Free knitting patterns for tanks, shells, and other sleeveless tops. Updated 8/6/23
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Sleeveless pullover sweater knit first in the round and then separated for front and back. No picking up stitches. Looks easy to me. Sizes S/M, L/XL. Designed by Nancy Ricci. Aran weight yarn. May only be free for a limited time.
Sleeveless cutaway top knit with a 4 row repeat cable. Sizes 29 in. to 61 in. Designed by Rachel Brookman for Universal Yarn. Fingering weight yarn.
By The Dock Lace Back Top
Sleeveless tank top knit flat with a 4 row repeat textured front and diagonal lace back. Sizes 32 in. to 58 in. Designed by Paintbox Yarns. DK weight yarn.
Sleeveless summer festival top with lace trim and fringe. Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL. Designed by Mil y un hilo for Hobbii. DK weight yarn.
Drop sleeve top with a center panel of lace and cables on the front and waist shaping. Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Sleeveless top with flowing cables, a touch of lace, and twisted stitche. Knit flat in 2 identical pieces and seamed. Great for layering or by itself. Sizes Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X). Designed by Rachel Brockman.
A stylish, modern, striped top with a hidden front pocket! Sleeveless pullover is knit in 2 pieces of 5 panels. Designed by Bobbie Fitzgerald for Lion Brand Yarn. Sizes S, M/L, 1X/2X. DK weight yarn.
Sleeveless top with a flattering draped cowl neckline. Knit from the bottom up with little seaming (shoulder seams only). Designed by Myrna Batten. Sizes 81.3 (91.4, 101.6, 111.8, 121.9) cm; 32 (36, 40, 44, 48) inches. DK weight yarn.
Shifting Rib Tank
Sleeveless top with figure flattering contoured rib detail around bust. Designed by Patons. Sizes XS to 5XL.
Sleeveless pullover top with pretty ruffled lace hem and buttoned neckline. Bust: 35¼ (39¼, 43¼, 47¾, 51¼)”. Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarn.
This sleeveless top features easy eyelet lace ribbing and is knit from the bottom up in two pieces and seamed. Sizes Bust – 33(36-39-42-45-48-51-54)” Designed by Amy Christoffers for Berroco.
More Free Patterns
Sleeveless top is knit with drop stitch wave pattern. The original pattern is for a crop top but the knitter of the pictured project just added additional repeats of the pattern for length. Pictured project by julysnow. Great with multi-color yarn!
Sleeveless tank top from Katia with flattering lines that follow your figure, flared hem, and ribbed yoke. UK (US): 8-10 (M) / 12-14 (L) / 16-18 (XL) / 20-22 (XXL). In English and Spanish. Pictured project by romychen
- Get the free knitting pattern on the Internet archive – note that the English version is on the third page of the pdf
Make Up Your Mind
Five bands of different texture and lace add interest to this raceback tank designed for layering. Designed by by knittedblissJC. Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL). Pictured project by dreamergal
Vertical Wavy Lace Top
The body is worked in the round from the bottom up.
Alisha Bright’s sleeveless top features a rolled cowl neck and ribbed sides for fit. XS, S, M, L
Lace top in sizes S to 5XL
Tulip Tank Top
Designed by Purl Soho, for sizes 31 (35, 39, 43, 47), this tank features a unique construction inspired by tulip petals.
Berroco Design Team designed this asymmetrical tank. X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Espace Tricot’s top achieves its color gradient by knitting with double strands of yarn and then switching colors as you go. Sizes 33.5, 35.75, 38, 40, 42, 46.25, 50.5
- Get the free knitting pattern — the link to the pattern is toward the bottom of the page
- Get the recommended yarn
Lace top designed by Lana Grossa for sizes 38/40, 42/44.
- Get the free knitting pattern at the Internet archive
- Shop for worsted yarn for this pattern at Etsy
Berroco Design Team designed this sleeveless top with bias ribs and center cable detail. Small, Medium, Large
Summer Tee top
Claudia Olson’s lace top is easy to knit and customize by adding or subtracting 14 sts to change bust size.
Patterns for Purchase
Swirly Top or Vest
Fun sleeveless tank top or vest with swirling wavy op art stripes. To fit bust 80cm (31.5”) to 122cm (48”). Designed by CaledoniaDreaminn.
Sleeveless top featuring bold slipped stitch colorwork inspired by black and white tilework in a modern silhouette. To fit bust 33½ (36¾, 40, 43¼, 46½, 49½, 52¾, 56, 59¼, 62½, 65½) in. Designed by Yonca Ozbelli for Universal Yarn. Sport weight yarn.
No longer free. Lacy, lightweight sleeveless pullover top with a relaxed fit. It is worked in one piece from the bottom hem upwards. Sizes: Bust Circumference: 94 (102, 108, 114, 122, 128, 135) cm / 37 (40, 42.5, 45, 48, 50.5, 53) inches. Fingering weight yarn. Designed by Sonja Bargielowska
Longline, sleeveless tunic with a gorgeous central cable. To fit bust 81-86 92-97 102-107 112-117 122-127 cm, 32-34 36-38 40-42 44-46 48-50 in. Designed by Debbie Bliss. Aran weight yarn.
Galice Lace Top
Loose sleeveless top with an all-over lace and seed stitch motif. Knitted flat from the bottom up, the back and the front piece are identical, featuring a slipped stitch edge and the panels of leaves. Finished bust circ : 90 (101 / 112.5 / 124), 135 (146 / 157 / 168) cm - 35 ½ (39 ¾ / 44 ¼ / 48 ¾), 53 ¼ (57 ½ / 61 ¾ / 66 ¼)" Designed by Audrey Borrego. DK weight yarn.
This tank top will become the perfect year round wardrobe staple. Feminine detailing and a comfortable fit make it effortlessly chic. Great by itself in summer or layering in cooler weather. Worked flat in one piece from the bottom front to bottom back. 8 women's sizes: XXS, (XS, S), [M, L, XL], (2X, 3X). Designed by Kaitlin Blasing of OriginallyLovely. A kit is also available.
- See more pics and get the pattern at Etsy
- Get the kit at Lion Brand for $12 to $24 depending on size
Rosebud Tank Top
This sleeveless lace pullover is one of the 23 patterns in Warm Weather Knits by Deborah Newton. Sizes: small – medium – large – extra large. Knit in DK weight.
Sleeveless top with lace panel designed by Emily Wessel. To fit size: XXS (XS, S, M, ML, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
This mostly-stockinette-stitch blouse is accented with a bit of openwork rib at the lower edge and a generous garter-stitch ruffle (worked separately and shaped with short-rows). Sizes 33 (35, 37, 39, 41, 43)” (84 [89, 94 99, 104, 109] cm) bust circumference