Summer Favorites: Tank Tops with a Twist

After an intense week-long spell of unseasonably hot weather temperatures have cooled down a little bit here in Berlin. During the 30+°C days, I've been living in my two linen tank tops that I knit a few years ago - they're so wearable, keep me cool and dry fast when you sweat in them (realities, people!).

When I first starting knitting summer garments, I was very sceptical of how much wear they would get. I experimented with knitting both T-shirts and tops, different shapes and fibres, and over time came to realize that there is one type of knitted summer garment that I love above all others: A tank top made out of linen. 

I definitely need a few more to relieve the two tops that are in heavy rotation every once in a while, and I had a great time browsing through Ravelry looking for tank tops that have just that tiny bit extra to them - a great stitch pattern, an interesting shape or both.

 Photo by Laura Morsman

Photo by Laura Morsman

Tarmac by Anna Maltz from the latest issue of Pom Pom Magazine stole my heart the minute I saw it on Instagram. It's incredibly wearable due to the wide straps and slight A-line shape, looks so comfortable due to the drape and "swing" of the fabric, and offers endless opportunities for customization by selecting your favorite colors.

 Photo by Verena Cohrs

Photo by Verena Cohrs

The Peony Top by my friend Verena Cohrs is waiting for its completion in my WIP pile (just the seaming left!) and I can already see myself wearing it to death. The shape is incredible - I tried on the sample last year, and the V-neck is super flattering no matter whether you have boobs or not - and the scalloped lace edge is just the right amount of interest added to an otherwise classic top.

 Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge

Speaking of wearing it to death: The Saco Stripes Top (pattern by Pam Allen) I made years ago is hands down the knitted item that gets most wear in my wardrobe. It's not even very well knit (what on earth was gauge I though back then), but I love the fit and that I can throw it on over almost anything, although preferably a pair of cut-off shorts. Again, endless ways to customize it by choosing a main and a contrasting color; and, by the way, it does look great in a dark main color with a light contrast as well.

 Photo by amirisu

Photo by amirisu

The Minamikaze Top by Alice Caetano from the latest issue of amirisu is one of the tops that I imagine can be easily dressed up or down. The neckline fit is incredibly, and the drape you can get when you knit it out of a thin linen yarn (and throw it into the washing machine a few times) is going to look gorgeous!

And last, but not least - I still can't get over any of the four top pattern from BREEZE. All four of them would work SO well in my wardrobe, and the hardest thing about them is deciding which one to cast on first.

All photos by Ricarda Schueller Photography

From left to right:

Piteraq by Solène Le Roux is the perfect mix of a classic tank top pattern combined with a panel of geometric lace set off to the side of the body. It would look stunning in any color, but oh my, that pink has stolen my heart.

Sahel by Armenuhi Khachatryan is a slightly different shape that works incredibly well over high-waisted pants and skirts and so fun to knit with the textured stitches!

Joran by Rachel Brockman ticks the same boxes as the Peony Top: Interesting hemline and classic shape and I just love the way the decreases shape the neckline!

Solano (in the sleeveless version) by Stella Egidi would be a labor of love, but SO worth it with the pleat and V-neck in the back. So, so wearable!