How To Crochet A Tank Top For Beginners + Free Patterns

How to crochet a tank top for beginners
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Find your favorite style in this free crochet tank top patterns list. Learn easy techniques and find the perfect yarn. Video tutorials are included for beginners.

Crocheting a tank top is a fun and easy way to create unique summer tops as your wardrobe staple. As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, it’s time to revamp your wardrobe with chic and comfortable crochet tank tops.

I’ve gathered the best crochet summer tank top patterns along with video tutorials to guide you every step of the way. From choosing the best yarn weight to perfecting your gauge swatch, this article will ensure you can create your first or best crochet summer tank top yet!

Which beautiful tank top will you make this Summer?

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What are Crochet Tank Tops?

granny square beach top
Granny Beach Top

The name “Tank” top earned its name by serving as sleeveless undergarments beneath the uniforms of tank crew members. Crafted for functionality, they needed a garment that offered protection and warmth without extra bulk.

As time went on, tank tops transitioned into casual wear, finding popularity in diverse settings. From crochet crop tops to stylish racerback tops, they vary in styles, lengths, and fabrics, particularly favored in warm weather.

The sleeveless design prioritizes comfort and freedom of movement, establishing tank tops as a versatile and widely embraced clothing staple.

Crocheting a tank top for the first time can be a rewarding experience for beginners. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you approach the project with confidence.

1. Choose an Easy Pattern

crochet patterns & yarn

Selecting the right crochet pattern is crucial, especially for beginners. Look for a free crochet pattern with its skill level labeled as an easy crochet crop top or “beginner-friendly.” Choose a straightforward design in mind, typically featuring a simple stitch pattern and clear instructions. 

Review the pattern details before committing. Ensure that the pattern includes comprehensive instructions, a stitch guide or glossary, and any additional resources like video tutorials.

Opt for patterns that include visual aids, such as charts or diagrams, in addition to written instructions. Visual representations can be especially helpful for beginners to understand stitch placement and pattern structure. 

For best results, choose a pattern that offers various sizes and options or provides guidance on customization. This flexibility ensures that you can create a tank top that fits your body comfortably.

Pay attention to the recommended yarn type and weight, as well as the suggested hook size.

Following these recommendations will help you achieve the intended drape and dimensions of the tank top. The pattern may also specify the gauge, indicating the number of stitches and rows per inch.

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2. Knowing your Basic Stitches

various stitches and height

Crocheting a tank top involves several essential and simple stitches that form the foundation of the garment. These stitches create the fabric and contribute to the overall design.

Here are the basic crochet stitches commonly used in crocheting a tank top:

  • Chain (ch): The chain stitch is the fundamental building block of crochet. It creates the initial foundation chain, which serves as the starting point for most crochet projects, including tank tops.

  • Single Crochet (sc): The single crochet stitch is basic and versatile. It is often used for creating a dense and firm fabric, making it suitable for the body of the tank top. Single crochet stitches can be worked in rows or rounds, depending on the pattern.

  • Double Crochet (dc): The double crochet stitch is taller than the single crochet and provides a more open and airy texture. It’s commonly used for creating stitch patterns, adding visual interest to different sections of the tank top.

  • Half Double Crochet (hdc): The half double crochet is shorter than a double crochet but taller than a single crochet. It offers a balance between density and openness, making it a versatile stitch for creating various textures in a tank top.

  • Slip Stitches (sl st): The slip stitch is often used for joining rounds or creating a seamless finish. It’s also employed for creating decorative elements and adding structure to the tank top.

  • Front and Back Loop Stitches (FLO/BLO): Front loop and back loop stitches involve working through the top of the “V” shape stitch on either sides of the loop. These stitches will push the top stitch to the sides creating a knit-like stitch effect and textured pattern, adding visual appeal to the tank top.

  • Decrease and Increase Stitches: Depending on the tank top’s design, decrease and increase stitches are used to shape the garment. Common decrease stitches include single crochet two together (sc2tog), and increase stitches may involve adding extra stitches in a specific sequence.

Understanding and mastering these basic stitches and how to read pattern abbreviations will make it easier for you to master other patterns and a wide range of trendy crochet tanks.

Bear in mind that, using a fancy stitch pattern such as the feather stitch or paddle stitch which is thick and poufy can result in a heavy and thick finished top. So use these bulky stitch patterns sparingly as a decorative piece or along the edges.

Always refer to the crochet tank pattern you’re using, as designers may incorporate variations or combinations of these stitches to achieve unique textures and designs.

3. Gather the Right Tools

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Ensure you have the necessary tools, including the right size of the crochet hook, stitch marker, yarn needlestape measure, scissors, and a lightweight yarn. Following the pattern’s tool recommendations is crucial for achieving the desired results.

Familiarize yourself with common crochet pattern terms, including single crochet (sc), double crochet (dc), slip stitch (sl st), and chain (ch).

