Excuse me for the digression from sewing progress…This post is for you Ms. Erika :).
I got a question about knit tank patterns and thought I would turn what I found into a post in case it is helpful for others too. The requirements I was working with were the pattern had to have wide straps and be suitable for knits. I decided to impose a couple of other restrictions on the search: the patten had to be easily accessible. Here’s what I found:
This is a downloadable pattern from Colette Patterns. Everybody and their best friend’s auntie has made this pattern and I can see the appeal. There are only 2 pattern pieces and the pattern is FREE. I like free a lot. I have seen many really wonderful renditions of the Sorbetto and so many customized versions, both in woven fabrics and knits.
This is a Butterick Fast & Easy pattern with multiple views. This pattern looks very simple to execute and can be customized once the fit is perfected. This is a pattern drafted for wovens, but very easily converted to knits.
This is a strictly knit pattern from independent pattern company Jalie. I saw some very nice versions of this top on PatternReview. The pattern contains a raglan sleeve top along with the tank and a tunic length tank as well. Another nice thing about Jalie patterns are their built-in ability to scale the patterns from child to adult sizes. This pattern is readily available through Jalie’s website and select retailers.
Much like it’s Butterick twin above, this is a Simplicity pattern with multiple views which could be easily converted to knits.
This is a woven top pattern from Simplicity which currently has 112 reviews on PR and was a best pattern of 2010 on the site. The top has neckline variations and B, C, and D cup pattern pieces. Again, this looks like a pattern that would be easy to convert to knits.
New Look 6483
More of the same woven shell tops with neckline variations, this time from New Look. I especially like the bra-friendly, almost halter style of view C with it’s close neck. I also like the lower retail price of New Look patterns. This one goes for $4.29 on Simplicity’s website.
This is a knit tunic-length top from Burda Style, the envelope-pattern arm of Burda sold by Simplicity in the US. I like the longer length of this tank and the fact that there is a sleeved version available in the pattern envelope as well. The finished tops look loose fitting on the models, so that could provide a nice amount of play for personal fitting preferences and length changes.
In terms of accessibility, all of these patterns are currently available for sale online at their respective distributors/manufacturers’ websites. Also, Simplicity Patterns are on sale for $0.99 at Hobby Lobby all week!
While noting down the Butterick and Simplicity tops, it struck me how many older patterns include a shell pattern, which might be just right to turn into a knit tank. I also remember seeing something in one of my sewing books about converting woven patterns to knit or vice-versa. Off to find that and hopefully post it today.