Coral Reef Tank

This breezy summer top hints of the beach but can be worn for any occasion. Both sassy and sweet, the deep V-neck and romantic pink color balance the cute shell edging and belted waist. Start planning your next getaway soon—because this project works up in no time.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 27½ (30, 35¼, 40¼, 44¾, 48)”

Shown in size 35¼”

Gauge: 25 sts and 30 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn:

Lace weight yarn Cascade Yarns Forest Hills (51% Silk; 49% Merino; 785 yards [717.5 meters]/100 grams): 05 Sugar Coral, 1 (1, 1, 2, 3, 3) balls.

Needles: US size 4 (3.5 mm): 24” circular and double pointed needles (DPNs)

Notions: Markers; stitch holders.

Abbreviations

s2kp – sl2, k1, p2sso

Pattern Notes

Tank is worked in the round from the bottom edge to the underarms, then back and forth for the yoke.

When working armholes, gently tug the edges every couple of rows to ensure that the i-cord edging doesn’t bunch up.

Pattern

CO 176 (192, 224, 256, 288, 304), pm and join for working in the rnd.

Knit 1 rnd.

Edging

Rnd 1: *K1, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 198 (216, 252, 288, 324, 342) sts.

Rnd 2: *K3, (p1, k1) 7 times, k1; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 3: *K2, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo, k1; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 220 (240, 280, 320, 360, 380) sts.

Rnd 4: *K4, (p1, k1) 7 times, k2; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 5: *K3, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo, k2; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 242 (264, 308, 352, 396, 418) sts.

Rnd 6: *K5, (p1, k1) 7 times, k3; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 7: *K4, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo, k3; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 264 (288, 336, 384, 432, 456) sts.

Rnd 8: *K6, (p1, k1) 7 times, k4; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 9: *K5, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo, k4; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 286 (312, 364, 416, 468, 494) sts.

Rnd 10: *K7, (p1, k1) 7 times, k5; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 11: *K6, yo, k1, (p1, k1) 7 times, yo, k5; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 308 (336, 392, 448, 504, 532) sts.

Rnd 12: *K8, (p1, k1) 7 times, k6; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times.

Rnd 13: *K7, ssk 3 times, s2kp, k2tog 3 times, k6; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) more times – 220 (240, 280, 320, 360, 380) sts.

Rnd 14: Knit.

Rnd 15: *K7, ssk, s2kp, k2tog, k6; rep from * 10 (11, 13, 15, 17, 18) times – 176 (192, 224, 256, 288, 304) sts.

Rnd 16: Knit.

Rnds 17-18: Purl.

Work even in St st until piece meas 1” / [2.5 cm] from purl rnd.

Set up Rnd: K88 (96, 112, 128, 144, 152), pm, k to end.

Dec Rnd: *K1, k2tog, k to 3 sts from m, ssk, k1; rep from * once more – 4 sts dec’d; 172 (188, 220, 252, 284, 300) sts.

Rep Dec Rnd every 6th rnd 4 (4, 4, 4, 4, 3) more times – 156 (172, 204, 236, 268, 288) sts.

Work even in St st until piece meas 6” / [15.25 cm] from purl rnd.

Eyelet Rnd: *K2tog, yo; rep from * around.

Next Rnd: Knit.

Work even in St st until piece meas 7” / [17.75 cm] from purl rnd.

Inc Rnd: *K1, m1l, k to 1 st from m, m1r, k1; rep from * once more – 4 sts inc’d; 160 (176, 208, 240, 272, 292) sts.

Rep Inc Rnd every 8th rnd 3 (3, 3, 3, 2, 2) times – 172 (188, 220, 252, 280, 300) sts.

Work even in St st until piece meas 12” / [30.5 cm] form purl rnd.

Divide for Front and Back

K43 (47, 55, 63, 70, 75), place next 43 (47, 55, 63, 70, 75) sts on holder for Right Front, place next 86 (94, 110, 126, 140, 150) sts on separate holder for Back – 43 (47, 55, 63, 70, 75) sts remain.

Left Front

Next Row (WS): Purl.

Neck and Armhole Shaping Row (RS): Sl 3 pwise, k1, ssk, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1 – 2 sts dec’d; 41 (45, 53, 61, 68, 73) sts.

