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The Summertime Tee, a Breezy Modern Crochet Top

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Meditative rows of simple stitches and basic construction come together to make the ultimate warm weather crochet top, the Summertime Tee!

This latest collaboration with JOANN gave me a chance to further explore crochet garment design. Past designs like the Astrid Ruana and Veronica Cardi are perfect for getting cozy. With spring in full swing, it was time to venture out of my comfort zone and try a lighter weight layering piece! The Summertime Tee fits the bill perfectly and is available as a FREE pattern here on TLYCBlog.

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PIN IT NOW, READ IT LATERMake the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Find a printer friendly, PDF version of the Summertime Tee in my  Ravelry shop and on TLYarnCrafts.com. PDF version includes full-color, 6 page instructions and photo explanations.

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Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Until the recent wave of crochet bloggers, summer crochet design options have been pretty limited. Before I started designing, my warm weather pattern options usually included beach coverups and home décor items. I’m so excited to see more garments and even designed my own vest last year, the Denim Breeze Vest.

The idea for the Summertime Tee came from memories of beach bonfires, strolling the boardwalk for ice cream, and holiday cookouts. I wanted to design a go-to top that was flattering for every shape and was casual enough for any event.

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Style the Summertime Tee like any staple in your closet. On casual Friday at work, pair it with skinny jeans, a cropped blazer, and stacked bracelets. For a weekend shopping trip, try distressed denim, sandals, and big hoop earrings. When it’s time for brunch, tuck your tee into high-waisted shorts and complete the look with your favorite tennis shoes. The options are endless!

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

The mesh-look fabric of the Summertime Tee uses a simple modification on the single crochet – the extended single crochet, abbreviated esc. Paired with chain stitches, this stitch adds visual interest and texture to the garment without adding bulk. Crocheters of all skill levels will enjoy the ease of this stitch and how quickly the finished piece comes together. Other techniques in this pattern include BLO ribbing, finishing a neckline, and chainless foundation stitches, which you can learn using my tutorial here: watch the tutorial.

While strolling the aisles of JOANN with the Summertime Tee idea floating in my head, I stumbled upon Lion Brand Jeans Colors. For a 100% acrylic yarn, I could not believe the softness. It’s a 4-Medium weight yarn that becomes surprisingly light, depending on the stitch used. I originally tried a much more textured stitch when I started the design but fell in love with the drape that resulted from the extended single crochet and chain stitch combination.

The smallest size of this pattern only uses 3 skeins of Lion Brand Jeans and I made the original sample from the color Khaki. Find this yarn at your local JOANN store or on JOANN.com.

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Having other talented makers test a new design is a crucial part of my design process. I love working with pattern testers because they bring a different perspective to the design that I might not have considered. Pattern testers help me to clarify verbiage in my written patterns and make sure I don’t have any typos or mistakes. When you stare at a pattern as long as I sometimes do, a fresh pair of eyes is exactly what you need.

I was lucky to find a group of generous testers via my TLYC Insiders group. Please click their links below and show them some love on their amazing finished Summertime Tees!

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Cindy of @moosenowl

Shelly of @daisystitchco

Key of @designsbykey

-Caitlin of @cozee_creations_co

Tearsha of @light.of.a.maker

Nadir of @unraveledgrace

Alliyah of @yarnfox_

Sarah S. of @stitchedbysarahs

 

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Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Summertime Tee Pattern

FINISHED SIZE:

  • Bust: 38 (42, 46, 50, 54)”
  • Note: This garment was designed with approximately 4-6” of ease. Please take this into consideration when choosing your size.

MATERIALS:

-3(4, 4, 5, 5) balls of Lion Brand Yarn Jeans Colors in the color Khaki

-6.0mm crochet hook

-6.5mm crochet hook

-Scissors

-Yarn Needle

-Measuring Tape

-Stitch Markers

 

GAUGE:

4 inches square = 8 stitches and 11 rows in esc + ch 1 pattern, using K hook

 

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • BLO = back loop only
  • Ch = chain
  • Cont = continue
  • FDNsc = foundation single crochet
  • Rep = repeat
  • RS = right side
  • Sc = single crochet
  • Sk = skip
  • Sp = space
  • St(s) = stitches
  • Tch = turning chain
  • WS = wrong side

 

WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL HERE!

Pattern Stitch – Extended single crochet (esc).

Esc = insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up loop. Yarn over, pull through one loop, yarn over, pull through both loops on hook.

 

NOTES:

  • Beginning ch 3 counts as esc + ch 1.
  • Pattern is written for 38” bust size with all other sizes in parentheses in order of 42, 46, 50, 54 inch bust.
  • Numbers in parenthesis at the end of some rows represents the total number of stitches in that row.
  • The finished garment is made to fit loosely. Adjust the number of stitches to customize your fit. To adjust the bust size, create a ribbing that will make Row 1 of the Front Panel – Body and Back Panel be a multiple of 2 + 1.
  • CHECK YOUR GAUGE! This pattern is made with a loose gauge that is likely to stretch. Go for a gauge that is exact or slightly smaller than the gauge listed above.

