Rosee Woodland’s Fair Isle tank top, in soft garden colours, is perfect for spring layering and warm summer days. Fair Isle can be a bit daunting if you haven’t tried it before, but this vibrant tank top is an ideal introduction to the technique. The repeating motifs means you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly – just follow the chart and make sure you don’t strand the yarns not in use too tightly at the back of your work.


Designer Rosee says: “The yarn – Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK – is lovely to work with. It gives fabulous stitch definition, which makes it ideal for Fair Isle garments, and you can be really inventive with colour combinations.” The pattern was first published in Simply Knitting issue 108.

Free Fair Isle tank top knitting pattern

You will need:

  • Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (75% extra fine Merino wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere, 50g/116m) in Hootie (339), Vanilla (003), Caterpillar (245) and Gooseberry (004)
  • A pair of 3¼mm knitting needles
  • A pair of 4mm knitting needles
  • Tapestry needle

Download your free pattern:

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Fair Isle tank top pattern PDF

Tank top knitting pattern


Rosee WoodlandTextile Designer

Rosee Woodland is a designer and freelance journalist. She lives in Bristol with her family and their Boston terrier, Ponyo. See specialises in knitting design and grading, and regularly teaches classes for A Yarn Story in Bath. She’s worked with leading brands in the craft industry including Rowan, Patons, Aurifil, Rico Design and Lewis & Irene. Her work has been featured in many magazines including The Knitter, Knit Now, Simply Knitting, Mollie Makes, Simply Sewing and Simply Crochet. When she’s not busy making she shares her wild swimming adventures at

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