45+ Best Free Basic T-Shirt and Tops Crochet Patterns

This post is a curated list of free crochet t shirt patterns. Learning how to crochet an easy crochet top is an absolute must for any crocheter! You can make a great crochet garment by using basic stitches and a good free pattern. 

With all the talented designers out there, choosing the best crochet t shirt pattern for you can get a little tricky! That is why I put together this curated list of modern crochet tops that I personally love! And – because you are here and have excellent taste – I know you will love too! Let’s start looking for a fun design to add to your collection.

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The best thing about this list is how easy it is it’s divided into different kinds of crochet shirts to make it extra easy for you to navigate and find your next crochet project.

The crochet shirt pattern categories in this blog post include: 

  • Original KKAME Designs
  • Simple crochet t-shirt
  • Crochet t-shirt with longer sleeves
  • Crochet shirts with vertical stripes
  • Raglan style crochet shirts
  • Complex patterns

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​What is the best yarn for crochet t shirts?

Crochet shirts are great for warmer months, especially when made with lighter-weight yarn. The best yarn for crochet t-shirts and tops is cotton or cotton blend yarn. This is because cotton absorbs sweat and is also very airy, just perfect for warm weather.  

How do I choose the right size for my crochet top?

Most sizes of crochet shirts are based on bust measurements. The beautiful thing about crochet and making your own clothes is that you can alter the top to fit perfectly based on a variety of body types. Playing around with the gauge and making adjustments to make a top fitted or even a loose fit is easy to do with some math. 

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Original Crochet T Shirt Patterns by Knits and Knots by AME

My designs are always inspired by tops that I love, maybe an old t-shirt that I already have, or maybe a silhouette that I admired while window shopping. All of these designs are made with simple construction and basic stitches. These patterns are great for beginners who want to try making a crochet garment for the first time.

  1. Siffleur Top – this is a fun top with a little peekaboo detail in the back. I absolutely love the positive ease on this top and with its boxed silhouette 
  2. Pine Creek Box Top – another box silhouette shirt (have I mentioned that I adore box silhouettes? haha). This crochet t-shirt has 3/4 sleeves that have charming matching fillet details on the sleeves and collar portions. 
  3. Halona Everyday Top – this was my first crochet t shirt pattern that I ever designed! It is inspired by one of my favorite relaxed shirts at the time. Simple and classic with a little pocket detail on the side. I made a couple of shirts with this pattern, experimented with a different color and even added stripes. It is such a versatile pattern!
  4. Shane Pride Shirt – One of my designs made to celebrate pride month! I made this top as a unisex crochet design with a rainbow stripe detail across the chest area. The top is made using THE softest yarn ever and is available as a kit on Lion Brand Yarn as well!
  5. Meadows Pride Top – fun top with textured stitches and large flutter sleeves. This is another crochet top for pride month that I designed and is also available as a kit on Lion Brand Yarn

Simple Crochet T-shirt Patterns

These designs all resemble a basic tee and use a simple stitch pattern. They follow a basic shape like square/rectangle panels. Simple crochet tee patterns are a great way to start getting into crochet garment making. 

A simple crochet T shirt pattern can easily be customized by playing with colors such as choosing a solid color or making them from variegated cotton yarn cakes for a fun ombre effect. Looking for something simple? Go through this list to find a free crochet t-shirt pattern.

  1.  Better than Basic Ringer – By Stephanie Erin
  2. The Perfect Crochet Tshirt – Originally Lovely
  3. Harmony Top – Julia Bleau
  4. Julia Summer Top – Knitting with Chopsticks
  5. Siffleur Top – Knits and Knots by AME
  6. Halona Everyday Top – Knits and Knots by AME
  7. The Wren Tee – Cactus and Lace Designs
  8. Easy Peasy Crochet Top – KnitCro Addict
  9. Scallop Top – For the Frills
  10. Harlee Tee – Meghan Makes Do
  11. Saltwater Taffy Tee – Evelyn and Peter
  12. Fall Pullover (short sleeve version) – KnitCro Addict
  13. Poppy Pullover – Evelyn and Peter
  14. Basic Tee – By Katerina
  15. Avignon Tee – For the Frills
  16. Lily Ruffle Sleeve – Ned and Mini
  17. Forest Breeze – For the Frills

