Have you wished that you can make some of the gorgeous stranded knitting top designs, but only know how to crochet? Well, if you have, this is just the crochet summer top for you! You’ll be the buzz of the town with my latest crochet top pattern, the bee-utiful Honeybee Tee! This tapestry crochet top pattern for women creates the same style of color work as knitting, and is so much fun to do! The theme of bees even continues throughout the entire pattern with the textured honeycomb stitch on the body!
This pattern is now available as a kit through Lion Brand Yarn!
One day on Pinterest, as I was searching for design ideas, I came across a stranded knitting sweater that featured beautiful color work bees on it. As soon as I saw it, I wanted to design a tapestry crochet crochet top pattern that would have honeybees as the focal point! There had to be something special on it though that would make it stand out from other crochet summer tops. In comes the honeycombs on the bottom! I designed a special honeycomb stitch pattern to create a raised honeycomb texture on the body of the sweater. I’m all about keeping the theme of the sweater throughout the whole design, and this does it perfectly!
This tapestry crochet top pattern is a top down circular yoke crochet pattern that is made in one piece. You start the pattern by doing tapestry crochet in the round to do the crochet color work yoke. Once you’ve made the entire yoke, you’ll join for the arms, do some decrease rounds, and then begin the rest of the body with the honeycombs.
If you’ve never done tapestry crochet before, no problem! This is a great beginner friendly tapestry crochet pattern to learn with! I’ve created a helpful beginner’s guide that teaches you all of the things that you’ll need to know to do tapestry crochet. You can find that tutorial here on my blog at: The Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet.
To make this crochet top, I used one of my favorite yarns, Lion Brand Basic Stitch! This yarn is one of my all time favorite worsted weight yarns. It’s soft, affordable, works great for color work, and comes in an amazing range of colors! It’s also designed to last longer than other worsted weight yarns since it is anti piling. If you start getting too many fuzzes on it, just wash it and they’ll go away!
For my top, I used the colors Saffron, Black, and White. You don’t have to stick to just those colors though! Some my testers for the pattern made the body of the pattern in black, rust, and blue! The color possibilities are completely customizable to how you want to make it. I think it would look amazing in a completely neutral palate too!
One of my goals as a designer, has been to bring the style of color work you see in knitted sweaters, and bring it to crochet! That in turn ties to wanting to make color work designs available to more sizes, and have them size inclusive. The Honeybee Tee is one of my first ventures into making these goals a reality! It comes in sizes XS-5XL, and is made using tapestry crochet. It’s a circular yoke, top down shirt pattern, that is so much fun to make!
Here are all of the sizing details for the finished Bust Measurements (includes 1-2 inches of ease):
The length of the top, as well as the fit, can be customized to whatever length or fit you want!
You can find the Honeybee Tee now available in my shops on Etsy or Ravelry. The pattern contains detailed instructions, customization instructions, multiple charts to use throughout the pattern, and photo tutorials on how to do the Honeycomb Stitch.
I hope you love the Honeybee Tee pattern! If you make a Honeybee Tee of your own, be sure to tag me on social media on Instagram and Facebook @eclairemakery or use #eclairemakery. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!
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