Garter Stitch Tank


The Garter Stitch Tank is a great knitting pattern for beginners. The bold red color will really stand out in a crowd and the simple construction makes this knit top ideal for almost any situation. An easy design means you can work up this piece in no time. When the temperature starts to climb, you don't want to be weighed down by a lot of bulky layers. This knitted top pattern gives you the comfort and coverage you crave. The cap sleeves also ensure you won't need to worry about the straps of a traditional tank top falling off when you're moving around. This is one printable knitting pattern you don't want to miss.


Knitting Needle Size11 or 8 mm

Yarn Weight(5) Bulky/Chunky (12-15 stitches for 4 inches)

Gauge12 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in garter st

Finished SizeTo fit bust measurement: XS/S 28-34" (71-86.5 cm), M 36-38" (91.5-96.5 cm), L 40-42" (101.5-106.5 cm), XL 44-46" (112-117 cm), 2/3XL 48-54" (122-137cm), 4/5XL 56-62" (142-157.5cm)

Materials List

  • Bernat® Maker Fashion™ (3.5 oz/100 g; 126 yds/115 m) Red (06004) - size XS/S, 4 balls, size M, 5 balls, size L, 6 balls, size XL, 6 balls, size 2/3XL, 7 balls, size 4/5XL, 8 balls
  • Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch holder


The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written thus ( ).

Front and Back (make 2 pieces alike)

Cast on 55 (61-67-73-81-93) stitches (sts).
Proceed in garter stitch (knit every row), noting first row is wrong side (WS), until total length measures 19 (20-20-21-21-22)"
[48 (51-51-53.5-53.5-56) cm], ending on a WS row.

  1. Cast on 55 (61-67-73-81-93) stitches (sts).
    Proceed in garter stitch (knit every row), noting first row is wrong side (WS), until total length measures 19 (20-20-21-21-22)"
    [48 (51-51-53.5-53.5-56) cm], ending on a WS row.

  2. Shape neck: 1st row: [Right side (RS)]. K15 (18-20-24-26-32) and leave on a st holder. Cast off 25 (25-27-27-29-29) sts for neck. Knit to end of row. Continue (Cont) in garter st on last 15 (18-20-24-26-32) sts until neck measures 2"[5 cm], ending on a RS row. Cast off.

  3. With Wrong Side (WS) facing, join yarn to 15 (18-20-24-26-32) sts on holder. Cont in garter st until neck measures 2" [5 cm], ending on a RS row. Cast off.


Sew shoulder seams. Place markers on side edges 7 (7½-7½-8-8-8½)" [18 (19.5-19.5- 20.5-20.5-22.5) cm] down from shoulders.
Sew side seams to markers.


Right side
Wrong side

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I think this tank is cute. I am making it right now. I think the only thing that keeps this pattern from being complete is the fact I don't find any instructions for the cap sleeves on it and that is what makes it so cute.

This is a cute top for summer. It also seems like a good on for a beginning knitter who is just learning to make a garment that requires sewing the seams. I have only made one other top that required seaming, so this would be a good one to do next. I think the neckline in the back could be made higher by adding rows to the back before shaping the next and then subtracting the number of rows used after the neck is shaped by the same number.

Oh, I like this. I hope I have time to make it before hot weather sets in because it would make a great vest type of over garment for cool days as well as a top for hot weather. It's so simple! I do think, though, that the neckline on the back could be higher than the front and I'm not sure how to change that. Any ideas?

While I like the simplicity therefore speed of the pattern, why -as in many other patterns - is the gauge specified as 'crochet gauge' ? Being knit in garter stitch, would it not be better to have the gauge in garter stitch, as in knit? Just curious

Hello The Designing Penguin! This is actually an issue with our pattern template. We are aware of the problem and we are working to resolve it as soon as possible. In the meantime, although the label is wrong, please be aware the gauge for this pattern is correct. Hope this helps! -Editors of AllFreeKnitting

Thank you. it does help because I keep wondering just when the crochet shoe is going to drop and I have never been able to master it.

Hi. I'd like to make this top, but wonder if any changes have been adjusted to the comments above? Also, I'm all for reducing final seaming... can it be knitted in the round, just as easily from the bottom until the sleeve?


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