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Dreamsicle Tee Crochet Pattern – Beginner-Friendly Summer Top

The Dreamsicle Tee Crochet Pattern is a dreamy cotton top that you’re going to love wearing everywhere you go. It is an easy, beginner-friendly garment crochet pattern. It would be perfect for any beginners who are looking to crochet their first top! The construction of this garment is simple to follow with little shaping. This is going to be your go-to summer top pattern!

If you’d like an easy printed version of the pattern with the schematics, color coding, and additional resources, check out the inexpensive PDF pattern by clicking here.

I did it! I am beyond excited to say that I have designed my very first garment and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The Dreamsicle Tee Crochet Pattern was inspired by this dreamy speckled yarn I picked up from Hobby Lobby. When I saw it on the shelf I knew instantly that it would make a gorgeous top. Sometimes it’s hard to pull out all of the beautiful colors of speckled yarn, but after some experimenting I found a great textured stitch that really made the colors pop. Whether you crochet the Dreamsicle Tee with speckled yarn or one tone, it’s going to be your new favorite top! I cannot wait to see the dreamy colors you work up!


Real Talk

Designing my first wearable item is a dream come true for me. I remember when I first started to learn how to crochet and designing crossed my mind. I never in a million years would have believed I would design my own top, let alone anything for that matter! Always remember, you can do anything you put your mind to.

The Dreamsicle Tee has been sized and tested to fit sizes XS-XL! If you’re size was not tested, send me an email at [email protected] and I will help you with sizing.

This pattern is an easy, beginner-friendly garment pattern. It is worked up by crocheting two rectangles and sewing them together in the end. There is no shaping of the sleeves or decreasing which makes it a perfect first garment pattern for beginners!

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To give it a little something extra, I used the crab stitch to line the bottom of the Dreamsicle Tee and around the arm holes. This made the fit feel even better. If you’ve never worked the crab stitch before, you can find the picture tutorial here. I also have a facebook group called the Crochet’dy Bunch and with every picture tutorial, they receive a video tutorial to go along with it. If you’d like to join the Crochet’dy Bunch to check out the many video tutorials, find out more here!

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Without further adieu, let’s get to my very first crochet top design! The Dreamsicle Tee.

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  • Get the ad-free, large print, printable PDF pattern here.
    • PDF includes: Picture tutorial, schematics, color-coded sizing, gauge instructions
  • PIN this pattern to your Pinterest boards for later here.

Materials:

  • Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Cotton! (3 oz/85 g; 153 yds/140 m)
    • Size: XS: approximately 722 yds
    • Size: S: approximately 846 yds
    • Size: M: approximately 1,020 yds
    • Size: L: approximately 1,154 yds
    • Size: XL: approximately 1,260 yds
  • 5mm Crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Stitch Markers
  • Tapestry Needle
  • Scissors
  • Tape Measure

Abbreviations Used:

*All Sigoni Macaroni patterns are written in standard US terms *

  • Ch – Chain
  • Sc – Single Crochet
  • Dc – Double Crochet
  • Rep – Repeat
  • St(s) – Stitches
  • Ch sp – Chain Space

Special Stitches:

  • Dc2tog (double crochet decrease) – Yarn over, insert your hook into the next st. Yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops). Yarn over, pull through two loops. Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch. Yarn over, pull up a loop (4 loops). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through remaining 3 loops.
  • Crab Stitch (reverse sc) – Insert your hook into the next stitch to the right (to the left if you’re left-handed), yarn over, pull up a loop. Yarn over pull through two loops.
 

Notes:

  • For this top, you will be crocheting two rectangles separately and sewing them together in the end.
  • If you feel that the sizing is off while you’re working up your rectangle, hold it up to the sides of your hips. One rectangle should reach halfway around your body.
  • When you are done with the mesh portion of the top, your edges will look like they’re decreasing. It looks this way because the stitches you’re creating are looser than the overall body of the top. However, you will have the same stitch count in each row.

