Starboard Stripe Tank

Welcome the warmer weather with this A-line tank, updated with striped side panels. Its timeless quality increases its versatility: paired with shorts for a day at the park or capris for a night out. With its simple pattern and construction, it’s an ideal portable project.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 33 (35, 37.5, 39.5, 42.5, 47, 51)” / [84 (89, 95.5, 100.5, 108, 119.5, 129.5) cm]

2” of positive ease recommended.

Shown in size 35” / [89 cm].

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows = 4” [10 cm] in St st

Materials

Yarn: Knit Picks Comfy Sport (75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic; 136 yards [124 meters]/50 grams): 24428 Planetarium (MC, 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 5, 7) skeins), 24791 Whisker (CC, 1 skein)

Needles: US size 6 (4 mm) 29” circular; US size 5 (3.25 mm) 29” circular

Notions: Markers, scrap yarn or stitch holders, spare DPNS.

Abbreviations

CC – contrast color

M – marker

M1L (make 1 left) – With left needle, lift strand between needles from front to back, knit lifted loop through the back to twist stitch (left leaning increase).

M1R (make 1 right) – With left needle, lift strand between needles from back to front, knit lifted loop through the front to twist stitch (right leaning increase).

MC – main color

sm – slip marker

Special Stitches

Garter Stitch

Knit every row.

Pattern Notes

Top is worked from the bottom in two pieces and then seamed together.

MC is used for the body, while MC and CC are used alternately for the side panels. The armhole and neck garter edging are worked at the same time as the main piece for minimal finishing.

Shoulders are shaped with short rows and then seamed with 3-Needle BO.

Slip sts p-wise with yarn in front.

Pattern

Back

Edging

With MC and smaller needle, CO 96 (102, 108, 114, 122, 134, 144) sts.

Rows 1-4: Knit.

Body

Set-up Row (RS): K87 (91, 95, 101, 107, 115, 123), pm, knit to end.

Next Row (WS): Knit to end.

Switch to larger needle.

Row 1 (RS): Knit to m, sm, join CC and knit to end. (9 (11, 13, 13, 15, 19, 21) sts for side panel)

Row 2 (WS): With CC, knit to m, sm, switch to MC, purl to end.

Row 3: With MC, knit to end.

Row 4: With MC, knit to m, sm, purl to end.

Note: While working the Dec Row, rep Rows 1-4 for striping side patt and St st as established, alternating MC and CC every other row at the side panel.

Dec Row (RS): Cont in patt as est, k2, ssk, knit to 4 sts before m, k2tog, k2, sm, knit to end. (2 sts dec’d; 94 (100, 106, 112, 120, 132, 142) sts)

Work Dec Row every 20th row 4 more times. (86 (92, 98, 104, 112, 124, 134) sts)

Work even until piece meas 14.5″ / [37] cm from CO edge, ending with Row 4.

Cut CC.

Next Row (RS): With MC only, knit to end.

Cont with MC.

Armhole Shaping

Next Row (WS): BO 9 (11, 13, 13, 15, 19, 21) sts, remove m, purl to end. (77 (81, 85, 91, 97, 105, 113) sts)

Work 0 (0, 0, 0, 1, 1, 1) RS row.

Next Row: BO 0 (0, 0, 0, 4, 4, 5) sts, purl to end. (77 (81, 85, 91, 93, 101, 108) sts)

Dec Row (RS): Sl 1, k2, k2tog, knit to last 5 sts, ssk, k3. (2 sts dec’d; 75 (79, 83, 89, 91, 99, 106) sts)

Next Row (WS): Sl 1, k2, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Rep last 2 rows 6 (6, 7, 8, 7, 9, 11) more times. (63 (67, 69, 73, 77, 81, 84) sts)

Work even in patt until Armhole meas 5.5 (5.75, 6, 6.25, 6.75, 7, 7.5)” / [14 (14.5, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19) cm], ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck

Next Row (RS): Sl 1, k12 (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19), pm, k37 (37, 37, 39, 41, 43, 44), pm, knit to end.

