I’ll be honest, I think I fell in love with the Dumpling Bag because of it’s name … I might have been hungry at the time. Still, the FREE pattern is a great little one-skein summer project. It’s portable, perfect for short trips, not a big investment of time or money, and it’s SO CUTE! Plus, it makes a great project bag to take your knitting along (ya know, for those long walks in the park so you can knit on the go). It’s also super giftable, so you can make up a few of them and give them away as the occasion arises.
This FREE 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.
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
I figured we can all use something to look forward to, and the seasons’ changing is one of those things you can always bank on (at least in Canada – we have A LOT of weather). Anker’s Summer Shirt is a simple summer top, worked in one piece from the top down. The yoke is worked in sections of rib with increases in the round, followed by classic raglan increases when the stockinette stitch section begins. The sleeves are worked at the end, either on double-pointed needles or on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique. Anker’s Summer Shirt has no finishing other than weaving in ends.
Ease: The shirt is designed to have approx. 0-5 cm – [0-2 inches] – of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be 0-5 cm – [0-2 inches] larger in circumference than your widest upper body measurement.
Measurements: The measurements for the finished garment are on the front page of the pattern (note that these measurements are only achieved if the correct gauge is kept). Before beginning your project, measure yourself with a measuring tape around your bust (or your widest upper body part) to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 95 cm [37½ inches] you should knit a size M. A size M shirt has a finished circumference of 96 cm [37¾ inches], which in the given example would mean 1 cm [½ inches] of positive ease.
Satawal is cropped tee with lace pattern around the boat neck, which looks a bit like Macramé texture. You can use various weights of yarn, from fingering weight for airy and transparent texture to worsted weight yarn for mid season garment (I think Berroco Modern Cotton would be perfect).
The pattern is worked seamlessly from the top down. Lace pattern for yoke is worked in the round with increases at the both right and left shoulders, then the body is divided into the front and the back and worked flat separately to the underarm, where they are joined again. The lower body is knitted in one piece in the round. Sleeve stitches are picked up along armholes and worked in the round.
The Audrey Top is worked bottom-up. The body is worked in the round in stockinette stitch, then the work is divided for front and back, and each section is worked back and forth in stockinette stitch with decreases along the sides. The straps are worked as an i-cord. The pattern calls for a tension is 20 sts, perfect for a soft, silky summer cotton blend like Berroco Modern Cotton.
designed to have approx. 0-5 cm [0-2 inches] of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be approx. 0-5 cm [0-2 inches] larger in circumference than your bust measurement. Measure yourself before beginning your project, to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 89 cm [35 inches] around your bust (or around the widest part of your upper body) you should knit a size S. A size S top has a bust circumference of 90 cm 35½ inches which in the given example would give you 1 cm ½ inch of positive ease.
The model in the photos is wearing a size XXS and has a bust circumference of 78 cm [30¾ inches] and is 164 cm [approx. 5 feet 4 inches] tall.
The top in the photo has 2 cm ¾ inch of positive ease.
Havin was originally designed without sleeves, as a slip over … just a great companion for those lovely summer nights. While working on the second sample, the designer thought she would like to try out short sleeves … and yay! it worked well and she really liked the look. This little success was leading to her third sample and LONG sleeves all in one. Havin will make a beautiful summer top, a super cute tee or a cool pullover … a pattern to use all year round.
Havin is worked seamlessly from the top down. Firstly, increases are worked on both RS and WS rows to the final shoulder width. Then both the front and the back are worked (separately) flat to underarm. At underarm both front and back are joined to work the tapered body top down in the round to the bottom. There are two finishing options (ribbing or I-Cord) for the body to choose from. Optional short or long sleeves can be worked by picking up stitches around the arm opening and working them top down in rounds. Optional neck finishing is worked last.
Soho Top is a classic sleeveless summer top with a boatneck style neckline. It is constructed from the top down giving it an advantage for adjusting the length of the body. Simple garter stitch is used throughout the pattern. It is worked flat and in the round. Neckline, waist and armhole openings are framed with an i-cord edging and body features decorative “seams” on both sides. Soho Top is meant to be worn with 0 to 7 cm (0” to 3”) of positive ease.
Any time a pattern calls for a bunch of need sizes I recommend looking into Interchangeable needles, either as a set or getting them individually (we carry the Knitters Pride and Addi tips as individual pairs).
If you want a coloured yarn with some texture and great drape, try Berroco Summer Sesame: 2(2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls.
Look At My Holes
I love holes, I love mesh, I love me some BIG lace!
#LookAtMyHoles is a top down, seamless raglan crop top with a simple lace repeat creating large holes all around the garment. The combination of large needles and the lace motif make this an incredibly low yardage pattern. Perfect for layering, this top is designed to be worn with coordinating tank top, #AsFriendsTank by Jessie Mae Martinson. Look at My Holes also looks cool on its own, but for the full effect of the#LookAtMyHolesAsFriendsSet you need to make both!
I love Ship Shape , it’s such a perfect spring/summer knit. The navy stripes are classic, and the neck-line and shoulder detail are simple and elegant. I have a friend who says navy blue is a neutral, but I think that’s bull. Navy is just unassuming, it’s a spy embedded in colour society, it lives under the radar.
Ship Shape is knit seamlessly, top down, beginning with 2 separate pieces for the shoulder gussets. The yoke is a drop shoulder / raglan hybrid, making it perfect for playing with stripes, self striping yarn, or colour blocking! Body and sleeves are knit in the round.
Intended to fit with approximately 10-17 cm (4-7 inches) of positive ease around the chest. The body length is slightly cropped and the sleeves are 3/4 length, but both can easily be modified as they are knit top down. Just make sure you have enough yarn if you plan to lengthen anything.
Sample shown in size S2 with about 15 cm (6 inches) of positive ease.
Simple, stylish and modern, the Sagebrush Tank Top is perfect for summer! This easy ribbed tank top features a flattering round neck and comes in cropped and normal length. This summer crochet top will be a staple piece in your handmade wardrobe with its incredible drape and a knit-like look. The Sagebrush Tank Top is so versatile and quick to make, you’ll want one in every colour!
The crochet tank top only uses back-loop half double crochets and slip stitches and is made up of 2 identical pieces (the front and back are the same) that are worked lengthways, so the foundation chain runs the length of the top not the width.