Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank Top Knitting Pattern

Obtained a weekend and some free arms? The Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank Top is a simple newbie knit which you can whip up shortly for a late summer time bbq. The pattern makes use of primary knit stitches and i-cord ties for an off-the-cuff, light-weight prime. Make it in Lion Model’s Hand Dyed Heaven for an additional shot of colour in your summer time wardrobe!

I find knitting and crocheting in the summer to be arduous. Not simply because summers with 2 youngsters is crammed with craziness, however summer time garments with yarn are all the time a bit heavier than I’d like for the humid East coast afternoons. In fact, I might make ethereal, feathery pieces, but gosh, that’d take me eternally to do, and it’d be winter by the point I’d end! So I’m all the time on the look-out for nice summer time yarns with that cool contact really feel, as a result of truthfully, wool is the last thing I need to feel on my physique when it’s 90 levels out.

The Yarn

Lion Brand Yarn only recently came out with their first “hand-dyed” providing, a 100% nylon, mild worsted weight yarn referred to as Hand Dyed Heaven. It is available in a number of pastel colorways, with every colorway a mixture of tender tones scattered all through the yarn. This yarn is incredibly mushy, super straightforward to work with, and has that cool touch feel that I really like. It doesn’t snag on the needles or on the dry pores and skin on my palms. The drape is mild and fantastic. All of these qualities made this a terrific yarn for summer time garments!


The most effective a part of Hand Dyed Heaven is, in fact, the hand-dyed-ness of it. Independently hand-dyed skeins of yarn can get quite expensive, so this can be a great opportunity to attempt working with a randomly variegated yarn at a a lot inexpensive worth level. This yarn isn’t really variegated, or ombre; it’s more that there’s bits and pieces of coordinating colors all alongside a size of yarn. It’s such a simple method so as to add some modern shade to your garments and to your wardrobe, without having to actually assume too arduous. The pattern proven makes use of Champ, but I can see lovely tank tops in all the colour decisions!

Hand Dyed Heaven select colors

When working with hand-dyed yarns, you’ll need to be sure to’re working with 2 skeins on the similar time. Alternate the skein every 2 rows to keep away from pooling of colors which will occur. The second skein provides in that additional little bit of randomness and variety.

You’ll additionally need to word that Hand Dyed Heaven comes in skeins, not pre-wound muffins or balls. This means you’ll have to untie the skein after which wind it right into a cake earlier than use. I exploit a Stanwood Needlecraft Picket Umbrella Swift and a Stanwood Needlecraft 10-oz.Yarn Winder, that I purchased on Amazon. For those who choose to only purchase one factor, I might advocate the yarn winder over the swift. You’ll be able to all the time drape the skein over your knees, a chair again, or have your youngsters/husband/good friend maintain the skein, however the yarn winder is such a lifesaver. In the event you can’t get your palms on either one, no worries! You possibly can all the time wind a cake by hand around a dowel or a pen, as proven within the video under!

Regardless of the way you get your skeins into muffins, be certain that to wind 2 desserts at a time, so you’ll be able to pull from both desserts as you knit.

The Development

The Solstice tank is principally constructed from 2 equivalent polygon panels, seamed collectively up the edges to the armhole. I assume with it being equivalent panels, it’s greatest to add a washable tag on one aspect to distinguish front from again, nevertheless it does make the development straightforward.

Each panel is labored in stockinette sew, from the underside up, with a number of rows of garter at the backside to assist scale back curling. When you get the panel to the bottom of the armhole, whatever your required length could also be, it’s time to work decreases to create the curve for the armhole. Keep in mind that since there’s ties at the prime of the tank, you gained’t be working the armhole all the best way up to the shoulder line. As an alternative, it’s only a simple parabolic curve up to some inches in need of your collarbone.

close-up of armhole stitches

Once you’re able to bind off, depart 3 stitches on scrap yarn, the bind off the highest of the panel, up until the final Three stitches. These last Three stitches, along with the primary Three stitches, can be used to create the i-cord ties. Work a knit i-cord on either aspect of the panel for as long as you’d like the ties to be. And that’s it. Make 2 panels, and then seam them up using a knit mattress sew, working your needle beneath the horizontal bars between the v’s of each row.

Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank with leafy green background

Once you’re ready to wear your new tank, loosely tie the shoulder ties to gauge the fit, and then tighten those knots. Because the i-cord is created from yarn, the ties will stretch, so it’ll take some adjusting the first few occasions you put on it. I selected to tie fairly secure knots, and doubtless will depart them in place as an alternative of untying and tying every time I wear it.

The Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank Top Pattern

You’ll find the free knitting sample for sizes XS to 3XL by scrolling under, or you possibly can grab the printable and downloadable PDF from my pattern outlets with the next links. The complete package, which incorporates the yarn and a black and white printed copy of the sample, can also be out there by means of Lion Model Yarn.

