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Rustic Tank Top Knitting Pattern

Hey there, fellow knitting enthusiasts and summer lovers! Are you ready to beat the heat in style? I’ve got just the pattern for you!

In today’s blog post, we’re diving headfirst into the world of summer knitting projects with the Rustic Tank Top Knitting Pattern.

free tank top knitting pattern

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When the temperature starts rising and the sun is shining high, it’s time to swap those cozy woolen projects for something a little more breathable.

And what better way to embrace the season than by knitting your very own fashionable tank top? 

Trust me – you’re going to love it!

The beautiful model in the photos today is my gorgeous mom. I designed this top for her, and she was sweet enough to let me photograph her for the blog 🙂 

free tank top knitting pattern

Now, you might be thinking, “Wait, knitting in summer? Isn’t that crazy?” But fear not, my friends, because I’ve got the perfect solution.

Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or just starting to unravel the wonders of this craft, this summer tank top knitting pattern will make you feel like a pro. 

With a simple and breezy design, this top is flowy, breathable, and a must-have for your summer wardrobe. 

Stockinette Stitch

The body of this ladies tank top knitting pattern is worked in basic stockinette, but the end result is anything but basic!

By using 10mm knitting needles with a medium/worsted yarn, the fabric turns out lacy and beautiful. 

When knitting in the round, stockinette stitch is worked by knitting all stitches. 

When we transition to knitting in the flat for the armhole & neckline shaping, stockinette stitch is worked as follows:

R1: Knit all.
R2: Purl all.

Easy peasy!

free tank top knitting pattern

Garter Stitch

The Rustic Tank Top Knitting Pattern is worked from the bottom up. Therefore, the first few rows make up the bottom hem, and these rows are worked in Garter Stitch. 

When knitting in the round, Garter Stitch is worked as follows:

R1: Knit all.
R2: Purl all. 

1x1 Rib Stitch

The armhole & neckline borders are worked as 1×1 rib stitch. In order to give the garment more structure, I used a tighter rib stitch around the collar and armholes to give the tank top some defined shape. 

To do this, I used 4.5mm knitting needles when picking up stitches (more on this later).

For now, all you need to know is that 1×1 rib stitch is worked as follows:

Cast on an even amount of stitches.

R1: K1, P1. 

Repeat R1 until desired length of ribbing is met.

free tank top knitting pattern

These three basic stitches make up the Rustic Tank Top Knitting Pattern!

I love the lacy, breezy texture of stockinette created by using oversized needles. 

The longer length of this tank top knit pattern is a flattering look on everyone! 

It looks great as a dressier top paired with white pants for summer, or you could wear it more casually with jeans or shorts. All you need is a lightweight camisole underneath for coverage, and you’ve got yourself the start of an adorable summer outfit!


This free tank top knitting pattern is worked up entirely in one piece from the bottom to the top. 

First we’ll work in the round to create the length of the top, then when we reach the armhole shaping segment, we transfer half of the stitches off to a stitch holder and work in the flat for the front and back shaping.

Once the front and back shaping is complete, we’ll seam them together at the shoulders using a whip stitch.

Knitting Life Hacks

Let’s talk about some awesome knitting life hacks, tips, and tricks that will level up your knitting game and make your garment-making journey a breeze!

First things first, always swatch before you start a project. I know it’s tempting to dive right in, but trust me, swatching saves you from potential heartbreak. Take the time to knit a small sample, measure it, and adjust your needle size if needed. It’ll ensure that your final garment fits like a dream.

Now, let’s talk about stitch markers. Those little guys are your best friends! Use them to mark pattern repeats, shaping points, or even just to keep track of your rows. They’ll help you stay organized and avoid those “Wait, where was I?” moments.

Speaking of organization, invest in a handy dandy project bag. They’re perfect for keeping your yarn, needles, and pattern all in one place. Plus, they’re super portable, so you can take your knitting on the go without the fear of losing anything. This is my knitting bag and I absolutely love it!