Sizing Notes:

To fit bust measurement:

  • XS – 28-30″
  • S – 32-34″
  • M – 36-38″
  • L – 40-42″
  • XL – 44-46″

Finished bust:

  • XS – 32″
  • S – 36″
  • M – 40″
  • L – 44″
  • XL – 48″

Adjusting the size:

If you would like to customize the length to your preference, stop when you reach the stated length for your size and hold your top about 4 inches down from your shoulders.

This is where the top will lay when you’re finished. If you’d like to add more rows, feel free to do that until you reach the desired length. You can also subtract rows if you’d like more of a crop top look.

Remember you will still be adding about 4 inches with the double crochet mesh at the top.


Gauge:

  • 18 stitches and 16 rows (in pattern) = 5″ x 5″

Time Crunch:

Because we’re using a medium weight yarn, it’s going to take some time to finish this top. Personally, I worked on it for about two hours a day for about a week. It’s the perfect mindless pattern to work on while watching a movie or binge watching a Netflix series 😉

 

Dreamsicle Tee Crochet Pattern

Front and Back (make 2 pieces alike)

The instructions are written for smallest size. If changes are necessary for larger size(s) the instructions will be written in ( ).

Ch 61 (69, 77, 85, 93)

Row 1:
 Sc in the second chain from the hook, dc into the next ch, [sc next ch, dc next ch] Rep [ ] down the foundation row. – 60 (68, 76, 84, 92) sts

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc into first dc, dc into next sc, [sc into next dc, dc into next sc] Rep [ ] down row.

Rep Row 2 until you reach approximately 18, (19, 20, 20, 21) inches. Do not tie off.

Double Crochet Mesh:

Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc into very first st. [Ch 1, sk next st, dc next st] Rep [ ] to last three st. Ch 1, sk next st, dc2tog last two st. – 31 (35, 39, 43, 47) dc sts; 29 (33, 37, 41, 45) ch-1 sps

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. Dc into first st, [ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc into next dc]. Rep [ ] to last three st. Ch 1, sk next ch-1 sp, dc2tog over the next dc and top of ch-3 from prev round.

Rep Row 2 for 7 more rows (9 total rows)

Row 10: Ch 1, sc in first dc, [sc next ch-1sp, sc next dc] Rep [ ] across. Tie off leaving long tail for sewing (right side)

Your rectangle should measure approximately 22 (23, 24, 24, 25) inches in length and 16 (18, 20, 22, 24) inches wide.

Finishing:

Lay both pieces down, right sides facing together. Sew shoulder seams using the mattress stitch 3.5 (3.5, 4, 4.5, 6) inches from the outside inward. When done with both sides, try it on to make sure the neck hole is at a comfortable size. Adjust if needed and weave in ends.

Place stitch marker on side edges 7 (7, 8, 8, 8) inches down from shoulders. Starting from the bottom, sew side seams to markers. Repeat on second side.

Turn your top inside out to work the edging.

Sleeve Edging:

Starting from the bottom of your arm hole, before the seam, attach your yarn and ch 1.

Row 1: Sc evenly around arm hole and sl st to first sc.

Row 2:
 Ch 1, crab st in each st around. Sl st to first.

Tie off and weave in ends. Repeat for the second sleeve

Bottom Edging:

Flip your top upside down to work on the opposite side of your foundation row. Attach your yarn on the side of your top, right before the seam and ch 1.

Row 1:
 Sc evenly around the entire foundation row. Sl st to first sc.

Row 2: Ch 1, crab st in each st around. Sl st to first.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Also, if video is easier for you to follow, I’ve created my very first crochet pattern video tutorial for you! You can click play above, or follow the link to YouTube here!

When you’ve finished your Dreamsicle Tee Crochet Pattern, my challenge to you is to not make another one. You know why? Because you can’t! Once you make one, you’re going to want to make it in every color! But I’m kidding. Totally make as many as you can and then tag me on Instagram @sigonimacaroni because I would LOVE to see them. Also, use the hashtag #dreamsicletee for a chance to be featured!


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