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Quick and Easy Crochet Top Pattern – The Eyelet Lace Tee

I’m so excited to introduce a brand new, quick and easy crochet top pattern to you! It was featured last year as a guest design over on Joy of Motion Crochet but I’m delighted to be able to feature it here on HanJan Crochet now too.

The Eyelet Lace Tee is a really easy lace crochet top pattern that is constructed from two matching rectangles that are simply seamed at the shoulders and the sides.

It features beginner stitches and doesn’t have any shaping to worry about so is a great beginner crochet garment for anyone to try.

You can carry on reading to find the free pattern here in this blogpost or purchase an ad-free, printable PDF version of the Eyelet Lace Tee pattern in my pattern store to download and print.

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Purchase and Print >>> Scroll down to find the free pattern or purchase an ad-free PDF copy here.

About the Eyelet Lace Tee

The Eyelet Lace Tee is a wonderful beginner friendly summer t shirt crochet pattern. It uses a simple pattern repeat to create the top and bottom eyelet lace detail and an equally simple repeat for the body. It really is a garment that anyone can achieve and most of all enjoy to make! Made with two matching panels for the front and back which are seamed at the sides and shoulders it is completely customisable in every aspect to ensure it fits you perfectly.

The top has classic, clean lines that will suit anyone and you can adjust so many aspects of it to make it really unique and special for you. You can change the width, length, armhole depth, add sleeves, change the neckline, you can do whatever you like with this simple t shirt blueprint. (I’m planning on making a chunky wool one with sleeves for the Winter!)

Pattern Options

This easy crochet top pattern is a free crochet pattern in both UK and US terms on the blog for everyone to enjoy, just scroll down to find it. 

There are a few other ways you can access and enjoy this crochet pattern:

Purchase and Print >>> purchase an ad-free PDF copy here on Etsy.

Purchase and Print >>> purchase an ad-free PDF copy here on LoveCrafts.

Join and save>>> Join HanJan Crochet and receive regular discount codes (and more free patterns too!)

Queue it >>> Add the Eyelet Lace Tee Crochet Pattern to your Ravelry queue

Pin it for later >>> Pin the project for later using this image:

woman with hands in blue jeans pockets wearing sleeveless crochet lace top

Other Easy Crochet Top Patterns

Here are a few other easy crochet top patterns I’ve designed that I thought you might also enjoy:

Yarn

To make the crochet Eyelet Lace Tee I used James C Brett – It’s 100% Pure Cotton DK which is 100% double knit cotton, 215m/100g in Cream (IC-01). It’s such a lovely light cotton with a fabulous ‘bounce’ to it that makes it great for summer garments and shawls. 

You will need 3 (4, 4, 4, 5) (5, 6, 7, 7) balls of yarn to make the top.

Find the James C Brett yarn I used here

As a great alternative – one of my fabulous testers used Lion Brand: Coboo 3ply Cotton Yarn, which is 50% cotton, 50% bamboo, 212m/100g and looks so beautiful! It comes in some awesome colours and is super comfy to wear.

Find the Lion Brand Coboo alternative yarn here

woman with one hand on hip wearing cream easy crochet top pattern

Size and Tension

The quick and easy crochet top pattern comes in sizes XS-5XL with instructions on how to adjust it to suit you. (I always try to add this as my Mum is much shorter than me and always complains that patterns are always too long for her!)

The pattern is worked with a tension of 16sts and 8 rows of set pattern = 10cm by 10cm.

The sizes are as follows:

Size – Bust (inches/cm), Length (inches/cm), Armhole depth (inches/cm)

XS – 30in/76cm – 22in/56cm – 9in/23cm

S – 34in/86cm – 22in/56cm – 9in/23cm

M – 38in/96cm – 22in/56cm – 9.5in/24cm

L – 42in/107cm – 24in/61cm – 9.5in/24cm

XL – 46in/117cm – 24in/61cm – 10in/25cm

2XL – 50in/127cm – 24in/61cm – 10in/25cm

3XL – 54in/137cm – 26in/66cm – 10in/25cm

4XL – 58in/147cm – 26in/66cm – 10.5in/26.5cm

5XL – 62in/157cm = 26in/66cm – 11in/28cm

How to crochet a quick and easy crochet top

If you’re new to crochet garments and worried about all the sizing, seaming, gauge and other things that might seem really daunting then please don’t worry! I used to feel exactly the same! If you can make a blanket, then you can make this garment, I promise!

I’ve written all about my experience with learning to both make and design garments and you can read about it here:

Learn garment making with 12 free crochet summer top patterns

I also had my lovely friend Fran (who is a really talented crochet garment pattern designer) write all about her experiences and best advise too:

Crochet Garments – how to start your perfect crochet wardrobe.

