Pattern: Split Back Tank

As promised!  Another brand new free pattern!  This one’s a little different than my usual knits.  You know I love bulky yarn, and anything with wool.  I love big winter sweaters, cozy socks and fluffy blankets.  Basically, I like anything that you would hibernate in.

This pattern, on the other hand, is a definite departure.  It is light and summery, drapey and girly.

It’s the Split Back Tank!55759220_mediumKnit in a lovely washable cotton-linen blend at a nice big gauge, this tank top is both fast-knitting and lightweight.  The Split Back Tank is worked from the bottom up in a single piece with literally no sewing-up!  (A three-needle bind-off finishes the straps and a row of single crochet closes up the neckline and arm holes.)  And, the A-line shape and open back makes it flattering on just about everyone, yet incredibly comfortable.  I like to wear mine with jeans and sandals for a cute-yet-put-together look!55759220_5_medium2Get the free pattern here!

7 thoughts on “Pattern: Split Back Tank

  1. Lydia

    I would like to make this but something is confusing me about the pattern. Why does it say “Set Up Rows 1-4” and “Set Up Rows 5-8” but then continue on with “Row 1 (RS)”? What is a “set up row”?

    1. onemilljellybeans Post author

      Hi Lydia,
      Sorry for the confusion! Set up rows are just used to establish a pattern or start you off on the right foot. In this case, I use them to set up the slightly curving hem. Basically, you’ll just work each row in the order written, so Set Up Rows 1-4, then Set Up Rows 5-8, then Row 1, Row 2 and so on. (Now that I’m looking at it, you’re kind of right- it’s a little silly how I divided them out between Set Up and non-Set Up rows. Oh well!)
      Hope this helps! And, please let me know if you have any more questions!
      🙂 Allison

      1. Lydia

        I sat down to read through the pattern again and came across another question. When shaping the armholes it says “BO 3 sts at the edge of the armhole for the next 0 (0, 0, 0, 0, 1, 1,
        2, 2) RS rows. 39 (41, 46, 50, 54, 56, 60, 62, 66) sts.” the size I’m going to make this in is in the ‘0 rows’ section, so do I just skip this step and move right along, or am I supposed to knit a few rows to make sure it’s long enough?

  2. Janice

    Lovely! Just a minor “flaw” is that the wearer’s bra shows. I will have to figure out how to make the armhole shallower and shoulder wider…..


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