Many patterns provide a glossary of terms in US or UK terminology, so refer to it if you encounter unfamiliar terms.

Before starting the main project, create a gauge swatch using the recommended hook and yarn. Check if your stitches match the gauge specified in the pattern.

Adjust your hook size if needed to ensure the final garment’s dimensions are accurate. This gauge calculator is a great guide to measuring your project.

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4. Ideal Yarn to use

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The best yarn for crocheting a tank top in the summer is typically one that offers breathability, comfort, and a light feel. 

Dk weight yarn or sport weight yarn is a popular choice for summer garments such as cotton or bamboo. Coboo by Lion brand yarn is personally one of my preferred choices and here’s why. 

  • Breathability: Cotton is a natural fiber known for its breathability. It allows air to circulate, keeping the body cool and comfortable, which is particularly important during warm summer days.
  • Comfort: Cotton yarn is soft and comfortable against the skin, making it pleasant to wear. It doesn’t trap heat, making it suitable for summer clothing where comfort is key.
  • Absorbency: Cotton has good absorbent qualities, wicking away moisture from the body. This feature helps keep the wearer dry, making it an ideal choice for summer garments.
  • Lightweight: Cotton yarn is generally lightweight, adding to the comfort of the finished garment. A tank top made from cotton will feel airy and won’t weigh you down.
  • Versatility: Cotton yarn is available in various weights, from lace to bulky, providing versatility in choosing the right thickness for your tank top. For summer, a DK (Double Knit) or sports-weight cotton yarn is often recommended.
  • Durability: Cotton is durable and can withstand regular wear and washing. This durability ensures that your crochet tank top will last through the summer season and beyond.

When selecting the type of yarn for your crochet tank top project, consider the pattern’s recommendations for yarn weight and gauge.

An average crochet tank top will require roughly 3 – 6 skeins or 650 – 1,400 yards, depending on whether you are using a lightweight yarn and the recommended hook size.

Another great option besides the recommended yarn would be the fingering weight yarn and sometimes worsted weight can work too.

If you’re unsure, you can always determine the number of yarns/yardage you would need for your project by using this free yarn calculator.

Playing around with different hook sizes will also provide a different outcome for each stitch. Ideally a size 3.5 mm  – 4 mm crochet hook is preferred. However, take note that anything beyond category 3 such as the worsted weight yarn will only make your finished tank top heavy and thick, depending on your preference.

And don’t forget to choose colors that complement the summer season such as bright and light colors. Feel free to explore different yarns with added texture or subtle sheen to enhance the overall aesthetic of your tank top.

5. Finding the right fit

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Choosing the right size for your crochet tank top is important to ensure a comfortable fit for your body type. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you determine and select the correct size:

  • Take Measurements: Measure your bust, waist, and hips accurately using a soft tape measure. For any tank top, the bust measurement is particularly important. Record these measurements in inches or centimeters.

  • Refer to the Pattern: Review the crochet tank top pattern you’ve chosen. Patterns usually include a size chart with measurements corresponding to each size. Look for a size range that closely matches your measurements.

  • Consider Ease: Ease refers to the difference between your body measurements and the finished measurements of the garment. For a tank top, a bit of positive ease (additional inches in the garment) is often preferred for a comfortable fit. Check the pattern to see if it indicates the amount of ease included.

  • Choose the Size: Select the size in the pattern that aligns with your measurements and desired ease. If you fall between sizes, consider whether you prefer a more fitted or relaxed look and choose accordingly.

  • Check Adjustments: Some patterns may provide guidance on making adjustments for a custom fit. If you have specific areas where you deviate from the standard measurements, such as a longer or shorter torso, the pattern might offer instructions on modifying the length.

  • Review Pattern Notes: Read through any pattern notes or tips provided by the designer. They may offer insights into how the garment fits or if there are particular points to pay attention to during construction.

  • Make a Gauge Swatch: Create a gauge swatch using the recommended yarn and hook size. Measure the gauge to ensure it matches the pattern’s specifications. If your gauge differs, you may need to adjust your hook size to achieve the correct tension.

  • Check Reviews or Modifications: If the pattern comes with customer feedback, check for reviews or modifications made by other crocheters. They may share insights into the fit and any adjustments they made, providing valuable information for your project.

  • Consider Yarn Drape: If you have flexibility in yarn choices, consider the drape of the yarn. Some yarns may result in a more structured garment, while others create a flowy, relaxed fit. Choose a yarn that complements the personal style you desire.

  • Test Fit as You Go: Throughout the project, periodically check the fit by holding the work against your body. This allows you to make any necessary adjustments before completing the entire tank top.

By carefully considering your measurements, pattern specifications, ease, and potential modifications, you’ll be able to choose the right size for your crochet tank top and create a garment that fits comfortably and looks great.

Crochet Tank Tops -Free Patterns


Choose an easy crochet tank top pattern if this is your first time. Patience and a willingness to learn will contribute to a successful and satisfying experience.

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