Fresh Raspberry Tank

This fun and flirty summer top features lace paneling that transitions into stockinette. The v-neck shaping and empire waist give this tank a youthful, feminine silhouette.

Skill Level: Advanced

Size: Finished Bust Size 31.25 (36.25, 41.25, 46.25, 41.25)” to fit bust 28 (34, 38, 44, 48)”; 2-3″ positive ease recommended. Shown in size 36.25”

Gauge: 19 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st after wet blocking

Materials

Yarn: Hikoo by Skacel CoBaSi Plus (55% cotton, 21% elastic nylon, 16% bamboo, 8% silk; 177 yards [162 meters]/100 grams): #014 Framboise (4 (4, 5, 5, 6) balls)
Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles
Notions: US size H/8 (5.0 mm) crochet hook, 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle

Special Stitches

Sloped Bind Off

The Sloped bind off method is recommended for armhole and neck shaping since it will create an edge into which the crocheted edging can be easily worked. On the row before the bind off will occur, set up for the sloped bind off by slipping the last stitch of the row purlwise. On the next row, slip the first 2 stitches purlwise, then pass the first slipped stitch over the second as if to bind off. (Sloped bind off complete.) This technique is worked only on the first bind of each row. Additional bind offs should be worked as normal.

Pattern Notes

This pattern is worked bottom-up in 2 pieces then seamed.
Indications for “right hand side” and “left hand side” refer to how the garment is worn on the body.
Pattern includes selvedge stitches which will be consumed by the side seams. Knit the first and last stitch of each row. After armhole shaping has been completed, work the selvedges by slipping the first stitch of every row. (This will allow for easier application of the crocheted border.)

Pattern

Back

Cast on 76 (88, 100, 112, 124) then begin lace pattern as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K3, (yo, k2tog, k1) 5(6, 7, 8, 9) times, k1, PM, p2, PM, k1, (k1, ssk, yo) 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times, k3.
Row 2 (WS): K1, purl across to marker, k2, purl across until 1 st rem, k1.
Row 3 (RS): (K1, yo, k2tog) c times, k1, p2, k1, (ssk, yo, k1) 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) times.
Row 4: Rep row 2.
Row 5 (RS): K2, yo, (k2tog, k, yo) 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times, k2tog, p2, ssk, (yo, k, ssk) 5 (6, 7, 8, 9) times, yo, k2.
Row 6: Rep row 2.
Rep rows 1-6 12 (13, 13, 13, 13) more times, then cont in established pattern for 4 (-, 2, 4, 4) more rows for a total of 82 (84, 86, 88, 88) rows, then work 2 rows in reverse stockinette st.

Bodice

Next row (RS):  Knit to marker, p2, knit across to end.
Next row (WS): K1, purl across until 1 st rem, k1.
Cont in established pattern for 26 (30, 30, 34, 34) more rows or until piece measures approx 4 (4.5, 4.5, 5, 5)” from purl ridge.

Shape Armhole

Bind off 3 (4, 4, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows. Then bind off 5 sts at beg of next – (-, -, -, 2) rows; then bind off 4 sts at beg of next – (-, -, -, 2, 2) rows; then bind off 3 sts at beg of next – (2, 4, 4, 4) rows; then bind off 2 sts at beg of next 4(4, 6, 4, 4) rows; then bind off 1 st at beg of next 4 (4, 2, 2, -) rows.

Shape Back Neck and Shoulders

Note: At this point in the garment, work selvedge sts by slipping the first st of every row.
Work evenly for 28 (30, 30, 34, 38) more rows. Next row (RS): K14 (15, 16, 18, 19) sts, bind off center 30 (32, 34, 36, 38) sts, then knit across. Next row (WS): P14 (15, 16, 18, 19) sts on left hand side, join ball and purl across right hand side. Work each side from a separate ball of yarn as follows:
Right hand side: Next row (RS): Bind off 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts at shoulder edge, then knit across. Cont in St st binding off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts at shoulder edge; then bind off (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts at shoulder edge.
Left hand side: Work 1 row evenly. Next row (WS): bind off 5 (5, 6, 6, 7) sts at shoulder edge then purl across. Cont in St st binding off 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) sts at shoulder edge; then bind off (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) sts at shoulder edge. 

Front

Cast on 76 (88, 100, 112, 124) and work lace panel, bodice, and shape armhole same as Back.

Shape V-neck

Note: Read directions carefully. V-neck and shoulder shaping occur at the same time.
After armhole shaping, work evenly 4 (2, -, -) more rows. Next row (RS): K28 (30, 32, 35, 37) sts, bind off 2, and knit rem 28 (30, 32, 35, 37) sts. Next row (WS): P28 (30, 32, 35, 37), join ball, bind off 2 sts at neck edge then purl across. Work each side from separate balls of yarn as follows: On right hand side, cont in established pattern binding off 2 sts at neck edge 1 (2, 2, 3, 4) time(s); then bind off 1 st at neck edge 13 (13, 14, 14, 14) times until 14 (15, 16, 18, 19) sts rem. On left hand side, cont in established pattern binding off 2 sts at neck edge – (1, 1, 2, 3)  time(s); then bind off 1 st at neck edge 13 (13, 14, 14, 14) times until 14 (15, 16, 18, 19) sts rem.

Shape Shoulders

At the same time on the 41st (45th, 47th, 51st, 55th) row of armhole on left side and 42nd (46th, 48th, 52nd, 56th) row on right side, begin shoulder bind offs same as Back.

Finishing

Block pieces to measurements. Seam sides and shoulders. Work a reverse single crochet border around neck and armholes. Weave in ends. yarn ball

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