Desert Grass: Wear It As a Tank or Vest

Bra straps? Nowhere in sight.

Side bra? Covered.

When the monsoon season arrives each year in the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona, the seemingly barren landscape is transformed into a botanical wonderland filled with cacti, wildflowers and grasses. Desert Grass was inspired by the grasslands, an underrated yet vital desert ecosystem.

Desert Grass is an elegant tank design that doubles as a vest. It is constructed from the bottom up and in the round up to the armhole separation. After completing the lace at the bottom, the garment is turned inside-out so that the rounds can be knit rather than purled. It is worked in one piece, and waist shaping is included. Available in 19 adult sizes!

Below are a few photos of testers’ projects. They all did such a fabulous job, and I love how each of them styled the tank! While I wore mine with jean shorts (above), Kim paired hers with a hand sewn khaki skirt, Rita with a sophisticated button-up shirt and Adrian with two different pairs of casual slacks.


This pattern uses fingering weight yarn. Originally Desert Grass was designed for Traveling Yarn and can be found in their stunning collection Handmade: Slow Fashion Inspired by Arizona’s 5 Cs (pictured below). 

Design uses Traveling Yarn 757 Sock (fingering; 75% SW Merino, 25% Nylon; 463 yds / 424 m per 100 g skein). 


You can purchase a PDF digital download of Desert Grass here in my Knitosophy Shop, on Ravelry or on Payhip.

You can also purchase the entire 16-pattern collection published by Traveling Yarn, as pictured above. It is available both digitally and in print and includes patterns from several different designers.


For additional info, visit the pattern pages in my shops linked above.

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