Next Row (WS): Sl 1 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows 5 (7, 9, 12, 15, 15) more times – 31 (31, 35, 37, 38, 43) sts.

Neck Shaping Row (RS): Sl 3 sts pwise, k to 3 sts from end, k2tog, k1 – 1 st dec’d; 30 (30, 34, 36, 37, 42) sts.

Next Row (WS): Sl 1 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows 11 (10, 11, 11, 9, 13) more times – 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) sts.

Next Row (RS): Sl 3 pwise, k to end.

Next Row (WS): Sl 1 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows until piece meas 7 (7½, 8, 8½, 9, 9½)” / [17.75 (19, 20.25, 21.5, 22.75, 24.25) cm] from underarm, ending on a WS row.

Place all sts on holder and break yarn leaving a long tail.

Right Front

With WS facing, carefully return 43 (47, 55, 63, 70, 75) sts to needles, rejoin yarn, p across row.

Neck and Armhole Shaping Row (RS): Sl 1 pwise, ssk, k to 6 sts from end, k2tog, k4 – 2 sts dec’d; 41 (45, 53, 61, 68, 73) sts.

Next Row (WS): Sl 3 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows 5 (7, 9, 12, 15, 15) more times – 31 (31, 35, 37, 38, 43) sts.

Neck Shaping Row (RS): Sl 1 pwise, ssk, k to end – 1 st dec’d; 30 (30, 34, 36, 37, 42) sts.

Next Row (WS): Sl 3 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows 11 (10, 11, 11, 9, 13) more times – 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) sts.

Next Row (RS): Sl 1 pwise, k to end.

Next Row (WS): Sl 3 pwise, p to end.

Rep last 2 rows until piece meas 7 (7½, 8, 8½, 9, 9½)” / [17.75 (19, 20.25, 21.5, 22.75, 24.25) cm] from underarm, ending on a WS row.

Place all sts on holder and break yarn leaving an extremely long tail (this will be used to bind off the back.)

Back

With RS facing, carefully return 86 (94, 110, 126, 140, 150) sts to needles, rejoin yarn, k across row.

Row 1 (WS): Sl 3 sts pwise, p to end.

Row 2 (RS): Sl 3 sts pwise, k to end.

Row 3: Rep Row 1.

Armholes Dec Row (RS): Sl 3 sts pwise, k1, ssk, k to 6 sts from end, k2tog, k4 – 2 sts dec’d; 84 (92, 108, 124, 138, 148) sts.

Rep Armholes Dec Row every RS row 5 (7, 9, 12, 15, 15) more times – 74 (78, 90, 100, 108, 118) sts.

Next Row (WS): Sl 3 sts pwise, p to end.

Next Row: Sl 3 sts pwise, k to end.

Rep last 2 rows until piece meas 6 (6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8½)” / [15.25 (16.5, 17.75, 19, 20.25, 21.5) cm] from underarm, ending on a WS row.

Place all sts on holder and break yarn leaving a long tail.

Join Shoulders

Left Side: Place 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) Left Front sts on DPN and 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) sts from the left edge of the Back. Using the long tail from the front, graft shoulder together using Kitchener Stitch.

Right Side: Place 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) Right Front sts on DPN and 19 (20, 23, 25, 28, 29) sts from the right edge of the Back. Using the long tail from the back, graft shoulder together using Kitchener Stitch.

Back Neck

With RS facing, pick up long tail from Right Front.

BO collar as follows: *K2, k2tog, transfer sts back to left needle; rep from * until 2 sts remain. BO rem 2 sts.

Belt

Using DPN, CO 4 sts.

Work I-cord as follows: Tug the work from the bottom after each first stitch to help it to take shape and to even out the tension

Step 1: Knit 1 row. Do not turn the work.

Step 2: Slide the sts to the other end of the needle.

Step 3: Knit a second row by bringing the yarn behind the work and starting with the first st.

Rep Steps 3-4 until Belt meas 35 (37½, 42½, 47¾, 53, 56)” / [89 (95.25, 108, 121.25, 134.5, 142.25) cm] or to desired length.

Finishing

Weave in end. Wet block to schematic measurements. Weave belt through Eyelet Round with ends in the back. yarn ball

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