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Queen Bee Crochet Tank Top Pattern

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With all the bee patterns I've created, I felt it was time for a Queen Bee Crochet Tank Top Pattern. What I love about this crochet tank pattern is the easy crochet construction.

And what better way to enjoy those summer days and buzzing of bees than to crochet a tank top. I'll walk you through each step on how to crochet a tank top with a written pattern, crochet charts, and a crochet video tutorial. And if bumble bees are your thing, also check out the Crochet Honey Bee Free Blanket Pattern and the Honey Bee Fingerless Mittens Free Crochet Pattern.

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What you'll love about this adult sweater pattern.


  • Colorwork in the Round - The bottom part of this crochet top is worked in the round, which creates a gorgeous colorwork pattern.
  • Easy Construction - This crochet tank pattern is worked from bottom up in the round, and then starting at the arms, the front and the back are worked in rows..
  • Fair Isle Crochet - If you love crochet colorwork, this fair isle technique is fun to try..
  • Size Inclusive - The Adult size crochet pattern is available in size x-small to plus size 5x.

This pattern has a fun colorwork section on the bottom. If you haven't ever tried colorwork before, come learn crochet colorwork techniques and get a free bobbin printable for future projects. Or if you would like to try out a smaller project using crochet colorwork, visit the Vine Colorwork Crochet Sock Free Pattern or the Crochet Pine Hat Free Pattern

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Crochet Tank Top Supplies

Crochet Hook:
G (4mm) hook, or size to obtain gauge

Notions:
Removable Stitch Markers
Yarn Needle to weave in ends
Scissors

Yarn:
We Crochet Comfy Fingering
75% Pima Cotton, 25% Acrylic, 218yds/50g
Colorways: White
2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (3, 3, 3, 3, 3) Skeins
Honey
2 (2, 2, 2, 2) (2, 2, 3, 3, 3) Skeins

Yardage:
XXSmall: 450 yds (412 m)
XSmall: 475 yds (434 m)
Small: 490 yds (448 m)
Medium: 540 yds (494 m)
Large: 680 yds (622 m)
1X: 730 yds (668 m)
2X: 790 yds (722 m)
3X: 850 yds (777 m)
4X: 910 yds (832 m)
5X: 990 yds (905 m)

Abbreviations/Stitches:
blo - back loop only
ch - chain
na - not applicable
sc - single crochet
sc3tog - single crochet 3 sts together
sl st - slip stitch
ssc - split single crochet
Stsc - stacked single crochet
st(s) -stitch(es)

Gauge:
16 sts by 24 rows = 4x4” in ssc

Skill Level:
Advanced Beginner

Measurements:
Finished Bust Sizes
XXSmall: 28.25” (72 cm)
XSmall: 31.75” (80 cm)
Small: 35.25” (89 cm)
Medium: 38.75” (98 cm)
Large: 42.25” (107 cm)
1X: 45.75” (116 cm)
2X: 49.25” (125 cm)
3X: 52.75” (134 cm)
4X: 56.25” (143 cm)
5X: 59.75” (152 cm)
This is a fitted garment without ease.

Queen Bee Crochet Tank Top Notes:

Sizes are written as: XXS (XS, S, M, L) (1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)

The Queen Bee Crochet Tank Top is worked in the round for the bottom colorwork portion, from the bottom up. It’s then split for front and back while decreasing for the arms on the edges. It’s finished by seaming the shoulders.

Colorwork instructions, Color A (White) will be abbreviated as (A), and Color B (Honey) as (B). All colorwork stitches will be worked in split single crochet.
Example: (B) x 9 = with Color B ssc the next 9 stitches

There is no need to chain 1 at the beginning of each row and this garment will be worked continuous for the bottom portion. When working in rows use a Stacked Single Crochet instead of a chain 1.
Use a stitch marker to keep track of the first stitch in the row.

Crochet colorwork has a natural lean, aggressively blocking the garment will help lessen this lean.

