I started this Spring Colors T-shirt one day when I was frustrated that I couldn’t record a video tutorial because of my laptop. Since that day, it was like a relaxing project that I picked it up every time I was bored about a current project. Apparently, I picked up way too often because I finished it in no time. πŸ˜πŸ˜…

I chose an alternating stitch pattern, and this was a good idea because I realized that everything works faster if you’re not working the same stitch pattern every row.

I came back to the top-down construction with this new design, which is super simple, especially if you don’t have to worry about the sleeves. 

You can Purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here:

I kept the cropped length, but being top-down, you can adjust the length and make it longer. Also, because I got a few comments that all my sweaters are off-shoulder 😁, I give you some tips in the pattern below on adjusting that and making the neckline narrower.

And another important piece of info that you will find is how to adjust this pattern to your own tension, yarn, and hook size and how to calculate the starting stitches.

I don’t know what else to say about it, just that I love it and that I might make one more in a unicolor and that I hope you will love it too!

MATERIALS

  • Yarn
    • Category 3 ( light, DK weight yarn)
  • Crochet Hook
  • 4.5 mm crochet hook (I used Furl Odyssey Black )
  • You will need a yarn needle for weave in ends
  • Scissors
  • stitch markers

NOTES ABOUT DESIGN

This pattern requires techniques like single crochet and double crochet.

It has a top-down construction, and it’s easy to adjust to any length.

Also, with a relaxed fit, with a positive ease of about 18 cm around the bust circumference.

MEASUREMENTS AND SIZES

 Final measurements of the Spring Colors T-shirt  are listed below:

Neckline a: 23 cm (23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24)

Bust width b: 52 cm (57, 62, 67, 72, 77, 82, 87)

Sleeve width c: 20 cm (21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29)

*without armpit chain

Length d: 35 cm (36, 38, 39, 40, 40, 43, 45)

 

These measurements will fit:

 

To Fit cm  

S

 

M

 

L

 

XL

 

2XL

 

XL

 

2XL

 

3XL

 

4XL

 

5XL

Bust 86 96 106 116 126 116 126 136 146 156

How much Yarn do you need?

I used Lan Yarns, Bloom. Each cake has 150 grams and 450 meters

Lang bloom S M L XL XXL 3XL 4XL 5XL
150g/450 m 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3

STITCH PATTERN AND TECHNIQUES

The stitch pattern is Cross Stitch, alternate 1 row in single crochet and 1 row in cross-stitch.

Row 1: 1sc in each st

Row 2: *skip next st, 1dc in next, 1dc in the skipped stitch.

ABBREVIATIONS

  • Ch – chain
  • dc –double crochet
  • cross-st – skip next st, 1dc in next st, 1dc in skipped st
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Slst – slip stitch
  • Ch-sp – chain space
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • R – rows
  • ** – repeated section.

 TENSION (GAUGE)

Using a 4.5 mm crochet hook in the cross stitch pattern

  • 15 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm

NOTES

  • Work the piece in rounds on the Right side and wrong side. Turn after each round.
  • Start the yoke in the corner to avoid having a joining line in the back
  • Start round 2 and each of the next round in the 2ch-sp of the previous round increase.
  • Ch1 at the beginning of every single crochet round. This ch1 does not count as first sc.
  • Ch2 at the beginning of every cross stitch round. Ch2 does not count as the first dc.
  • For a narrower neckline, subtract multiple of 8 stitches (2 stitches per section: front back and sleeves). For each 8 subtracted stitches, you will need to work one round in plus on the yoke.

How to adjust the pattern to your measurements, yarn, and tension:

You can Purchase the easily printable PDF pattern here:

  • Make a swatch in the stitch pattern used and measure your gauge.
  • Measure how long you want the starting chain according to the desired fit. It’s easier to have a multiple of 6 stitches + 4 stitches (use these for raglan increases). Divide the stitches into the front, back, and sleeves: 2/6 for back and front and 1/6 for sleeves. The stitch pattern requires a multiple of 2 stitches. Adjust the number of stitches for each section to be a multiple of 2, if needed.
  • Now that you have the starting stitches work the yoke rounds (see the pattern for any extra help).
  • When the bust width measures your desired length, you can divide the yoke into sleeves and body.
  • Continue working on the body until you reach the desired length.
  • Optional you can add length on the sleeves as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

Numbers for sizes M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL, and 5XL are written between brackets.

YOKE

You can follow the stitch chart or the written pattern below:

Start: ch 108 (108, 108, 108, 108, 116, 116, 116)

Join the ends to make a circle.

R1: 1ch, 1sc in next in the same st, *1sc in next 34 (34, 34, 34, 34, 36, 36, 36) sts, (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in next st, 1sc in next 18 (18, 18, 18, 18, 20, 20 ,20) sts,* (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in next st. Rep from *to* for the other half of the round. Close the round with 1sc in the same st as the 1st sc, 2ch, sl st with first sc. Turn

Starting with round 2, all the following rounds will begin in the 2ch-sp.

You will have with 8 more sts, on each round or with 2 more sts per section.

R2: 1dc in the 2ch-sp, *1cross-st in each of the following sts until the 2ch-sp, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in the 2ch-sp. Rep. from * to the last 2ch-sp, 1dc in the last 2ch-sp, 2ch, slst with first dc. Turn.

R3: 1sc in the 2ch-sp, *1sc in each of the following sts to the next 2ch-sp, (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in the 2ch-sp. Rep. from * to the last 2ch-sp, 1sc in the last 2ch-sp, 2ch, slst with 1st sc.

Rep. R2 and R3 until you have in total for the YOKE 22 (23, 25, 27, 28, 28, 31, 34) rounds.

At the end of the yoke, you will have for back and front pieces 76 (78, 82, 86, 88, 90, 96, 102) and (60, 62, 66, 70, 72, 74, 80, 86) sts for the sleeves.

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TORSO

Depending on the size you make, the first round of the torso, the dividing round, will start in the required stitch pattern.

Sizes S, 2XL, 3XL, 5XL

R1: Separating round (in sc)

1sc in the 2ch-sp, *1sc in each of the next sts to the next 2ch-sp, 1sc in the 2ch-sp, ch (0, 18, 18, 18) sts, skip the sleeve sts*, 1sc in the next 2ch-sp. Rep from * to * for the rest of the round. Close the round with sl st in first sc.

Sizes M, L, XL, 4XL

R1: Separating round (cross-st round)

1dc in the 2ch-sp, *cross-st to the next 2ch-sp, 1dc in the 2ch-sp, ch 6 (8, 12, 18) sts, skip the sleeve sts*,1dc in the 2ch-sp. Rep. from * to * for the rest of the round. Close the round with sl st into the first dc.

Next, continue to alternate, 1round in sc and 1round in cross-st, until you will have 21 rounds for the TORSO section or get to the desired length.

 TO FINISH

Weave in all ends and block the piece to measurements.

I hope you like it! I can’t wait to see yours! 

Here is the video tutorial:

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