Crochet T-shirt with Longer Sleeves

Moving on! If you are ready to make your first sleeve pattern you make want to play around with these free patterns for a shirt with longer sleeves. There are several ways to add sleeves to a shirt pattern like shaping separate t-shaped pieces or adding set-in sleeves to crochet tank tops. I do not know about you guys but sleeves intimidate me a lot! Add an extra layer of comfort to your crochet garment journey by choosing one of these patterns below.

  1. Shane Pride Shirt – Knits and Knots by AME
  2. Lacy Summer Top – KnitCro Addict
  3. Terramar Top – Paintbox Yarns
  4. Pine Creek Box Top – Knits and Knots by AME

Crochet Shirts with Vertical Stripes

Adding colorwork and texture almost always makes any top fun! Changing colors can get a little tricky, make sure to go over this post to teach you how to seamlessly change yarn colors like a pro! Texture also elevates crochet tops, I personally love playing around with texture over colorwork to enhance any design. This list is a combination of crochet t shirt patterns that play around with vertical stripes, either by colors or different stitches. 

  1. Suns Out Tee – OTH Crochet Nook
  2. Box Top Crochet Pattern – Woods and Wool
  3. Tie Front Top – Janne Kleivset
  4. Summer Wrap Top – E’Claire Makery
  5. Alfresco Top – Make and Do Crew
  6. Everyday Pullover – KnitsCro Addict
  7. Limerick Tee – Coco Crochet Lee

Raglan Style Crochet Shirts 

Raglan style is a type of top-down construction. Top-down shirts are great because it gives you the ability to try them on as you go to ensure you get the right size. The shaping is done by making increases in four corners, slowly increasing the diameter each round. Stitch markers really come in handy for this type of construction.

  1. Short-Sleeved Pullover Jumper – Lakshmi Ravi Narayan
  2. Penelope Raglan Tee – Itchin for Some Stitchen
  3. Celebration Raglan – OTH Crochet Nook
  4. Maria Top Pattern – Originally Lovely

Crochet Shirts with Involved or Complex Stitches

Last but definitely not least, we have the category of “complex stitches”. Now! Don’t get intimidated, these tops are still great for any skill level. Involved patterns mean that you actually need to pay attention to the stitches as you make them. If you are comfortable with the basic crochet stitches (single crochet stitches, double crochet stitches, etc) and want to challenge yourself a bit more, this is the list for you!

Most of these designs take a little effort to begin and then it is smooth sailing after each repeat row. Okay, so I hope I convinced you to give these patterns a shot!

  1. Dandelion Summer Top – Sanne Brand
  2. Bayswater Top – Coco Crochet Lee
  3. Mesh Stitch Top – Yarnspirations
  4. Marley Lace Top – Nicole Chase
  5. Sweet Pea Crochet Top – Evelyn and Peter
  6. Hearthstone Top | Crochet.com
  7. Crochet Darling Buds Top – Crochet with Carrie
  8. Saratoga Poncho Top – Make and Do Crew
  9. Open Waves Top – Loopingly Made
  10. Summertime Tee – TL Yarn Crafts
  11. Electric Sun Tee – Evelyn and Peter
  12. Datura Sun Tee – Paintbox Yarns
  13. Rusty Road Crop Top – Mjs Off the Hook Designs

​I hope you found your next crochet t shirt pattern!

Learning how to crochet garments changed my world and has since brought so much joy to my life! I hope this list helped you find a great free crochet pattern. There is honestly nothing better than wearing something you made.

Looking for more patterns? Make sure to check out all of my beginner friendly patterns here where you can find garments, amigurumi, and accessories.

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xoxo

Abigail

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