The Lazy Day Tank with the Racerback Bralette

Hello my lovelies,

I’d like to introduce my first pattern release. I have been working very hard over the summer to bring new patterns to the community and I want to share why.

When I first started to learn to crochet I was using YouTube tutorials to figure out how to hold my yarn, how to make simple crochet stitches, and to work in rows vs rounds. I dug a little deeper and I realized that there were tutorials to make blankets, scarves, tops, etc., but I wasn’t able to find any written patterns.

I am a big fan of the library, but I am a bigger fan of my kindle. I was able to use the online library to search all of the e-books that they had available on crochet. I found a lot of interesting information that I still use today. What I didn’t find were modern patterns. There weren’t any items that I would wear or that a younger demographic would buy.

Finding patterns that were pretty to me, I had to pay for them. It took me a while to figure out the balance of paid patterns and finding free ones online. Eventually I realized that there is only a small community that share their designs and that made me very sad.

Crochet is a craft that I think is about sharing and passing on your knowledge. It is an art. I understand that we spend a lot of time and effort on these patterns, but I wanted to see more patterns out there. So, I decided to tackle Pinterest.

If you are like me, when you go on Pinterest you get sucked into a black hole. I spend hours and hours wasting away looking for things. Sometimes I stay on track and other times I can’t. While I was on there looking for patterns I could see the same designers popping up, about ten in total.

I was amazed at how many people didn’t share their patterns. I understand wanting to have a business, but some just want to make items for fun. Unfortunately, there is not a single pattern even closely related to what I wanted. So I decided to write my own patterns. Of course I won’t be sharing all of my secrets for free.

All of my free patterns will be posted here on the blog. There will also be a PDF version on Etsy that you will be charged for. I want to share my designs with the community for personal/business use, but I also understand the importance of getting paid for your hard work. The PDF takes more time and effort then posting up a free pattern and that is why there will be both available from me.

Today’s pattern is a Lazy Day Tank with a Racerback Bralette. I came up with the idea when I was on Pinterest. It sounds so silly, but I was trying to find a shirt that I could just lounge around in, get dirty, and that I would be comfortable in. So I came up with a sketch of this shirt.

I realized that it needed more than this giant opening on the sides. I wanted it to be comfortable, but I didn’t want everything to be on display. So, I came up with the Racerback Bralette to wear with it. It is a two for one pattern. You can wear either one however you like, but the idea was for them to be worn together.

My patterns are written a little bit differently than other designers for a reason. I want you to be able to make an item that fits you right. This pattern specifically is not written in the traditional small, medium, and large, but is written so you can have a nice fitted item. I am able to figure out how to make an item fit by using math and my knowledge of crochet.

When I was younger, I had a hard time finding anything that fit. I had really long legs, but I was very thin. Back then, they didn’t have the pants that cinched in at the waist band. I was always stuck with pants that fit around my waist, but were too short for my legs, or they fit my leg length and I had to wear a belt at all times.

It was extremely frustrating. When I decided to make crochet clothing, I wanted to make something that would fit everyone. So if you have an issue with one of my patterns fitting your size, please contact me and I will work with you to make sure it fits you the way it should.

This is a free pattern that you are able to use for personal use. If you would like to sell items from this pattern then you will need to purchase a PDF version in my Etsy shop and then credit Ariel from The Knitted Sisters as the designer when selling those items. We all work very hard to keep our businesses running so let us all support one another.

You can purchase the PDF version here.

 

The Lazy Day Tank with the Racerback Bralette

Supplies:

Bernat Maker Home Dec Yarn (minimum 2 skeins or 2 for main color & 1 for contrast color)

8 mm & 9 mm Crochet Hook

Scissors

Measuring Tape

Stitch Markers

Key:

St – stitch

Sts – stitches

Ch – chain

Yo – yarn over

Sl st – slip stitch

Sc – single crochet

Sc2tog – single crochet 2 stitches together

Hdc – half double crochet

Dc – double crochet

Dc2tog – double crochet 2 stitches together

Special Stitches:

Hdc Foundation Row

Ch-stitches: ch stitches in the beginning of the row do not count as a st, they are a turning ch.

Measurements:

Using your measuring tape measure hips, bust, underbust, & your torso length

Then insert your measurements into the table below.

