Pattern of the Week: One Crochet Tank Three Awesome Options

Basics are a key part of any well-stocked wardrobe, but anyone who’s spent an hour trying on t-shirts and tanks at Target knows that not all basics are created equal. Some people like a V-neck, some a scoop. Some people prefer a pullover, some like a button-up. Crocheting your own wardrobe staples allows you not only to get a perfect fit, but also to shape a garment to your exact specifications. The Basic Crochet Tank pattern and accompanying article from Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 allows you play around to create exactly what you need to flesh out your wardrobe this summer.

Editor Sara Dudek designed this crochet tank, stitched in size 10 cotton crochet thread with double crochet stitches. The sizing spans from a 34-inch bust to 55 inches, to ensure that every crocheter can get a great fit. Her basic design includes three variations: V-neck, scoop neck, and a button-band version. Mix and match the interchangeable panels to create the basic shape of your crochet tank.

From there, Sara explains how to choose edgings, alter fit and sizing, add embroidery, experiment with overdyeing, play with colorwork, or change the stitch pattern to get just the look you want.

Crochet Button Hole

The Basic Tank offers you near-infinite options for customization and fun.

1. Scoop Neck

The most basic version uses simple crochet decreases to create a smoothly-curving scoop neck crochet tank with set-in armholes. A true basic, but one you’ll reach for again and again!

2. V-Neck

Want to add a bit of interest and sass? Simply add a V-neck! Decide whether you want both front and back to feature a V, or whether you want to mix scoop and V for a more versatile garment.

3. Add Buttons

Button up in front or in back for an even more customized look. Follow these instructions on how to crochet a buttonhole to get a tailored, polished look for your buttonband. Will you choose neutral buttons for a minimal look, or something wild and crazy?

However you choose to stitch your crochet tank, you’ll end up with a customized wardrobe staple that you’ll love to incorporate into your outfits all year long! How will you personalize your version? Let us know in the comments!


FINISHED SIZE 34¼ (38½ , 42¾ , 47, 51½ , 55¾)” bust circumference. Sample shown measures 37″, modeled with 4″ positive ease.

YARN Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Classic 10 (distributed by Coats and Clark) (100% mercerized cotton; 350 yd [320 m]; ): #0210 antique white (or desired color), 3 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6) balls.

HOOK Size B/1 (2.25 mm). Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

NOTIONS Yarn needle. See article on page 40 for a list of additional notions you might need.

GAUGE 14 dc and 8 rows = 4″ in patt.


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