When it comes to seaming your garments, try the mattress stitch. It’s a game-changer! This invisible seaming technique creates a beautiful, seamless finish. Trust me, it’s worth learning. Check out tutorial videos on YouTube to learn how to do it.

And here’s a little secret for you – blocking is magical. Seriously, don’t skip it! Wet blocking or steam blocking can transform your finished piece, giving it a polished and professional look. Plus, it helps even out your stitches and makes everything drape beautifully.

Last but not least, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun! Knitting is all about creativity, so feel free to modify patterns, try new stitch patterns, and make the garment truly your own. After all, knitting should bring you joy and satisfaction as you are creating a one-of-a-kind wearable!

Are you ready to take your knitting to the next level? Consider purchasing the ad-free, downloadable PDF of this tank top knitting pattern.

Why, you ask? Well, having the PDF at your fingertips offers numerous advantages. Firstly, it provides you with a convenient offline reference, allowing you to knit on the go without relying on internet access. Additionally, the PDF format ensures a clean and printer-friendly layout, making it easy to follow the pattern step-by-step. Plus, by purchasing the PDF, you’re supporting the work and dedication in designing and producing this fun summer knitting pattern.

So why settle for just viewing it on the blog when you can have a portable, printable, and supportive knitting companion? It’s a win-win! 

I guarantee you’ll use this pattern over and over again for years to come. Go check it out on my Etsy store!

Knitted Tank Top Pattern: Design Inspiration

After publishing the Breezy Tank Top Knitting Pattern, I wanted to create a design with a little more shaping. 

The Breezy Tank is a perfect beginner’s garment, while the Rustic Tank is a little more advanced due to the armhole and neckline shaping. 

Don’t be scared off though! All it takes is basic decreases. If you don’t know how to decrease in knitting, look up YouTube tutorials on “how to purl two together” and “how to knit two together”. We’ll be decreasing on both the right side and the wrong side of the fabric, so you’ll need to know how to do both. 

I designed this pattern with my mom in mind, who is the stunning model in the photos 🙂 

She likes to wear long layered tank tops in the summer, and I wanted to make something for her that was just her style.

After knitting up the sample for my mom, I loved it so much that I quickly got started on knitting one for myself! I’ll add more photos on this post once I have my own Rustic Tank Top completed. 

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Yarn Requirements

Let’s talk about the amazing yarn used in this tank top knitting pattern – Rustic Romantic by Yarn Bee. This fantastic yarn is a blend of hemp and acrylic, giving it a unique charm. Not only is it machine washable, but it also boasts a delightful vintage look.

One of the great features of Rustic Romantic is its minimal stretching. When you knit garments with this yarn, they’ll maintain their shape beautifully over time. Say goodbye to saggy tops!

Now, let’s dive into the color options. For this summer knitting pattern, I’ve chosen the captivating shade of Pumpkin Spice. However, keep an eye out for another stunning color called Chicory Root. It’s definitely on my radar for a future project!

To get your hands on Rustic Romantic yarn, you have a couple of options. You can purchase it online or swing by Hobby Lobby if you’re in the US. Either way, you’re in for a treat with this remarkable yarn. Happy knitting!

What Yarn Can I Use As A Substitute?

Rustic Romantic by Yarn Bee is classified as a worsted weight yarn, falling under the medium/category 4 range. The beauty of this is that you can easily substitute it with any other yarn of the same weight.

However, it’s crucial to remember to check your gauge. By doing so, you ensure that your tank top will end up the right size. Gauge acts as your knitting compass, guiding you to the perfect fit. So take a moment to swatch and measure, ensuring that your stitches align with the pattern’s recommended gauge.

With this flexibility, you can explore an array of yarn options and unleash your creativity. Just keep that gauge in check, and your tank top will turn out as fabulous as ever!

I love seeing your completed projects! Share your wonderful creations by using the hashtag #themodernmakerco and don’t forget to tag me @themodernmakerco on Instagram or TikTok. 

Rustic Summer Tank | Free Tank Top Knitting Pattern

Get ready for the ultimate summer knitting project! This tank top is absolutely adorable and screams warm weather vibes. The garment is worked entirely in one piece with just the slightest amount of seaming required at the shoulders. The loose stockinette stitch gives the tank a lacy summery feel, and the longer fit makes for beautiful drape!

