Sunny Days Cotton Tee

I am totally obsessed with cotton in the Spring/Summer months.
It's perfect for projects for your home or for your closet.
So I wanted to end Summer off with an easy cotton tee
Bernat Handicrafter is available in so many colours...pastels, brights, and neutrals.
Here are just a few of my favourites, it's so hard to pick one!

I've been wanting to use the Salt and Pepper colourway from Bernat Handicrafter for a while and when I came across this stitch, I knew it was meant to be.
The actual tee is made up of 2 identical panels.
No shaping.
Minimal seaming.
It's a perfect beginner project if you want to learn a new stitch.

The arcade stitch is beautiful and definitely looks more complicated than it actually is.

I've created a step by step video of the Arcade Stitch so you'll be a pro!
Click HERE to watch.

I'm saying goodbye to Summer with the Sunny Days Cotton Tee!

Let's do it!

Notes before you begin:
*your beginning chain determines how wide each panel will be. Increase the amount of chains (in multiples of 6 +2) to make the panel wider, and decrease the amount of chains (in multiples of 6 + 2) to make the panel smaller.
*the tee is made up of 2 identical panels (front and back) using the Arcade Stitch.
*you can complete as many rows as you want determining the length of your top (I completed 31 rows for each panel)
*I made a size small and used about 3/4 of the 12oz (big ball) of Bernat Handicrafter in Salt and Pepper
*the only seaming you will be doing is at the shoulders and at the sides

OTH Crochet Nook Pattern: Sunny Days Cotton Tee

Skill Level:

Bernat Handicrafter (Salt and Pepper)
Size H [5.00 mm] crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.

CH = Chain(s)
SC = Single Crochet
SC = Double Crochet
SK = Skip stitches
SL ST = Slip stitch

The instructions are written for size S.  If changes are necessary to make a larger size, add the desired amount of chains in multiples of 6 + 2.

PANEL (make 2 alike):

Ch 62 (increase or decrease this number to change size, in multiples of 6 + 2)

Foundation row: 1 sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 1 sc, *ch 3, skip next 3 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 sc, repeat from * until last 5 sc remain, now ch 3, skip 3sc, 1sc in each of the last 2sc. Turn.

1st row: Ch 1.  1 sc, * skip 1 sc, 7dc in ch 3 space, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in the next, repeat from * until end. Turn.

2nd row: Ch 4.  Skip 2dc, *1 sc in each of the next 3dc, ch 3, skip 5, Repeat from * to last 5 st remain, now ch 2, 1 dc in sc.  Turn.

(note: "SKIP 5" in the 2nd row is = 2dc, 1sc, 2dc)

3rd row: Ch 3. 3dc in ch 2 space, * skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next, skip 1sc, 7dc in ch 3 space.  Repeat from * until ch 4 space, now 4dc in ch 4 space. Turn.

4th row: Ch 1. 1 sc. 1 sc into next dc, *ch 3, skip 5, 1 sc in next 3dc. Repeat from * until last 6 stitches remain, now ch 3, skip 5, 1 sc in last dc. Turn.

Repeat Rows 1 to 4 until desired length is reached.

I completed 31 rows for size small.

(note: make sure to end on a scalloped edge, this is the bottom of the tee - THIS WOULD END AT ROW 1 OR 3)

Seaming panels together:

Lay both panels on top of each other.
The scalloped edging is the bottom of the tee.
The straight edge will be the top of the tee.

Slip stitch the shoulders leaving a neck hole.
I completed 12 sl st for each shoulder.

Slip stitch the sides, leaving arm holes.

Turn it right side out and you're done!

It was that easy!

Can't wait to see your Sunny Days Cotton Tee!
and use #OTHSunnyDays


The Sunny Days Cotton Tee is a FREE Crochet Pattern part of a collaboration with my friends at Yarnspirations.  This post contains affiliate links.


  1. This is lovely! I’m not sure I’ve seen this colour in Michael’s or not, but will look for it. I was wondering how a top made from the handicrafter yarn feels on? I "always" think of dishcloths with it and have made them and always find once they dry or come out of the dryer they sure aren’t soft. How are you washing your sweaters with this yarn and keeping them soft? Do you hand wash and lay flat to dry?

    1. I've made so many pieces with this yarn - it feels great to me. I hand wash and lay flat to dry. If you can't find it at Micheals, you can buy it online from - links above. :)


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