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Easy Crochet Tank Top Pattern

This crochet tank top pattern is great for using up your yarn stash.

My pattern is simple and can be made in a variety of colours.

I’ve used basic stitches for this tank top, so it is a great project for beginners.

Tank top crocheted in shades of blue
Easy crochet tank top

I’ve written the pattern for sizes XS/S, M, L, XL, 2/3XL, 4/5XL.

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I’ve designed two lengths.  You can choose waist length or if you prefer your tops longer (like me!) you can add a lacy hem.

The pattern is written in US Crochet Terms and UK Crochet Terms.

close up of a lacy hem to a crochet summer top
Added lacy hem

Design Inspiration

I wear a cotton tank top when I exercise and enjoy the feeling of being covered up but with the freedom to move around.

I wondered if I could design a crochet tank top for every day wear. 

It’s turned out better than I expected and I’ll be making a few more to wear out!

crocheted vest top in shades of blue styled on a mannequin

How the crochet tank top pattern is worked

The tank top is made in two pieces and crocheted from the bottom up with minimal shaping for the armholes and neck.

The stitch pattern is a three-row repeat.  Two rows are worked in V-Stitch and one in 3 x treble crochet (US double crochet) cluster in the chain space of the V-Stitch row.

close up showing v stitch and treble cluster for a crochet summer top
3 row-repeat

If you’re a beginner and want to practise decreasing, this is the ideal project.

Related Summer Crochet Patterns

Yarn

King Cole Caribbean Calypso DK (97% Premium Acrylic and 3% Polyamide) is a light and summery yarn that has a crimped effect.  I’ve enjoyed how smooth the yarn glides on my hook.  It has a lovely drape!  I’ve used the same yarn in a different colourway for a poncho.

Pattern Notes

  • The instructions are written for the smallest size with larger sizes in parentheses ( ).
  • Ch3 at the beginning of a row counts as a treble crochet (US double crochet).
  • Ch2 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.
  • Pattern repeat is shown as : ** instructions **
  • Stitch repeats is shown as : * stitches *
Tank top crocheted in blue yarn styled on a mannequin

Level

Easy

Materials

Stitches and Abbreviations

V-Stitch (V-st): UK 1 tr, ch1, 1tr in indicated stitch / US 1dc, ch1, 1dc in indicated stitch

Cluster (CL): UK 3 tr in chain space from previous row / US 3dc in chain space from previous row

UK Treble 2 Together (tr2tog) / US Double 2 Together (dc2tog) – Yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook

  • UK Dc – double crochet / US sc – single crochet
  • UK Tr – treble crochet / US dc – double crochet
  • Ch – chain
  • Sk – skip
  • Ch-sp – chain space
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • Prev – previous
  • Sl-st – slip stitch
  • Beg – beginning
  • Rem – remaining
  • Rep – repeat
  • RS – right side
  • WS – wrong side

Gauge

5 ½ V-Sts and 8 rows = 4” (10cm)

Measurements

SizesXS/SMLXL2/3XL4/5XL
Bust Measurement28 – 34” (71 -86.5cm)36 – 38” (91.5 – 96.5cm)40 – 42” (101.5 – 106.5cm)44 – 46” (112 – 117cm)48 – 54” (122 – 137cm)56 – 62” (142 – 157.5cm)
Finished Bust  39” (96.5cm)42” (106.5cm)46” (117cm)50” (127cm)56” (142cm)62” (157.5cm)
diagram showing the measurments of a crochet summer top
Measurements in inches
Front view of a crochet tank top styled on a mannequin with the background removed

Crochet Tank Top Pattern Instructions UK Crochet Terms

Front and Back (make 2)

Ch 84 (90, 99, 105, 120, 132)

Row 1 (RS): 1 dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc across, turn

Row 2: ch3, sk next st, *V-st in next st, sk next 2 sts, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 3: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 4: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from V-st of prev row, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 5: ch3, *V-st in middle tr of CL from prev row, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 6 – 36: rep rows 3, 4 and 5, ending on a WS row. 

Shape Armholes

Row 1: sl-st to 1 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) V-st, ch3 in ch-sp, *CL in each ch-sp, *rep to last 2 (3, 4, 4, 3, 5) V-sts, 1 tr in ch-sp of next V-st. Leave rem sts unworked, turn

Row 2: ch2, 1 tr in middle tr of CL from prev row (counts as beg tr2tog), *V-st in middle tr of CL from prev row, *rep to last V-st, tr2tog over last middle treble of CL from prev row and tr, turn

Row 3: ch3, *CL in each ch-sp, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 1, 1, 3, 3) times more

Next row: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Rep alternating 1 x CL row and 2 x V-st rows until armhole measures 3 ½ (3 ½, 4, 4, 4 ½, 5)” ending on a CL row.

