Keep Cool While Looking Cool in the Kelsey Tank Top Free Crochet Pattern

[Image description] A white woman with purple hair stands with one hand in her pocket in front of a green landscape in the pink and gray Kelsey Tank Top

It’s finally time for the Kelsey Tank Top pattern to come out and, boy, am I nervous about this release. I really wanted to make a fun and simple tank top pattern this year. One that you could do all sorts of fun and customizable things with and I think I did it… right?
So I’ve posted a few previews of the Kelsey Tank Top on Instagram (named for the use of the Griddle St like the others in my Kelsey Line) and the response was… ok. And that made me nervous. I didn’t know if people weren’t liking the design, or the colors, or the shortness of it and that was making a very worried Amber for sure. But here we are, like it or not, ready to release the Kelsey Tank Top and I still really hope people like it because this is such a simple design to customize.
I wanted to make a basic tank top that you could add your own spin on. Of course, I had dress it up a bit to make it something I would like and wear (occasionally, bare midriffs are so scary for me). But that doesn’t mean you can’t do it all in one color. Or 15 colors! I even added notes in the to explain how to make it longer if you want a more traditional tank top length, both in the body or added sts to the band to make that bigger instead. Like a lot of my designs, I want you to feel completely empowered to customize this design to make you happy.
But I have to say one of the best parts of this was having a tester say that she felt confident enough to take the test because my designs help make her feel comfortable in her skin. When I tell you all that I almost cried, I did. That hit me right in the feelings. I never anticipated a comment like that, I just wanna make pretty things with yarn and not feel things. But here we are! And that made me so glad I designed this. Even if no one else is into it, I know someone else got a kick out of it and that’s special.
I hope you have a great week! There will be a new C2C square out next week. I hope you like it.

Please note: I was provided the yarn for this pattern by We Crochet for the purposes of designing the Kelsey Tank Top pattern, with compensation. I wasn’t provided the yarn with the expectations of positive or negative reviews but I always enjoy using this yarn, I’ve used it many times and it’s always a great cotton yarn. If you purchase yarn through any of the links in this post, I will be compensated.


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[Image description] A top down view of the pink and gray Kelsey Tank Top laying on a white fur blanket, a white woman's hand holds the bottom right corner of the tank top and a cup of coffee sits to her hand's right.

Level

Easy

Materials

  • US H (5.00 mm) crochet hook
  • US G (4.00 mm) crochet hook
  • Size #3 DK weight yarn
    • 2 colors
    • Specifics in Finished Product Details
    • I used Cotlin from WeCrochet
      • Color A is pink and color B is grey
  • Notions: scissors, measuring tape, yarn needle

Gauge

  • H: 13 st (dc/sc) x 11 rows =4″ (blocked)
  • G: 16 sc x 17 rows = 4″ (blocked)

Terms/ Stitches used

  • RS: right side
  • Rnd: round
  • Ch: chain
  • St: stitch
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet

Notes

  • To create the gauge, alternate sc and dc across a row of an even number of stitches. Continue with rows of alternating sc and dc across until you have a large enough swatch to measure.This pattern is worked in 3 sections: the Body (which is worked side to side in one piece), the Straps (which are added to the Body after it is seamed), and the Trim (which is added to the Body and Straps after seaming).
  • The Body and the Trim are made using the 5.00 mm hook, the Straps are made using the 4.00 mm hook. You can use the 4.00 on the Trim but make sure it’s not too tight before fastening it off.
  • The ch-1 at the beginning of the rows does not count as a stitch.
  • The sample in the photos is Small. Color A is pink (We Crochet’s Cotlin DKL Cerise) and color C is gray (We Crochet’s Cotlin DK in Silver).

Approx Finished Product Details (does not include findings/rings/hook)

XSmall
Height: 17.5”
Across: (Body) 14”
Fits Chest: 28″ – 30″
Yarn: A: 2.8 oz | 196 yds
B: 1.9 oz | 133 yds
Small
Height: 18”
Across: (Body) 16”
Fits Chest: 32″ – 34″
Yarn: A: 3.1 oz | 217 yds
B: 2.3 oz | 161 yds
Medium
Height: 18.5”
Across: (Body) 18”
Fits Chest: 36″ – 38″
Yarn: A: 3.1 oz | 217 yds
B: 3 oz | 210 yds
Large
Height: 21”
Across: (Body) 20”
Fits Chest: 40”- 42”
Yarn: A: 3.8 oz | 266 yds
B: 3.5 oz | 245 yds
1X
Height: 21.5”
Across: (Body) 22”
Fits Chest: 44″ – 46″
Yarn: A: 3.8 oz | 266 yds
B: 4.1 oz | 286 yds
2X
Height: 23” 
Across: (Body) 24”
Fits Chest: 48″ – 50″
Yarn:A: 4.8 oz | 335 yds
B: 4.7 oz | 328 yds
3X
Height: 23.5” 
Across: (Body) 26”
Fits Chest: 52″ – 54″
Yarn: A: 4.9 oz | 342 yds
B: 5.5 oz | 384 yds
4X
Height: 24”
Across: (Body) 28”
Fits Chest: 56″ – 58″
Yarn: A: 5.5 oz | 384 yds
B: 5.6 oz | 391 yds
5X
Height: 24”
Across: (Body) 30”
Fits Chest: 60″ – 62″
Yarn: A: 5.5 oz | 384 yds
B: 6.2 oz | 433 yds
 

