I won't stay away from the hexagon honeycomb crochet stitches, and this time, it's the Honeycomb Tank Top Crochet Pattern. Plus, I love using crochet to create beautifully themed pieces, and the honeycomb has, for sure, become a thing in my shop. In fact, it's not even just a crochet thing. While you'll learn how to honeycomb crochet stitch for this tank top, I also have Tunisian crochet and knit honeycomb stitch patterns.
About the Honeycomb Crochet Top
I enjoyed working this up so much that I made two! These are lightweight crochet tank tops designed for summer. Of course, you could also layer them over long-sleeves or under a jacket for all-weather wear.
Honeycomb Crochet Stitch Inspiration: Bees
Let's take a moment to chat about the critical inspiration for this design...the bees.
When I was working on taking images for this design, I went out to my lemon tree to see if the bees were swarming. We have had some unusual weather this year, and the previous night had been a little cold.
The lemon tree has the perfect blooming branch for some images, and then I noticed a bumblebee still clinging to the flower, not moving.
I brought the branch into my office and began to photograph some in-progress pictures, but that little bee just kept swarming in my mind. Why did the bee stay on the branch? What happened?
By no means am I a bee expert to understand the society of bees so I was baffled.
After finishing the photos, I left the branch on my desk. And later came the surprise.
The bee was alive!!!
I guess he just needed to be warmed up a little. I was so excited and also terrified of the angry flying bee in my office.
Of course I quickly jumped into action when the bee landed on an object and bravely moved it back outside while he was still regaining some strength.
So basically, I rescued a bee. That's the story we are going with lol.
I reflected on how the bee had surprised me. I'm so fascinated by how such small creatures can have such a big impact.
From spreading pollen to creating honey. And of course the honeycomb shape, so mathematical yet so organic.
With the world quickly changing, we must protect the bees. Even a small act such as planting bee-friendly plants could help.
Here is an excellent article by Honeybee Conservancy about how to plant a bee garden.
I want to take a moment to chat about the yarn. I designed this using Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek DK, which may not be available at this time. The yarn label states it's a 3 DK weight, but when I tested it against the fingering yarn in my office, I found it worked up more like a 1 fingering.
Therefore, If you are doing a substitute yarn, such as that pretty yarn that's in your stash still waiting to be on your hooks, I suggest doing a gauge swatch. The crochet tank top is a fitted item, so it's crucial to get the stitch sizes and gauge just right. As long as you get the gauge correct, the pattern should work as intended.
Supplies for the Honeycomb Crochet Top
• Crochet Hook 2.75 mm (C), I highly recommend Furls Hook (affiliate link) or a Clover Crochet Hook (link below). I love both of these.
• Removable stitch markers if needed
• Yarn needle to weave in ends
• 7-13 buttons
I suggest a fingering weight yarn to be substituted as long as the gauge can be matched.
- Small: 710 yards (650 m)
- Medium: 810 yards (740 m)
- Large: 980 yards (896 m)
- 1X: 1100 yards (1005 m)
- 2X: 1300 yards (1189 m)
- 3X: 1500 yards (1372 m)
20 double crochet stitches by 10 double crochet rows = 3x3” [7.6 cm]
- Small: 32-34” bust (81-87 cm)
- Medium: 36-38” bust (91-97 cm)
- Large: 40-42” bust (102-107 cm)
- 1X: 44-46” bust (112-117 cm)
- 2X: 48-50” bust (123-51 cm)
- 3X: 52-54” bust (131-137 cm)
- ch- Chain
- dc- Double Crochet
- dc2tog - Double Crochet Two Stitches Together
- dc3tog - Double Crochet Three Stitches Together
- RS- Right Side
- sl st- Slip Stitch
- sts- Stitches
- STSC- Stacked Single Crochet
- WS- Wrong Side
• Easy/Advanced Beginner
These supplies can be found at the affiliate links below:
- The honeycomb crochet tank top pattern is worked as one piece, from bottom up, and in rows. If a longer length is desired add one more repeat on the body portion. Trim is added and at the same time buttonholes are created for the front.
- A stacked single crochet is made at the beginning of each row instead of chaining. The stacked single crochet counts as a double crochet stitch. The same stitch is modified for the decreases. Replacing the beginning chain with this method creates cleaner lines along the garment. It is helpful to place a marker at the beginning of each row to mark the first stitch.
- Double crochet decreasing: for this pattern, the dc2tog and dc3tog is used as a decrease on each edge when shaping the top. The method used for this incorporates the stacked single crochet. Further instructions are here: https://brianakdesigns.com/stacked-single-crochet/
- Sizes are written as Small (Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X)
Amazing Crochet Testers:
As mentioned, I worked this tank top in two different colors because I loved it so much. However, you don't have to use the colors I've chosen as you learn how to honeycomb crochet stitch for this tank top pattern. Just look at all of the beautiful versions that my amazing testers came up with:
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