It’s officially t-shirt season and I couldn’t be happier! I had a lot of fun making this tee. When I originally thought of this design, I was thinking a striped crochet tee with only two colors. But for some reason I started gravitating toward the thought of three colors, and I’m glad I did!
This tee pattern is quite simple. It is crocheted using mostly the single crochet stitch with only a few rows of half double crochet. I wanted to keep it simple yet have a classic crochet look and feel to it. It is a perfect pattern for beginner crocheters! There is some shaping around the neckline which adds some visual interest as well! The use of cotton yarn makes this top light and breathable. A Hobby Lobby just opened up in my area so I decided to go with their I Love This Cotton yarn. They had numerous colors to choose from and I was blown away with how soft this yarn is! I’m super happy that I decided on this yarn for this pattern. I know this tee will look really cute with pants, jeans and shorts!
I Love This Cotton by Hobby Lobby. You will need 3 skeins of Dove, 1 skein of White, and about 1/4 in Deep Teal.
5mm Crochet Hook
Fabric Measuring Tape (optional)
Sizes are written throughout the pattern in the following: S (M,L,XL, 2XL). Pattern is written for size Small.
Gauge is approximately 13 sc x 14 rows = 4″
I tend to crochet tightly so always check your gauge. If your gauge is different then I suggest going up a hook size or using your bust/waist measurement in inches for reference.
Single Crochet (sc)
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Single Crochet Decrease (sc dec)
~ Weave in as many ends as you can when changing color. I found weaving in two ends at a time when adding a new color left me with much less ends to weave in.
~ As a tip, I suggest when switching colors, leave a long enough tail to sew that specific color together when seaming.
~ I chose to crochet in the back bump of the starting chain for the foundation row. I feel it gives a cleaner look. This is completely optional though.
~ Always add the colors White and Deep Teal on the right side of your work.
In color Dove
Chain 65 (69,75,81,87)
Row 1 – Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. 64(68,74,80,86)
Row 2 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the first st and each st across. 64(68,74,80,86)
Rows 3 thru 10 – Repeat Row 2
Rows 11 & 12 – Ch.1, sc in the first st and each st across. 64(68,74,80,86)
Add Deep Teal
Row 13 – Ch.1, hdc in the first st and each st across. 64(68,74,80,86)
Rows 14 &15 – Repeat Rows 11 & 12
Rows 16 thru 75 – Repeat rows 1 thru 15 respectively
Rows 76 thru 85 – Repeat Row 2
Rows 86 & 87 – Repeat Rows 11 & 12
Row 88 – Repeat Row 13
Back panel after 88 rows
Follow Rows 1 thru 75 of Back Panel
Shaping of Neckline
In color Dove
Rows 76 & 77 – Ch.1, sc in the first st and each st across. 64(68,74,80,86)
Row 78 – Ch.1 sc in the next 20 stitches, sc dec in the next. (21)
Row 79 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each st and each st across. (21)
Row 80 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the next 19 stitches, sc dec in the next. (20)
Row 81 – Ch. 1 turn, sc in each st across. (20)
Row 82 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the next 18 stitches, sc dec in the next. (19)
Row 83 – Ch. 1 turn, sc in each st across. (19)
Row 84 – Ch.1 turn, sc in the next 17 stitches, sc dec in the next. (18)
Row 85 – Ch. 1 turn, sc in each st across. (18)
With Dove Color
Next, with right side facing you of Front panel, count 22 stitches from left to right and attach yarn to 22nd stitch.
Row 1 – Ch.1 sc dec over next two stitches, sc in the last 20 stitches. (21)
Row 2 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each st across. (21)
Row 3 – Ch.1 turn, sc dec over the next two stitches, sc in last 19 stitches. (20)
Row 4 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each st across. (20)
Row 5 – Ch.1 turn, sc dec over the next two stitches, sc in the last 18 stitches. (19)
Row 6 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each st across. (19)
Row 7 – Ch.1 turn, sc dec over the next two stitches, sc in the last 17 stitches. (18)
Row 8 – Ch.1 turn, sc in each st across. (18)
Row 9 – Ch.1 turn, Sc in the next 18 stitches, complete 7 sc going down the edging. Crochet a sc in the next 20 stitches across. Then crochet 7 sc going up the edging. Sc in the last 18 stitches. (70)
Add 2 rows of sc to the top of each shoulder. Bind off
The Back panel will be slightly longer than the Front panel. This is due to the extra hdc row in the Teal color.
Lay Back panel with right side facing you. Next, lay Front panel on Back panel with wrong side facing you.
Thread a needle and sew along top for each shoulder.
Next, sew sides together by using the tails you left when binding off. You may not be able to do this with every block of color. You will need to attach yarn on the side you did not bind off on to sew your panel together on that side.
How much length you leave for the armhole is optional. For reference, I left roughly 6 inches.
Turn your work right side out any weave in all ends!