?

  45. Leah says:

    Hi there, as it's coming into winter over here in Australia I was wondering your thoughts on knitting this in a heavier wool- perhaps a worsted weight- to wear over a long sleeve top? Thanks for the great patterns, I'm a big fan of your site :)

  46. purl bee says:

    Marie.
    I think you can do it!
    I suggest reading through the entire pattern very slowly and carefully before casting on. Maybe print it out and write notes for yourself in the margins. If it helps, sketch a diagram of the piece so you know where you are and what's happening. But I definitely think you can handle this. I am here to answer any questions you may have along the way. Don't hesitate to write back in!
    Thanks for writing in.
    Keep my posted!
    Laura

  47. purl bee says:

    Hi Leah.
    Thanks for writing in. This pattern is written at a gauge of 7 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch… a worsted weight wool will require you to heavily modify the pattern. Here are some suggestions for wool yarns in a similar weight as the yarn I used here:
    Anzula's Squishy
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/7124-Anzula-Squishy
    Koigu's KPM
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/410-Koigu-Wool-Designs-Koigu-Premium-Merino-KPM
    Purl Soho's Line Weight
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/9249-Purl-Soho-Line-Weight
    Brooklyn Tweed's Loft
    http://www.purlsoho.com/purl/products/item/8430-Brooklyn-Tweed-Loft
    Please let us know if you have any questions about any of these yarns or others.
    Thanks again for writing in.
    Best,
    Laura

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