This is a crochet pattern review of the Terrazzo Tank Top designed by For the Frills. Reviewed by Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet for Cre8tion Crochet.
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Carrie from Mountain Momma Crochet here! I appreciate you checking out the assessment of the Terrazzo Tank Top.
If you are like me, you see the high-priced ads from chain stores and think to yourself, “I can make that.”
We’ve all seen them. Any chain store that sells clothing or accessories has somehow tapped into a wholesale market that makes us scratch our heads as crafters. We all know the time and cost that goes into ONE item, let alone producing in bulk. What delights me to no end is when someone reaches out and asks me to make an item, instead of paying 10.99 to a global company paying someone pennies on the hour to hand make a tank top. As we all know, knitting can be replicated by a machine, meanwhile, crochet cannot.
There’s an entire debate we could get into about buying crochet clothing and bags from larger retailers. However, for the purpose of this blog post, we are going to keep the reading light, fun, and on point regarding this make. I was so excited to complete this tank that I picked out the yarn before my previous blog post was officially published for May!
Has anyone else put off making an article of clothing? Maybe you were intimidated like me. I seriously wondered if I would be able to pull this off. I feel like there were a few things that worked in my favor. (1) This make is created by working up two panels and then joining them together. (2) I have a great yarn counselor, in my local yarn store owner, Sarah at Kanawha City Yarn Company, who gives great advice on comparable yarns when I stop in to pick up yarn for a new pattern. (3) I have a ready and willing model who loves that she gets to keep what she models, as she’s my daughter. (4) I’ve come out of my shell and have adopted the fact that I will never know if I can until I try!
What Supplies Do I Need to Crochet the Terrazzo Tank Top?
- DK/Light #3 Yarn – weight/amount based on size top. The pictured tank is a size small, which takes 420 yards. Gaia Yarn by Berroco (128m/140 yards, 1.75 oz/50g) is pictured, purchased at Kanawha City Yarn Company. I used 3 balls of yarn in the Dawn colorway.
- Size H8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
- Needle for weaving in ends
- Stitch markers – I used six markers
- Terrazzo Tank Top by For the Frills via Etsy for the PDF, or the Free Crochet Pattern
The pattern references using WeCrochet CotLin to create the tank top. This yarn is not available in local shops and if you choose to be true to pattern, you’ll need to order here. One perk of the website is TONS of color choices. The obvious downside is that you don’t get to ‘pet’ the yarn, the wait time, paying for shipping, risk the chance of different dye lots, and I’m probably leaving out another possibility. For my particular make, I chose a cotton and polyester blend, which was super nice to the touch with a nice variegated color combination. If this is not your first time reading one of my blog posts, you could probably predict a mention of yarnsub.com to find an alternative that works better for you.
How Long Does it Take to Crochet a Tank Top?
This make, in my opinion, would not be difficult even if new to crochet. There are basic stitches and concepts used throughout. With proper use of stitch markers and consultation with YouTube for joining the two panels together, even a novice would be able to create this in ample time. I was able to complete this tank top over a few days when devoting 1-2 hours per day. By no means did I try to crochet as fast as I could. Add in streaming a movie or tv series + reading and rereading the pattern and that might have added a bit to my time. When I’m making something for the first time, I read the pattern through several times before I get started. No matter how much prep time, and no matter how experienced we are – when you are in the throws of hooking, you can still get confused and make a mistake. For example, when making the straps, I crocheted 18 rows, versus the intended 9 rows when it came down to the final steps of the first strap. Trigger warning: I had already fastened off the first strap and moved on to making the first strap on the second panel when I realized. Thankfully it was an easy fix. I think the numbering on the rows is what threw me off. Again, reader error I’m sure. Additional proof to take your time and look at a new pattern literally versus how you are accustomed.
The gauge for this tank is 16 stitches wide x 16.5 rows tall = 4″. As with all new patterns, I recommend completing a swatch to ensure you are on point with your tension. If you have trouble meeting the gauge, you can go up or down a hook size.
This pattern uses SC (single crochet), SL ST (slip stitch), and SC2tog (SC two stitches together). The use of the ‘back loop only’ helps to frame the trim for the neck and arm holes. The simplistic stitches make this pattern user-friendly for even an inexperienced crocheter. The free crochet pattern includes a video tutorial link on the webpage, which will help if any of the instructions are difficult in the written pattern. If you dissect this make by looking at the different areas of the tank, you can see the ribbing is the general repeat for most crochet beanie brims. Working SC a certain number of stitches, BLO in the following rows to create the peaks and valleys. The rows begin when creating the foundation down the horizontal side of the ribbing. If you can’t tell this by looking at the photo, give it time and you’ll be speaking the same language and concepts in no time.
You might be asking, “Why so many stitch markers?”. I started using the stitch markers when it came time to begin working on the decrease and straps. Additionally, placing a stitch marker at the beginning/end of a row can be helpful to make sure you are working to the end of the section. Remember, this is a size 3 yarn. The turn/chain can be a little hard to identify. If you aren’t careful, you’ll find yourself adding or missing stitches. The decreases are worked at both ends. I felt using a stitch marker helped me to keep it neat while saving my sanity if my count came up lacking stitches.
There are finished measurements provided to help you determine which size to make if you have sizing available for the recipient. I made a small. Based on my model, I think I should’ve worked up an XS. I am happy with the finished product and it also sits nicely on her frame. The pattern calls this repeat a ‘single crochet column stitch’. If you are familiar with the concept of the moss stitch – visualize the SC sitting on top of one another, versus alternating the SC in the gap from the previous rows. It should also be noted that the finished make on my model is more cropped than I intended. Cate has a long torso, which contributes to the crop look. The pattern states you can make the top as long or short as you want. Keep in mind, this would impact the amount of yarn you would need to complete both panels. Crops are in anyway, right!? The additional (or removal of) rows would be the repeat in the panels. If you add or remove rows in the wrong place (after the decreases have started), you will mess up the armholes.
Armholes. Don’t be intimidated. The decreases do all of the work for you. Seaming together the two panels and the straps completed towards the end of the pattern create the arm holes. I would suggest strategically placing your starting yarn when adding the edging. If you are experienced with yarn and ‘look’ for the beginning and end of the edging around the neck or arms, you can find it, but it’s not readily noticeable. I do enjoy the finished look of the edging as intended by the designer.
When making this small tank, I had a little yarn left over. It made me ask myself if I could’ve added a few more rows to the panels. Absolutely. I think I could’ve added at least two or three more rows to each panel. But, I would rather have too much yarn than have to call Sarah at KCYC to ask if she had additional yarn in stock in the same dye lot! Thankfully working with a local yarn store would have saved the day if I needed it though. One of many perks of shopping locally and supporting small businesses.
I’d like to thank Cre8tion Crochet for the opportunity to reach out to a larger audience and for the experience of getting to place some thoughts onto digital paper.
Carrie of Mountain Momma Crochet
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