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Lace Shell Crochet Tank Top

Hey! I’m back and I’m so excited for this project. This crochet tank top pattern is a blast from the past.

It’s one of my earliest crochet video tutorials. It was one of those projects where I was just trying to get something posted and it turned out to be wildly popular (by my channels standards).

Since then, everyone has been asking for the written pattern and size adjustments for this crochet tank top. So, it was a bit of a monster to figure out but it’s FINALLY done😂. Did I mention I’m terrible at math and English is my second language? Sometimes it’s really tough to figure these out.

Any who, without further ado, check out the free written pattern for this crochet tank top, and of course the step by step video tutorial.

If you’d like to get the stream lined, ad free, high speed awesome PDF pattern, it’s available for sale on all my shops, like Etsy, Ravelry, or Lovecrafts.

If you’re looking for a light summer top with a little more coverage, you’ll probably enjoy this crochet lacy summer top.

If not, I’m so happy to share the free pattern and tutorial anyway. Hope you all enjoy, happy crocheting!

Materials

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Stitches used & code

  • ch = chain
  • st = stitch(es)
  • dc = double crochet
  • sp = space
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • sk = skip
  • RS = right side
  • WS = wrong side
  • REP = repeat
  • Lace shell = 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc into the same stitch
  • ” = inches

Notes :

  • This crochet pattern is made as US women’s sizes XS( S, M, L, XL, XXL )
  • This tank top is designed to be a loose fit
  • This crochet pattern is made in two versions ( a cropped version and a longer version )
  • This crochet pattern is made from the top down
  • In this picture I have demonstrated with size small ( Cropped version )

Yarn needed :

  • The cropped version = 240( 270, 310, 350, 390, 420 ) yards
  • The longer version = 380( 410, 450, 490, 530, 560 ) yards

Gauge blocked :

  • 2 pattern repeat ( 2 lace shell + 3 dc + 4 ch sp ) = 4″
  • 7 rows = 4″

Measurements ( After blocked ) : The length does not include the strap

  • The cropped version = 7.48″( 7.48″, 8″, 8.57″, 9.14″ 9.71″ ) Long
  • The longer version = 10.28″( 10.28″, 10.85″, 11.42″, 12″, 12″ ) Long
  • Circumference both versions are the same = 48″( 52″, 56″, 60″, 64″, 68″ )

Pattern

Upper Front Panel

Note: We’re making the upper front and back separate in rows (row 1-4). When we get to row 5, we’ll join the two and work in round down to the desired length.

Row 1 ( RS ) : ch 33( 35, 39, 41, 45, 47 ), sk 3 ch ( count as 1 dc ), 1 dc into next ch and each ch across. Total of 31( 33, 37, 39, 43, 45 )

Row 2 ( WS ) : Turn, ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), *sk next st, 1 dc into next st, ch 2* REP from *TO* across, end with 1 dc into the 3rd ch. Total of 16( 17, 19, 20, 22, 23 ) dc and 15( 16, 18, 19, 21, 22 ) ch 2 sp

Row 3 : Turn, ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), 1 dc into first/same ch 5 st, ch 2, *1 dc into the dc st, ch 2* REP from *TO* across, end with ( 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc All into the 3rd ch ). Total of 18( 19, 21, 22, 24, 25 ) dc and 17( 18, 20, 21, 23, 24 ) ch 2 sp

Row 4 : Turn, ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), 1 dc into first/same ch 5 st, ch 2, *1 dc into the dc st, ch 2* REP from *TO* across, end with ( 1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc All into the 3rd ch ), cut the yarn. Total of 20( 21, 23, 24, 26, 27 ) dc and 19( 20, 22, 23, 25, 26 ) ch 2 sp

Repeat the same for the upper back, but do not cut the yarn at the end of row 4. We’ll connect the upper front and upper back together.

Round 5 : With the upper back panel ( The panel that still has the working yarn ). Turn, ch 3 ( count as 1 dc ), 2 dc into the ch 2 sp, *1 dc into the dc st, 2 dc into the ch 2 sp* REP from *TO* across, make 1 last dc into the 3rd ch, ch 14( 17, 17, 20, 20, 23 ), Bring the upper front and turn it right side up and then make, *1 dc into the dc st, 2 dc into ch 2 sp* REP from *TO* across, make 1 last dc into the 3rd ch, ch 14( 17, 17, 20, 20, 23 ), sl st into the 3rd ch that we did when we start round 5 on the upper back. Total of 144( 156, 168, 180, 192, 204 ) st including the ch ( Check picture below )

Round 6 : ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), *sk next st, 1 dc into next st, ch 2* REP from *TO* around ( Treat the ch as a normal st ), sl st into the 3rd ch. Total of 72( 78, 84, 90, 96, 102 ) ch 2 sp ( Check picture below )

Round 7 : ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), *sk next ch 2 sp, 1 Lace shell into the next sp, ch 2, 1 dc into next dc st, ch 2* REP from *TO* around, sl st into the 3rd ch. Total of 24( 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 ) Lace shell st ( Check picture below )

Round 8 : ch 5 ( count as 1 dc and ch 2 sp ), *1 Lace shell into the ch 2 sp/the top of the Lace shell st from the previous round, ch 2, 1 dc into next dc st, ch 2* REP from *TO* around, sl st into the 3rd ch. Total of 24( 26, 28, 30, 32, 34 ) Lace shell st ( Check picture below )

For the cropped version : Round 9 – 13( 13, 14, 15, 16, 16 ) REP Round 8 The end of round 13( 13, 14, 15, 16, 1 ) Cut the yarn and weave the end

For the longer version : Round 9 – 18( 18, 19, 20, 21, 21 ) REP Round 8 The end of round 18( 18, 19, 20, 21, 21 ) Cut the yarn and weave the end

*If you want a shorter tank top, just make less rounds. If you want a longer tank top (or even a dress), just keep repeating round 8.

Straps

For the straps, we’ll crochet into all four of the top/corners.

With the tank top right side out, insert the hook into any corner to start and make the ch until you reach about 15-18” long (or as long as you prefer), Turn, sl st into the back bump of the second ch from the hook and into each back bump of each ch back down to the corner where you started.

Repeat the same in the other three corners and weave all the ends ( Check picture below )

You did it! Congratulations. Take a victory lap around the house so you can flex 🤣 You’ve earned it.

Seriously though, I’d love to see your finished projects. If you feel like sharing, just tag me on FB or IG. Thanks for tuning in again. Bye for now 👋