Next Row (WS): Sl 1, k2, purl to m, sl m, knit to m, sl m, purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Dec Row (RS): Cont in patt to 2 sts before m, k2tog, sl m, knit to m, sl m, ssk, knit to end. (2 sts dec’d; 61 (65, 67, 71, 75, 79, 82) sts)

Work last 2 rows once. (59 (63, 65, 69, 73, 77, 80) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Next Row (RS): Cont in patt for 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) sts, place these sts for Right Shoulder on holder, BO 31 (31, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38) sts, 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) sts rem for Left Shoulder. Remove markers.

Left Shoulder

Shape shoulder using short rows as foll:

Short-Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k10 (12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Rows 2 and all even rows (WS): Purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Short-Row 3: Sl 1, k7 (9, 8, 8, 8, 10, 11), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 5: Sl 1, k5 (6, 4, 4, 4, 6, 7), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 7: Work in patt, knitting wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Place sts on holder.

Right Shoulder

Return 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) Right Shoulder sts to larger needle, reattach yarn, ready to work WS row.

Shape shoulder using short rows as foll:

Short-Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, work in patt for 10 (12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16) sts, wrap next st and turn.

Short-Rows 2 and all even rows (RS): Cont in patt.

Short-Row 3: Sl 1, work in patt for 7 (9, 8, 8, 8, 10, 11) sts, wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 5: Sl 1, work in patt for 5 (6, 4, 4, 4, 6, 7) sts, wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 7: Work in patt, working wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Place sts on holder.

Front

Work Front same as Back to Armhole Shaping.

Body and Armhole Shaping

Shape Body and Armhole as for Back. (63 (67, 69, 73, 77, 81, 84) sts)

Work in patt until Armhole meas 3.5 (3.75, 4, 3.75, 4.25, 4.5, 4.75)” / 9 [9.5, 10, 9.5, 11, 11.5, 12] cm, ending with a WS row.

Shape Neck

Shape same as for Back Neck. (59 (63, 65, 69, 73, 77, 80) sts)

Work 1 WS row.

Next Row (RS): Cont in patt for 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) sts, place these sts for Left Shoulder on holder, BO 31 (31, 31, 33, 35, 37, 38) sts, 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) sts rem for Right Shoulder. Remove markers.

Work Right Shoulder even until Armhole meas 6.25 (6.5, 6.75, 7, 7.5, 7.75, 8.25)” / [16 (16.5, 17, 18, 19, 19.5, 21) cm], ending with a WS row.

Right Shoulder

Shape shoulder using short rows as foll:

Short-Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k12 (12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 15), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Rows 2 and all even rows (WS): Purl to last 3 sts, k3.

Short-Row 3: Sl 1, k7 (9, 8, 8, 8, 10, 11), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 5: Sl 1, k5 (6, 4, 4, 4, 6, 7), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 7: Work in patt, knitting wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Place sts on holder.

Left Shoulder

Return 14 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) Right Shoulder sts to larger needle, reattach yarn, ready to work WS row.

Work even until Armhole meas 6.25 (6.5, 6.75, 7, 7.5, 7.75, 8.25)” / [16 (16.5, 17, 18, 19, 19.5, 21) cm], ending with a RS row.

Shape shoulder using short rows as foll:

Short-Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, k2, p9 (11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15), wrap next st and turn.

Short-Rows 2 and all even rows (RS): Knit to end.

Short-Row 3: Sl 1, k2, p6 (8, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) sts, wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 5: Sl 1, k2, p3 (5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) sts, wrap next st and turn.

Short-Row 7: Work in patt, working wraps tog with wrapped sts.

Transfer shoulder sts to needle.

With RS tog, seam shoulders with 3-Needle BO.

Finishing

With MC, seam Front and Back together from the hem to Armhole.

Weave in ends and block to measurements.

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