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Front Panel – Body

Step 1: With J hook, ch 6 (6, 6, 8, 8). Sc in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across. (5, 5, 5, 7, 7 sc)

Step 2: Turn. Ch 1. Sc in BLO across row.

Step 3: Rep Step 2 until ribbing measures 19 (21, 23, 25, 27) inches when slightly stretched, ending with an odd number of rows.

 

Row 1: With K hook, ch 1. Rotate ribbing to work into row ends. Sc in each row end across. You should have the same number of sc as your number of ribbing rows.

Row 2: Turn. Ch 3. Sk first 2 sts. Esc in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 sc, esc in next st; rep from * across row.

Row 3: Turn. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch. Esc in 2nd ch of tch.

Rep Row 3 until panel measures 14 inches, including ribbing.

 

Front Panel – Sleeves

Step 1: Ch 1. Without cutting the yarn, FDNsc 4 inches, ending with an even number of FDNsc stitches made. Drop hook from loop.

Step 2: Using the opposite side of the yarn ball, FDNsc the same number of sts from Step 1. Cut yarn from the ball and set it aside. Insert hook back into loop of FDNsc attached to the panel.

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Row 1: Turn. Ch 3. Sk first 2 FDNsc sts. *Esc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 sc; rep from * across FDNsc sts.

Row 1, cont.: When you reach the Body, *esc in the next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch. Esc in 2nd ch of tch. Ch 1. Pick up FDNsc sts made in Step 2. Sk first FDNsc. *Esc in next st, ch 1, sk 1 st; rep from * across to last FDNsc. Esc in last FDNsc.

Row 2: Turn. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch. Esc in 2nd ch of tch.

Rep Row 3 until Sleeve measures 7.5 (8, 8.5, 9, 9.5) inches high, including FDNsc sts.

 

Front Panel – Neck Shaping

Step 1: Place stitch markers in an esc 8.5 (9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5) inches in from Sleeve to mark shoulders on either side of panel.

Step 2A: (RS) Turn. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to first marker. Esc in marked stitch. Remove marker.

Step 2B: (WS) Turn. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch. Esc in 2nd ch of tch. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Step 3A: With RS facing, join yarn in marked st. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch. Esc in 2nd ch of tch.

Step 3B: Turn. Ch 3. Sk first esc. *Esc in next esc, ch 1; rep from * across to tch (made in marked stitch). Esc in 2nd ch of tch. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail for seaming.

 

Back Panel

Repeat all Front Panel instructions (including Body, Sleeves, and Neck Shaping) with this exception: Rep Front Panel – Body Row 3 until Body measures 17 inches instead of 14 inches.

 

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Assembly

Note: All seaming is done using a mattress stitch.

Step 1: With RS facing each other, use remaining tails from Front Panel – Neck Shaping to seam the shoulders. Complete this step on both sides. Cut yarn.

Step 2: Still with RS facing each other, seam the Front Panel to the Back Panel starting from the bottom of the sleeve to the armpit and down the sides, stopping at the sc row above the ribbing on the Front Panel. This will leave a hip slit at the bottom of the garment. Complete this step on both sides. Cut yarn.

Step 3: Weave in all ends.

 

Neckline

Step 1: With RS facing out and J hook, join in esc closest to the center of the Back Panel. Ch 1. Sc evenly, working in each esc and ch-1 sp and evenly along sides of stitches where needed. Sl st in first sc of round.

Step 2: Do not turn. Ch 1. Loosely sl st in same st as join and each st around. Sl st in the first sl st of round. Cut yarn.

Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

Sleeves – complete these steps for both sleeves

Step 1: With RS facing out and J hook, join at bottom seam of the sleeve. Sc evenly around sleeve. Do not join.

Step 2: Continuing to work in the round, sc in each st around until start of round. Sl st in next st. Cut yarn.

 

Weave in all remaining tails. THE END!

 

Purchase the printable PDF Summertime Tee pattern HERE!

I really hope you have some fun with your Summertime Tee! I can’t wait to see all of your projects! Share then with me on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtags #SummertimeTee and #TLYCMakers for a chance to be featured on my feed. Comment below and let me know what yarn you plan to use for your Summertime Tee 🙂

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Make the Summertime Tee today, a FREE crochet pattern available from TLYCBlog. Beginner friendly and available in sizes S-2XL, this breezy casual top will be your go-to layering piece well after summer has gone.

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22 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie

    I am SO excited to get started with this! It looks beautiful. So many of your patterns are on my to do list. Thank you for sharing your hard work with us 🙂

    June 22, 2018 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Stephanie! I can’t wait to see your project 🙂

      June 22, 2018 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Ree

    Very pretty! 🙂 Just pinned.

    June 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thank you soooo much!

      June 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    I cannot wait to start this for myself after I finish making the Veronica Cardigan for my sister. I love your patterns. Plan to purchase the Sophie Cardigan soon. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

    June 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thanks so much for supporting TLYC. It makes my heart so happy that you’re enjoying my patterns. I can’t wait to see your projects!

