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Where have I been!?!?

I have a new FREE pattern to share but before I do I have a few updates as to why things have been so quiet for the past few years.

I opened an Etsy shop! You can browse my whimsical merchandise here.

Another reason why I’ve been so busy is that I got a new job at Joann Fabrics!

That’s basically all I’ve been up to. Just working, creating and enjoying our new life in Pittsburgh, PA!

Now on to the good stuff! My free Toddler Tank Pattern!

Toddler Tank

you will need:
5.5mm hook
5.0mm hook
Two medium to large size buttons.
Needle and thread for buttons.

stiches used:

hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
slst-slipstitch
Picot Stitch(ch3, slst in 1st ch)

You can use two varying colors of yarn. I used Red Heart with love in papaya(color A), and Craftsmart Never Enough in peach(color B).

Starting with color A and 5.5 mm hook
Ch67.
Join to 1st ch to form a ring. Do not twist.
1.) ch1, hdc in each so around(66hdc). join with slst. *switch to color B
2.) ch1, hdc around. join.(66hdc). *switch to color A
3-5.) repeat row 2 alternating colors ending with color A. (66hdc)
6-18.) using color A and 5mm hook, ch2, dc around.(66dc) join.

back:
1-2.) ch2, dc in next 20 sp.(20dc) turn
switch to 5.5mm hook
3.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color B
4.) ch1, hdc in next 20, (20hdc) turn. switch to color A
5.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color B
6.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color A
7.) ch1, hdc in next 20.(20hdc) fasten off.

front: attach color A 13 spaces from panel just worked. (there should be 13 spaces between both sides between each panel.
1-2.) ch2, dc in next 20 sp.(20dc)turn
switch to 5.5mm hook
3.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color B
4.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color A
5.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color B
6.) ch1, hdc in next 20,(20hdc) turn. switch to color A
7.) ch1, hdc in next 20.(20hdc) switch to color B for trim and straps. turn.

Top Trim: using color B, sc evenly around entire top. join. fasten off.

Bottom Trim. I used the picot stitch in every other stitch around the base.
example: Picot(ch3, slst in first ch) sc in next sp. Picot, sc, Picot, sc. repeat around. join. fasten off.

Straps: I made the straps separate then sewed on buttons in between the color B rows on the front and back panels of the tank. Any hole along the strap can be used for a button hole which makes the straps easy and adjustable.

Start with Ch3
1.) hdc in second ch and next ch(2hdc). ch1 turn.
2-24.)2 hdc.(2hdc) ch1 turn.
sc evenly around the strap. Make sure to add 2sc instead of just one in each of the four corners of the straps to create a rounded edge. Join and fasten off.

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