Colour Block Crochet Tank Top Pattern for Boys

I love crocheting for summer, but this is my first time to make a crochet tank top pattern for boys.

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I always have so many project ideas that do not get to see the light of day before summer fizzles out, then I have to out them aside because more crochet pattern ideas are already brewing for the next summer. Oh dear, what can a yarn craft crochet designer do?

This Boys Crochet Tank Top pattern had been on my to do list for a bit. Good thing it has finally come to life, and now I desire to crochet more items for boys (and men too). This is one of the easiest summer crochet patterns you will find because it uses one main stitch throughout the body. You can decide to colour block or use one colour throughout the pattern, but I think it will be more fun to colour block. And if you are thinking ‘pink for boys?’ Who said boys can’t wear pink?

Colour Block Crochet Tank Top for Boys

It was quite fortunate that our boys loved their crochet tank top and were in the mood to take some photos, but even at that I still had to do a lot of coaxing to make them stand still and let me tell you, those photos did not turn out good. When getting them to stand still failed, I decided to take them in motion, thus the jumping and bicycle riding. I think it paid off, right?

Crochet Tank Top Pattern for Boys

CONSTRUCTION

This Crochet Tank Top pattern for Boys is made from two panels that are joined at the sides and shoulders. If you are fairly new to crochet, at least you have grasped the basic stitches, you will find working the body a breeze. The only part you might have a little challenge is the decrease to shape the armhole. It is pretty easy to do though.

That is explained under the stitch/abbreviation notes and you can follow the video tutorial as well. It would be so good to see your version of this pattern. Which colours would you match? I am looking forward to see them all.

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CROCHET TANK TOP PATTERN FOR BOYS

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The size guide below gives a clearer picture of garment dimensions. The sizing guide I have used can be found here

Size Guide:

  • Sizes- 12-18months, 2-3years, 4-5years, 6-7years, 8-9years, 10-11years and 12years
  • Width before seaming (approx./inches)- 11.2, 12,2, 13, 14.2, 15, 15.9, 17
  • Mark out shoulder/neckline (front panel)- 10-13-10, 11-15-11, 12-17-12, 13-19-13, 15-19-15, 16-21-16, 17-23-17
  • Mark out shoulder/neckline (front panel)- 7-19-7, 8-21-8, 9-23-9, 10-25-10, 12-25-12, 13-27-13, 14-29-14
  • Row to change colour- 23, 27, 31, 35, 37, 41, 45

Gauge: 14 HDC rows/ 18 sts= 4 inches

Materials:

  • 420-840mtrs, Cotton DK weight, medium 3 yarn. This pattern uses DMC 100% Baby cotton. A perfect substitute is Sirdar Snuggly 100% cotton.
  • Estimated number of balls per sizes (in meters), 420 (450, 530, 640, 640, 750, 850). If you will colour block, split the number of meters in half for each colour, but have 1 extra ball for colour A (which is the one you begin with).
  • 4mm hook
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Stitch markers

Stitches/Abbreviation

  • HDC- half double crochet
  • HDC3tog- half doube crochet decrease across 3 sts
  • HDC2tog- half double crochet decrease across 2 sts
  • SC- single crochet
  • SC2TOG- single crochet decrease
  • CH- chain
  • RS- right side
  • WS- wrong side

How to:

  • How to HDC3tog across 3 sts- HDC in 1st st (do not finish off) skip next stitch, still with loops on hook, HDC in next st, finish off.
  • How to HDC2tog in back across 3 sts- HDC in 1st st (do not finish off) skip next stitch, still with loops on hook, HDC in next st, finish off.

Notes:

  • The Pattern uses U.S terms
  • Ch 2 does not count as stitch
  • Always refer to the size table guide
  • Sizing in bracket begins from smallest to largest.

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VIDEO TUTORIAL

FRONT PANEL

Row 1: (leave a 20-30 inch tail before making the slip knot) chain 49 (53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73, skip 2 chain, HDC in 3rd chain from hook and each chain across. Ch 2, turn

Row 2- 36 (38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44) : HDC in 1st st and each st across. Ch 2, turn

Row 37 (39, 41, 41, 43, 43, 45): HDC3tog across 3 sts, HDC into each st till last 3 sts, HDC3tog in last 3 sts. Ch2, turn

Rows 38 (40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46) – 39 (41, 43, 43, 45, 45, 47): repeat row 37 (and as for other other sizes) above two more times. Ch 2, turn

Row 40 (42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48): HDC2tog in 1st st and next, HDC across till last 2 sts, HDC2tog in last 2 sts. Ch 2, turn

Row 41 (43, 45, 45, 47, 47, 49): HDC into 1st st and each st across. Ch 2, turn

Rows 42 (44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50) – 44 (50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70): repeat row 41 (and as for other sizes) above. Ch 2, turn. Do not snip yarn, continue to neckline.

