At first bud a tulip’s elongated petals are packed tightly, protectively hugging its center, but it doesn’t take long for the stance of the petals to soften. Those lovely ovals separate slightly and open finally, giving a glimpse of what’s inside. Even as the petals flounce, they remain in an embrace, now catching the sunlight, as well as the attention of admirers.

Wanting to experience the beauty and femininity of a tulip’s structure, I designed this Tulip Tank Top to wrap and overlap, to gently hug my center… maybe even to attract some admirers!

I took advantage of the beauty and drape of Louet’s 100% linen Euroflax, knowing it would fall gracefully and catch the light with movement. I knit this piece primarily in stockinette stitch for a smooth finish and a pretty, little curl along the short-row-shaped edges. And over time, you can expect the linen to soften and relax, becoming better with each wear.

I may not be frolicking amidst the actual tulips this year, but my new Tulip Tank has me feeling as fancy-free as if I were! -Laura

Materials

Gauge

24 stitches and 28 rows = 4 of   inches in stockinette stitch with the smaller needle

Sizes

31 (35, 39, 43, 47)

  • Finished Chest Circumference: 31 (35, 39, 43, 47) inches
  • Length from Shoulder to Bottom Edge: 22 ½ (23, 23 ½, 24, 24 ½) inches
  • Length from Underarm to Bottom Edge: 14 inches
  • Ease: This garment is designed with a 2 to 4-inch ease.

Notes

This garment is shaped using short rows. For our complete Short Rows Tutorial, please click here.

wrp-t (wrap and turn)

  • on the right side: Keeping the yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle. Bring the yarn to the front. Return the slipped stitch to the left needle. Bring the yarn to the back. Turn the work so the wrong side is facing you.
  • on the wrong side: Keeping the yarn in front, slip the next stitch purlwise from the left needle to the right needle. Bring the yarn to the back. Return the slipped stitch to the left needle. Bring the yarn to the front. Turn the work so the right side is facing you.

Pattern

Body

With the larger circular needle, cast on 98 stitches, place marker (pm), cast on 83 (119, 155, 191, 227) stitches, pm, cast on 98 stitches. [279 (315, 351, 387, 423) total stitches]

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2 (right side): Knit.

Transfer stitches to smaller needle.

Start Short Row Shaping

NOTES:

  • For this portion of the pattern, you will be working back and forth in short rows, turning the work part way through each row rather than continuing to the end of the needle. For our complete Short Rows Tutorial, click here.
  • The markers indicate where the short row shaping begin. With each consecutive row you will work one stitch past the previously wrapped stitch, away from the markers and closer to the end of the row.

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl to second marker, slip marker (sm), wrp-t (see NOTES above).

Row 2: Knit to second marker, sm, wrp-t.

Row 3: Purl to wrapped stitch, slipping the markers when you come to them, purl wrapped stitch with its wrap, p1, wrp-t.

Row 4: Knit to wrapped stitch, slipping the markers when you come to them, knit wrapped stitch with its wrap, k1, wrp-t.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 forty-eight more times (at which point just one stitch remains after the wrp-t on each side).

Next Row (wrong side): Removing stitch markers as you come to them, purl to wrapped stitch, purl wrapped stitch with its wrap, p1 to end.

Divide Front and Backs

Next Row (right side): Knit 93 (105, 117, 129, 141), place these stitches on scrap yarn for Back Left; knit 93 (105, 117, 129, 141), place these stitches on scrap yarn for Front; knit to wrapped stitch, knit wrapped stitch with its wrap, k1 to end. [93 (105, 117, 129, 141) stitches remain for Back Right]

Backs

Shape Back Right

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2. [2 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 two (10, 11, 14, 22) more times. [87 (83, 93, 99, 95) stitches]

Continue Shaping Back Right

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2. [2 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rows 1-4 twelve (9, 9, 9, 6) more times. [61 (63, 73, 79, 81) stitches]

Cut yarn and leave stitches on longer circular needle.

Back Left

With shorter needle, join yarn to wrong side.

Follow instructions for SHAPE BACK RIGHT and CONTINUE SHAPING BACK RIGHT.

Do not cut yarn.

Overlap Backs

Lay piece on flat surface with wrong side facing you. Fold the Back Right so that the cast on corner meets the left underarm at the point where you divided the Front and Backs. Fold Back Left so that its cast on corner meets the right underarm. Carefully flip the piece over so the right side of the Front is facing you. The wrong side of the Backs will be facing you.

Graft Backs and Bind off for Neck

Orient the two circular needles with the Back Left and Back Right stitches in your left hand. Hold the needles parallel with the wrong sides of the Backs facing you and the working yarn coming from the right end of the back needle.

Working through the stitches on both the back and front needles simultaneously, use the left end of longer needle to…

Next Row (wrong side): Purl 3 (3, 6, 9, 9), bind off following 55 (57, 61, 61, 63) stitches purlwise for Back of Neck, purl to end. [6 (6, 12, 18, 18) total stitches; 3 (3, 6, 9, 9) stitches for each Shoulder]

Cut Yarn.

Front

With shorter needle, join yarn to wrong side…

Shape Front

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2. [2 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 two (10, 11, 14, 22) more times. [87 (83, 93, 99, 95) stitches]

Continue Shaping Front

Row 1 (wrong side): Purl.

Row 2: Knit.

Row 3: Purl.

Row 4: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, k2. [2 stitches decreased]

Repeat Rows 1-4 seven (4, 5, 6, 3) more times. [71 (73, 81, 85, 87) stitches]

Shape Front Neckline

Set-Up Row (wrong side): Purl 8 (8, 10, 12, 12), pm, purl 55 (57, 61, 61, 63), pm, purl to end.

Row 1: Knit to marker, sm, make 1 right (m1R), knit to following marker, make 1 left (m1L), sm, knit to end. [2 stitches increased]

Row 2: Purl.

Row 3: K2, ssk, knit to marker, sm, m1R, knit to following marker, m1L, sm, knit to last 4 stitches, k2tog, knit to end. [2 stitches increased and 2 stitches decreased]

Row 4: Purl.

Repeat Rows 1-4 four (4, 3, 2, 2) more times [81 (83, 89, 91, 93) stitches]

Next Row: Removing stitch markers as you come to them, knit 3 (3, 6, 9, 9), bind off following 75 (77, 77, 73, 75) stitches, knit to end. [6 (6, 12, 18, 18) total stitches; 3 (3, 6, 9, 9) stitches for each shoulder]

Finishing

Shoulders

Use the kitchener stitch to graft together Front and Back Shoulder stitches for both the Left and Right Shoulders. For our Kitchener Stitch tutorial, click here.

Armholes

RIGHT ARMHOLE

With the right side facing, using the shorter circular needle and beginning at the center of the underarm, hold the two Backs together to insert the needle through both Backs and pick up 1 stitch from each stitch along the entire armhole edge. Join for working in the round.

Bind off knitwise.

LEFT ARMHOLE

Using the same method as you did for the Right Armhole, beginning at the center of the underarm, pick up 1 stitch from each stitch around the entire armhole, remembering to go through both Back edges when you come to them. Join for working in the round.

Bind off knitwise.

Weave in Ends and Block

Weave in the ends and block garment as desired.