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Garden party summer tee crochet pattern

By June 8, 2019 No Comments

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I’m blown away by all of the amazing summer crochet patterns Ive seen on social media, Pinterest, instagram. Way back when I started crocheting, I thought “maybe this isn’t such a good hobby for someone who lives in Florida.”  Thinking of course that crochet was only for hats, mittens, thick scarves and warm sweaters.

Boy was I wrong! Now I know that crochet is actually ideal for making summer garments, especially with all of the amazing soft cotton yarns on the market. I’ll reserve my knitting projects (that is when I figure out how to knit) for those cozy winter sweaters. Summer is all about cotton, lace and crop tops!

Recently I discovered some of the softest cotton yarn Ive worked with so far. Sprightly cotton yarn which is what I used for this Garden party cotton tee. It’s a worsted weight cotton that is softer than most cottons Ive worked with. There so much yarn on the ball the I was able to crochet this whole tee with one skein of green.

I’ve been a Bluprint/Craftsy member for a while now because I LOVE the classes. Only recently I have started purchasing a few kits and along with additional sprightly yarn. I purchased some acrylic as well as some cotton and I couldn’t be happier with the quality, colors and price.

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Now lets get to the Garden Party Tee pattern!

Finished Measurements Per panel in sizes xs (s, m, l, xl)

Width -16. 5 (18, 20, 22, 24) inches/42 (46, 51, 56, 61) cm.

Length – 17 (18, 18, 19, 19.5) inches/43 (46, 46, 48, 49) cm.

Supplies

Gauge

12 rows in Hbhdc st x 14 sts = 4 inches (10 cm.)

Notes

  • Model is 5’ 3” tall with a 34 inch bust shown wearing size S.
  • Because top is worked in vertical rows, the ribbed edge is crocheted as you are working in rows rather than sewing/crocheting it on after. 

Special stitches

Herringbone half double crochet – YO, insert hook into stitch, yo and pull through the stitch and the first loop on the hook, (2 loops on hook) yo, pull through both loops on hook. 

Abbreviations

Ch – chain Sl st – slip stitch
Sc – single crochet St (s) – stitch(es)
Hdc – half double crochet Yo – yarn over
Hbhdc – herringbone half double crochet        BLOsc – back loop only single crochet.  

Pattern Instructions

Front and back panels (make 2 identical)*note- each panel is worked lengthwise from armhole to armhole back and forth in rows, skipping sts to create the neckline and adding sts (via ch’s) to create the shoulders.*

Armhole

Ch 38 (40, 40, 44, 46)

Row 1: Hbhdc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 20 (22, 22, 24, 24)  chs, sc in remaining 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) chs.  21 (23, 23, 25, 25) Hbhdc and 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sc –  36 (38, 38, 42, 44) total sts. 

Row 2: Ch 1 (does not count as a st here and throughout), turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts.

Row 3: Ch 2 (does not count as a st here and throughout), turn, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts, BLOsc in remaining 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts. 

shoulder

Row 4: Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts, ch 26. 

Row 5: Turn, Hbhdc in 3rd ch from hook and in remaining 23 chs, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts. – 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) Hbhdc and 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) BLOsc – 60 (62, 62, 66, 68) total sts.

Row 6: Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) sts.

Row 7: Ch 2, turn, Hbhdc in next 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts.

Rows 8-17 (19, 21, 23, 25) : Repeat previous 2 rows 5 (6, 7, 8, 9 ) times. 

Head/neck opening

Row 18 (20, 22, 24, 26): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30)  sts, leaving remaining 13 (15, 17, 17, 19) sts unworked. – 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) Hbhdc and 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) BLO sc – 47 (47, 45, 49, 49) total sts.

Row 19 (21, 23, 25, 27): Ch 2, turn, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts. 

Row 20 (22, 24, 26, 28): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) sts.

Rows 21 (23, 25, 27, 29) – 32 (34, 38, 42, 46): Repeat previous 2 rows 6 (6, 7, 8, 9) times.

Row 33 (35, 39, 43, 47): Ch 2, turn, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts.

Opposite shoulder

Row 34 (36, 40, 44, 48): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) sts, ch 15 (17, 19, 19, 21).

Row 35 (37, 41, 45, 49): Turn, Hbhdc in 3rd ch from hook and in next 12 (14, 16, 16, 18) chs, Hbhdc in next 32 (32, 30, 32, 30) sts, BLOsc in remaining 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts. – 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) Hbhdc and 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) BLOsc – 60 (62, 62, 66, 68) total sts. 

Row 36 (38, 42, 46, 50): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) sts.

Row 37 (39, 43, 47, 51): Ch 2, turn, Hbhdc in next 45 (47, 47, 49, 49) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts.

Rows 38 ( 40, 44, 48, 52) – 47 (51, 57, 63, 69): Repeat previous 2 rows 5 (6, 7, 8, 9 ) times.

Opposite armhole

Row 48 (52, 58, 64, 70): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next  21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts, leaving remaining sts unworked. 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) Hbhdc and 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) BLOsc –  36 (38, 38, 42, 44) total sts. 

Row 49 (53, 59, 65, 71): Ch 2, turn, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts.

Row 50 (54, 60, 66, 72): Ch 1, turn, BLOsc in next 15 (15, 15, 17, 19) sts, Hbhdc in next 21 (23, 23, 25, 25) sts. 

Fasten off.

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Joining pieces

  • With right sides facing in, place Front and Back together, with top edges aligned and sew shoulder seams using the mattress stitch. 
  • Sew side seams from armhole opening to bottom of ribbed edge. 

Sleeves

*Note – Sleeves and neckline border are worked in rounds and joined with a sl st to beg ch 1 of each round.*

  • Change to color ecru.
  • With right sides facing out, join a new strand of yarn with a sl st at the underarm. 

Row 1: Ch 1, work 2 sc into each row end of underarm, work 1 sc st in each Hbhdc st around entire armhole opening, sl st to join. 

Rows 2-5: Ch 1, BLOsc in each st around, sl st to join. 

Fasten off, repeat for other sleeve.

Neckline

Join a new strand of yarn with a sl st at lower right corner of back neck line. 

Row 1: Ch 1, *work 2 sc into each row end of back of neckline, work 1 sc st into each Hhdc st at shoulder; repeat from * around front of neckline and opposite shoulder, sl st to join. 

Row 2: Ch 1, BLOsc in each st around, sl st to join.

Fasten off. Weave in all ends. Enjoy!

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