MARK OUT NECKLINE AND SHOULDER

Row 45 (51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71): (refer to table for number of stitches to make) HDC across, ch 1, turn

Row 46 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72): skip 1st st, HDC across, Ch 2, turn

Rows 47 (53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73) – 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76): repeat rows 45 and 46 (and as for other sizes above)

OPPOSITE SIDE

Row 45 (51, 55, 59, 63, 67, 71): (refer to table for number of stitches to make) join yarn in st, Ch 1, HDC in same st and each st. across, ch 1, turn

Row 46 (52, 56, 60, 64, 68, 72): HDC in 1st st and each st across till last 2 sts. HDC2together in last 2 sts. Ch 1, turn

Rows 47 (53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73) – 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76): repeat rows 45 and 46 (and as for other sizes above)

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BACK PANEL

Row 1: (leave a 20-30 inch tail before making the slip knot) chain 49 (53, 57, 61, 65, 69, 73, skip 2 chain, HDC in 3rd chain from hook and each chain across. Ch 2, turn

Row 2- 36 (38, 40, 40, 42, 42, 44) : HDC in 1st st and each st across. Ch 2, turn

Row 37 (39, 41, 41, 43, 43, 45): HDC3tog across 3 sts, HDC into each st till last 3 sts, HDC3tog in last 3 sts. Ch2, turn

Rows 38 (40, 42, 42, 44, 44, 46) – 39 (41, 43, 43, 45, 45, 47): repeat row 37 (and as for other other sizes) above two more times. Ch 2, turn

Row 40 (42, 44, 44, 46, 46, 48): HDC2tog in 1st st and next, HDC across till last 2 sts, HDC2tog in last 2 sts. Ch 2, turn

Row 41 (43, 45, 45, 47, 47, 49): HDC into 1st st and each st across. Ch 2, turn

Rows 42 (44, 46, 46, 48, 48, 50) – 51 (55, 59, 64, 67, 71, 75): repeat row 41 (and as for other sizes) above. Ch 2, turn

MARK OUT NECKLINE AND SHOULDER

Row 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76): HDC in 1st st and each st across. Snip yarn

OPPOSITE SIDE

Row 52 (56, 60, 64, 68, 72, 76): join yarn in st, Ch 1, HDC in 1st st and each st across. Leave 6-8 inch tail for sewing. Snip yarn.

LAY PANELS FLAT AND JOIN THE SHOULDERS AND SIDES

At the sides, sew from bottom to top. Sew the sides from the 1st row to the last row before the 1st decrease row.

TRIMMING ARMHOLE – If using two colours, use contrast yarn here.

Boys Crochet Tank Top-sc2tog

Row 1: Join yarn in 1st decrease row on back panel, and 1st decrease row on front panel with slip stitch, Ch 1. SC into same st (1st decrease row), Ch 1, *SC in next st row, Ch 1. Repeat from * till joining at the shoulder.

In last row on front panel and next row on back panel, SC2tog, Ch 1, continue to repeat from * around. SC into last row (same row you joined the yarn from). Join to 1st SC.

Row 2: Ch 2, SC into each ch 1 space around. Snip yarn, weave in tail.

Repeat for the second armhole.

NECKLINE

Summer crochet boys tank top pattern-neckline

From the back panel, join yarn in stitch (photo 1 above), Ch 1, SC in next st and each st till corner, SC2tog in last st and first row of shoulder, SC2tog in same row and next row on front panel (photos 2&3), SC in same row

2SC into each st row till last row. SC in last row, SC2tog in same row and next st at the neckline (photo 4), SC across till last st on row,

SC2tog in last st and next row, SC in same row, 2SC into each row till last row at point of join, SC in last row, SC2tog in same row and next row on back panel, SC2tog in same row and next st at the neckline (same place you joined yarn). Join to 1st SC.

Row 2: Ch 1, SC into each st around. Join to 1st SC, snip yarn, weave in tails.

Enjoy

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2 Comments

  1. Dear Rose, thank you very much the little crochetforboys – I have two little great-grandsons (2 and 9 y.o.). What kind of size will be good for them, please? The boys are thin children, not at all stout.
    Are you well?
    I’m alone because my family went to summer holiday. But they phoned me day after day and I’m well, thank God.
    Have a wonderful week!

    Best

    Marianne

    1. Hello Marianne, For your 2 yr old grand, I would suggest the 2-3 yr size, for the older you could go up 1 size larger.
      I hope you have a great summer. Take care, and thank you for stopping by.

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