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Shark Tank

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This pattern was designed for A Hundred Ravens‘ Urban Legends Club. The theme was Sharks on a Subway. The pattern uses only 400 yd of fingering weight yarn — even when made up to size 5X! Since the theme was sharks, I wanted an airy pattern that could be worn in the summer, perhaps over a swimsuit at the beach. I picked this particular netting pattern because it reminded me of bubbles in the ocean. The edging is my own invention — an abstract homage to shark teeth.

Finished Size: XS (S, M, L, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

Pattern Level: Intermediate

Materials:

  • A Hundred Ravens Iachos, 1 skein
  • Size J-10 (6.0mm) crochet hook or size to obtain gauge
  • Yarn needle

Gauge Square: Ch 26. Row 1. Dc in 4th ch from hook, skip next 5 ch, tr in next ch, *ch 3, dc around post of last tr made, skip next 3 ch, tr in next ch; rep from * across. Ch 1, dc around post of last tr made. Row 2. Ch 5; turn. Dc in 4th ch from hook, tr in next ch-sp, *ch 3, dc around post of last tr made, tr in next ch-sp; rep from * across. Ch 1, dc around post of last tr made. Rows 3-5. Rep row 2. Gauge = 5 reps and rows in 4 inches.

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. To avoid confusion, it may be helpful to circle the numbers corresponding to your size before beginning this project. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes.

Special Stitch: Picot. Ch 3, sl st in base of first ch.

Tank

Worked in the round from the waist up.

Ch 127 (143, 159, 175, 191, 207, 223, 239, 255), leaving a 6-inch tail for sewing.

Rnd 1. Dc in 6th ch from hook, skip next 5 ch, tr in next ch, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made, *skip next 3 ch, tr in next ch, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * across until 3 ch rem. Leave rem 3 ch unworked, sl st in beg ch-5 sp to form a ring. 29 (33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53, 57, 61) ch-3 sp and 1 ch-5 sp.

Rnd 2. Ch 7; turn. Dc in 6th ch from hook, *tr in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * across, leaving ch-5 sp of previous rnd unworked. Join with sl st in ch-5 sp at the beginning of this rnd.

Rnds 2-11 (2-11, 2-10, 2-10, 2-9, 2-9, 2-9, 2-9, 2-8). Rep rnd 2. Stitch count should remain even for this section.

Front Armhole Shaping

Tank is worked in rows without joining from this point forward.

Row 12 (12, 11, 11, 10, 10, 10, 10, 9). Ch 4; turn. *Tr in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28) times. Tr in next ch-3 sp. Leave rem st unworked. 13 (15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29) ch-3 sp.

Row 13 (13, 12, 12, 11, 11, 11, 11, 10). Turn. Sl st in first ch-3 sp, ch 4, *tr in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp. Tr in last ch-3 sp. 11 (13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27) ch-3 sp.

Rows 14 (14-15, 13-15, 13-16, 12-16, 12-17, 12-18, 12-19, 11-19). Rep previous row. Each row will decrease by 2 ch-3 sp. 9 ch-3 sp.

Row 15 (16, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20). Ch 5; turn. Dc in 4th ch from hook, *tr in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp. Tr in last ch-3 sp, ch 1, dc around post of last tr made. 9 ch-3 sp and 1 ch-1 sp.

Rows 16-20 (17-20, 17-20, 18-21, 18-21, 19-22, 20-22, 21-22, 21-22). Rep previous row. Stitch count should remain even for this section.

Finish off.

Back Armhole Shaping

Join yarn with sl st in first un-worked ch-3 sp of rnd 11 (11, 10, 10, 9, 9, 9, 9, 8).

Row 12 (12, 11, 11, 10, 10, 10, 10, 9). Ch 4, *tr in next un-worked ch-3 sp, ch 3, dc around post of last tr made; rep from * across to last un-worked ch-3 sp. Tr in last un-worked ch-3 sp. 13 (15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29) ch-3 sp.

Rows 13-20 (13-20, 12-20, 12-21, 11-21, 11-22, 11-22, 11-22, 10-22). Work the same as for Front Armhole Shaping.

Do not finish off.

Top Edge

Top Edge joins the back of the Tank to the front of the Tank at the shoulder. It is started along the top edge of the back and continued along the top edge of the front.

Row 21 (21, 21, 22, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23) (RS). Ch 1; turn. 3 sc in ch-1 sp, sc2tog over next tr and dc, *6 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc3tog over next tr and dc; rep from * across to last ch-3 sp. 3 sc in last ch-3 sp; do not finish off. Continue to the first ch sp on top edge of front. 3 sc in first ch sp, sc2tog over next 2 st, **6 sc in next ch-3 sp, sc2tog over next 2 st; rep from ** across to last ch sp. 3 sc in last ch sp, join with sl st in first sc of back. Finish off. 126 sc.

Shark Tooth Border

Close the gap at the bottom edge of the Tank as shown.

Thread the 6-inch tail that was left at the beginning through a yarn needle. Insert the yarn needle into the second ch below the beginning ch sp of rnd 1.
Pull the tail through the ch to close the gap. Wrap the tail around the ch sp twice more to secure, then knot it and weave in remaining tail.

With WS facing, join yarn with sl st in any ch-3 sp along bottom edge.

Rnd 1. Ch 1, (sc, hdc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, tr) in same ch-3 sp as joining, ch 3, (tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1, hdc, sc) in next ch-3 sp; shark tooth made. *(Sc, hdc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, tr) in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, (tr, ch 1, dc, ch 1, hdc, sc) in next ch-3 sp; rep from * around. Join with sl st in first sc of rnd. 15 (17, 18, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31) shark teeth.

Rnd 2 (RS). Turn. Sc in next sc, hdc, ch-1 sp, dc, ch-1 sp, and tr, (2 sc, picot, sc) in ch-3 sp, sc in next tr, ch-1 sp, dc, ch-1 sp, and hdc, *sc2tog over next 2 sc, sc in next hdc, ch-1 sp, dc, ch-1 sp, and tr, (2 sc, picot, sc) in ch-3 sp, sc in next tr, ch-1 sp, dc, ch-1 sp, and hdc; rep from * around. Skip last sc, join with sl st in first sc of rnd.

Finish off. Weave in all ends. Steam block for the best finish; it will stretch out the netting to its final size and set the stitches in their final shape, which will improve the way the garment hangs on the body.

Abbreviations

  • ch (chain)
  • dc (double crochet)
  • hdc (half-double crochet)
  • mm (millimeter)
  • rep (repeat)
  • rem (remaining)
  • rnd (round)
  • rnds (rounds)
  • RS (right side)
  • sc (single crochet)
  • sl st (slip stitch)
  • sp (space)
  • st (stitch)
  • tog (together)
  • tr (treble crochet)
  • WS (wrong side)
  • yd (yard)

Size Chart

DimensionXSSML1X2X3X4X5X
Bust*30″34″38″42″46″50″54″58″62″
*Tank is designed to be snug at the bust and loose at the waist. If your waist measures larger than your bust, choose the size that equals your waist measurement.
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