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Summer Ties Crochet Tank Top

Updated August 16, 2023

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Crochet yourself a beautiful summer ties tank top designed by guest designer Amelia of Amelia Makes. Amelia says, ” The Summer Ties Tank was actually inspired by a popular sewing project called pillowcase dresses. This kind of dress or top can be made with two simple rectangles of fabric and a drawstring. It seemed like this would be a beautiful concept to try with soft-draping crochet stitches. Adding a keyhole in the front and a few simple stripes make the design a bit more interesting, but not too complicated...

Summer Ties Tank Top designed by Amelia of Amelia Makes

While increases are used in this design, they are very predictably spaced and gradual. Also, the straps and drawstring are made from one long cord, with an easy technique to learn that would be good for all kinds of other crochet ties as well! In the end, this pattern makes an easy going and easy-to-adjust top suitable for lake days, beach days, and all kinds of other summer memories. I hope you enjoy making your own.

As this is a guest post, Bella Coco Crochet is unable to answer any queries. If you have a question, please contact the designer directly and they will be happy to help you.

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SIZING

This pattern is in line with Bella Coco Crochet’s inclusive sizing policy. If you’d like to see more size inclusive crochet clothing, why not take a peek at this Pinterest board?

SizeBustWaistHips 
XS3223 – 2534-36
S34 26 – 2737-38
M36 28 – 2939-40
L38-4030 – 3241-43
XL42 – 4532 – 3445-48
2XL44-4734-3650-52
3XL46-5036-3854-56
4XL48-5238-4058-60
5XL50-5440-4262-64
size chart

MATERIALS & TOOLS

  • Yarn: DK yarn in one main colour (Colour One) and two accent colours (Colours 2 and 3) for the bottom stripes. Yardages for each colour in all the sizes are shown below:
  • All numbers are in approximate yards, with the format “size (total: colour 1/colour 2/colour 3)” to make things a bit shorter.
  • xs (410: 370/25/25)
  • s (485: 436/29/29)
  • m (560: 500/30/30)
  • l (635: 572/38/38)
  • xl (730: 657/44/44)
  • 2xl (840: 756/50/50)
  • 3xl (965: 870/58/58)
  • 4xl (1,112: 1,000/67/67)
  • 5xl (1,277: 1,150/78/78)
  • Hook: 3.75mm
  • Scissors
  • Darning Needle
A blonde woman sits cross legged on grass against a white brick wall. She is wearing jean shorts and a white crochet tank top.
Summer Ties Tank Top designed by Amelia of Amelia Makes

PATTERN NOTES

  • This pattern is written using US terms.
  • Where instructions and stitch counts differ, sizes are shown within the pattern as xs (s, m, l, xl, 2xl, 3xl, 4xl, 5xl).
  • The gauge for this project is in double crochet, with 14 stitches and 7 rows making a 4×4” swatch.
  • There are two ways to get this top started. One is to do a traditional foundation chain and work row 1 into it using single crochet stitches. The other way is to simply start with foundation single crochet.
  • Turning chains do not count as a stitch.
  • An option to lengthen the top is noted, and you may also shorten the top and skip to the striped portion at any point, as long as the top is wide enough(this will affect your stitch counts).
  • Increases on the front of the top do not begin until after the two sides of the top have been connected in row 9.

CROCHET TERMS and abbreviations

Chain (ch): yarn over, draw a loop through

Chain Space (ch-sp): the space made in a previous row with chain stitches

Double Crochet (dc): yarn over, insert hook, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops, yarn over, draw through two loops.

Foundation Double Crochet (fdc): chain 2, insert the hook through the first chain, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw a loop through, yarn over, draw through 2 loops. Repeat by inserting hook through the bottom of the previous stitch instead of chaining 2.

Single Crochet (sc): (insert hook, draw up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops.)

Stitch(es) (st(s))

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A blonde woman stands against a white brick wall. She is wearing jean shorts and a white crochet tank top.
Summer Ties Tank Top designed by Amelia of Amelia Makes

Summer Ties Crochet Tank Top pattern

Back panel

Start with colour 1

Row 1: fsc 44 (52,60,68,76,84,92,100,108). Ch1 and turn.

Alternatively:

Ch 45 (53,61,69,77,85,93,101,109)

Row 1: skip the first ch and sc into the second ch from the hook, and in every other ch for a total of 44 (52,60,68,76,84,92,100,108) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Row 2: *sc, ch2, skip 2sts and sc* rep across the entire row. You should still have a total of 44 (52,60,68,76,84,92,100,108) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Row 3: dc across the entire row, working one stitch into the top of each sc and two stitches into each ch-space. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 4: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 5: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts. 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 46 (54,62,70,78,86,94,102,110) sts.