      June 26, 2018 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Diane Jeanmairet

    Hello and Bonjours from Geneva Switzerland! My Lovely Toni, I’m so Happy to have met you But more important thank you for the Joy and the Happyness you give me. Sorry for not contacting you earlier but i’m a bit overwhelmed whit my Knitting. I send you sweet Kisses, Love from Geneva, and have a fabulous Knitting summer. Lots of Love

    June 23, 2018 at 8:48 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      You are so very sweet Diane! Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving some love. I appreciate it so much. Happy knitting! xoxo

      June 26, 2018 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Super Cute, Toni!

    June 23, 2018 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Thanks so much, darling 🙂

      June 26, 2018 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Janet Alexander

    Dear Toni…I never comment on blogs, but WOW I’m having so much fun~!

    My little story is that I’ve had severe depression for several months now…it’s been really hard, but I’m getting treatment and stuff. Anyway, I’m an artist specializing in metalsmithing and painting. But with the depression, I’ve had no interest in doing my work. Just flat, you know? My therapist insisted that I needed to make art…so the only thing I could think that I might want to do is crochet. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a hook…but I opened my Joann app and saw a coupon and YOUR tutorial. I loved the top so much and thought, what the h*ll…I’m going to try. Just try. It took me three days to be able to dress and go to the store…yep, depression is terrible when you have chores to do. Ugh. But I did it.

    And here I sit…almost halfway done with my first top…I’m going to do two 🙂 The mesh stitch is SO beautiful~! I can see tons of different uses. And I’m NOT a great crocheter…a real beginner, never followed a pattern. Which is another thing…your video is Fabulous~! Being visual it really works for me…and your personality is so pleasant. You made me smile…a lot. Something I haven’t done in awhile.

    Bless you, Toni…I’m glad I found you and I’m going to do a bunch of your designs this summer. You’ll never know how much you’ve helped me.

    With Kindness and Respect,
    Janet

    July 2, 2018 at 5:49 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Janet – you have no idea how much your comment touches my heart. As makers, we never really know how we impact others. What I thought was another crochet project turned out to be a small step in someone else’s healing process. That means the world to me, especially since you chose to share that with me. I’m so grateful for your courage and your creativity. I’m so excited to see how your tee turns out. Be blessed, darling. And take good care of yourself.

      July 2, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Amanda

      Hi Janet!
      I first wanted to say I’m glad to see you are working through your depression with something positive and creative! I, as a fellow sufferer of depression and anxiety disorder, found Crochet as my one outlet to be creative and express myself through all the things I create.
      I just wanted to let you know that you are not alone and I understand the consent struggle. The one thing I always try to remember, especially during a bad day, is that every day that goes by, that I wake up, is a day I can choose to do with as I see fit for me. I try to always surround myself with positivity and love which I did find right here in our little crochet community! I know some days that’s going to be tough and seem completely unachievable, but hang in there. Tomorrow is always a new day. I look at tomorrow as a clean slate and the past as a learning tool to propel me forward. You can do this and stay strong Janet!

      Sorry about all the rambling and long “lecture,” lol. Take care Janet and I hope all of your dreams and aspirations come true in your life and you find the joy and happiness we all seek.

      Much Love and respect,
      Amanda <3

      July 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Shana

    Toni, Just finished this Summertime Tee. LOVE LOVE LOVE it !!!!!! I used Caron One Pound yarn. I will tag you on Instagram when I get around to getting a pic today. Thanks for this pattern !

    July 7, 2018 at 11:12 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      How exciting, Shana! I’m so glad you had fun with the pattern 🙂

      July 10, 2018 at 3:49 pm
  • Reply Amanda

    Hi Toni!!!
    I am having a lot of fun making this Tee! I had several balls of LB “Jeans” and didn’t know what in the world to do with it. I bought it mainly because it was so darn soft, lol.
    I am using “Jeans Colors” in the color Capri. (It’s a Turquoise shade) I think it’s beautiful and a fun summer color.
    Thank you so much for sharing this pattern for us and giving your time to this project. It is very much appreciated.
    Again, Thank You!

    Lot’s of Love and Best Wishes,
    Amanda <3

    July 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Toni L.

      Hi Amanda! I’m so glad you’re having fun with the Summertime Tee! The Jeans yarn is the perfect use for it and is so incredibly soft. I hope it turns out well, and I’m excited to share even more projects soon 🙂

      July 23, 2018 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Jodie

    Hi there Toni. Love your Summertime Tee design and I know our readers will too! I’ve shared your pattern in our latest Top 10 In Craft collection. https://craftylikegranny.com/craft-ideas-mulitply/ Cheers Jodie 🙂

    July 24, 2018 at 12:11 am
  • Reply Louise Cimaszewski

    There is no pattern, which I prefer to video. What is frustrating is the video will not work either for me. Please send me the pattern. Thank you.

    August 2, 2018 at 7:45 am
  • Reply Kimberly

    Beautiful piece and beautiful model. This is going to be part of my winter maternity wear… a full sweater is just too much for this oven. Thank you!

    September 10, 2018 at 9:30 am
    • Reply Toni L.

      I’m so excited that you’re making garments for your pregnancy! Can’t wait to see it. Enjoy, and let me know if I can help 🙂

      September 11, 2018 at 1:14 pm

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