Shape neck

Row 1 (RS): ch3, V-st in middle tr CL from prev row of next 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) CL, leave rem sts unworked, turn

Row 2: Beg tr2tog over tr and next V-st, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 3: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from prev row, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

**

Row 4: Beg tr2tog over tr and middle tr CL, *V-st in middle tr CL, *rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 5: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 6: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, tr in last st, turn

Rep 2 rows V-st, 1 row CL until armhole measures 7 ½ (7 ½, 8, 8, 8 ½, 9)” ending on a CL (WS) row.

Fasten off. **

Shape neck

Row 1 (RS): Skip next 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) V-sts.  Join yarn with sl st to middle tr CL, ch3, V-st in middle tr CL from prev row to last st, tr in last st, turn

Row 2: ch3, V-st in ch-sp from prev row to last v-st, tr2tog over last v-st and last tr. Leave rem sts unworked, turn

Rep from ** to ** as given for left side

Finishing

Block pieces to measurement.

With RS facing inwards, sew shoulder and side seams.

OPTIONAL HEM

Once vest stop is sewn together, working on RS, rejoin yarn to the bottom on the side seam with a sl st

Round 1: ch1, dc in each foundation ch, join with a sl st to ch1

Round 2: ch4, sk st, tr, *ch1, sk next st, tr, * rep around, join with a sl st to top of ch4

Round 3: ch1, rep round 1

Round 4: ch1, sk first dc, *sk 1 dc, 5tr in next dc, sk1 dc, 1dc in next st, *rep around, join with a sl st to ch1.

Fasten off.

Crochet Tank Top Pattern Instructions US Crochet Terms

Front and Back (make 2)

Ch 84 (90, 99, 105, 120, 132)

Row 1 (RS): 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc across, turn

Row 2: ch3, sk next st, *V-st in next st, sk next 2 sts, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 4: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from V-st of prev row, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 5: ch3, *V-st in middle tr of CL from prev row, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 6 – 36: rep rows 3, 4 and 5, ending on a WS row. 

Shape Armholes

Row 1: sl-st to 1 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4) V-st, ch3 in ch-sp, *CL in each ch-sp, *rep to last 2 (3, 4, 4, 3, 5) V-sts, 1 dc in ch-sp of next V-st. Leave rem sts unworked, turn

Row 2: ch2, 1 dc in middle tr of CL from prev row (counts as beg dc2tog), *V-st in middle dc of CL from prev row, *rep to last V-st, dc2tog over last middle treble of CL from prev row and dc, turn

Row 3: ch3, *CL in each ch-sp, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Rep last 2 rows 1 (1, 1, 1, 3, 3) times more

Next row: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Rep alternating 1 x CL row and 2 x V-st rows until armhole measures 3 ½ (3 ½, 4, 4, 4 ½, 5)” ending on a CL row.

Shape neck

Row 1 (RS): ch3, V-st in middle dc CL from prev row of next 6 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) CL, leave rem sts unworked, turn

Row 2: Beg dc2tog over tr and next V-st, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from prev row, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

**

Row 4: Beg dc2tog over dc and middle dc CL, *V-st in middle dc CL, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 5: ch3, *V-st in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 6: ch3, *CL in ch-sp from prev row, * rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Rep 2 rows V-st, 1 row CL until armhole measures 7 ½ (7 ½, 8, 8, 8 ½, 9)” ending on a CL (WS) row.

Fasten off. **

Shape neck

Row 1 (RS): Skip next 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) V-sts.  Join yarn with sl st to middle dc CL, ch3, V-st in middle dc CL from prev row to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 2: ch3, V-st in ch-sp from prev row to last v-st, dc2tog over last v-st and last dc. Leave rem sts unworked, turn

Rep from ** to ** as given for left side

Finishing

Block pieces to measurement.

With RS facing inwards, sew shoulder and side seams.

OPTIONAL HEM

Once tank top is sewn together, working on RS, rejoin yarn to the bottom on the side seam with a sl st

Round 1: ch1, sc in each foundation ch, join with a sl st to ch1

Round 2: ch4, sk st, dc, *ch1, sk next st, dc, * rep around, join with a sl st to top of ch4

Round 3: ch1, rep round 1

Round 4: ch1, sk first sc, *sk 1 sc, 5dc in next sc, sk1 sc, 1sc in next st, *rep around, join with a sl st to ch1.

Fasten off.

Happy crocheting!

Copyright Notice

The pattern and photographs of this design are the property of Sharon Goodwin at Jera’s Jamboree.  This pattern and design are subject to copyright and are for personal, non-commercial use only.  You may not share, resell, alter or redistribute this pattern in part or in whole. You may, however, sell any finished items you make.  If you would like to include this pattern in a roundup, you may take one photo and link back to this pattern.

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