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The Hawthorne Tee is a light, airy and flattering crochet v-neck top pattern for summer with endless possibilities to customise it to suit your individual shape. 

The innovative sleeve and neckline construction gives you the option to easily adapt them as you make and decide exactly how you’d like to style it.

In adult sizes from XS to 5XL (30″-62″ chest sizes) the easy crochet tee is crocheted from the top down, making it great to try it on as you make it! A delight to make and wear (plus it’s my favourite – a seamless crochet garment!).

In this post you’ll find everything you need to know how to crochet a v-neck top including materials, stitches, a detailed video tutorial and free written pattern for blog subscribers.

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About the V Neck Crochet Top Pattern

When it comes to crochet garment designing I have to be honest – nobody has taught me how to do this!

There are now so many fabulous resources and ways to learn about it but I’ve basically figured it out as I’ve gone along and in some ways, I think that has made my designs so much better.

I often get people saying that my garments don’t follow the ‘rules’ of design. You are absolutely right. They don’t.

So this V neck crochet top might not be made exactly how you might expect it to be.

There are two rectangles made for the sleeves (with the cuffs worked directly into them), then you join them and work in the round for the rest of the top.

This construction is also used in my Cynthia Lace Dress and I have more designs planned for this summer in it too!

If you love V neck designs as much as me then you’ll also enjoy my light and airy Verona Tee that is perfect for summer. Or how about a V neck sweater with a collar? That one is great for cooler months.

  • Simple Design: Be amazed at just how simple the rectangle sleeve construction is!
  • Lightweight and Comfy: a brilliant summer wardrobe staple made in a delicate fingering weight yarn
  • Adjustable Length: Easily modify the length of your top to suit your style.
  • A showstopper: why not continue working and transform it into a dress?!
A woman wearing a stylish v neck crochet top stands in front of a white door. Text at the top reads, "Easy Crochet V Neck Top.

Getting Started: Materials Needed for Your V Neck Crochet Top


The top is in sizes XS, (S, M, L, XL), (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL) with the following measurements:

To fit bust: (inches) 30 (34, 38, 42, 46), (50, 54, 58, 62)

Finished garment bust: (inches) 34 (38, 42, 46, 50), (54, 58, 62, 66)

Length (inches): 24 for all sizes but completely customisable.


To make the top I used Hawthorne Kettle Dye fingering yarn by WeCrochet.

It’s a beautiful yarn to work with that is 357yds/100g, 80% Fine Superwash Highland Wool, 20% Polyamide (Nylon).

How much yarn do I need to crochet the top?

Approx balls/yards: 3/830, (3/920, 3/1040, 4/1150, 4/1260), (5/1380, 5/1500, 6/1630, 6/1740)

A great alternative yarn if you wanted something a bit different is Comfy Fingering Yarn by WeCrochet which is 75% Pima Cotton, 25% acrylic, 218yds/50g for an affordable but lovely yarn.

Using fingering weight yarn for crochet tops is a great idea, especially for summer as it gives you the most amazing drape.

Another one you might like to try is my Mystical Tee – a simple crochet top pattern you’ll love.

grey fingering weight yarn in hanks laid on crochet lace panel with wooden crochet hook

Other Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

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Video Tutorial: Follow Along to Crochet Your V Neck Top

Step by Step Video Tutorial

Come along as I crochet the medium size with short sleeves in this step-by-step video tutorial.

Included in the video tutorial:

We begin by creating two rectangles of lace for the sleeves with the small cap sleeve cuffs crocheted directly into them.

The sleeves are then blocked to measurements before joining in the round with a textured stitch for the bust band.

Once the band is complete (you can adjust here as you like) we then work the main body in herringbone stitches in the round.

Crochet Terms You’ll Need to Know

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

tog – together

blo – back loop only

Crochet Stitches

The seamless crochet top uses the following crochet stitches:

sc – single crochet (UK dc – double crochet)

hdc – half double crochet (UK htr – half treble crochet

dc – double crochet (UK tr – treble crochet)

Special Stitches

Herringbone stitch – HB – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through st (3 loops on the hook) pull 1st loop through the 2nd loop on the hook. Yarn over and pull through 1 loop (2 loops on the hook) Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook.

Treble/Double crochet 3 together – UK tr3tog/US dc3tog – *yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops; rep from * 2 more times, yarn over and pull through all the loops on the hook.

stacked double crochet is a great alternative to a turning chain that stacks 2 single crochet stitches on top of each other to reach the height of a double crochet.

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Before you dive into making your crochet summer top, take a moment to read through the pattern notes—it’s a game-changer!

These handy insights will not only simplify your pattern-reading journey but also ensure a smoother crochet experience. You’ll find helpful tips on deciphering the sizing, transitioning yarn colours, and tips on turning your work.

Trust me, a quick peek at these notes will set you up for crochet success!

Pattern Notes

  • A ch1 at the beg does not count as a st.
  • Read through the entire pattern before beginning.
  • Before you start, go through the pattern and highlight/mark the stitch and row counts that correspond to the size you are making (this will make your life much easier!).
  • Make sure that you are familiar with all of the stitches in the abbreviations list before you begin.
  • Instructions are given for the smallest size, with larger sizes in brackets ( ). E.g. XS (S, M, L, XL), (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL).
  • If an instruction does not apply to a particular size then a – is used instead of a number. E.g. – (-, 4, 4, 5) (5, 5, 6, 6) means that the XS and S sizes do not apply to this instruction.
  • Stitch counts are given in [ ] at the end of each Row. If no stitch count is given, then the count is the same as the previous Row.
  • The pattern uses standard US crochet terms.
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Customising your crochet top

The tee is really customisable – I suggest choosing the garment bust size that you’d feel most comfortable wearing and then checking below for details of how you can adjust everything else if you’d like to.

