Ever since I was in Junior High School I have loved crochet. I had a few missteps with crochet. Such as the gold and avocado afghan that I could not plow my way through. But all in all, I had fun making granny squares, hot pads, hats, and bags with crochet. I have a fond memory from back then of making a long mesh hippie vest with the help of my greek neighbor, Mrs. Arvanitis. She helped her daughter Colette and me crochet the vest from a pattern, walking us through each step. I loved how the vest came out and made another one just like it. I wore those two vests to school every day.
Everything comes around again, and I thought crocheting a mesh tank top for layering would be fun. I bought a cotton/linen blend yarn in a lovely grayish color called Wallaby.
I found a free pattern online here on the Drops website. I would rate this as an easy pattern to crochet. Along with the tank top, the pattern comes with a cute mesh cardigan, too.
My gauge was a bit on the small size, so I crocheted the next size up. Even though the mesh is very stretchy I didn’t want the garment be too close-fitting.
The fit is everything, and consequently I did take the top part apart twice to shorten the armhole. I am glad I did as it did not take very long to redo it. I would rather fix it so I really like the fit than have it sit in the closet.
Crochet is fun. Mrs. Arvanitis knew that. If I knew how to find her I would love to wish her a Happy Mother’s day. What a nice person to spend time teaching a kid like me to crochet.
Happy Mother’s day to all my creative friends! ~ Karen