Video Tutorial:

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Crochet Colorwork Chart

Two squares labeled a and b, with a being an outline and b filled with a yellow color reminiscent of a Queen Bee.
A grid showcasing a cross-stitch pattern with a floral design in yellow and white colors, inspired by the Queen Bee Crochet Tank Top.

Written Instructions for the Crochet Top

Tank Top Body

Rnd 1 (RS): With Color B, ch 113 (127, 141, 155, 169) (183, 197, 211, 225, 239), working in the round sc in each stitch, do not join and work in continuous rounds.
St count for this section will not change. 113 (127, 141, 155, 169) (183, 197, 211, 225, 239) sts

Rnd 2:  (B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 32, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 3: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 34, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 4: (B) x 7, (A) x 36, (B) x 7, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 5: (B) x 7, (A) x 17, (B) x 2, (A) x 18, (B) x 6, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 6: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 6, (B) x 2, (A) x 6, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.


Rnd 7: (B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 4, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 8: (A) x 7, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 4, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 9: (A) x 7, (B) x 3, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 5, (B) x 2, (A) x 5, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 10: (B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 11: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 6, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 6, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 6, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 12: (B) x 7, (A) x 7, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 1, (A) x 4, (B) x 4, (A) x 4, (B) x 1, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 13: (B) x 6, (A) x 9, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 6, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 9, (B) x 6, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 14: (B) x 2, (A) x 9, (B) x 3, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 8, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 3, (A) x 9, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 15: (B) x 1, (A) x 9, (B) x 5, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 6, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 5, (A) x 9, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 16: (A) x 10, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 2, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 6, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 2, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 10, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 17: (A) x 11, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 4, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 11, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 18: (B) x 1, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 8, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 11, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 19: (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 5, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 6, (A) x 3, (B) x 2,

(A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 5, (A) x 4, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 20: (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 9, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 10, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 9, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 21: (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 3, (B) x 6, (A) x 2, (B) x 4, (A) x 2, (B) x 6, (A) x 2, (B) x 4, (A) x 2, (B) x 6, (A) x 3, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 22: (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 4, (A) x 2, (B) x 5, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 8, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 5, (A) x 2, (B) x 4, (A) x 2, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 23: (B) x 1, (A) x 4, (B) x 5, (A) x 3, (B) x 4, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 4, (A) x 3, (B) x 5, (A) x 4, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 24: (A) x 7, (B) x 6, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 6, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 25: (A) x 9, (B) x 7, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 3, (A) x 1, (B) x 7, (A) x 9, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 26: (B) x 1, (A) x 12, (B) x 6, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 6, (A) x 12, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 27: (B) x 2, (A) x 20, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 20, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 28: (B) x 6, (A) x 13, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 4, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 13, (B) x 6, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 29: (B) x 7, (A) x 11, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 11, (B) x 7, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 30: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 10, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 6, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 10, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 31: (B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 9, (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 4, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, (A) x 9, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 32: (A) x 7, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 1, (A) x 4, (B) x 1, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 33: (A) x 7, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 1, (B) x 1, (A) x 6, (B) x 1, (A) x 1, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 7, (B) x 7, *(A) x 7, (B) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 34: (B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 2, (B) x 1, (A) x 6, (B) x 1, (A) x 2, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2, *(B) x 1, (A) x 5, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 2*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 35: (B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 8, (B) x 2, (A) x 4, (B) x 1, (A) x 4, (B) x 1, (A) x 4, (B) x 2, (A) x 8, (B) x 3, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1, *(B) x 2, (A) x 3, (B) x 3, (A) x 5, (B) x 1*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 36: (B) x 7, (A) x 36, (B) x 7, (A) x 7, *(B) x 7, (A) x 7*; repeat from * to * until end of round.

Rnd 37: With (A) ssc in each stitch around.

Repeats With A, *sc in the blo, sc in next*; repeat from * to * until the desired length to the underarm (20 rounds on the sample garment). Note: This stitch will start to alternate as you work it, the current stitch will be opposite from the stitch on the row below creating a nice texture.

Next With Color B sl st in each stitch around.

