Manly Tank Tops Pattern

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Directions are for Small Size (8 to 10). Changes for Medium (12 to 14), Large (36 to 38) and Extra Large (40 to 42) are in parentheses.

MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Columbia-Minerva KNITTING WORSTED (4 oz pull skein) OR NANTUK 4-PLY KNITTING YARN (2 or 4 oz pull skein): 6 (8-8-10) ozs
Needle: One "Boye" crochet hook Size J

Gauge: 5 sc to 2 inches; 5 rows to 2 inches.

Back: Ch 35 (35-43-43) loosely.

Row 1: Starting in 2nd ch from hook, crochet 1 sc in each ch st — 34 (34-42-42) sc across row, ch 2, turn. Row 2: 1 hdc in 2nd sc from hook, * ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 hdc in next sc, repeat from * across working last hdc in turning ch, ch 2, turn. Counting turning ch at start of row as 1 hdc there are 18 (18-22-22) hdc and 17 (17-21-21) ch-1 spaces across. Note: Turning ch always counts as 1 st. Row 3: 1 hdc in first space, * ch 1, 1 hdc in next space *, repeat from * to * across — 18 (18-22-22) hdc and 17 (17-21-21) spaces, ch 2, turn. Row 4: 1 sc in first space, * 1 sc in hdc, 1 sc in next space, repeat from * across, ch 2, turn. Mark end of Row 4 for lower edge. Repeat Rows 2, 3 & 4 for pat, working marked edge straight for lower edge and inc'ing at opposite edge for armhole. Row 5: Work as Row 2 to last sc, ch 1, 1 hdc in last sc for armhole inc, ch 1, 1 hdc in turning ch, ch 2, turn. Row 6: 1 hdc in first hdc for an inc, ch 1, 1 hdc in first space, repeat from * to * of Row 3 across, ch 2, turn. There are 20 (20-24-24) hdc across including turning ch. Row 7: Work as Row 4 on the 38 (38-46-46) sts then ch 19 (19-23-23) for armhole, turn. Row 8: 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, * ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, repeat from * across chain, skip last ch st, ** ch 1, 1 hdc in next sc, repeat from ** across, end last hdc in turning ch, ch 2, turn — 30 (30-36-36) hdc across. Starting with Row 3 work 6 rows in pat for shoulder, end at lower edge with Row 2. Row 15: Work as Row 3 to last 9 hdc, ch 2, turn. Starting with Row 4, work 7 (13-19-25) rows in pat, end at lower edge with Row 4. Row 23 (29-35-41): Work as Row 2 then ch 16 for side of neck, turn. Row 24 (30-36-42): 1 hdc in 2nd ch from hook, ch 1, skip 1 ch, 1 hdc in next ch, continue in pat to lower edge, ch 2, turn. There are 30 (30-36-36) hdc. Starting with Row 4 work in pat for 6 rows for shoulder, end at lower edge with Row 3. Row 31 (37-43-49): Work as Row 4 until there are 37 (37-45-45) sts, ch 2, turn. Row 32 (38-44-50): 1 hdc in 3rd sc for armhole dec, work in pat across, ch 2, turn. Row 33 (39-45-51): Work first 18 (18-22-22) sts including turn, ch 2, turn. Starting with Row 4, work in pat for 4 rows end with an sc row. Fasten off. Width across back is 15 (17-19-21) inches.

Front: Same as back as pat is reversible.

Sew side and shoulder seams. On right side starting at side seam, cro­chet 3 rows of sc around lower edge hold­ing in to fit. On right side, starting at underarm, crochet 1 (1-2-2) rows of sc around armholes. Starting at shoulder, crochet 2 (2-3-3) rows around neck holding in at corners for rounded effect. Fasten off.


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