For the Love of Tulips Tank

Instant class and elegance with this beautifully textured yoke

The INSPO

Introducing the ultimate crochet yoke: a collar so beautifully textured and intricate, you’ll have people wondering whether it’s indeed made with yarn and a hook, or if it’s literally sculpted.

Featuring the signature plump tulip flowers from my Tulips Crochet Collection—my own interpretation of a crochet tulip stitch, the color possibilities for this crochet tank top are endless! Dress it up with a skirt for date night, or dress it down with a pair of jeans for a casual get-together—this tank will make you feel special wherever you go 🌷

Scroll down to the end of the page where I provide a photo gallery of my testers’ work. You can draw inspiration from a variety of beautiful color schemes.

Check out the For the Love of Tulips Cup Cozy and the For the Love of Tulips Headband crochet patterns to make yourself the perfect flowery set this summer!

The design

The For the Love of Tulips Tank is constructed from the top down, starting with the circular yoke.

The body employs a series of short rows to make the transition from the rounded collar, with the back neck raised so the top sits nicely on your shoulders and back.

The rest of the tank is then worked normally in the round featuring the beautifully textured moss stitch. Lastly, a slip stitch edging is added around the armholes for that perfect finish.

Using a small hook, the fabric is dense and not at all see through, allowing you to wear this with or without a bra on hot summer days! You can also throw this tank on top of a white shirt for a classy and chic outfit to wear to the office.

Adorn your neck with texture and tulips

Detailed PDF pattern

24 pages of step-by-step instructions & tutorial photos

Row tracker with all row & stitch counts for every size

What you'll need

Any sport weight yarn in the amounts shown below

2.5 mm hook for the yoke and 3.5 mm (E/4) hook for the body

Tape measure, scissors, darning needle, 8 stitch markers

Size-inclusive

Written for 9 sizes (XS-5X)

Includes instructions on customization

Pattern support

Please contact me at thecrochethighway [at] gmail.com for pattern related questions.

Work by Raquel @mommagracecreations (blue), Swarna @threadsoflife20 (yellow), Asha @therapystitching (purple), Olivia @littlerayofsunshine_byolivia (green)

The pattern

This advanced intermediate pattern has you covered with step-by-step instructions from start to finish, with tutorial photos to help you pass the more intricate sections.

Don’t get intimidated by the 2.5 mm hook mentioned under Materials. You’ll only need this for the yoke, to make sure the fabric is dense and the stitch definition is cranked up to the max. The rest of the body is worked with a 3.5 mm hook!

When I wrote this pattern, no detail was too small to include in it, and my testers left no stone unturned during the testing phase.

The “advanced” in the difficulty level reflects a higher level of concentration for the yoke section, but due to the highly detailed instructions and tips, I strongly believe you can complete this pattern with flying colors as an intermediate level crocheter.

Work by Anusha @the_crocheters_casa (white), Lucia @crochetwithlu (brick red), Khushbu @crochetrainbows (red), Danie @danithedoglover (ultramarine)

Once the yoke is done, the level of concentration required drops and you’ll be able to whip this up while binging your favorite show!

Like most CrochetHighway patterns, this pattern also comes with a detailed row tracker, laying out the stitch count for all short rows in all sizes. This is a handy tool that allows you to easily check your stitch count at any given point, for that peace of mind that you’re on track and haven’t missed anything!

Designer samples

I used Schachenmayr Catania for sample 1, and Katia Capri for sample 2. Both samples are made in size 3, showing 4.25 cm (1.5″) of positive ease around the bust.

I preferred mercerized cotton for both samples due to its amazing stitch definition, durability, and subtle sheen. Due to the positive ease worked into the design, you can use any 100% cotton sport weight yarn without the fear of it stretching out of shape.

Schachenmayr "Catania"

100% mercerized cotton
13 WPI
50 g = 125 m / 136 yds

Katia "Capri"

100% mercerized cotton
13 WPI
50 g = 125 m / 136 yds

Yardage

This is a size-inclusive pattern written for 9 sizes (XS-5X). You’ll need 3 colors: a main color, and 2 contrasting colors of any CYC 2 Sport weight yarn you can meet gauge with.

Main color yardage: 985 (1120, 1210, 1325, 1440) (1715, 1875, 2010, 2170) m or 1075 (1225, 1325, 1450, 1575) (1875, 2050, 2200, 2375) yds

Contrasting colors yardage: Approx. 60 m (65 yds) of each contrast color

Sizing

The sizing for this pattern is based on the standard Craft Yarn Council measurements.

This top is designed to be worn with up to 10 cm (4″) of positive ease around the bust.

Measure around the fullest part of your bust and add up to 10 cm (4″) to this measurement, depending on your desired amount of positive ease, and choose a size that is closest to this number. If you’re in between sizes, size up.

Tried & tested substitution yarns

My testers used a variety of fibers including cotton and cotton blends, so scroll down to the tester photos where I included information on the yarn used by each of them. If you’re looking for inspiration or a quick yarn substitution idea, here’s a list of yarns used by my testers that they would gladly recommend for this design!

Pro tip! When gauge swatching, always crochet a swatch bigger than 10×10 cm (4×4″) — the larger the swatch, the more accurate your results! You can also get an idea of the drape your yarn will create based off of your gauge swatch.

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Shop the Tulips Crochet Collection

The For the Love of Tulips Tank is part of the Tulips Crochet Collection – a collection featuring my original tulip stitch, with modern and vintage vibes mixed together to create truly unique items that you’ll be proud of.

Check out this series of crochet patterns for garments, accessories & home décor specifically designed to go perfectly together!

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Check out my testers' versions

My patterns would not be so smooth without the input of my team of talented testers. Scroll alllll the way to the end of this photo gallery for some inspiration on various colors. Swipe left & right for more photos of your favorite versions!

Want to test my future patterns? Check out how you can become a pattern tester for CrochetHighway!

Size 2, using Scheepjes Catona

Size 5, using Premier Yarns Cotton Fair

Size 2, using Scheepjes Catona

Size 5, using MillaMia Naturally Baby Soft

Size 2, using Schachenmayr Catania

Size 2, using Lion Brand A Star is Born: Oh Baby Organic

Size 3, using WeCrochet Galileo

Size 6, using Lion Brand A Star is Born: Oh Baby Organic

Size 5, using Scheepjes Stonewashed

Size 3, using Bella Baby Baby Wonder

Size 2, using Yarn Holic rayon yarn

Size 6, using Yarn Bee Mimosa

Size 9, using Yarn Bee Yarntopia

Size 1, using Himalaya Deluxe Bamboo

Size 6, using Loops & Threads Cambria Big

Size 4, using Lion Brand Beautiful You

Size 1, using Ice Yarns Camilla Cotton

Size 2

Size 3

Size 4

Size 5

Size 4

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