Front Top

Row 1: Working in the blo, sc3tog, sc 50 (57, 64, 71, 78) (85, 92, 99, 106, 113) sts, sc3tog, turn. | 52 (59, 66, 73, 80) (87, 94, 101, 108, 115) sts

Row 2: Sc3tog, sc until the last 3 sts, sc3tog, turn. | 48 (55, 62, 69, 76) (83, 90, 97, 104, 111) sts

Row 3: Repeat Row 2. | 44 (51, 58, 65, 72) (79, 86, 94, 100, 107) sts

For size L, repeat Row 2 one more time.

For sizes  1X, 2X, repeat Row 2 two more times.

For size 3X, repeat Row 2 three more times.

For size 4X, repeat Row 2 four more times.

For size 5X, repeat Row 2 five more times.

Repeats: Sc in each stitch across until the piece measures 4 (4.5, 5, 5.5, 6) (6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5) inches from Row 1 of Front, ending on a WS. Note: There is no need to use a ch 1 at the beginning of each row.  | 44 (51, 58, 65, 68) (71, 78, 82, 88, 95) sts

Front Openwork for sizes xs, m, 1x, 5x

Row 1: Stsc, *ch 1, skip 1 stitch, hdc*; repeat from * to * across, until the last st, hdc in last, turn.  | na (51, na, 65, na) (71, na, na, na, 95) sts

Row 2: Stsc, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc in the chain space*; repeat from * to * across, until the last stitch, turn. | na (51, na, 65, na) (71, na, na, na, 95) sts

Rows 3-6: Repeat Row 2. At the end of Row 6 fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Note: Keep repeating this section if more length on the top is desired. | na (51, na, 65, na) (71, na, na, na, 95)

Front Openwork for sizes xxs, s, l, 2x, 3x, 4x

Row 1: Stsc, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc*; repeat from * to * across, turn. | 44 (na, 58, na, 68) (na, 78, na, na, 95) sts

Row 2: Stsc, hdc in the chain space, *ch 1, sk 1, hdc in the chain space*; repeat from * to * across, until the last stitch, hdc in the last st, turn. | 44 (na, 58, na, 68) (na, 78, na, na, 95) sts

Rows 3-6: Repeat Rows 1-2. At the end of Row 6 fasten off, leaving a long tail for seaming.

Note: Keep repeating this section if more length on the top is desired. | 44 (na, 58, na, 68) (na, 78, na, na, 95) sts

Seaming Shoulders

With the tail ends seam each side of the top edges together for 1 to 1.5 inches. Make sure you don’t seam too much or your head may not fit through the opening.

Ribbing

Row 1: With Color B join yarn and ch 6, sc in first chain from hook and across to body, sl st 2 sts on the body (these do not count as sts), turn. | 6 sts

Row 2: Skip the two sts from the body, in blo sc in each st across, turn. | 6 sts

Row 3: Ch 1, in blo sc in each st across, sl st 2 sts on the body, turn. | 6 sts

Repeats: Repeat Rows 2-3 around the bottom of the Queen Bee Top. Join last row to beginning row by slip stitching through blo of first and last row at the same time with the WS facing.

Finishing & Caring For Your Crochet Tank Top

Fasten off and weave in all ends. Block and wear. And then onto your next crochet project, right? If you enjoyed this summer crochet top, you might also like the Easy Beginner Summer Crochet Tank Top Free Pattern, the Diamond Crochet Tank Top Pattern, or The Lacy Top You Will Want To Make And Wear All Summer.


Caring for your summer crochet tank tops is essential for preserving their quality and longevity. By following these simple steps, such as hand washing with gentle detergent, reshaping while damp, and laying flat to dry, you can ensure that your colorwork garment remain in pristine condition for many summers to come. Additionally, storing them properly and avoiding harsh chemicals or excessive heat will help maintain their vibrant colors and delicate textures. With proper care, your crochet tank tops can continue to be cherished staples in your warm-weather wardrobe, providing both style and comfort season after season. Cheers and happy crocheting!

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