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.
Being close to summer, I knew I wanted a lightweight top for the season and I’m so excited to introduce this fresh pattern.
About the Honeycomb Crochet Top
I enjoyed working this up so much that I made two! And they will be so cool and comfy to wear all summer long.
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.
A note on the yarn:
I want to take a moment to chat about the yarn. While Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek DK states it's a 3 DK weight, when I tested it against the fingering yarn in my office, I found it worked up more like a 1 fingering.
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.
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. See blog post for more info: https://brianakdesigns.com/stacked-single-crochet/
- 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)
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