It’s a great garment to try on as you make it so that it can be perfect for you.

How to customise your top to suit you:


I suggest selecting the garment bust size from the chart above that will be most comfortable for you and then adjusting the sleeves, neckline and length from there.


The sleeves are constructed separately in rows and then joined in the round to make the rest of the top. If you would like deeper armholes than your size suggests then just continue to work the set pattern rows in multiples of 2 until they fit your arms comfortably.


If you’d like your neckline higher then you can just seam up some of the side of the sleeve panel rows when you’ve completed the top.


This band can be worked for as many or few rounds as you like to sit comfortably over your bust.


If you’d like your top longer/shorter then just work more/less rounds of the main body set pattern in multiples of 2 until it is the length you’d like.


To begin, make two sleeves that will also form the neckline of the top. The sleeve cuffs are worked directly into the sleeves and will pull in one side of the sleeve intentionally.

As you are making the sleeves, try them on over your shoulder and see how they feel. Add any repeats of the set pattern to make them deeper if you like. (Keep in mind that this will make the neckline deeper too though.)

woman wearing a partially made v neck crochet top holding a ball of yarn

Hawthorne V Neck Crochet Top Written Pattern

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Pattern Gauge

Sleeve section: 16sts and 7.5 rows of set pattern = 4″ x 4″ (10cm x 10cm)

Body section: 16sts and 11 rows of herringbone set part = 4″ x 4″ (10cm by 10cm)

Read all about how to make a crochet gauge swatch and why it matters.

Standard US Crochet Terms


Sleeve One

Foundation chain: ch 42, (45, 49, 53, 57) (61, 65, 70, 73)

Row 1: RS: stacked dc in 2nd ch from hook( worked in 1st st on row repeats), ch1, skip next 2 sts, 3dc in next st, ch1, skip next 2 ch, dc in next st, *dc in next st, ch1, skip next 2 ch, 3dc in next st, ch1, skip next 2 ch, dc in next st, rep from * to last 6 (9, 6, 10, 7) (11, 8, 6, 9) sts, dc in next 0 (3, 0, 4, 1) (5, 2, 0, 3) sts, hdc in blo of last 6 sts [41, (44, 48, 52, 56) (60, 64, 69, 72)].

Row 2: ch1, hdc in blo of next 6 sts, dc in next 0 (3, 0, 4, 1) (5, 2, 0, 3) sts, *dc in next st, ch2, skip next ch, dc3tog, ch2, skip next ch, dc in next st, rep from * to end.

Rows 1 and 2 form the set pattern for the sleeves.

Rows 3-26 (28, 30, 32, 34) (36, 38, 40, 42): repeat the set pattern.

Sleeve Two

Foundation chain: ch 42, (45, 49, 53, 57) (61, 65, 70, 73).

Row 1: RS: hdc in blo 2nd ch from hook, hdc in blo next 5 sts, dc in next 0 (3, 0, 4, 1) (5, 2, 0, 3) sts *dc in next st, ch1, skip next 2 ch, 3dc in next st, ch1, skip next 2 ch, dc in next st, rep from * to end [41, (44, 48, 52, 56) (60, 64, 69, 72)].

Row 2: stacked dc in 1st st, ch2, skip next ch, dc3tog, ch2, skip next ch, dc in next st, *dc in next st, ch2, skip next ch, dc3tog, ch2, skip next ch, dc in next st, rep from * to last 6 (9, 6, 10, 7) (11, 8, 6, 9) sts, dc in next 0 (3, 0, 4, 1) (5, 2, 0, 3) sts, hdc in blo of last 6 sts.

Rows 1 and 2 form the set pattern for the sleeves.

Rows 3-26 (28, 30, 32, 34) (36, 38, 40, 42): repeat the set pattern.

Once both sleeves are complete, block them to measurements making sure you don’t pull the cuff out too much – you want it to curve in to fit around your arm.

Once blocked, lay flat with RS facing ready to join and work in rounds for the main body.

Join your yarn to the first stitch of the first sleeve (not the cuff – you will seam these later).


Round 1: ch1, hdc in all the stitches along the sleeve edge: 35, (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 63, 66), now working into the second sleeve (make sure it is the correct way round), hdc in all the stitches along the sleeve edge: 35, (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 63, 66) to the cuff. Skip the 12 stitches of the cuff and continue to work in the opposite side of the sleeve now. Hdc in all the stitches along the sleeve edge: 35, (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 63, 66), now working into the first sleeve again, hdc in all the stitches along the sleeve edge: 35, (38, 42, 46, 50) (54, 58, 63, 66) to the cuff. Skip the 12 stitches of the cuff and you are ready to work in continuous rounds now [140, (152, 168, 184, 200) (216, 232, 252, 264)].

Rounds 2-12: working in continuous rounds, hdc in each stitch around [140, (152, 168, 184, 200) (216, 232, 252, 264)].

You can try the top on at this point and continue to work this section for any number of rounds if you would like it longer.

Round 13: stacked dc in 1st st, HBdc in each st around.

Round 14: stacked dc in 1st st, dc in each st around

Rounds 13 and 14 create the main body set pattern.

Rounds 15-54: repeat the main body set pattern (or until your top measures however long you would like it to be).


With WS facing, sew together the cuff seams (6 stitches each).

If you would like to adjust the depth of your neckline then seam together (either sew or slip stitch seam) however many rows of the neckline you would like. These will be the sides of the rows of the sleeve.

Weave in ends and block lightly to measurements to finish.

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Inspiration: Other Crochet Summer Top Patterns To Try

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