Meadow Tank - Free Knitting Pattern

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The Meadow Tank is here and I am SO excited to be sharing this free pattern with you all today! Inspired by the crochet version (Shimmer Me Pretty Tank) I thought it would be interesting to try creating a knit version of the same design, and I am so delighted with the result. Knitting can seem intimidating and when it comes to knitting garments that can sound like even more pressure. Well, I am here to share with you all one of the easiest knit tanks you have ever come across. I mean that!

Using just a few basic knit stitches - Knit (K) and Knit Two Stitches Together(K2Tog) you are easily able to make this tank. Not only does the Meadow Tank work up using simple stitches, but it can be finished in just a few hours. Yes, you read that correctly! I am pretty slow when it comes to knitting (any other English knitters!?) and I was able to complete this tank in one day. This includes taking care of two toddlers and a home in between.

The versatility this pattern allows is a huge plus. You can freely take or add rows from the body or straps to create a garment that fits your body and lifestyle. I hope you all love this pattern as much as I do!

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Materials

US 10/6.00mm Knitting Needles

1-2 skeins Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend in Chai Latte OR 300-500 yards light (3) yarn

Scissors

Yarn Needle

Scrap yarn

Gauge

In Garter Stitch using US10/6.00mm Knitting Needles

16.5sts & 28.5r  = 4”

Abbreviations

CO - Cast On

K - Knit

K2Tog - Knit Two Stitches Together (Decrease)

Sts - Stitch(es)

Notes

This top is worked in 2 separate panels, seamed together at the end. 

Size adjustments are listed as such (XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Garter Stitch - Use just the knit stitch. 

I strongly recommend wet blocking work for seaming together. 

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Pattern

Front/Back Panel (Make Two)

CO (54, 62, 70, 78, 86, 94, 104)

Working in the garter stitch knit (56, 58, 56, 58, 56, 58, 58) rows 

R(57, 59, 57, 59, 57, 59, 59) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (52, 60, 68, 76, 84, 92, 102)

R(58, 60, 58, 60, 58, 60, 60) -

R(59, 61, 59, 61, 59, 61, 61) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (50, 58, 66, 74, 82, 90, 100)

R(60, 62, 60, 62, 60, 62, 62) - K

R(61, 63, 61, 63, 61, 63, 63) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (48, 56, 64, 72, 80, 88, 98)

R(62, 64, 62, 64, 62, 64, 64) - K

R(63, 65, 63, 65, 63, 65, 65) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (46, 54, 62, 70, 78, 86, 96)

R(64, 66, 64, 66, 64, 66, 66) - K

R(65, 67, 65, 67, 65, 67, 67) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (44, 52, 60, 68, 76, 84, 94)

R(66, 68, 66, 68, 66, 68, 68) - K

R(67, 69, 67, 69, 67, 69, 69) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (42, 50, 58, 66, 74, 82, 92)

R(68, 70, 68, 70, 68, 70, 70) - K(13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 32)sts, Bind Off (16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28)sts, K(13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 32)sts, Place the first set of (13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 32)sts on scrap yarn for later. 

Left Shoulder

R(69, 71, 69, 71, 69, 71, 71) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30)

R(70, 72, 70, 72, 70, 72, 72) - K

R(71, 73, 71, 73, 71, 73, 73) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28)

R(72, 74, 72, 74, 72, 74, 74) - K

R(73, 75, 73, 75, 73, 75, 75) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26)

R(74, 76, 74, 76, 74, 76, 76) - K

R(75, 77, 75, 77, 75, 77, 77) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24)

R(76, 78, 76, 78, 76, 78, 78) - K

XS Continue to Shoulder Strap 

R(79, 77, 79, 77, 79, 79) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22)

R(80, 78, 80, 78, 80, 80) - K

S Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(79, 81, 79, 81, 81) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 13, 16, 20)

R(80, 82, 80, 82, 82) - K

M Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(83, 81, 83, 83) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8, 11, 14, 18)

R(84, 82, 84, 84) - K

R(85, 83, 85, 85) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 9, 12, 16)

L Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(84, 86, 86) - K

R(85, 87, 87) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 14)

R(86, 88, 88) - K

XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(89, 89) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8, 12)

R(90, 90) - K

R(91, 91) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 10)

R(92, 92) - K

2XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(93) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8)

R(94) - K

R(95) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6)

R(99) - K

3XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

Shoulder Strap

Work (16, 20, 22, 26, 34, 36, 40) more rows of garter stitch. Bind off using your preferred method. Work less rows if you want shorter straps, you can tell by holding the top of the strap up to your shoulder and determine if you like where it sits.

Right Shoulder

Pick up (13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 32)sts left on hold. Make sure you are working in the right direction (Towards the “bumps” in garter stitch)

R(69, 71, 69, 71, 69, 71, 71) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (11, 14, 17, 20, 23, 26, 30)

R(70, 72, 70, 72, 70, 72, 72) - K

R(71, 73, 71, 73, 71, 73, 73) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 28)

R(72, 74, 72, 74, 72, 74, 74) - K

R(73, 75, 73, 75, 73, 75, 75) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26)

R(74, 76, 74, 76, 74, 76, 76) - K

R(75, 77, 74, 77, 75, 77, 77) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 24)

R(76, 78, 76, 78, 76, 78, 78) - K

XS Continue to Shoulder Strap 

R(79, 77, 79, 77, 79, 79) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 22)

R(80, 78, 80, 78, 80, 80) - K

S Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(79, 81, 79, 81, 81) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 13, 16, 20)

R(80, 82, 80, 82, 82) - K

M Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(83, 81, 83, 83) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8, 11, 14, 18)

R(84, 82, 84, 84) - K

R(85, 83, 85, 85) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 9, 12, 16)

L Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(84, 86, 86) - K

R(85, 87, 87) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (7, 10, 14)

R(86, 88, 88) - K

XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(89, 89) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8, 12)

R(90, 90) - K

R(91, 91) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6, 10)

R(92, 92) - K

2XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

R(93) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (8)

R(94) - K

R(95) - K1, K2Tog, K until 3sts remain, SSK, K1 Count - (6)

R(99) - K

3XL Continue to Shoulder Strap

Shoulder Strap

Work (16, 20, 22, 26, 34, 36, 40) more rows of garter stitch. Bind off using your preferred method. Work less rows if you want shorter straps, you can tell by holding the top of the strap up to your shoulder and determine if you like where it sits.

Seaming

Step 1 - Using the Shoulder Seam, sew the Front/Back right shoulders together and the Front/Back left shoulders together.

Step 2 - Using the Mattress Stitch, sew the Front/Back panels together from the bottom up to row (56, 58, 56, 58, 56, 58, 58) or right before the decreases begin. Repeat on the opposite side. 


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