Example:

Hips: 37 in Bust: 34 in Underbust: 30 in Torso: 21 in

Lazy Day Tank

Foundation Row length: 37 ÷ 2 – 1 = 18.5 – 1 = 17.5 in

Length of Tank: 21 + 2 = 23 in

Racerback Bralette

Foundation Row length: 30 – 1 = 29 in

Back Strap Length: 34 ÷ 4 = 8.5 in

Front Strap Length: 8.5 ÷ 2 = 4.25 in

Lazy Day Tank: (make 2)

Row 1: Using 9 mm crochet hook make a slip knot (leaving an extra long tail for weaving in ends), make a hdc foundation row until the hip length (see

chart), turn

Row 2: Using 8 mm crochet hook ch-2, dc until the end of the row, turn

Row 3 – 10: repeat row 2

**Place st markers at the sts in the beginning and end of row 10

Row 11: ch-2 dc2tog, dc until 2 sts remaining, dc2tog, turn

**Repeat Row 11 until you get to your decrease width (see chart)

**Once you get to the decrease width continue to repeat row 2 until you get to the torso length (see chart).

**Do not cut your yarn you will be using it to make the straps.

Straps: (repeat on both panels)

Row 1: ch-1, sc for 3 sts, then sc2tog, turn

Row 2 & 3: ch-1, sc until end of row, turn

**Then after row 3 cut a long tail for weaving in ends

Bring up a loop on the other side and repeat rows 1-3

Joining Straps:

Once you have made both pieces place them on top of each other. There is no right or wrong way to face them, just make sure the beginning yarn tails are on opposite sides of each other (this counts as the inside of the top), then join sides together until you get to the st markers (or until desired length), join the straps together, then weave in your tails, flip the top so the inside is facing in, wash, and enjoy!

Optional Edging: (repeat on both sides)

Bring up a loop on the arms and sc around, then sl st to 1st sc, cut a tail and weave in ends

Racerback Bralette: (make 1)

Row 1: Using your 8 mm crochet hook make a hdc foundation row until the underbust

length (see chart & make it an odd number, if even number round down)

**Join last st with the first st with a slip st and now you will be working in the round.

Round 1: ch-1, hdc in the same st as the ch-1 (place a st

marker) then hdc until the end, sc into the slip st from row 1 (place st marker on

that st it is now your first st)

**Using the first st find the middle st, then place a st marker on that st. These count as your seam sts.

Round 2: hdc until the end of the round

**Continue repeating round 2 until you get the desired length it should cover you like a sports bra.

**If your bust is significantly different from your underbust then add in 1 extra st on both sides (the seam sts) every row for cup size G+ or every other row for D-DDD

Last Round: sc across row, sl st into the first sc of that round, cut a tail

Edging:

At the bottom of your bralette bring up a loop and then sc until the end of round, sl st with the fist sc of the round, cut a tail

Straps:

Find the seam sts then measure from the seams and the back strap length (see chart), then place a st marker. Turn to the opposite side and measure from seams using front strap length (see chart) and place st markers the front strap length away from both seams.

Back Strap:

Row 1: Using 8 mm crochet hook pull up a loop on the first st marker, then sc2tog, sc for

3 sts, then sc2tog, turn (5 sts)

Row 2: ch-1, sc until end of round, turn (5 sts)

**Continue repeating Row 2 until the strap is about 1 in from shoulders

**Remember that this yarn has a lot of stretch when crocheting the strap so make sure you try it on to check the length (this helps with support)

**For more support add 1 st on either side so instead of 5 sts you’ll have 7sts.

**If you add the extra st for more support make sure to add 1 st to Strap A & 1 st to Strap B. So you’ll have 4 sts on each strap instead of 3 sts.

**Once you get the desired length go straight to Strap A.

Strap A:

Row 1: ch-1 sc for 3 sts, turn (3 sts)

Row 2: ch-1 sc until end, turn (3 sts)

**Repeat row 2 until you get the desired length. Make sure to crochet until the strap fits on the top and the top fits straight across your body, then cut a long tail.

Strap B:

Row 1: pull up a loop on row 1 with the same st that has the 3rd sc on it, sc for 3 sts, turn

(3 sts)

Row 2: ch-1, sc until end, turn (3 sts)

**Repeat row 2 until you get the same number of rows from Strap A, then cut a long tail.

Attaching Straps:

Strap A: find st marker & pull up the tail through the first st marker, begin to sew together going from st marker towards the inside of the top (if your tail ends on the other side then count 3 sts over from st marker and begin sewing from that st to the st marker)

Strap B: find the other st marker & count 3 sts over away from the other strap, begin sewing from that st to the st marker (if your tail ends on the other side then pull up the tail through the st marker and sew for 3 more sts)

**If you increase your straps to 4 sts instead of 3 then make sure to count 4 sts from st marker instead of 3.

Weave in all your ends. You can line the bralette or leave it unlined, you can block them or leave them unblocked, then wash and enjoy!

I want to thank all of you for your support and I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I have. Don’t forget to tag @theknittedsisters and use #crochetlazydaytank & #crochetracerbackbralette so I can see all of your finished pieces!

With Love,
Ariel

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