Picnic Cotton Tee

I actually started this WIP last Summer and recently found it 
while (finally) cleaning up my yarn stash.

I immediately wanted to finish it with the sole goal that it would be 
the easiest piece of clothing that any level crocheter can make.

It's perfect for beginners and will give you a ton of practice changing colours.
Like all my patterns, it can always be easily adjusted to your size.

I've made a size medium for myself, and 
have outlined when to increase/decrease if you need to.

Notes before you start:
-this item is meant to be light weight using cotton yarn
-You can choose any 2 colours you'd like (or just one colour and skip all the colour changes!)
- I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Yarn in WHITE (total: 3.5oz) 
and OVERCAST (total: 1.5 oz)
-the pattern below will refer to the main colour as COLOUR A, and the alternate colour as COLOUR B
-Again, I made a size medium for myself - you can change this to ANY SIZE, by increasing or decreasing the initial chains to start (go ahead and measure the chains to your body or to the person you're making it for before you start, that's it!)
-Also, you can complete less or more rows to adjust the length

Changing colours for this project: 
-With COLOUR A, SL ST in last stitch of that particular row
-Now working in that same stitch - with COLOUR B, attach yarn, pull through and SL ST
- continue pattern

OTH Crochet Nook Patten: Picnic Cotton Tee


Hook size: 5.00mm
Yarn suggestion: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton


CH - Chain
SC - Single Crochet
DC - Double Crochet
SL ST - Slip Stich

CH 45
(with Colour A)
Row 1: DC 2nd from hook, DC across (43), ch 2, turn
Row 2: DC across, ch 2 turn
Row 3: DC across, ch 2 turn
(change to Colour B)
Row 4: DC across, ch 2, turn
(change to Colour A)
*Repeat Rows 1-4 six times*

-each side has 7 stripes of grey
-you can continue to repeat pattern more or less times to achieve the length you want

- the following rows will be shaping the collar

(with Colour A)
Row 25: DC across, ch 2, turn
Row 26: DC across, ch 2, turn
Row 27: DC 11, CH 21, DC 11(you can add more chains here if you want your collar to open up a little more, just make sure to have 43 across in the next row)
Row 28: DC across, ch 2, turn (43)
Row 29: DC across, ch 2, turn
(change to Colour B)
Row 30: DC across, ch 2, turn
*(change to Colour A)
Row 31: DC across, ch 2, turn
Row 32: DC across, ch 2, turn
Row 33: DC across, ch 2, turn
(change to Colour B)
Row 34: DC across, ch 2, turn
*(change to Colour A)
*Repeat Rows 31 - 34  six times*
SL ST twice, fasten off

Now SL ST each side, leaving arm holes (as wide or narrow as you'd like)

Sleeves (crocheted in the round/both sides)
Row 1: SC 35 around, SL ST, CH 2
Row 2: DC 35, SL ST
Fasten off
(you can add more rows to the sleeves if you want them longer)

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  1. Thank you! I can do this! I have 2 cases of Patron Metallic in pewter and steel blue ...really lovely yarn that I believe is #4 weight ....could I use this yarn for this?

  2. Tina Hill since the yarn weight is the same the sizing should match but be aware that since the Paton Metallic contains some wool it will be warmer than a cotton yarn.

  3. What are the size dimensions of your shirt? I want to make this into a tshirt dress for my daughter and want to order the right amount of yarn.

  4. I would like to say that this blog really convinced me to do it! Thanks, very good post. hinking

  5. Is this sweater a one piecer?

  6. Wich part of your body did you measure? Shoulders? Breast? Waist? And how did you come up with your stitch count after that?
    Thanks for your advice, your shirt looks lovely! 🥰


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