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[Image description] A white woman with purple hair plays with her hair looking to her right in front of a green landscape in the pink and gray Kelsey Tank Top

Kelsey Tank Top Pattern Instructions

Body
Sizing as follows:
XS (SM, MD, LG, 1X)(2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
Please note: 
*For this section the Body pieces will measure 10” (10”, 10”, 12”, 12”)(13”, 13”, 13”, 13”) in height. If you’d like this to be a longer top, add more sts to the starting chain on row 1 but keep it an odd st count.
*If you’d like your tank top wider across the front/back add rows in the A color sections (make sure both sections have the same amount of rows). If you’d like it wider under the arms, add rows in the B color sections (make sure both sections have the same amount of rows).
With 5.00 mm hook:
(RS) Row 1: A: Ch 33 (33, 33, 39, 39)(43, 43, 43, 43), sc into the second ch from the hook, sc into the next st, *dc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * across – 17 (17, 17, 20, 20)(22, 22, 22, 22) sc, 15 (15, 15, 18, 18)(20, 20, 20, 20) dc
Rows 2 – 30 (33, 33, 35, 35)(38, 38, 44, 44): Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc into the next st, *dc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * across – 17 (17, 17, 20, 20)(22, 22, 22, 22) sc, 15 (15, 15, 18, 18)(20, 20, 20, 20) dc
Fasten off color A. Switch to color B.
Rows 31 (34, 34, 36, 36)(39, 39, 45, 45) – 38 (44, 49, 54, 59)(65, 71, 77, 82): B: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first 2 sts, *dc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * across – 17 (17, 17, 20, 20)(22, 22, 22, 22) sc, 15 (15, 15, 18, 18)(20, 20, 20, 20) dc
Fasten off color B. Switch to color A.
Rows 39 (45, 50, 55, 60)(66, 72, 78, 83) – 60 (77, 82, 89, 94)(103, 109, 121, 126): A: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first 2 sts, *dc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * across – 17 (17, 17, 20, 20)(22, 22, 22, 22) sc, 15 (15, 15, 18, 18)(20, 20, 20, 20) dc
Fasten off color A. Switch to color B.
Rows 61 (78, 83, 90, 95)(104, 110, 122, 127) – 68 (88, 98, 108, 118)(130, 142, 154, 164): B: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first 2 sts, *dc into the next st, sc into the next st,* repeat from * to * across – 17 (17, 17, 20, 20)(22, 22, 22, 22) sc, 15 (15, 15, 18, 18)(20, 20, 20, 20) dc
Fasten off. Weave in all your ends. Block your piece so it measures 10” x 28” (10” x 32”,  10” x 36”, 12” x 40”, 12” x 44”)(13” x 48”, 13” x 52”, 13” x 56”, 13” x 60”). To seam: sew together Row 1 and row 68 (88, 98, 108, 118)(130, 142, 154, 164), weave in all your ends. Move onto the Straps.