NOTE: Model is 5’6″ with a 38″ bust wearing size L. When it comes to fit, this garment is true to bust size, offering a slightly fitted look that flatters your shape.

So grab your knitting needles, embrace the summer vibes, and get ready to rock this fabulous tank top with confidence!


This pattern is written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL).

  • Yarn: approximately 286 (303, 327, 355, 384, 403) yards of Rustic Romantic by Yarn Bee (or similar category 4/worsted/medium weight yarn)
  • US size 15 (10mm) circular knitting needles
  • US size 7 (4.5mm) circular knitting needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors

Stitches Used

  • Stockinette 
    • Worked in the round: R1: Knit All. Repeat.
    • Worked in the flat: R1: Knit all. R2: Purl All. Repeat.
  • Garter Stitch
    • Worked in the round: R1: Knit all. R2: Purl All. Repeat.
  • 1×1 Rib Stitch
    • Worked in the round: K1, P1. Repeat.


  • 11 stitches and 14 rows = 4×4 inches (10×10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch


  • R = row
  • St = stitch
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side
  • K = knit
  • P = purl
  • K2tog = knit two stitches together
  • P2tog = purl two stitches together

Size Chart

Choose your size based on your bust measurement.

size chart

Main Body

Worked in the round from the bottom up.

This pattern is written as XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL). Follow the stitch counts based on your corresponding size.

Cast on 96 (100, 104, 112, 120, 124). 

R1: Knit all.
R2: Purl all.

Repeat R1 & R2 twice for a total of 4 rows.

Work 50 (50, 52, 52, 52, 54) rows of stockinette in the round. Continue to Front & Back Shaping Charts.

Front & Back Shaping Charts


  1. Read the chart from the bottom up. The shaded area represents the body of the pattern piece and the various sections you will knit/shape. 
  2. Choose the corresponding chart based on the size you are knitting. You will start the Front Shaping Chart at Bottom of Armhole row.
  3. Using the Inches/Cm and/or Row # columns as your guide, follow the increases and decreases as indicated by the + and – numbers. If you are on a RS row, you will k2tog to decrease 1. If you are on a WS row, you will p2tog to decrease 1. At any point in time, you may use the # of Stitches column to cross-check your position in the piece. 
  4. When you get to Bottom of Neck, work the right side of the chart and transfer remaining st to a st holder. Once the right side is completed, bind off the number of st indicated in between the two sides and continue working left side. 
  5. When you reach the end of the chart, bind off the number of st in the last row.
  6. After completing the Front Shaping Chart, pick up the transferred off stitches and continue to Back Shaping Chart at Bottom of Armhole.

Transfer the last 48 (50, 52, 56, 60, 62) st to a st holder. Continue on with the charts corresponding to your selected size at Bottom of Armhole row.

XS: Front Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_XS_Front

XS: Back Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_XS_Back

S: Front Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_S_Front

S: Back Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_S_Back

M: Front Shaping Chart

M: Back Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_M_Back

L: Front Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_L_Front

L: Back Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_L_Back

XL: Front Shaping Chart

Rustic Tank_XL_Front

XL: Back Shaping Chart

2XL: Front Shaping Chart

2XL: Back Shaping Chart

Collar Ribbing

Once you have completed Front & Back Shaping, whip stitch the shoulder seams together.

Using 4.5mm circular needles, pick up an even number of stitches around the neckline (1:1 ratio of knitted st to picked up st). 

Work two rows of 1×1 rib stitch (K1, P1).

Bind off. Weave in yarn ends.

Armhole Ribbing

Using 4.5mm circular needles, pick up an even number of stitches around the right armhole (1:1 ratio of knitted st to picked up st). 

Work two rows of 1×1 rib stitch (K1, P1).

Bind off. Weave in yarn ends.

Repeat on left armhole, making sure you pick up the same amount of st as on the right armhole.

Block your finished garment.

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Enjoy wearing your Rustic Tank Top!

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