by Christina Dennis

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy

This sweet little knitted maternity tank top was a pattern I designed pre-children – back when I had time to fiddle with knitting! It’s from my old knitting blog, and I’d like to offer it now to you free. I love the little flower embellishment on the neckline – this would be a cute little embellishment for just about anything!

The “Glam Bump Top” is an easy-to-knit, chic maternity knitted top. It’s knit in the round from top to bottom with no seaming and minimal shaping. Short rows in the front allow extra room for a growing Baby Bump. The simple stockinette stitch is accented by garter stitch detailing in the neck piece, the center panel and the bottom hem. The look is completed with an elegant knit flower accented with a button center. Knit in a light silk/mohair/wool blend, this piece is a perfect transitional top from summer to fall. A great gift for a mom-to-be or for yourself!

Knit a Maternity Tank by The DIY Mommy

Materials
•  Yarn: 1000 (1000, 1500) Yards ArtFibers Sylph in colour #14 (or a similar sport weight yarn)
•  Needles: Size 5 US (3.75 mm) circular needles (or size needed to obtain gauge)
•  1/2” button to coordinate with yarn
•  Sewing needle & coordinating thread

Sizes
Woman’s Sizes Small (32-34” bust), Medium (36-38” bust), and Large (40-42” bust)
Top is designed to be fitted in the yoke and then very loose in bust & waist.

Gauge
22 s and 35 rows = 4”

Abbreviations & Explanations:

K = knit
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k3tog = knit 3 stitches together
M1 = make a new stitch by knitting into the stitch below
KF&B = make one stitch by knitting in front & back of stitch
KF&B&F = make two stitches by knitting in front, back & again in the front of the stitch
P = purl
St st = stockinette stitch
Garter stitch = in the round, alternating K and P rows
PM = place marker
Wrapping a stitch in a short row = Work to turn point, slip next stitch to R needle and bring yarn to front. Slip same stitch back to L needle. Turn work & bring yarn in position for next stitch, wrapping the stitch. Hide wraps in a K st when RS of top is worked in a K st as follows: on RS work to st before wrapped st. Insert R needle from front, under the wrap stitch and then into the wrapped stitch. K them together.

Knit a Maternity Tank Top by The DIY Mommy

THE PATTERN:

Directions are for Women’s Size Small. Stitch count for Medium & Large are in parenthesis.

Neck Piece:
CO 120 st (132 st, 144 st) onto circular needles, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. PM at join.
Work 8 rows in garter stitch (4 ridges)
Next Row: K4, *K1, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 4 stitches. K4. 168 st (186 st, 204 st)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)
Next Row: K4, *K2, KF&B. Repeat from * to last 5 stitches. K4. 212 st (236 st, 260 st)
Work 7 rows garter stitch (4 ridges)

Arm Holes:
Next Row: Continuing in garter stitch pattern, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), BO loosely 59 st (64 st, 69 st), work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 96 st (112 st, 128 st)
Next Row: In garter stitch, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 48 st (56 st, 64 st), CO 38 st (44 st, 50 st) using backwards loop method, work 24 st (28 st, 32 st). 172 st (200 st, 228 st)
Work 4 ridges garter stitch, ending with a knit row

Body:
Make Ruffle: [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 24X (28X, 32X), K 38 st (44 st, 50 st), [KF&B&F, KF&B] 12X (14X, 16X). 316 st (368 st, 420 st)
Next Row (beginning of St st body pattern with garter stitch panel in center front): K 60 (70, 80) back st, K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st, K 45 (55, 65), PM, P30, PM, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50) sleeve st,K 60 (70, 80) back st
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K to marker, P to marker (St st panel detail), K to end of round
Work in pattern (St st with garter stitch panel in center front) until piece measures 10” from front neck top
**Making baby bump: Next Row: K 60 (70, 80), K 38 (44, 50), PM, K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter st panel, K 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch and turn
Next Row: P 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, P 45 (55, 65), wrap stitch (see explanation, top of page) and turn
Next Row: K 45 (55, 65), work 30 st garter panel, K 45 (55, 65), K 38 (44, 50), K 60 (70, 80)
Work 3 rows as per normal pattern**
Repeat from ** to ** until front piece measures 19” from front neck top or desired length
Next Row: Purl
Next Row: Knit
Repeat last 2 rows 6X
BO loosely

FLOWER:

LARGE PETAL (MAKE 5)
CO 7 st
Row 1 : Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K5, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 6: Knit
Row 7: K1, M1, K7, M1, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: Knit
Row 10: K1, K2tog, K7, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K1, K2tog, K5, K2tog, K1
Row 14: P
Row 15: K1, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K1
Row 16: Purl
Row 17: K1, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1
Row 18: Purl
Row 19: K1, K3tog, K1
Row 20: Purl
Row 21: K3 tog
BO

SMALL PETAL (MAKE 5)
CO 4 st
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, M1, K2, M1, K1
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: K1, M1, K4, M1, K1
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: K1, K2tog, K2, K2tog, K1
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K1, [K2tog] 2X, K1
Row 10: Purl
Row 11: K1, K2tog, K1
Row 12: Purl
Row 13: K3tog
BO

Weave in loose ends & steam or wet block all petals.
Position the 5 large petals evenly in a flower shape on the left side of the neckpiece of the garment (or on side preferred).
Tack down petals with sewing needle & thread in center as well as outer edges so that petals will not fold.
Position the 5 small petals evenly in a flower shape on top of the 5 larger petals.
Tack down small petals with sewing needle & thread in center.
Position button in center of flower and sew.

Finishing:
Weave in all loose ends of garment.
Steam or wet block if desired.

Glam Bump Top pattern © 2008 Christina Marie Dennis of TheDIYMommy.com
Christina has made every effort to produce a pattern void of any errors. If you find any, please report them to christina(at)thediymommy(dot)com, and the pattern will be changed accordingly. This pattern for personal use only and is NOT for resale. This pattern may not be photocopied, or distributed in any hardcopy or electronic form without the written consent of Christina.