Learn to crochet garments – my top tips

My top tips for crocheting garments:

  • Believe you can do it because you can!
  • Choose the right pattern for you
  • Choose the right yarn for the pattern
  • Always work a gauge swatch
  • Adjust it to fit you
  • Always block your crochet garment
woman in green crochet summer top standing in front of grey brick wall

Materials

Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

sp – space

ss – slip stitch

beg – beginning

sk – skip

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

WS – wrong side

rep – repeat

Crochet Stitches

The Eyelet Lace Tee uses the following crochet stitches:

Standard UK Crochet TermStandard US Crochet Term
dc – double crochetsc – single crochet
dtr – half trebletr – treble crochet

Pattern Notes

The t shirt is made from two matching panels for the front and back that are then seamed together for the shoulders and sides.

A ch1 or ch3 at the beginning of a row does not count as a stitch.

The top is worked from the top down.

Turn your work at the end of each row.

woman with hands in jeans pockets wearing cream lace crochet top

Video Tutorial

I’ve put together a video tutorial to show you how just how easy the crochet top is and with tips for seaming too:

Watch the video tutorial here >>> The Eyelet Lace Tee video tutorial

Eyelet Lace Tee Purchase pattern option

Get the pattern here to print out and keep.

Crochet Pattern

UK Terminology (just scroll down to find the US terminology if you prefer)

Work matching panels for the front and the back of the top:

Foundation chain: ch 60 (69,78,84,93,102,108,117,126) 

Row 1: dc in 2nd chain from hook and each along [59, 68,77,83,92,101,107,116,125]

Row 2: RS: ch3 (does not count as stitch), dtr in next 2, *ch1, skip 1, dtr in next 2, rep from * to end.

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in each across.

Rows 2 and 3 create the eyelet pattern.

Rows 4-13: Repeat the pattern five more times for all sizes.

Row 14: ch3 (does not count as stitch), dtr in each across.

Row 15: ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in each across.

Rows 14 and 15 create the middle pattern. Repeat the middle pattern 12 (12,12,13,13,13,14,14,14) more times.

At the end of the middle pattern repeats, continue to work the cuff section.

Row 1: ch3 (does not count as stitch), dtr in next 2, *ch1, skip 1, dtr in next 2, rep from * to end.

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as stitch), dc in each across.

Rows 1 and 2 create the cuff eyelet pattern.

Repeat the cuff eyelet pattern 2, (2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4) more times to complete the panel.

Joining the panels and creating the top:

To create the shoulder seams – with RS facing inwards (so that the seam is on the inside), join 12 (16,21,24,28,33,36,40,45) stitches at either side of the Foundation Chain to create the neck hole.

You can either use a slip stitch or sew to join, whichever you prefer.

To create the side seams – with RS facing inwards, starting from the bottom of the middle section (before the cuff section starts) upwards for 18 (18,19,19,20,20,20,21,22) rows. This creates the armholes.

woman looking down wearing cream lace crochet summer top

US Terminology

Work matching panels for the front and the back of the top:

Foundation chain: ch 60 (69,78,84,93,102,108,117,126) 

Row 1: sc in 2nd chain from hook and each along [59, 68,77,83,92,101,107,116,125]

Row 2: RS: ch3 (does not count as stitch), tr in next 2, *ch1, skip 1, tr in next 2, rep from * to end.

Row 3: ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc in each across.

Rows 2 and 3 create the eyelet pattern.

Rows 4-13: Repeat the pattern five more times for all sizes.

Row 14: ch3 (does not count as stitch), tr in each across.

Row 15: ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc in each across.

Rows 14 and 15 create the middle pattern. Repeat the middle pattern 12 (12,12,13,13,13,14,14,14) more times.

At the end of the middle pattern repeats, continue to work the cuff section.

Row 1: ch3 (does not count as stitch), tr in next 2, *ch1, skip 1, tr in next 2, rep from * to end.

Row 2: ch1 (does not count as stitch), sc in each across.

Rows 1 and 2 create the cuff eyelet pattern.

Repeat the cuff eyelet pattern 2, (2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4) more times to complete the panel.

Joining the panels and creating the top:

To create the shoulder seams – with RS facing inwards (so that the seam is on the inside), join 12 (16,21,24,28,33,36,40,45) stitches at either side of the Foundation Chain to create the neck hole.

You can either use a slip stitch or sew to join, whichever you prefer.

To create the side seams – with RS facing inwards, starting from the bottom of the middle section (before the cuff section starts) upwards for 18 (18,19,19,20,20,20,21,22) rows. This creates the armholes.

Guest blogging – my first experience

This pattern was my first as a guest blogger and it was so much fun! Like everything with HanJan recently, I just decided to go for it and the lovely Janne from Joy of Motion loved my design idea and said yes!

You might have seen guest blog posts on other sites too – it’s such a great way of us as designers helping and supporting each other, creating a wider community and it also helps us to introduce you to new designers too!

The great thing about it is that you really don’t have to be a hugely established designer to apply. Most of the people that feature guest designers and writers are doing it to support up and coming designers so if it’s something you think you’d like to do then I say go for it!

In the future (hopefully not too far away!) it’s something I’d really like to do here at HanJan so if you’re a designer already, or an aspiring one that would like to know more then please let me know!

Here are some of the great blogs that have open calls for guest designing:

Joy of Motion

E’Claire Makery

The UnderGround Crafter

The Crochetpreneur

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