The crochet Yoga Tank Top is my go to lounge wear. I can wear it to exercise in, pair it with overalls or a high waist skirt. However I decide to wear it I always feel confident in it.
Inspiration & Design
In order to feel productive in 2020, I made sure to dress the part. I raided my handmade wardrobe and had fun putting together outfits that made me feel great. Now, in 2023, I call it a win when I change out of my pj’s. To be fair, spending more than one “awake” hour in my pj’s makes me feel gross, unproductive, and it fuels my negative thoughts.
Anyway, the point is that unlike 2020, my crochet wardrobe has only come out for outside adventures. Which, to be very honest, is rare. Perhaps, it’s more precise to say that, my crochet wardrobe comes out for grocery shopping.
My attempt to remedy this?
Crochet Lounge wear. The desire to create crochet lounge wear mixed with the desire to have yoga clothes that were not made out of polyester. In addition to wanting polyester light/free clothing, I wanted to use some of Mom’s fingering weight yarn stash. Listen, she was better about buying pretty colors than I was.
As mentioned, I raided Mom’s (@mindandmusecrafts) stash and found yarn from Kayleen (littlebeanlovesyarn) A beautiful gradient that went from red to greens which was kindly divided in 50g skeins.
Ok, this was my second choice, I naively thought that I could crochet a crop top with 50g of yarn. I know, I know, but don’t we all underestimate yarn requirements?
Anyway, This skein was in her Everyday Sock base. A 75/25 Superwash Merino/Nylon Blend. At 463 yds in 100g, it’s a very generous fingering weight. Yes, the yarn is quite a thin fingering weight but this was to my advantage because it created a beautifully thin fabric for my top.
Yes, I used 100g to crochet my yoga tank top.
Can I make this yoga tank top?
So, I freehanded this top, but I did record a How I made this Video. In the introduction video I share with you all the skills needed to crochet this top.
- hdc decrease
- sc – single crochet
- sl st
- ch – chain
- sk – skip
- foundation sc
Because of these skills, I’m labeling this top an advanced beginner or perhaps even intermediate pattern.
Full Description of Pattern
With it’s simple bottom up construction the crochet yoga tank top might just turn into a loungewear staple. Because this top is made to measure it’s easy to substitute yarn and hook sizes.
The trick wih the crochet yoga tank top is to go for no more than 1″ of positive ease when blocked and to have 2″ of negative ease around the bust.
Crochet Yoga Tank Top
Intermediate – we will be decreasing in hdc sts, seaming, and using foundation stitches.
For customization ease I went for a bottom up panel construction. I also crochted the top of the back panel longer than the front so tat the top wouldn’t pull. I seamed the garment at the sides and added straps.
- I used 100g of Fingering Weight (sock yarn) 75/25 Superwash Merino/ Nylon. 463 yds in 100g
- 4mm crochet hook (Furls Odyssey)
- stitch markers
- tape measure
Gauge – Measured over 4″
After Blocking 18 sts and 14 rows of hdc with a 4mm crochet hook.
Finished Size in Inches
|Height of Body (up to underarm)||9|
|Armhole Depth (pre straps)||6.5|
|Armhole Depth (Post straps)||8.75|
|Total Length Front||13.25|
|Total Length Back||14.25|
|Neckline Widest part||7.25|
- hdc – half double crochet
- sc – single crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
- ch – chain
- hdc dec – half double crochet decrease
- sl st BLO – slip stitch in the back loop only
Foundation single crochet – ch 2, insert your hook into first ch, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through 1 loop (this would count as a ch1), YO pull through 2 loops to complete your sc
In this blog post I’m sharing how I made my crochet yoga tank top. This is not a full written pattern. I made this for myself and thought I would share my process with you.
How I made the crochet yoga tank top
First, I started with my measurements. I knew I wanted a top with negative ease around the bust so that it wouldn’t cover my face in downward dog (yoga pose, I promise).
- Bust – 33″
- Waist – 29″
I started with Foundation sc that when lightly stretched reached 14.25″ (67). For the grey version I started with 65 sts. Because I was working with fingering weight wool and a larger hook, I knew it would stretch out some.
2. Hdc in each st, ch1 and turn.
3. hdc, * ch1, sk 1, hdc; rep from * to last st. Between each st and ch I had a total of 67 sts, ch1 and turn.
4. hdc in each st and ch for a total of 67 sts, ch1 and turn.
5. hdc in each st, ch1 and turn.
6. I repeated step 3.
7. Repeat of step 4.
Then, I completed a hdc in each st until the body panel had 30 rows.
Next, we will begin our decreases to create the triangle like yoke.
- – Sl st 5, hd to 5 sts before the end of the row, we will leave these 5 sts unworked, ch1 and turn. (57)
- Sk 1, hec to 2 sts before end of row, hdc dec, ch1 and turn. (55)
- hdc in each st.
- For rows 34 to 37 we will repeat steps 2 and 3.
Row 38 – 2 hdc dec, hdc to 4 sts hdc dec over remaining sts.
Row 39 – hdc in each st.
I repeated rows 38 and 39 until I had a total of 49 rows.
Front panel row 50 – 24 hdc sts. I didn’t fasten off
For the back panel I repeated all the above mentioned steps until I reached row 49.
After Row 49 I had 26 sts, yes I decreased two sts less than the front panel.
Then, I completed 2 more rows. Total row count for the back (52). I didn’t fasten off so that it would be easier to crochet the straps.
Once the front and back panels were complete, I blocked the pieces before seaming them.
With right side of the back panel facing, ch2, * insert hook into the first ch and complete a foundation single crochet. Crochet 13 more foundation single crochets.
My strap when lightly stretched measured 4″. Now we are going to connect the strap to the front panel. *
Lay your front panel directly in front of the back panel right side up.
Sl st into the left most hdc. cut yarn and fasten off.
With the right side of the front panel facing us, pick up your yarn and ch 2, repeat from * to *. Sl st to the leftmost hdc of the back panel.
After completing the straps we move on to the finishing touches like seaming and working our armhole.
Lay the front and back panels right sides facing and seam the sides together until row 31.
After seaming, I attached yarn to the bottom of the armhole and completed 80 sc. I went around the armhole once more in sc, then completed a round of sl sts BLO. Don’t forget that second armhole!
For the neckline, I attached yarn mid back and completed 2 rounds of sc.