Crochet the perfect tank top for the beach with this free pattern. The Sea Side Tank Top is a fun and easy summer crochet project!
Want to know the inspiration + design for the crochet Seaside Tank Top pattern? Then continue to read through or scroll down for the free pattern and guided video tutorial.
The Inspiration + Design
This year I set a goal for myself to create my first ever crochet garment! Something that was fitted and that I could wear out and about. I’ve only ever made one garment before and that was a shrug (The Blanket Shrug). Although I’m very proud of that design, it was just when I started dipping my toes into the crochet world and I knew that I wanted to create more garments.
But fear and lots of doubt is was prevented me from designing another garment that was offered in multiple different sizes. Well I’m glad to say that I pushed those thoughts to the side and got over my fear and here we’re today! The Crochet Seaside Tank top – the perfect tank top for walking down the beach or watching the sunset with family!
It uses simple stitches, only single crochet and chain. Plus, you can literally make this top in a day. My sister loved this crochet tank top so much, she asked me to make her one as well. I timed myself and it only took one afternoon. So call your crochet friends and have a fun afternoon stitch party!
The Perfect Summer Crochet Tank Top for Everyone
What I love most about the Seaside Tank Top is that anybody can make this top. It uses beginner friendly crochet stitches, like single crochet and chain. Easy construction, all you have to do is crochet 2 flat square panels, seam the sides using the whip stitch method and make I-cords for the straps. That’s it!
Plus, I really wanted this top to be accessible to everyone, whether you’re a beginner or you’ve been doing this for a while. So I even made a guided video tutorial that will show you step by step how to make the Seaside Tank Top.
Crochet Stitch Details
Upon a closer look, you might notice that the stitch looks familiar? If you guessed, the granite stitch, also known as the woven stitch, you’re correct! I love this stitch and have been waiting for the perfect crochet project to use this stitch.
Often times, I see this stitch being used for blankets or pillows and I really wanted to see how it would pair with a garment design. So after many swatches and testing different hook sizes, I finally had a winner! By using a larger hook and a thinner weight yarn (more on that later!) I was able to create a really pretty drapey crochet fabric. Something that would hold its shape, but still would look good when turning it into a garment.
Here’s a few more details and than let’s talk about the good stuff, the yarn of course!
I used Lion Brand Coboo Cotton Bamboo yarn for this Crochet Tank Top. Its a really nice beautiful light sheen cotton bamboo mix yarn that’s perfect for the summer time! I love using this yarn for the summer time because its a nice light weight number 3 yarn that isn’t very heavy when wearing it. Plus, its affordable and comes in 17 different colors (I know, its hard to choose just one).
For the Seaside Tank Top, I used the color Beige and for my sisters version I used the color Mauve. Some of my other favorite colors in this line are Peach and Olive. I think you’ll really love this yarn line, as its perfect for different seasons. I use it all year around as it feels so light weight on the skin, plus you can’t beat the price.
Other Free Crochet Patterns!
Here are a few of my favorite crochet patterns, the Eta Baby Blanket, the Cozy Sunflower Throw, and the beginner friendly Modern Throw.
- The Eta Baby Blanket – made using a bamboo blended yarn.
- The Cozy Sunflower Throw – perfect for those cool summer nights!
- The Simple Modern Throw – A beginner friendly crochet throw that includes a guided video tutorial.
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Crochet this easy and simple tank top for the summer time using beginner friendly stitches. Using a blended cotton bamboo yarn makes this the perfect Seaside Summer Crochet Top. Pair it with a skirt or some linen pants, either way it will look great!
– Lion Brand Coboo Yarn (Weight 3/light, 3.5 oz, 232 yards/212m)
XS(S, M, L, XL), 2(3 ,3 ,4 ,4) balls in the color Beige
– Size 4.5 mm crochet hook (front + back panel)
– Size 3.5 mm crochet hook (I-cord/straps)
– Tapestry Needle
– Stitch Markers (4)
– Measuring Tape
XS, S, M, L ,XL
18 rows x 20 stitches = 4″ square
(chain space counted as one stitch)
Bust: 28 (32,36,40,44)
Top Length: 11 (12,13,14,15)
Level 2, Easy
- Top is shown in size M, model is 5’9″ tall and true bust measures 36″ for reference.
- Top is true to size. If you prefer a more loose fit, size up one size.
- Size listed in the pattern will be XS(S, M, L, XL).
- Top is worked by creating two panels (front +back) and sewn together using the whipstitch method. I-cords (4) are made separately and sewn on separately.
- ch 1 does not count as a stitch.
Abbreviations (U.S. Terms):
ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
sc – single crochet
1-ch sp – chain space
Crochet Seaside Tank Top Pattern
Front + Back Panel
- Make 2 (using 4.5 mm crochet hook)
ch 70 (80, 90, 100, 110)
R1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *1 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 sc in next ch; rep from * to end, turn. <69, 79, 89, 99, 109>.
R2: ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next 1-ch sp, *ch 1, 1 sc in next 1-ch sp; rep from * to last sc, 1 sc in last sc, turn.
R3: ch 1, 1 sc in first sc, *ch 1, 1 sc in next 1-ch sp; rep from * to last 2 sc, ch 1, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in last sc, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until panel measures 11(12, 13, 14, 15)” or you’ve completed 55(60, 65, 70, 75) rows.
Final round/row 56(61, 66, 71, 76), ch 1, ss in first stitch and across.
Finish off and work in ends.
- Make 4 (using 3.5 mm crochet hook)
For the straps you will be making 4 I-cords using a 3.5 mm crochet hook. 2 I-cords will go on the front and 2 will go on the back. Make sure to *leave a long tail-end. The tail-end of the I-cord will be used to sew on the top.
How to make an I-cord: ch 3, insert hook into 2nd ch, yarn over and pull through loop. Insert hook into 3rd ch, yarn over and pull through loop. Carefully, take hook out of first two chs, holding two loops with fingers in left hand, yarn over and pull through first loop. Insert hook back in second loop, yarn over and pull through loop. Insert hook back in third loop, yarn over and pull through loop. Continue to repeat this process until desired width ( 18”/20”). Guided video tutorial shows you how to make an I-cord.
For sizes XS and S:
Crochet 4 I-cords that measure 18″ long.
For sizes M, L, and XL:
Crochet 4 I-cords that measure 20″ long.
Assembling your Crochet Tank Top:
Grab your front + back panel and put them together. Making sure that your front and back panel are aligned properly.
Using the whip stitch method or any other method you prefer, seam the sides together until 1/2″ inch from the bottom. This will create a small opening at the end of the panel.
Modified Option – using the whip stitch method, seam the sides till you reach the end of the panel, creating no opening.
Once both sides have been seemed together, grab your measuring tape and starting from the top right front panel measure 3 inches, place stitch marker. Repeat on opposite sides and back panel.
*** Put your top on and see if you like where the stitch markers are placed (this will be where the I-cords will be sewn on). If not, move the stitch marker 1/2″ inch until you reach your desired fit.***
Grab your I-cord and sew on where the stitch marker is placed. Working in and out between the panel and the I-cord. Making sure that the I-cords are secured tightly.
Finally, tie knot when done and work in ends.
You’re finished with the Seaside Tank Top!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I can’t wait to see all your version of the Seaside Crochet Tank Top.