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How to Make a Ruffle Tank Top with Crochet

July 19th, 2011

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Many yarncrafters face the same challenge every summer: “I want to make something to wear right now even though it’s warm outside.” I have had this issue on my mind all summer long. On a recent shopping trip I finally found my summer yarncrafting inspiration. I’d like to share with you what I made, and what I learned in the process.

Recently, while admiring racks of ornate summer tank tops, I noticed little ruffles or motifs all over my favorite pieces. I realized then that little details are the perfect way to incorporate crafting into any summer wardrobe. I decided that my first project would be to add a sparkling ruffle in Vanna’s Glamour to an otherwise ordinary tank top.

First, I used a slender tapestry needle to Blanket Stitch a border all the way around the neck of the tank top. I used Blanket Stitch because it creates loops along the edge of the fabric without adding bulk.
Next, I worked Slip Stitch crochet into the border I had made, using the edge loops as my foundation row instead of a chain. This is a great method for adding crochet trim to different fabrics.
After I completed the border, I was ready to get started on the ruffle. Instead of writing a ruffle pattern from scratch, I followed the directions for the Potato Chip Scarf with a few alterations. I made a chain of 40 stitches (instead of 143), and used a single strand of Vanna’s Glamour with a size H8 hook. Crocheting the ruffle separately made the project a lot easier to manage, and helped me obtain the gauge I wanted.

After stitching the ruffle to the border and weaving in the ends, my tank top was ready to go! I really love the way it turned out, and figuring out how to do it was half the fun.

Have you made simple clothing special by adding hand made details? Leave a comment to tell us about your projects and inspiration!

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  • Arppaul2

    I Love this tank top and I am going to try it.

  • Rwehmeier

    I agree,half the fun is figuring out how to make your idea work,and it`s so rewarding when it turns out just the way you hoped!

  • Terry

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it!!

  • Terry

    I love this idea and can’t wait to try it!!

  • Penguin_emme

    I found this adorable tank strap sundress, but it had open plastic rings right in the front of the straps. A strapless bra wasn’t working, so I croched 2 identical granny circles using cotton thread & beads. I just whip stitched them over the rings when done & I get compliments all the time.

    Again with the sundress. I need a wider strap so I can wear a good bra. Many of the dresses are strapless or come with straps that detach using buttons. I just crochet 2 straps, and either sew them in, or use a button on the inside. By using a button I can change up the straps for a different look. I can even add a cap sleeve!

  • juzub

    These ideas sound wonderful.  Would be great if we could see pictures of same….J

  • juzub

    These ideas sound wonderful.  Would be great if we could see pictures of same….J

  • TracyB1Msp

    Thank you for sharing this idea- VERY creative!

  • Arlinapasos

    This is very good idea…thank’s Lion Brand Yarn

  • Juli1961

    I saw this, had to try it and this is what I came up with

  • Bluesnowangel76

    Even the trim without the ruffle will look nice.  I like the idea of adding the blanket stitch with a slip stitch in either a matching or contrasting color depending on the tank top or your style!  Can’t wait to try it!

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  • Nancy Manriquez

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  • Anna

    This is perfect. I’m looking for ways on how to “hem” this recon shirt I was working on. And this solves it.