Rows 6-9: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 10: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts, 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 48 (56,64,72,80,88,96,104,112) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Rows 11-14: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 15: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts. 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of 50 (58,66,74,82,90,98,106,114) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Rows 16-19: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 20: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts, 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 52(60,68,76,84,92,100,108,116)sts. Ch1 and turn.

Rows 21-24: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 25: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts, 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 54 (62,70,78,86,94,102,110,118) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Rows 26-29: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Row 30: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts, 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 56 (64,72,80,88,96,104,112,120) sts. Ch1 and turn.

(Add rows here if extra length is needed – 7 rows/4” are left in the directions.)

Switch to colour 2.

Row 31: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Switch back to colour 1.

Rows 32-33: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Switch back to colour 2.

Row 34: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Switch to colour 3.

Row 35: dc, 2 dc in next st, dc in every stitch until the last 2sts, 2 dc in next st, dc. You should now have a total of or a total of 58 (66,74,82,90,98,106,114,122) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Row 36: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Switch back to colour one

Row 37: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn.

Bind off.

Front

Top sections (make two)

Start with colour 1

Row 1: fsc 24 (28,32,36,40,44,48,52,56) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Alternatively:

Ch25 (29,33,37,41,45,49,53,57) sts

Row 1: skip the first ch and sc into the second ch from the hook, and in every other ch for a total of 24 (28,32,36,40,44,48,52,56) sts. Ch1 and turn.)

Row 2: *sc, ch2, skip 2sts and sc* rep across the entire row. Ch1 and turn.

Row 3: dc across the entire row, working one stitch into the top of each sc and two stitches into each ch-space. Ch1 and turn.

Rows 4-8: dc in every st. Ch1 and turn

Bind off for the first side. When finished with the second side, continue to row 9 and connect your two sides.

(Row 9 connects your left and right sides)

Row 9: Lay your left and right sides flat beside each other, so your working yarn from your second side is where you can begin working row 9.

Dc in every stitch from your second side, and then immediately go on and dc into every stitch of row 8 in the first side as well. You should have a total of 48 (56,64,72,80,88,96,104,112) sts. Ch1 and turn.

Row 10: dc into every stitch. ch1 and turn.

Rows 11-37: Repeat rows 10-37 of the back panel. Bind off.

A blonde woman stands against a white brick wall with her back to the camera. She is wearing jean shorts and a white crochet tank top.
Summer Ties Tank Top designed by Amelia of Amelia Makes

Seaming Up

Line up the finished front panel on the back panel, on a flat surface. Using slip stitches, seam up both sides from the bottom edge up to a point a couple of inches lower than the front opening.

Bind off after you’ve checked the fit with the straps and decide if you want more or less room for the arm openings.

Drawstring/Straps

Make a long chain (anywhere from 1 yard long for size xs to 2 yards long for the larger sizes). Turn your chain and ss into every stitch back to the beginning of the chain. To finish the drawstring, bind off and weave in the ends (though this can be done after you check that the length is good).

To add your cord to the top as straps, start at the opening at the middle of the top front and begin to weave one end in and out of holes in the top edge (the chain spaces from row 2). At the side seams, leave some extra to serve as straps.

Continue all the way around the top so that both of your drawstring ends are at the front of the top. Adjust the drawstring/straps until everything is to your liking.

Keeping the top adjustable will allow you to change the way the neckline hangs on different days. Or, If you want to keep the top from shifting you can use small slip stitches to attach the drawstring to the top at the front and back corners.

Bind off your side seams after finalizing the stopping point for arm openings.

Weave in any remaining ends, and enjoy your work!

ABOUT AMELIA

Hey there, I’m Amelia! Crochet has been something I’ve enjoyed ever since my mom sat with me one afternoon and taught me how to make a granny square. Pretty much from that day forward, I could crochet for hours at a time and have loved to crochet gifts for others.

After becoming a wife and a mom, crocheting was easier to fit into my busy life than other hobbies. Eventually I realized that I wanted to help other people discover how to still be creative with a full schedule and make beautiful, satisfying projects. Amelia Makes is now where I share tutorials to help others get “hooked” on crochet, as well as pretty projects that women can make for themselves, their homes, and the ones they love.

If you enjoyed making this crochet tank top, you can see more of Amelia’s beautiful designs here: Amelia Makes or check out the links below from more guest designers.

 
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