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Light and airy, the Goldenrod Tank Top was designed to fit loose and flatter most body types. I wanted to make an easy crochet summer top and I really think I accomplished it with the Goldenrod Tank Top. The top primarily uses double crochet and is worked up so there is no sewing to do beyond weaving in ends.
I have been looking for the right yarn for a summer tank top for Phoenix, Arizona. I have tried light yarns and lace yarn, but the Lion Brand 24/7 cotton seems to be the best yarn for a summer top. The cotton breathes and the worsted weight yarn works up quickly.
I had some of this yarn left over and used it for my Bohemian Beaded Necklace and my Summer Garden Scarf. I really love the feel and stitch definition of this yarn.
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Goldenrod Tank Top Free Crochet Pattern
Stitches and Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
Inc – 2 Double Crochet in the next Stitch
Skst – Skip stitch
St(s) – Stitch(es)
Slst – Slip stitch
R- Row or Round
FO – Fasten Off
8 Dc = 2 inches
4 rows of Dc = 2 inches
Choose the size that fits your bust measurement. The tank top will remain the same measurement from the bust area down through the rest of the top. The pattern is for a size Large. Only two rows will change in order to change the pattern size. Instructions will be in the notes at the end of Row 1 of the Upper back and Row 19 of the Torso section explaining how to change the pattern. Feel free to leave questions in the comments if there is any confusion or if you want the changes for a size not listed.
S – Bust – 35″
M – Bust – 37″
L – Bust – 39″
XL – Bust – 41″
Goldenrod Tank Top Pattern
Creating the top of the tank top may seem a little tricky, but it really isn’t. I have provided photos to help walk you through the process of crocheting pieces together. Once you get to the goldenrod section of the shirt you will be just repeating the same row over and over until you reach your desired length.
Front Shoulder Strap – Make 2 (with Ecru Yarn)
Note: I prefer to Ch 2 at the end of each row and turn. This is just personal preference, you are welcome to Ch 3 instead, but I do not treat my Ch 2 as a Dc.
R 1: Dc in the 2nd Ch from the hook, Dc in each remaining Ch,Ch 2, turn. (6 Dc)
R 2- 8: Dc in each st, Ch 2, turn.
R 9: Inc, 4 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. (8 Dc)
R 10: 8 Dc, Ch 2, turn.
R 11: Inc, 6 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. (10 Dc)
R 12: 10 Dc, Ch 2, turn.
R 13: Inc, 8 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. (12 Dc)
R 14: 12 Dc, Ch 2, turn.
R 15: Inc, 10 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. (14 Dc)
R 16: Inc, 12 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. (16 Dc)
R 17: Inc, 14 Dc, Inc, Ch 2, turn. FO. (18 Dc)
Make 2 pieces and we will start the upper back section by working into the opposite side of the foundation chain of the front shoulder strap.
Upper Back (With Ecru Yarn)
You will be crocheting onto the two front shoulder pieces to create one piece. The chain used to connect the two pieces will vary based on the top size you are trying to achieve. The pattern is made for a size Large. To change sizes follow the notes listed after Row 1 of Upper half.
R 1: Slst to the top of one of the shoulder straps, Ch 2, 6 Dc across the shoulder strap, Ch 40, 6 Dc across the second shoulder strap. Ch 2, turn.
Size Adjustment Notes: If you want a size Small only Ch 36 in row 1, for size Medium only Ch 38, for size Large ch 40 as directed, for size Extra Large Ch 42.
R 2- 9: Dc into each st and ch across, Ch 2, turn. (S = 48, M = 50, L = 52, XL = 54)
R 10: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 50, M = 52, L = 54, XL = 56)
R 11: Dc in each st across, Ch 2, turn. (S = 50, M = 52, L = 54, XL = 56)
R 12: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 52, M = 54, L = 56, XL = 58)
R 13: Dc in each st across, Ch 2, turn. (S = 52, M = 54, L = 56, XL = 58)
R 14: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 54, M = 56, L = 58, XL = 60)
R 15: Dc in each st across, Ch 2, turn. (S = 54, M = 56, L = 58, XL = 60)
R 16: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 56, M = 58,L = 60, XL = 62)
R 17: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 58, M = 60, L = 62, XL = 64)
R 18: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 2 turn. (S = 60, M = 62, L = 64, XL = 66)
Continuing from the last row you will work the next row and use chains to combine the front and back of the top. The chain section of this row will vary in how many chains are used in order to create the final size you are making.
Note: Pay close attention not to twist your chain or straps when working Row 19. You are still working with the ecru color.
R 19: Inc, Dc in all but the last st, Inc, Ch 16, Inc in the first st of bottom of shoulder strap, 16 Dc, Inc in last st of bottom of shoulder strap, Ch 16, Inc in first st of second shoulder strap, 16 Dc, Inc in last st of bottom of shoulder strap, Ch 16, slst to first Dc of row. Ch 2, turn. (S = 140, M = 148, L = 156, XL = 164)
Size Adjustment Notes: If you want a size Small only Ch 12 instead of 16 in row 19, for size Medium only Ch 14, for size Large ch 16 as directed, for size Extra Large Ch 18. You will replace the 3 areas where you ch 16 in row 19 with the number indicated above. Check your stitch count to verify you did it right.
R 20: Dc in every ch and st around. Slst to first Dc. Ch 2, turn. (S = 140, M = 148, L = 156, XL = 164)
R 21- 25: Dc in every st around, Slst to first Dc, Ch 2, turn. (S = 140, M = 148, L = 156, XL = 164)
Change to the Goldenrod color.
R 26: *Dc, skst, (Dc, Ch 2, Dc) in next stitch, skst* repeat from *to* around, slst to first Dc, Ch 2, turn. (Counting on Dc, S=105, M=111, L=117, XL=123)
R 27 – 57: *Dc, Skst, (Dc, Ch 2, Dc) into the Ch2 Space, skst* repeat from *to* around, slst to first Dc, Ch 2, turn. (Counting on Dc, S=105, M=111, L=117, XL=123)
I fasten off at the end of row 57 and wove in my ends. This is where the shirt reached just below my bottom. You can keep adding rows or stop early once the shirt reaches your desired length.
Adding the Final Touches
To really give this top a finished look, I single crocheted around the armholes and neck. You can do this by slip stitching under the armpit (or back of the neck) and placing one single crochet at the top of each stitch, and 2 single crochet at the side of each double crochet stitch.
To add more detail I also surface slip stitched with the Goldenrod color to the top half of row 24 and 25.
Add with that your Goldenrod Tank Top is complete!
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