Tango Tank

by Sarah Ronchetti

» model: Amelia » photos: Sarah Ronchetti

My daughter loves all things girly, and this tank was designed to satisfy her need to wear pretty things. The promise of summertime inspires us all, and there is excitement in being able to embrace the freedom of a sleeveless tank.

The lace creates a pretty scalloped edge and straps, and for beginner lace knitters, the small portion is an easy repeating pattern and finished quickly. As well as being ultra girly, the Tango Tank is also practical enough for her to roll down hills and run with her older brother.



12 months [18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, 6 years]
Shown in size 18 months

Finished Measurements

Chest Size: 19[20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25] inches
Finished Length: 12¼[13, 13¾, 14½, 15¼, 16, 17] inches


Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima [100% Pima Cotton; 220 yards/201 meters per 3.5 ounce/100 gram skein];

#3750 Tangerine; 2 hanks for all sizes

Recommended needle sizes

US #4/3.5 mm 24 inch circular needle

US #6/4 mm 24 inch circular needle


2 stitch markers
yarn needle


22 sts and 32 rnds = 4 inches in St st with smaller size needles
20 sts = 4 inches in lace pattern with larger size needles

Pattern Notes

This lightweight girl's tank is knit from the bottom up, with a lacy scalloped edge at the bottom. The stocking stitch tank has a slight a-line, with decreases up to the chest, which has slight negative ease. Lacy straps will be knit separately and attached. Please choose the size you wish to knit based on the chest size of the child. You may wish to add extra length, to match the child's age, and where to do this is noted in the pattern.

Skills Required

Knitting in the round, knitting from chart, basic decreases, lace.



Loosely cast on 130[130, 143, 143, 143, 156, 156] sts on larger size needles.
Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist; place marker to mark the beginning of the round.
Knit 1 rnd.
Purl 1 rnd.
Knit 1 rnd.
Knit 12 rnds of the lace chart, repeating to the end of each round.
Change to smaller size needles.

Sizes 2, 3, 4 years only
Remove marker and knit 7 sts. PM – this is now the beginning of the round. 

All sizes
Knit 65[65, 71, 71, 71, 78, 78] sts, PM and knit to end of round.
You will now be knitting the body in St st, decreasing as described, up to the armholes.
**Knit 5[9, 7, 9, 12, 9, 11] rnds.
Next row: *K1, k2tog, knit to 3 sts before next marker, ssk, k1, sm, repeat from * to end of the rnd. You will have decreased 4 sts: 126[126, 139, 139, 139, 152, 152] sts.
Repeat from ** 6[5, 6, 5, 4, 6, 5] more times: 102[106, 115, 119, 123, 128, 132] sts.
Work even until Tank measures 7[7½, 8, 8½, 10, 10½, 11] inches from top of lace section or desired length to underarm.

Next row: *Knit to 3[3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4] sts before the stitch marker, bind off next 5[5, 5, 6, 6, 8, 8] sts, removing stitch marker. Repeat from * once more.
You will now be knitting the front and back separately, turning your work at the end of each row.
Row 1: Knit across back: 46[48, 52, 53, 55, 56, 58] sts.
Row 2: Purl across.
Row 3 (Decrease row): K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1: 44[46, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56] sts.
Repeat last 2 rows 5[5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7] times more: 34[36, 40, 41, 41, 42, 42] sts.
Bind off purl-wise.

Repeat with front sts, reattaching yarn with RS facing.
Note: Sizes 2, 3, and 4 years have one more st on the front: 34[36, 41, 42, 42, 42, 42] sts.


Straps (make 2)
Using smaller needles, cast on 35 sts.
Purl 2 rows.
Work in lace pattern for 10 rows, remembering to work purl rows where the WS is facing you.
Bind off purl-wise.


Block pieces, pulling the lace scallops out flat when wet.
Sew in all ends, and attach straps to the front and back adjusting to fit.


Body Chart


Strap Chart




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Designer Photo

Sarah learnt to knit as a young child, and lives in Wellington, New Zealand, with her husband and 2 children. A teacher until her children were born, Sarah is now a Stay at Home Mum, who takes every chance to knit. She also loves baking and reading, and can be found on Ravelry as Sezza or at her blog, sezzaknits.


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