Straps
Please note: make sure you check the length of your straps to see if they’ll be too long before you fasten off.
With color A and 4.00 mm hook:
Strap 1
Row 1:
With the RS facing you create a slipknot on your hook and start in the first row end of a color A section (to the left a color B section) from the Body, sc once into the next 8 (8, 8, 8, 8)(10, 10, 10, 10) row ends  — 8 (8, 8, 8, 8)(10, 10, 10, 10) sc
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc across until 3 sts remain, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc into the last st — 6 (6, 6, 6, 6)(8, 8, 8, 8) sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc across — 6 (6, 6, 6, 6)(8, 8, 8, 8) sc
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc across until 3 sts remain, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc into the last st — 4 (4, 4, 4, 4)(6, 6, 6, 6) sc
Rows 5 – 28 (30, 32, 34, 36)(38, 40, 42, 42): Ch 1, turn, sc across — 4 (4, 4, 4, 4)(6, 6, 6, 6) sc
Fasten off leaving a long enough tail that you will be able to seam all the sts of the Strap to another Strap.
Strap 2
Start from where you ended on the first row of the previous Strap, skip across the color A section of the Body until 8 (8, 8, 8, 8)(10, 10, 10, 10) row ends remain.
Row 1: Create a slipknot on your hook with color A, sc once into the next 8 (8, 8, 8, 8)(10, 10, 10, 10) row ends — 8 (8, 8, 8, 8)(10, 10, 10, 10) sc
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc across until 3 sts remain, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc into the last st — 6 (6, 6, 6, 6)(8, 8, 8, 8) sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc across — 6 (6, 6, 6, 6)(8, 8, 8, 8) sc
Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc into the first st, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc across until 3 sts remain, sc2tog the next 2 sts, sc into the last st — 4 (4, 4, 4, 4)(6, 6, 6, 6) sc
Rows 5 – 28 (30, 32, 34, 36)(38, 40, 42, 42): Ch 1, turn, sc across — 4 (4, 4, 4, 4)(6, 6, 6, 6) sc
Fasten off leaving a long enough tail that you will be able to seam all the sts of the Strap to another Strap.
For Straps 3 and 4, repeat the instructions for Straps 1 and 2 on the other color A section from the Body but leave a smaller tail. Using the tails from Straps 1 and 2, seam together Straps 1 and 3 and then 2 and 4. Weave in all your ends. Move onto the Trim.

Trim
Band
With color B and 5.00 mm hook:
Please note:

*If you’d like the Band to be larger, add more chs/sc to row one and throughout the rest of the section.
Row 1: Rotate your piece so you’re working perpendicularly along the other side of the Body (opposite where you created the Straps). With the RS facing you, pull up a loop in the last st of a color A section, ch 6,  sc into the second ch from the hook and into the next 4 sts — 5 sc
Row 2: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 5 sts — 5 sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 5 sts — 5 sc
Row 4: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 5 sts — 5 sc
Rows 5 – 68 (88, 98, 108, 118)(130, 142, 154, 164): repeat rows 3 – 4, 32 (42, 47, 52, 57)(63, 69, 75, 80) times.
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to seam together the 5 sts and seam Row 1 to Row 68 (88, 98, 108, 118)(130, 142, 154, 164) in your preferred method of seaming.

Neckline
Row 1: Rotate your piece so you’re working perpendicularly to the sts next to where you ended Row 1 of Strap 1. With the RS facing you, pull up a loop in first st to the left of last st of Row 1 of Strap 1, ch 4, sc into the second ch from the hook and into the next 2 sts — 3 sc
Row 2: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Row 4: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Rows 5 – 136 (150, 158, 170, 178)(184, 192, 212, 212): repeat rows 3 – 4 as you go across the rest of the row ends of the Body toward Strap 2, along the row ends of Straps 2 and 4, across the row ends on the Body between Straps 4 and 3, then along the row ends of Straps 3 and 1 (where you will be back where you started).
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to seam together the 3 sts and seam Row 1 to Row 136 (150, 158, 170, 178)(184, 192, 212, 212) in your preferred method of seaming.

Sleeves
Row 1: Rotate your piece so you’re working perpendicularly to the sts next to where you ended Row 1 of Strap 2. With the RS facing you, pull up a loop in first st of the color B section of Strap 2, ch 4,  sc into the second ch from the hook and into the next 2 sts — 3 sc
Row 2: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Row 4: Slip st into the next 2 row ends on the Body, turn, sc into the BLO of the next 3 sts — 3 sc
Rows 5 – 60 (67, 76, 83, 92)(99, 109, 113, 118): repeat rows 3 – 4 across the rest of the color B section and then up and round the row ends of the Straps until you get back to where you began. Please note, for sizes SM/LG/2X/3X/4X you will be ending on a row 3 repeat.
Fasten off leaving a tail long enough to seam together the 3 sts and seam Row 1 to Row 60 (67, 76, 83, 92)(99, 109, 113, 118) in your preferred method of seaming.
Repeat the instructions for the Sleeve along the other arm hole, starting next to Strap 4.
Feel free to block any of the Trim if it’s too tight.

[Image description] A white woman with purple hair stands facing away from the camera in front of a green landscape in the pink and gray Kelsey Tank Top

Tada! There they are, the Kelsey Tank Top Pattern! I hope you love it and use the hashtag #DivineDebris on Instagram and I’ll share it in my stories!

Learn to make the fun and wonderfully textured Kelsey Tank Top, in sizes XS - 5X, from a free crochet pattern available on DivineDebris.com.

2 thoughts on “Keep Cool While Looking Cool in the Kelsey Tank Top Free Crochet Pattern

  1. hell yeah! I bought a bunch of dk yarn in lesbian pride colors and have been looking for a good crop top pattern. thank you!

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