Think Tank

Think Tank

This Friday at 2pm comes my favorite pattern this summer, the Think Tank. I was craving an easy to style, versatile tank top with just the right amount of interest- both when you are knitting it, but also when you are wearing it.


Late in the winter I was working on designing for summer, which is a challenge for me because I just love knitting sweaters and avoid the heat. During that time I was working with Fiction Fiber on a KAL she was doing as a part of her Girl Detectives collection drop and I just fell in love with the colors.   At the time the only base these gorgeous colors were offered on was singles but luckily for me Catie was interested in collaborating on launching the colors on a gorgeous 2 ply base.  All of these colors are very DEGEN-y but I typically am not a pink lover.  I wanted to challenge myself to embrace that bubblegum pink and use it as main. The colors really helped me to design this piece. It would be great in a lot of different yarn qualities that show off stitch definition but I just LOVE it in these Girl Detective colorways. This yarn with this stitch pattern has some serious squish.

 Construction and Fit:

The construction and fit are quite simple. I wanted a straight forward little tank and thats what we have here.  This tank has negative ease.  On the smaller sizes its about a 1" negative ease and the larger sizes have slightly more negative ease. This pattern is written in my typical 7 size grade scale but features an adjustment for larger or smaller chests.  In the photo above featuring Shatajah, she is wearing a size Small in the small chest version.  It was so fun to see tester versions of this pattern who all had different bodies and chest to waist ratios. Check out this beautiful one by @ccmadethat (Christina). In terms of construction, this piece is knit from the bottom up in the round and split at the underarms.  The trim is applied after the body is complete by knitting it on.  One of my favorite aspects of this pattern is the instruction for the straps.  This section is written as a tutorial on how to figure it out yourself to achieve the perfect fit. I always enjoy learning something when I knit other people's patterns and I'm hoping that this section will be a learning moment for some.

 Choosing Colors:

I love that this design shows off some colorblocking options but you could also knit this as a solid. Below I will share a coloring book page for you to use to dream a little bit about color.

And as bonus inspiration please find some other tester's work below.  Included are: @shrimpyknits @fancyfrogknits @christiannawrites @theknitteddingo and @laulott
I love this pattern so much I needed to make a variation on it with smaller straps.  And that is a little thought I will leave you with.  I am always amazed by the number of people who stay "on pattern" and do not deviate.  Don't forget that this is your piece and you can make it how you want it.  My below version is just stockinette and has a smaller trim.
This pattern drops at 2pm ET on Friday June 23rd.  Happy Knitting
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