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Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank Top


  • 3 (Four, Four, 4, 5, 6, 6) balls of Lion Brand Hand Dyed Heaven (70g/2.5oz, 175 yds/160m)
  • US Measurement 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles, 40” circular
  • (Non-compulsory) US Measurement 9 (5.5mm) double pointed knitting needles
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors


  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • Okay – knit
  • P – purl
  • yo – yarn over
  • k2tog – knit 2 together
  • ssk – slip slip knit
  • slwyf – sl st with yarn in front

Pattern Notes

Talent degree: Degree 2 – Straightforward

Gauge: 16 sts and 22 rows in Four inches of stockinette stitch, blocked.

Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL)

Finished Bust: 33 (37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57)”

Width of Entrance/Back: 17 (19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29)”

– Proven in S modeled with Three” of constructive ease

– Make 2 panels and seam the edges up together to where the arm starts to decrease.

– Knit the first and last st in every row – these 2 stitches are selvedge and shall be on the inside of the tank once the edges are seamed.

– You’ll be able to modify the length of the tank prime by working less or extra rows of the Stockinette section.

– Take a look at for a video tutorial on learn how to knit the i-cord, which is used for the straps.

– The i-cord straps are tied together to create the shoulder straps, to allow them to be made any size you’d like. Please word that the straps will stretch barely with put on.

Close-up of Hand Dyed Heaven stockinette stitch

Directions for Knit Panel (Make 2)

Forged on 68 (76, 84, 92, 100, 108, 116) sts.

Row 1 (WS): Knit across. Flip.

Row 2 (RS): Knit across. Turn.

Row 3 (WS): K1, purl across to last st, k1. Turn.

Stockinette section:

Row 4 (RS): Knit across. Turn.

Row 5 (WS): K1, purl throughout to final st, k1. Flip.

Repeat Rows Four and 5 one other 40 occasions (82 rows complete), or till your stockinette part is roughly 15 inches.

Place markers on either end of the row.

Form Armholes:

Row 1 (RS): K1, slwyf, k1, 2 ssk, okay across to final 7 sts, 2 k2tog, k1, slwyf, k1. Flip. ((Four sts dec’d, 64 (72, 80, 88, 96, 104, 112))

Row 2 (WS): K1, purl across to last st, k1. Flip.

Repeat Rows 1-2, zero (2, Three, 5, 6, 8, 9) more occasions. . ((64 (64, 68, 68, 72, 72, 76))

Row 3: K1, slwyf, k1, ssk, okay throughout to final 5 sts, k2tog, k1, slwyf, k1. (2 sts dec’d, 62 (62, 64, 64, 70, 70, 74))

Row Four: K1, purl across to last st, k1. Turn.

Repeat Rows Three-4, 3 (2, 4, Three, 5, 4, 6) more occasions. ((56 (58, 58, 60, 60, 62, 62)).

Row 5: K1, slwyf, k1, ssk, okay across to final 5 sts, k2tog, k1, slwyf, k1. ((2 sts dec’d, 54 (56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60))

Row 6: K1, purl across to final st, k1. Turn.

Row 7: Knit across. Turn. ((54 (56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60))

Row 8: K1, purl throughout to last st, k1. Turn. ((54 (56, 56, 58, 58, 60, 60))

Repeat Rows 5-8, 3 (3, 2, 2, 1, 1, zero) extra occasions. ((48 (50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60)

Row 9: K1, slwyf, k1, ssk, okay across to last 5 sts, k2tog, k1, slwyf, k1. ((2 sts dec’d, 46 (48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58))

Row 10: K1, purl across to final st, k1. Flip. ((46 (48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 58))

Bind off for straps:

→ K3, transfer sts to scrap yarn -> this becomes the correct strap.  Bind off till final 2 sts. (It is best to have 3 complete sts left on needles). K2 -> this becomes the left strap.

→ Work i-cord on left strap until strap is about Eight inches. Bind off.

→ Go back and transfer the correct strap stitches onto needles. Work i-cord on right strap till strap is about Eight inches. Bind off.

*Notice: When you’re utilizing round needles, you possibly can maintain both i-cords on your needles and move them from one end to the other to work the i-cord. It’s also possible to change to double pointed needles for working the i-cord.


→ Lay the front and back pieces proper sides up subsequent to each other. Work the mattress stitch underneath the horizontal bars of every selvedge sew. The ridge is on the within as a result of the selvedge is folded inwards.

→ Seam up each side until stitch markers indicating the beginning of the decrease part.

→ Tie straps together to put on.

Solstice Tie-Shoulder Tank Knitting Pattern

That’s it! I hope you discover this tie-shoulder tank prime to be a enjoyable and straightforward addition to your summer time wardrobe! I’d love to see your creations too – pop your photograph on Instagram and tag me (@1dogwoof) for a chance to be featured on my feed!

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