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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

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

woman in garden wearing cream crochet lace top and green earrings

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Carol J MARLEY

Sunday 20th of June 2021

Are there instructions to add sleeves on the paid pattern for the Eyelet Lace Tee? I have to have sleeves on all my garments - too much bat wings, you see.. :) Please let me know; will gladly purchase the pattern if so. If not, will wait for the winter bulky tee you mentioned. Thx for sharing your patterns so generously. God bless.

Carol

Tuesday 18th of May 2021

Hi. Not familiar with the term for the gauge “in set pattern”. Does that mean 16 TREBLE stitches and 8 rows = 4 x 4 square? I reached 4” with only 5 rows. 🙄 Thank you.

HanJan Crochet

Friday 21st of May 2021

Hi Carol, it just means that you work the 2 row repeat of trebles and single crochet for the gauge to make sure it comes out right. Are you using US or UK terms?

CarolD

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

Hi Hanna! I love your blog - and you have generously shared so many lovely patterns with all of us. Thank you so much for sharing so freely with all of us! It IS truly appreciated! There is a picture of you on your Home screen, I believe, in which you are wearing a beautiful cowl/scarf. I am wondering if this cowl pattern is available? I just love it and would love to make one perhaps for one (or more!) of my beautiful (grown) daughters. If available, perhaps you could let me know where.....have searched through several pages of patterns and, as yet, have not found this lovely pattern! Thank you again for your inspiring and generous sharing of your creative work!

hanjancrafts@gmail.com

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Hi Carol, Thank you for such lovely words - I'm so glad you enjoy the blog and my patterns! I think the cowl you are searching for is the Seaglass Bandana Scarf which you can find here: https://www.hanjancrochet.com/the-seaglass-bandana-scarf-crochet-pattern/ Hope you enjoy it! Have a great day Hannah

Judi Mills

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Dear Generous Soul- I initially signed up to test patterns for you. I seemed to have failed even though my intent was good. I started the tee-shirt, it was going well but then I realized it wouldn't fit. So I took it apart and started again. Then all hell broke loose for me. First I discovered I had not anticipated the amount of yarn I needed and my finances were low at this point. So I did not make it then. I will finish it and let you know how it turns out. I am so sorry I was so rude to let you know sooner. I guess I was embarrassed that I said I'd do it and was able to unable to complete it. As with all things, when it rains, it pours. Next COVID hit and I am remanded to my home cuz I am an old lady and have a number of ailments, so it goes. Then our car quit and all our savings filled that hole. Then my poor computer died and had no access to the internet for about two months. Downed the plans for yarn for a while. There were a number of other things that I won't get into cuz they should not be focused on anymore and things have worked out for the most part. Thank the One. I won't yammer at you anymore. I have the highest regard for your work and your commitment to the community. Thank you for all you do for all of us. I hope you forgive me for letting you down, perhaps I can try to do some crocheting for you at a later time...that is if you forgive me. I hope you do. Blessings to you and yours, Judi Mills.

hanjancrafts@gmail.com

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Hi Judi, Please don't worry or apologise! I understand completely and it's no problem at all. Take care and stay safe, Hannah